Mar 1, 2008

Why did we go to Mexico.

Around 1987, when Andrew was in the Navy and living with a friend in Ensenada, Mexico, they would cross the border to go to work at the San Diego Naval Station. In order to cross the border without a long wait, they would cross between 4 to 5am. There were usually many little children begging for money and selling chicklets (gum). Upon learning that these children were orphans or the children of very poor families, God put it on his heart to look into what could be done to help them.  At that time only the Catholic church was allowed to have orphanages so he didn't see anyway to make a difference.

Extremely poor children in east Tijuana
For years he told God that if I ever had the means he would love to help the orphans of Northern Baja California. After Andrew's mother passed away and left us a property in Atascadero, California, we started to see the doors opening up.  Around Christmas 2004 a missionary that we had worked with on short term trips to Mexico spoke at our home church, telling about their work of building orphanages, their successes, and their needs.  God let us know at that time that we were to go and help.

Four years later, in March of 2008, we moved to Rosartio Beach, B.C.N., Mexico and we began working with Firm Foundations doing construction for orphanages and feeding kitchens for poor children.

Other goals we have are for the family to learn Spanish and for the children to have an opportunity to experience a different life and to spend considerable time serving others.