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Monty Fitzgerald, Mark Fitzgerald, & Magin Fitzgerald Kerr


Monty, Mark and Magin Fitzgerald are members of the Crystal Cathedral Ministry. They recently participated in the Hands of Mercy house build here on campus and later in Ensenada, Mexico. Monty is father to Mark and Magin. Today, they're here to share their experiences in participating in this mission project. Sheila Schuller Coleman (SSC) interviews Monty, Mark and Magin.

SSC: This morning, I've asked Monty Fitzgerald and his son Mark and daughter Magin to talk to us about their experience with the Hands of Mercy mission project. They not only participated in the pre-build here at the Cathedral, but were also on the team that delivered the houses to Ensenada Mexico. In fact, Monty helped drive one of the trucks.

So Mark, Magin and Monty, thank you, thank you. Thank you so much for what you did. Tell me Magin, why did you go?

MAGIN: I think my first reason for going was I started getting fearful and scared of the unknown. And for me, I know that's when God is calling me to a different level in life. So when those feelings surfaced, I told myself I need to go. And going to Mexico was an amazing trip. We went there thinking we were just there to help others, but God opened so many doors for so much more to happen in not only our lives, but in those there in Mexico.

SSC: So was it everything you thought it would be?

MAGIN: Oh it was so much more. You know, I thought we'd go and help build a house and we did that, but we were able to bond with other people as well, whether from the church or in Mexico. For instance the family that we built the house for, the man who was going to live there didn't have a hammer and he wanted to help. So I handed him my hammer and the rest of the day, you could see him glowing with pride. So I was really proud to be a part of the house that he was going to live in.

SSC: Wow. Monty, I had tears in my eyes as I watched you and the other two trucks drive off early that Friday morning. What was this whole experience like for you?

MONTY: It was really awesome. From the pre-build, where we had young people helping, all the way to seniors helping out to the finish, everybody was helping. The pre-build was just as important as building the houses in Mexico.

SSC: So you had all ages helping.

MONTY: Yes, the young people came and helped nail down the porch and the loft. We had those tasks to do and they did a good job. I'm very proud of them.

SSC: They did do a good job. I saw that little kindergartner helping and he did a better job hammering in that nail than I did. I was really impressed.

Mark, what did this whole experience do for you?

MARK: It was in and overall a soul rejuvenation. I believe God showed possibility living and thinking throughout the whole trip, starting with the pre-build as we were stabilizing and getting things level for the foundation. We used rocks to give some height and so I believe that was a message from God, saying, build your house upon a rock. And then as we were laying the foundation, just as it says in Ephesians 2:20 have a solid foundation and Christ as your chief cornerstone.

SSC: That's right.

MARK: Then, when I was on the second floor holding up a small little A-frame wall so it wouldn't fall down while the other walls were going up, I was looking through a window and it reminded me of Dr. Schuller's message, Window People or Mirror People. Right then, I felt God saying you're a window person and you're looking to the hurts and needs of others, and not just seeing yourself. So we walked away with more than I feel we gave in this experience and that was surely a blessing.

SSC: Wow. So Magin, where do you stay while you were in Mexico?

MAGIN: We stayed in one of the loft houses like the one that we were going to build for them. And we didn't realize that it was going to be as cold as it was. I think it was 35 degrees during the night. So by the second night, we were using extra blankets and sleeping in double jackets. We were completely covered and we were still a little cold.

But for the family, this is a house and they don't have to sleep on the floor anymore. And they are so grateful for what we did for them. We could just feel their happiness. They have Christ in their heart and they are happy. And when we came back home, I felt like I don't need anything. If I have Christ, I have everything.

SSC: That's right. The Lord is my shepherd, He's all I need. Would you guys go again?

MARK: Yes, yes, definitely.

MAGIN: As soon as possible.

SSC: Well thank you, thank you, thank you for helping. God bless you, Mark, Magin and Monty.


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