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Going Deeper

Our ultimate goal is to transform lives and communities by partnering with local pastors and their congregations to meet the spiritual needs of “the least of these”. We build homes for the homeless, provide medical care for the sick, and offer expanding educational support for children in the poorest areas. Our short-term mission trips are adventures in faith and service as participants share a transformative team experience and make God’s love known in word and deed.

Are we moving forward in this mission and purpose?  You bet!  In a year where many things have changed, through your help, prayers, and faithfulness we have continued to meet the needs for housing, medical care, and educational support.  However, I want to challenge us to go one step further.  One thing that has become even more clear in a year of masks, social distancing, and working from home; we need to build deeper relationships! 


While we have been able to connect through technology more frequently, many in the colonias and around the world simply do not have that ability.  Instead of social distancing they have been living in social isolation.  Maybe we should ask how can we improve our communication, our interaction, our relationships with those we serve and call friends in Mexico?  What can each of us do to stay connected to the families we build for?  How do we encourage the pastors in the challenging work they do every day? In what ways can we get to know the staff as friends and brothers in Christ as we labor together? 

Hebrews 10:24-25
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
 
As teams begin to return, as you continue to pray, may you also take the time to communicate, share life with, and walk side by side with all of God's children.  Time is all you have to give.  Time that is precious to give and more valued by those who receive.  Time that is rapidly running towards that Day.
 
God bless you,
Adrian Waller
Executive Director
Punto Cero
Punto Cero is a home for the disabled and mentally ill. Patients are picked up off the streets where they have been abandoned by their family to wander, beg, and try to survive with little hope. Jesus Baca worked for 17 years in a psychiatric facility and when his son was 16 years old, he was diagnosed with schizophrenic bipolar depression. He could not find a place for him to go as the facilities were full. That is when he decided to open a facility where they could help others. He purchased land and began getting all the legal paperwork to establish a facility in the colonias.  He knew that there were more families who needed help. Patients come from hospitals, social services, the police, and the street. Within a short amount of time, Punto Cero was already at capacity but did not have the facilities in place.  But Jesus and his wife Guadalupe could not turn these people in need back to the streets.  The sleeping quarters were tight, but at least they were safe.   With 60 patients living in the facility they needed help.  They had two rooms to sleep in, but no kitchen to cook in, no space to eat in or get out of the weather, and only two outhouses.  Thanks to a pastor, Colton and Sarah, and an adventurous team Missions Ministries was introduced.  Within a short amount of time, the team raised funds for a pavilion and was later joined by another to fund a multi-purpose building to get the ball rolling.  In time and with more funding a kitchen, rooms, and a bathhouse will be added. 

It was amazing to see the men from Missions Ministries partner with some of the residents as they quickly assembled a building that will last for years of wonderful use.
Materials?
Anyone who has been on a team knows that there are a lot of materials needed for a house build.  But do you ever think of the planning, preparation, and cost of each item?  Thanks to Lencho the planning and preparation are down to a science; how many 2x4's are needed, sheets of siding, and yes 3 cans of foam spray.  However, the cost has become a moving target.  What used to be predictable has now become an uphill climb.   Check out your local hardware store and you too will be surprised.   A 2x4 that use to be $2.50 is now $9.60 in Mexico.  A sheet of OSB (4x8 for a roof) use to be $8.99 is now $32.00.   On average since COVID hit all wood materials, if they can be found in Mexico, have doubled and tripled in price.  Missions Ministries has had to weather this storm too.  
Sponsor a Student Program
Schools are still closed across Mexico.  It is a blessing to see the students being picked up in vans, delivered to the library at the team center, completing their studies, and returned safely home.   Each van load throughout the day comes with 6-8 neatly dressed, backpack toting, happy kids.   The wonderful teachers in the libraries are making the difference with a smile, a hug, and knowledge dispensed.  As for now all students are transported to the library on the team center, but hopefully soon we will reopen the other.  Be praying as we consider the logistics of holding "school" in our two libraries for the foreseeable future.
Host Team
Interested in full time mission service?
Missions Ministries is looking for a host team beginning in 2021. 
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more please email adrian@missionsministries.org or call 303-771-3789.
Clinic
The clinic will remain closed during this first phase.  Adriana (our nurse) will be spending her time as the new head of the COVID-19 staff committee.   She will be monitoring staff as we implement the protocols required by the Mexican government.
 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Pray...

for our World.

for God's protection for staff, pastors, and those in the colonias during this time of uncertainty.

for the staff, that their hearts would be open to minister to their community.

for the pastors that they can find unique ways to reach those in their church and community.

that during this time of "change" from the routine that Jesus would be made known to  those who don't know him as their Lord and Savior.

pray for the planning, preparation, and patience as we try to figure out what ministry looks like in a COVID world.

 
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