Volume 14 | Issue 163 I October 2020
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and our safe" Proverbs 18:10
Pressing on in Baja....
As the current global health crisis continues, so does our mission. The spring and summer seasons came and went with a drastic reduction in serving groups traveling to Baja, but your prayers and support never wavered. God continues to meet our ministry partners' needs as well as our Casa De Mana campus project needs. Read below to catch up and learn how you can help us finish out 2020 and push forward into 2021!

Baja Survival Needs Project

Much like in the United States, the resulting impact of the pandemic left northern Baja in an unprecedented unemployment situation. However, unlike in the U.S., residents of Baja saw no stimulus checks or unemployment insurance. In addition to impoverished families already being served, now entire communities are facing food shortages. Thousands of dollars in disaster relief funding have and continue to be used from our Baja Survival Needs Project to provide local groceries and One Meal food packs from Children Around the World for distribution to ministry partners like Door of Faith Orphanage, Haitian TJ church Primera Iglesia Bautista de Tijuana, Santa Rosa church Vid Verdadera, and Templo Evangelico La Hermosa and Rancho La Hermosa Orphanage in Primo Tapia. During this time we also procured and transported essential medical supplies for Siloé Ministries and helped fund a surgery for a Door of Faith Orphanage staff member.

Casa De Mana Campus


With recent construction advancements, Casa de Mana is now available to host short term groups once again. The campus now lodges groups of twenty-five with bunkbeds, full bathrooms, and temporary kitchen accommodations. This has given us the opportunity to house several local inner city orphanages who have been under quarantine since the Covid restrictions were put in place back in April. It also gives us the ability to house visiting volunteer serving groups as they are open to travel back to Baja.

Campus Construction

As many of you know, at the end of 2019, a fire completely destroyed the Casa de Mana campus. Work has continued through the pandemic resulting in a functioning warehouse, septic system, water pila (underground holding tank), and fourteen person casitas #1. We are almost ready to begin framing on casitas #2. In addition to campus construction, several donors from Sacramento to San Diego have been working to address our electrical/solar situation, provide construction materials including over 30,000 dollars in donated flooring tile, and provide a 25,000 dollar playground that hopefully soon will see children playing on it at the campus.

To see updated campus pics and news:
Operation Thanksgiving THANKFULNESS Outreach November 21
With a crazy 2020 coming to a close, it makes perfect sense that God would direct us towards a Thanksgiving Celebration in lieu of the traditional Christmas outreach. This year we have partnered with Calvary Chapel Rancho Libertad in La Misión for our year end outreach. They feel that a time of "thankfulness" for the community will be a chance to embrace and shower love on many families that endured so much over this past year. The one day event will include a Thanksgiving message, worship music, sit down Thanksgiving turkey dinner, game and crafts for the children, and grocery food distribution.

Ways to Serve Prior to the Event:
-Financially Sponsor The Event by buying/baking a turkey and deliver to south Orange County on November 19th. Contact Tracey at (949) 842-3655.
-Assemble craft kits and bake certain cookies to deliver to south Orange County by Nov 20th. Contact Tracey at (949) 842-3655.
-Go to the AMAZON wish list and purchase raffle items directly delivered to STM.

Ways to Serve Day of Event:
-Volunteer to serve at the event
Option 1: $35 pp = van transportation from O.C. plus lunch
Option 2: $10 pp = meet up and caravan in your vehicle plus lunch
You can register for the one day trip at 1 Day Trip Sign UP
*All Strong Tower vans have Sentri which greatly reduces border crossing times. Those driving vehicles without Sentri will have to wait in the normal border crossing line coming back into the U.S.
Introducing Rich & Ann Drais
Strong Tower Ministries would like to introduce you to Rich and Ann Drais. They joined the STM volunteer team in 2019 having moved from Northern California to serve in Baja as fulltime missionaries. The couple were first introduced to Baja through annual serving trips with the church they attended in the US. After raising three children (Rich working as a machinist and Ann a teacher), they decided to permananteley re-locate to Mexico. Ann shared that it was through a multi-year cancer battle they endured with one of their sons, God opened their eyes to just how short life can be and that how people use the balance of time they have left matters. "Rich and I both came to the conclusion that the best use of our collective time was to focus on serving in Baja," said Ann. You would have surely met them in Baja by now, but due to the U.S. Covid group travel restrictions during the spring/summer seasons, the couple have become "missionaries at large," serving with multiple ministries needing assistance in home building, food distribution, orphan care administrative needs, etc. Rich is always up helping with the Casa de Mana campus construction, and both never give a "no" answer to whatever the need request happens to be.
Thank you Rich and Ann!