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Reflections on Tijuana

As our team crossed the border from San Diego to Tijuana, Mexico, we wondered what our experience would be.  Some of us were veterans; some were newcomers to the trip.  Each trip that we make is never the same as the ones previous to it. What would this year’s trip be like?

We knew we would have construction activities.  Our men remodeled the kitchen of Centro Shalom, where many dinners are served and people receive food supplies. It will be a blessing to the ministry to have a modernized kitchen for serving the community.

We also knew we would have VBS for the children, where they would learn about Noah and the Ark and the promise of God’s plan for their lives.  On the first day we met a woman named Sally, who has 7 children, 6 boys and 1 girl.  The mission had recently built a house for her family, where she said the boys would live and she, her husband, and her daughter would have more room in their little shack. 

Sally showed up at VBS on the second day bringing us cucumber water.  It was hot and we were thirsty, but we wondered if it was okay for us to drink it.  Thanks to the clean water program, Sally and her family have potable water.  One activity that our team accomplished was to distribute water filters to several families.  These filters were purchased by church members at the Advent Give More Store that Smoke Rise held last December.

We pray that we made a difference in the lives of the people who worship and participate in the activities of Centro Shalom de Tijuana.  Please keep the staff of the Centro Shalom ministry in your prayers as they try to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the poor people of Tijuana.

Karen Bates

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