Greetings to all my dear brothers and sisters!
The first thing I want to do is thank you for all your prayers; for believing in us and not giving up on us! Well, we have big news. An unknown person has provided the rest of the funds for the purchase of the church and shelter property! What a Praise report! God is good, Amen! Let us all shout with joy and proclaim God’s goodness, for He is good all the time!
Thank you to all who have really made an effort to help us raise the funds for the purchase. It is something that seemed impossible, but we know that with God all things are possible! That is how this ministry started and continues to walk, in Christ! Now please continue to pray for all the legal stuff to come quickly to an end. Also, for the sellers to come to the table in good faith! Again, thanks to all who have made this possible!
There is so much to share, but like always, it is hard to know where to start! Please pray for Adrian who is 31. He has two children, a little girl named Valentina who is 1 ½ years old and a boy named Benjamin, who is 2 ½ years old! The mother of the children, Kemia, who is 25 years old, came to Tijuana to follow and marry Adrian!
Adrian communicated with Kemia that he was in the La Roca Ranch and has come to know the Lord. Adrian asked her for forgiveness and for her to marry him! Kemia and Adrian were in a gang together and involved in the use, sales and distribution of drugs! However, she has also now left the gang and is willing to start a new life together!
So she came to Tijuana to see if all that Adrian had said was true! I was quite surprise to see her confidence in her decision to come and get married. We have started marriage counseling and they are hoping to get married on February 14th. Your prayers will be a blessing!
Also, more good news; as you know we have committed ourselves to the people of the dump in a much greater way. The staff is now taking the children from the dump to the school 1 ½ miles away. Some days with our La Roca van and other days on foot!
The parents are happy since they now have assistance for their children to go to school. All we ask is for the mothers to bring the children clean. The staff helps them with school supplies and whatever else they may need!
We are also going to buy 4 water tanks that can hold at least 200 gallons each. Our goal is to pay for a whole truck of water so that they would be willing to come into our area. That way the mothers can have the water to provide showers for their kids and also for the workers and our staff! Our staff is staying out there 24/7. There is a rotation of two shifts: Sunday to Wednesday and Wednesday to Sunday!
Our staff is as follows: Federico, His mother Gloria, our youth pastor Alex, (the Sunday to Wednesday shift) Nacho and Arturo (the Wednesday to Sunday shift)
Please pray for our staff. They usually come in from the dump coughing from all of the smoke that comes from the burning of wire to be able to sell the copper!
For projects we need to place a roof on the church at the dump and it may be costly; or we can put a metal frame with a large heave duty tarp, roughly 24 X 48 ft or smaller. Also, we have started to dig for bathrooms, both a men and womens! It will cost approximately $1,100.
We also need to build a small wooden house 8 X 12 for Gloria and her husband, which will cost $800, and a small ramp for our sister in a wheel chair. We need small solar lights for inside the trailer and outside, tables and chairs and Spanish books and school supplies!
I know Christmas has passed, but we are praying that we could find in our hearts the love to continue to give to those in real need! We are not seeking for needs, we live among them, and we see the daily needs of these hard working people!
Again, we thank you for allowing yourselves to be used by God to provide for this ministry that never takes a break. Thanks for becoming part of our family and adopting us into yours!
Your missionaries, In His Passion;
Carlos and Rossy, Christina, Karla and the rest of the team!