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Day 3 of the Tijuana Trip

A House to Build. We started this day out headed to the job site where we are building a house for the Gonzales family. The site is on a hill and was a lot of fun getting into. Once we were set Up we started to work in two different directions. We had two jobs to complete today. We needed to paint all of the siding and trim before we put it on the house and we also needed to start building the house. Two teams working in harmony . We were able to paint all of the siding in a little over 2 hours and the building team was able to finish one of the walls in that same amount of time. So as we lifted up the first wall we combined back into one team to concentrate on the...

Day 2 of the Tijuana Trip

Sunday, Feb 15th What a day, We started out the morning by going with Armondo and Amalia to the canals to feed the homeless. When we arrived the line of people seemed to never end. There was a man from another ministry preaching to them while they waited. We joined in on the food preparation with 2 other ministries. This was the first time that we were right in the canals where the people live. There homes are simple, crude and outdoors. We talked with many different people that morning, and one of them decided to come back to the rehab with Armondo when we were all done. We worked diligently to make sandwiches and then assisted the group with passing out the food and drink. Many of the people went through the line twice. When we finished cleaning up we drove down into the canal and then drove through the canal until we came to the next exit area and drove back out. After feeding the homeless we went to Orlondo’s church. Worship was upbeat and loud and we sang chorus’s in Spanish that we were familiar with from our services. Pastor Stephanie gave a spirit filled sermon about Faith and not giving up. God is not finished with us. Afterwards most everyone came forward for prayer. We ended up having our lunch at 2:30 and pushing back our birthday party at the Orphanage by an hour and a half. But we were fine with that. After all flexibility is a requirement on missions trips. We stopped on our way to the Orphanage to get Ice Cream, Cake...

Day 1 of the Tijuana Trip

Getting to Tijuana Well we left Des Moines and flew to San Diego through Las Vegas. Nine of us flew today (George, Terri, Mike, Cindy, Alex, Julius, Son, and me, Al) while 2 of the team (Kim and Pastor Stephanie) flew on last Wednesday the 11th and spent the last 3 days helping out at an orphanage. Our flights were on time, and smooth. We ended up with a short lay over in Vegas and then on to San Diego. Southwest is a very good airline and we all made it and there and we all had our luggage lost, None was lost in transit. That’s happened on previous trips. After arriving in San Diego we were picked up by Dave and Toni, our gracious hosts for the week. We loaded all our luggage into the vans and climbed aboard and headed to where else but “In and Out Burger”. It seems to have become a staple of the trip. When we arriveĀ and are headed into Mexico we have to stop at the In and Out Burger. (if you don’t know what In and Out Burger is just think of Be Bops in Des Moines) There we had dinner before heading to the base. After leaving we then had to stop at our second staple of the trip on the way to Mexico, we stopped at Wally World (Walmart) for supplies and last minute items. Finally, we loaded into the vans once again, after a quick repair with the transmission on one of the vans we headed down into Mexico and to the base. Well were unpacked and prepped...

Tijuana Missions

Tijuana Missions Trip February 14th – 21st 2015 Spirit Midwest is headed back to Tijuana Mexico this coming February 14th for another week long trip. This year God has raised enough funds to allow us to build a home for Javier Gonzalez and his wife Elia. They have 5 kids ranging in age from 16 down to 3. Here is Elia’s testimony: My name is Elia Gonzalez Cortez and I have 8 years with Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Our family has suffered a lot in the past. My husband fell at work and hurt his back, my daughter Kimberly (when she was 6 years old) had a very bad case of hepatitis and was in between life and death, Javier has asthma, Stephonia had a problem with her stomach that almost needed an operation and Javier had surgery on his right eye. Receiving a house will be a great blessing for our family. I know that God will be very pleased and may he bless you and keep you. This family of seven lives in a one room building. In addition, when the mission staff talked with the father, Javier, he shared that not too long ago he had tried to cross illegally into the U.S. to provide for his family but had been caught and returned to Mexico. When he found out that we would be building a house for his family, he felt God was telling him that he needed to stay in Mexico with his family and that God would provide their needs. During this week long trip we will also be helping...