February 19 – 27, 2011, a group of 8 people from Church of the Rock made the trip to Ensenada, Mexico. We stayed at the YWAM base, which happens to face the Pacific Ocean – very nice!
Our first few days were spent serving with Pastor Francisco, who has been running children’s ministry in two locations in the mountains for 30 years. For each of the three days, the team split up in the morning to work on a concrete project at the one church outreach while the other team members went to run a children’s program at another site. Although the area to be cemented was small, it was hard work! The driveway was steep so it took one person pushing the wheelbarrow and two of us pulling it. Wow that was tough!
Each afternoon we met back together to have childrens ministry with the kids at the location of the concrete work. We spent some time playing – bouncing balls or skipping – with the kids over at a flat area on the mountain side and we shared Bible stories, puppet skits and songs with them.
The Thursday, however, was a completely different day. We visited both a migrant camp and a women’s drug rehab centre. Across the street from the rehab centre was an orphanage, which serves a centre to house the children whose mothers are in the rehab centre.
After a tour of the centre I had a chance to speak with the director about the program. It is not funded by any organization; donations come from people who send someone there or from others who know about it. It’s off in the mountains, which offers serenity but also limits the awareness of others. They are in desperate need of a real stove, tables for their dining hall, and a roof. The leaks in the roof are damaging so much of the little they have.
The director allowed us to invite the children to join the moms for a time of skits and songs. It was SO cool! They loved it! Afterward, the kids and the team went back to the orphanage for crafts and games while I stayed to speak to the moms. Before this, I wasn’t all that thrilled about our time in Mexico, but as soon as I stood up in front of the women, I knew I was sent for this time. I shared what God had put on my heart and we had a wonderful time in His truth!
We ended our time at the rehab centre by giving blankets to each of the women, leaving toiletries, candy, school supplies, and other things with them. The director told me a women had just asked her for shampoo that day as she had run out a few days before. It was such a privilege for all of us to give as an extension of the kind and generous hearts of Church of the Rock.
I already have a full week planned for when I go back … are you coming with me?
(February Mexico Team Leader)