Tijuana Mission started in 1987 at Damien High School. A parent, involved in the Mission Circle at St. James Parish in Solano Beach asked if the students would be interested in doing their graduation service hours at an orphanage in Tijuana. That started thirty years of uninterrupted involvement with the poor in Tijuana; specifically in La Morita, home to about 300,000 pre-dominantly Catholic people.
Our present program consists of building homes. To date, we have built over 100 homes, six sets of classrooms, and nine churches. In January, we do an Epiphany Trip, where we bring rice, beans, flour, bread, hams, blankets, soccer balls, toys of all sorts, toiletries, and toilet tissue to over two hundred families.
During the year, we made five other trips, bringing rice, beans, flour, and bread to four specific groups: Las Memorias (an Aids Center for Adults), Olga’s Place (Olga feeds about thirty children before school each morning), El Nino Convent, and Immaculata Church.
Up until recently, we delivered tons of used clothes. Because of Mexican bureaucracy, I am no longer allowed to do that, but God is truly good and intervened as he did in 1987, drawing my attention to the Galilee Center in Mecca. It has worked out very well and I am happy to tell you that we are making over 20 trips a year to deliver clothes, rice, beans, and bread.
Mecca is home to thousands of migrant works (I refer to it as Tijuana USA) and has stretched our budget considerably, but God is not through with us and continues to bless us, never letting us “come up short,” even as He increases our involvement with the poor. The Gospel of Matthew 14:19-21 is very alive in our lives; He said, “Bring them to me. Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and blessed them. Then he broke the loaves in pieces and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. All of them ate and were filled. Then the disciples picked up what was left of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. Now those who had eaten were about 5,000 men besides women and children.”
For more information about the Tijuana Mission, please visit their website at tijuanamission.org.
To support the TIJUANA MISSION, please click on the button below to donate and either select your parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and/or type Group 1640 in the memo box. God bless!
Para apoyar a TIJUANA MISSION, haga clic en el botón de abajo para donar y seleccione su parroquia en la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles y / o escriba Grupo 1640 en el cuadro de memorando. ¡Dios los bendiga!