Jerry Cintas
September 2014

A small village called Ojos Negros outside of the touristy city of Ensenada, Mexico is home to a large population of Mexican natives.  The people of this village spend their days working the fields and living a simple life surrounded by unpaved roads and make-shift houses. The children of these workers also help in the fields and don't participate in school like other children their age.

Since 2007, Santa Clara First Baptist Church has been sending teams to this area to build a  Christian school for these children to attend at no cost so that they can be educated and grow up to be strong Christian leaders in their community.  The teachers at the school located at Rancho el Refugio drive an old 40-passenger bus into the village and bring children to the school each day.

The school is up and running with a couple of grade levels and they are currently expanding to add additional students.  To help with this effort, a team from SCFBC will leave Thursday morning, September 25th and return Sunday night, September 28th.

On the Friday and Saturday of the trip we will interact with the children in music, games, and crafts.  We will also work on projects to help finish the new classrooms.  Adults and youth who love to work with children and can also help in basic construction and painting are invited to join this year's team.

Cost for the weekend is $75 and a current passport is required. We will be staying in a beautiful 4 bedroom hacienda on the school property.  Transportation to Ensenada will be via the church van, or you can fly at your own expense to San Diego and be picked up on our way to Ensenada.  Contact Jerry Cintas at 408-390-4696 or if you are interested in participating in this mission trip.