Families that go on mission trips together are often changed. This transformation is exactly what happened to Daryl and his daughter, Victoria. Daryl was first invited to serve with Amigos for Christ by his good friends, Jeff and Elizabeth Hughes. The Hughes family went on and on about the progress and transformation taking place in rural Nicaragua. Finally, Daryl gathered a group from his church, Lifepoint Church, and they decided to see for themselves.
After Daryl’s first visit, he was extremely motivated to get his whole family to serve in Nicaragua. “When my dad got back from his first trip to Nicaragua, he didn’t give our family an option! He was extremely adamant about us going to serve together, and I was really excited,” said Victoria. Little did they know, the family’s trip would awaken a deeper love for people, service, and Jesus. Daryl and Victoria have served with Amigos for Christ many times since Daryl’s first trip to Nicaragua.
Why do Daryl and Victoria keep returning to Nicaragua?
And what growth do Daryl and Victoria see in one another?
Victoria is a remarkably mature and centered young woman for her young age of 17 years old. Daryl says he wishes he could go back to his 17-year-old self and beg himself to be more serious about loving people and understanding his God-given purpose. “I see how comfortable Victoria is in her skin, and it’s so refreshing. She can be a kid or charge a hill. She can lead worship or dig a ditch. I think that comfort and confidence comes from seeing herself as God sees her.”
Daryl is just happy to see his daughter’s love for Christ grow and be amplified, “I have loved watching my daughter grow each trip that we have taken to Nicaragua. These trips have highlighted her compassion for people. They have shaped her perspective on life as well as possessions and joy.”
Victoria echoes the same sentiments. “Dad’s passion to see people come alive is so evident now. He really does push for people to join a trip with Amigos because he knows that people leave Nicaragua changed. I am just really grateful. I’m thankful to my dad for being faithful to pursue a partnership with Amigos and for cultivating my passion for mission work. I would also want to thank Amigos for Christ for creating an environment for people to be open to what God is telling them. After becoming a part of the Amigos Family, you aren’t just another face. You are genuinely loved and poured into.”