Ensenada

Your ministry increases SPEED and DIRECTION with our missions experience!

We’ve learned some things along the way that we believe set us apart from many who go to Mexico on their own. We believe that Matthew 5:16 is the essence of what we will share with you on this page. It says, “Let your light shine before men (others) in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Our goal is to glorify the Father in heaven! We have been mobilizing church and school groups since 1970 for this very purpose. We are honest when we say, we haven’t always been focused, but we actively and humbly pursue this goal and commit to it.

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You’re partnered with the local church

to reach their community together!

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Here is what a tired Pastor looks like

when the work glorifies the Lord.

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The next generation of Mexico is learning

what LIGHT looks like in the church.

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Mexican boys are competitive

and enjoy fun and games of all kinds.

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The neighborhood hears of how much fun

their children had at church.

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Making bracelets together

will profoundly create a life memory.

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Local kids typically haven’t heard most

Bible stories (especially yours).

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It’s not Broadway, but it is powerful

to know Jesus died and rose for you.

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Teams bring baby sitters for local mothers

so they can join in VBS & Bible studies.

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Your Mexican Pastor prays and invests

into the lives of your team too.

We’ve learned that their is a wound in the members of the Mexican church that was put their by the Churches of the United States. We, the United States churches, have said we have the answers and have for years showed up to tell the Mexicans how they should run their ministries.

Our response, in part, is simply this. We want to heal the wound that, we, the United States churches, have inflicted. We continue to come to SERVE the local Mexican church, to reach out TOGETHER to their communities. We want local Pastors to speak into our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. We want them to know we are EQUALS in Christ. We don’t use education, age, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality and language to set us apart as superior.

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Future passionate worship leaders

are watching you worship.

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Painting nails tells mothers

that they are special and loved.

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A break in the action gives time for

snacks… the show is about to begin.

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Thank the Lord for the translator who

has them taking it all in.

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We start the day with breakfast and

morning chapels challenge you to go.

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The Barnabas team sends you off with

a lot of hoopla…

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After dinner we have worship chapel

and team time before bed.

We encourage groups to bring all types of team members to Mexico. Many of all ages will stand in chapel and give their hearts to the Lord. Many will find new or renewed purpose in life. Many will be touched by the Holy Spirit to give their lives to full time service!

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You stay at Rancho El Refugio where

the night sky takes your breath away.

The ranch is a beautiful oasis getaway compared to being in the city. It’s about 6 miles east of the city of Ensenada, Mexico. Although it has some rustic features like generator powered electricity, it offers a more secure setting on the outskirts of town.

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The facilities continue to improve

with an indoor kitchen and dining area.

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With great views of the city to the ocean,

you can sit on giant boulders and breath.

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With tent areas (flush toilets included)

we accommodate 250-450 people a trip.

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With limited well water at the Ranch

teams take showers in town. (approx. $3)

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Ensenada is a tourist town

offering amazing coastal sites.

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Experience the Ensenada culture

and the La Bufadora (blowhole).

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Each person reacts differently

to the same experience.

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We suggest you choose carefully and

wisely as you experience local cuisine.

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Goodbye is always bitter sweet

when friendships grow deep.

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Many of our translators are from Mexico

and they are transformed by you.

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Your Mexican friends will miss you

as they cherish the memories.

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Celebrations always include food and

it’s their delight to bless you.

It’s important to celebrate at least once before the trip is over! You will find that your partners will share from what they have to host you. It’s an honor and important for them to be treated equally. They want to bless you, even if they have limited resources.

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Stories grow into legends as you look

forward to the next encounter together.

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Did the community see your wallet or

did they see Jesus in your servants heart?

Ministry that gives glory to the Father in heaven definitely includes a heart to protect from hurting your partners. Timing is everything. We actively encourage teams to not make the trip all about bringing money, building materials, and stuff. There is a time and place for stuff when equality is established in Christ first. The Lord does want us to share out of our abundance, but in the right way. Some of our teams build houses, church buildings and bathrooms, but at the right time. To protect your partners from financial dependency and from reopening old wounds of  prideful United States Church superiority, we pray for a humble partnership built on equality in Christ. Joy in the Lord and celebration should be included!

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