Hello everyone! Greetings from Tijuana, Mexico! I wanted to share a little bit with you about what the Lord has been doing in my life here at CC Pedregales in these last few months.
I am still overseeing the Children’s Ministry here at CCP (Calvary Chapel Pedregales). We average about 60 kids on Wed. and Sun. services. I am currently teaching the 9-11 year old class on Wed. nights as we are lacking a teacher for this class. It is a joy to be teaching again, as I’ve been out of the classroom for sometime now, focusing on teacher training.
Our after school program, “Amigos del Rey” (Friends of the King), has kept me very busy. We currently feed 30 children from the neighborhood a healthy lunch three days per week, (Tues. Thurs. and Fri.).The kids come from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. and they eat, wash their dishes, brush their teeth, play table games, and then do their homework. We have a small staff that runs this program, and are always in need of more help. We have some kids who are 9, 10, and 11 that don’t know how to read as they have not been in school! With our limited staff, it’s difficult to give them the one-on-one help that they need, but we are praying and know that God will send us more laborers!
It is a joy to serve and minister to these kids. Each one of them has a story, and many of them are not good! There is lots of abuse, sexual and physical, and neglect which is common in poverty stricken places, where drugs and alcohol are prevalent. They are very much at-risk, and so we are here to show them a different way! ☺ They all need Jesus, and that’s just what we give them.
We now have the support from the local DIF here in Tijuana (They are children’s social services). They recently came and provided tamales for all of the kids, and backpacks for school. This is a big achievement, as here in Tijuana, it’s very different than in the states, and to have their support is a big deal!
They will also be giving us food on a weekly basis for the kids to take home, fresh fruits and vegetables…We also have a dentist friend who is Christian and is seeing every child free of charge! I see every day, how dear these children are to God’s heart, and I am honored to be a small part in what He is doing for them. I feel that this is the reason that God brought me to Mexico back in 1996, for these very children. I ask you to pray for these kids and our staff, that God would continue to bless us, giving the adults wisdom in how to best meet their needs.
We just celebrated Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16th. We had an all church party and dressed in typical Mexican clothing and ate a very delicious typical meal called “Pozole.” We also celebrate the freedom that we have in Tijuana to worship God.
In July, we had our 2nd annual Graduation dinner honoring all of the kids from our church who graduated from Elementary, Jr. High, High School, and College. There were a total of 14 this year! We want to honor each milestone graduation each year, as it is difficult to stay in school in Tijuana.
These are just some of the happenings here at Calvary Chapel Pedregales in these last few months! Thanks to you all for your many years of prayers and support for me in Tijuana!
God bless you all!
Serving in Tijuana, Mexico
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”—Galatians 2:20