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
GROUPS ARE BACK!
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.
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.
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