While much of our ministry here in Mexico is concentrated in the ministry to the children and in new construction, God has given us opportunity to serve in other areas of need that have long been a part of our hearts' burden and vision.
We are grateful to God to have opportunity to work with several ongoing ministries that focus on other areas of need in the Tijuana area. In these ministries, we work hand-in-hand with local pastors to assist in areas of extreme need. We are able to help by providing provisions for the recipients, training materials for the workers, and general assistance as needed.
We join forces with those national pastors who are actively involved in reaching their communities with the love of Jesus and who have a vision to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and care for the sick and abandoned
First Christmas Celebration - 2011
""For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Matthew 25:35
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
We began our work with this ministry in 2011, when the needs first came to our attention. The facility was in a terrible state of disrepair and we helped with the most urgent needs, such as the leaking roof and then assisted by providing food, blankets and other essential supplies.
Since that time, God has enabled us to continue working with this ministry. Aside from general help throughout the year, the Christmas celebrations are a high point for the men. Each man receives gifts of a warm sweatsuit, a blanket or afghan, and gift bags filled with socks, fruit and treats. It is so touching to see some of the men crying when they receive their gifts. One sweet, old man said that it was the first time he had ever received a Christmas gift in his life What a joy to be able to share God's love and the reality of eternal life in Jesus with these men in their remaining years!
Operating out of a small, rented house, this ministry began in 2000 as a feeding center for the children of the city who worked and/or lived on the streets. It was in November of that year that the church began its initial outreach and we joined forces with Pastor Juanita Murillo to reach the children of Mexicali. The ministry was born out of the 12-year-old vision of the pastor to reach the many street children of the city.
For 3 years, the Center operated from the rented house. The children ate in the patio area, which was then cleared for classes in the afternoons. The kitchen used by the volunteers to prepare the food for the children each day was equipped with only an apartment-sized stove and small refrigerator. The teen-aged boys slept in a small room that was previously an office.
It became increasingly evident that this location would soon no longer accommodate the growing ministry. In 2003 construction began on a new building for the Boys Home. Early 2005, the building was completed and the boys moved into their new home.
Since then, many young men have passed through these doors. In this home they were shown God's love, learned to read and write, attended school, "graduated" from the Boys Home and started new lives. Some are married and raising families. Several have finished vocational school for carpentry or welding. Others found good work in the city. Presently three are in university. We praise God for the work that He has done in the lives of these young men.
Tijuana Children's Home Ministering at Men's Home- 2017
Outreach to the Camps near the Dump
In recent years, the children of the Tijuana Children's Home also began to reach out to these men. The older children visit the Men's Home to spend the afternoon with them. They fill the day with clowns, skits, music and singing. They pray for the men, serve them lunch, and spend some time listening to the stories of the lovely old men, who could easily be their grandfathers or great-grandfathers. To see these precious children, who have had such tragic histories of their own, minister to others, fills us with gratitude to God for all He is doing in their lives as well. Our God is an awesome God!
First Widows Program - 2007
In 2011, we began working with one of our local churches to reach out to the families who are living in the camps near the city dump. These people spend their days working in the dump looking for food and pieces of plastic and wire they can sell.
Our first December outreach was beautiful with a Christmas service, blankets and groceries for the families, gifts for everyone and toys for the children--a blessed Christmas celebration for those who have so little.
In 2007, we began working with one of our local churches to reach out to the widows of the community. So many of these ladies are in desperate need, most without families and often forgotten. Each month the church provides a luncheon and time of fellowship for the ladies. Then on Mother's day and Christmas, a special program and dinner celebration is planned for the group. We take this time to provide groceries, blankets and other gift items for the ladies.
Our first special program for the widows was August 2007, when we took the ladies to a Chinese buffet. One of the widows told us that it was the very first time she had ever eaten at a restaurant. She cried when we prayed with her and cried when she received her gifts and boxes of groceries. She soon became a regular attender at the church, as did most of the ladies. To this day, we continue this outreach to this group of widows. There are now some newer faces, and some of our first group have passed on to their new eternal home. Most of these sweet ladies have committed their hearts to Jesus and now look to the church as their new-found family.