What started out as a trip to build a house for three orphans has changed the direction of one man’s life.
Paul Heberling, 24, of Camas, traveled to Baja, Mexico, during spring break with a group from Central Washington University. They rebuilt a home for three children after it was destroyed in a fire, which also killed their father. Adding to that suffering, their mother lost her battle with cancer last year.
“It was my first time in Mexico and it was a very humbling experience,” Paul said. “Traveling from San Diego to Tijuana, you saw the world change. It filled my heart with compassion.”
Heberling was joined on the trip by his brother, James, a 2013 CWU graduate and Camas native.
“The hearts of the people there were so open and compassionate,” James said. “They were super grateful and appreciative for what they had. We have almost too much here. It was nice to give back.”