Just south of the border is a cross-cultural, missions experience for the churches of the CPD to “get your feet wet” in missions. Over the past few years we have been developing a Ministry Base in Mexicali. We are now extending invitations for senior pastors, youth pastors and church missions leaders/teams to come and see what is happening there.
We believe this Base will provide a great opportunity for people of all ages to experience doing missions in a place that is safe, inexpensive ($40/day per person, includes meals/lodging) and not too far from home. One of the elements we are adding to our Mexico trips is on-site training or preparation materials helping our short-term teams learn about Global Missions and what the C&MA is doing around the world.
Here’s a testimony from CPD pastor, Tim Dunfield, at South Hills Church in Henderson, NV:
“I went to Mexicali uncertain of what I would find. I came back with a clearer picture of what missions could look like for our church. The base in Mexicali is a launching pad for ministry and love all throughout the city. Base director, Gil Blanco, won our entire team over with his honesty, humor, and most importantly his passion and vision for his city. One of the ministries Gil showed us was the Youth House, a home for troubled teenagers. Our team fell in love with the kids as well as with Gabby, the lone woman who looks after 33 kids who live in this one small house. I discovered just how powerfully music could break down language barriers when Gil and I grabbed two guitars and led the kids in an impromptu worship time.
When our team returned to Vegas, I asked our church to sponsor six of the orphans so that they could attend school in the fall. Our church responded by sponsoring those six and donated enough money to sponsor many others. I have seen our church’s excitement for missions grow exponentially as a result of this one short trip. I cannot wait to take a full team down to Mexicali to work with Gil in the spring. The Mexicali base has given our church the perfect opportunity to experience a short-term mission trip and will be a large part of our church's vision for missions in the years to come.”
Vision Trips to our Mexicali Base are for leaders in your church who have decision-making power (pastors, missions leaders, etc). The idea is that you will bring a team to see the work and return to get your church engaged. If you would like more info about these trips, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.