Service Trip Colonet, Baja MX: Medical, Light Construction, Kids Ministry
June 2nd - June 3rd, 2017
Our Heart for Colonet, Mexico
Colonet is a small, poor village of 8,000 in Baja California about 3 hours south of the border. Makers Church has been serving in and with this community for over three years. Through a collaborative and relational approach, we seek to bond and strengthen families and empower the youth through education, resources and opportunities so that they can experience wholeness and step into their God given potential.
In Colonet, both parents are often forced to work, leaving many young children home to fend for themselves - which is often a dangerous situation. We envision a “free day care” where we partner with families to assist in caring for their children. We've discovered that, while noble in intentions, most orphanages in Mexico are filled with children who are not orphans. Moms and dads have signed over their children to these organizations with the hope of a better future for their kids. However, our experience, and research, show that most often the healthiest situation for a child is to be surrounded by family, even if it’s not the perfect environment. Our vision is to keep families together and serve these families in mind, body and spirit. In addition to launching the Day Care, our vision is to also adopt the three schools in Colonet providing school assemblies, as well as partnering with local churches, to assist children with the purchases of notebooks, pens, and backpacks, along with providing a gift at Christmas. We also envision gathering the community at our facility for weekly events where we provide a place for young people to have fun. There is currently nothing like this in Colonet. We are building our facility around a permaculture model, and hope to eventually implement other models for long term impact.
How You Can Help
Several times a year, Makers Church leads teams of 10-30 people to build homes and work on our multi-purpose facility (which will house the day care, youth center, medical clinic, etc) as well as conduct children's ministry, build relationships with the community and local schools, churches and businesses, and facilitate door-to-door Outreach where we meet, pray with and serve the local families. While down there, we sleep on our property in the cabins we've build. There are beds and bathrooms/showers there too. Prayers and donation are always needed and welcome as well!
If you'd like to join on our June trip, please register by 5/27/17.
June 2 & 3 Trip Details
Leave Makers Church at 600a Friday the 2nd Return to Makers Church at 1130p Saturday the 3rd Ride in 1-2 large vans
Medical Work - Depends on who signs up with what expertise you have! Anything and everything from Blood Pressuring screenings, to wound care, to setting up a little clinic for community members to come and ask questions.
Family Ministry - Sports, games and playing with local kids - Songs and Bible stories - Door-to-door meeting and praying with families
$100 Cost Anyone over 18 is welcome! SPANISH Speakers are VERY WELCOME!! If you want to be part of the Medical team, a degree and experience is a must.
What To Bring
$100 CASH: Pays for gas, insurance, food & building supplies (will collect Fri morning) Extra spending money Passport Toiletries Hand-sanitizer Hat / Sunglasses Sunblock Flashlight Water-bottle Sleeping Bag / Pillow / Blankets Light Jacket / Warm clothing Close-toed shoes Snacks Both jeans and shorts Bible Spanish/English Dictionary (Optional)
Communications + Creative Volunteer Team Kick-Off
June 4th, 2017
Join the Makers Communication + Creative Team for a volunteer summer kick-off!
This is a chance for our entire team to connect over a meal as we get to know one another better and dream for our future at Makers!
This event is open to anyone currently serving with the communications and creative teams, or anyone interested in serving. The more the merrier, so share this link with your friends and roll deep with your crew, family or significant other.
This event is being hosted at Phil + Esther Leclerc's beautiful home. REGISTER for the address.