A summary of our mission experience
|The Luecke Family|
My family and I just
completed our first Youth and Family Mission experience with many
Regnum Christi members and three Legion of Christ priest here
in Saltillo, Mexico. We are Americans from Iowa that are
living in Mexico on a 2 1/2-year assignment for my
husband´s job. The Mega Mission was an experience that words
can not describe, but I will try.
that we served was Fraustro, a small group of about
40 homes in the desert of Northern Mexico.
My road to
Fraustro began a year ago when God sent me Angels
to save my family from a near fatal car accident
here in Saltillo. Then God sent a Legion of
Christ priest, Father Barry O´Toole, into my life. He
was an American priest serving at my daughter´s school; he
volunteered to hear confessions in English. After over a
year of attending Mass in Spanish and struggling to understand,
I was very excited at the thought of some sort
of contact in English with a priest. We had
been living in Mexico for a little over a year
and still struggled with the language. Father Barry introduced
us to Regnum Christi and its Web site which I
have visited daily since last October. My encounter with
him has changed me in such wonderful ways that I
know he was another angel that God sent to me.
I had some interest in our family going on "Mega
Missions" over Easter vacation, God put other angels in my
path, another Legion of Christ priest and two other Regnum
Christi families that had been going on the missions for
several years and agreed to "take care of us". They
convinced me it was okay to go in spite of
our poor grasp of Spanish. We would be the
first Americans to participate in the Mega Missions here and
that was a bit frightening in itself. Once I
decided we would go, that God wanted us to go,
I prayed the rosary daily that we could give something
to the people that we would visit.
My prayers were answered
and then some. For four days we stayed in
a 100-year-old hacienda with 25 other families and visited our
assigned homes in Fraustro. We brought the people the
full host of Holy Week Services that they otherwise would
not have had.
They welcomed us into their homes and participated
in the many activities that were available for them.
They were able to go to confession, attend mass, via
crucis (Stations of the Cross) and attend formation classes, just
to name a few.
We were honored to be among the
wonderful families that gave their time and God-given talents to
share with the poor people in the village. We
were also humbled by the poverty the people live in,
yet they have such a deep and wonderful love for
the Church and Mary. Our family -- myself, my
husband and 10 and 8 year old daughters -- will
never be able to fully describe how this experience has
touched us and just how wonderfully we saw God at
work, but believe me I will tell everyone that will
listen. I truly feel that this was the LEAST
that I could for all that God has done for
my family and me.
We will return to Iowa this summer
and I look forward to getting others interested in the
Regnum Christi Movement.