ministry BEYOND myself

OUR HISTORY


 March 2004 – MBM sponsored its first missions trip to  Nuevo  Laredo, Mexico

 April 2005– MBM forges a partnership with Dayspring  Outreach  resulting in annual  trips to La Haciendita,  Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

 October 2007 – MBM partners with Kingdom  Fellowship  Covenant Ministries to start a sponsorship  program at the  Sinethemba Child Care Center in  Port  Elizabeth, South Africa.

 July 2008- MBM hosts its first youth trip and travels to  Dr.  Arroyo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

 July 2010  - Working in partnership with the Riverdale  Teacher  Exchange program. MBM travels to Ipala,  Guatemala and  builds a relationship with Sinai  Christian School. 

 January 2011- MBM sponsors the Raise 150Campaign  for  Ambassadors for Jesus Orphanage in Port- Au-  Prince, Haiti

 July 2012- MBM funded its first community Dollar Store

 April 2013- MBM hosted its first annual health fair in La  Haciendita

 December 2015- MBM received its first grant from  Seyfarth  Shaw.

 June 2016- MBM took its first trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican  Republic and partnered with Ambassadors for Christ.  


 MBM continues to partner with churches and other community organizations on projects aimed at fostering sustainable growth within impoverished communities.

UPCOMING TRIPS/EVENTS

                                             

             SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

April , 2018

​LA HACIENDITA, NUEVO LEON, MEXICO

June, 2018
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LA HACIENDITA, NUEVO LEON, MEXICO

La Haciendita, Nuevo Leon Mexico is an ejido (village) of approximately 600 families. It is located about 3 1/2 hours from the southern tip of Texas in northern Mexico. Mexico is considered a middle income country, yet many of its families still live in abject poverty. The ongoing drug war has greatly impacted balanced economic growth in this country. La Haciendita is an underdeveloped community. There are few paved roads and many families lack indoor amenities. The closest grocery store or hospital is 45 minutes away. There are few opportunities for employment in this area forcing the men to look for work in other parts of Mexico or the United States.Our focus in this community is micro-businesses and increasing educational opportunities for youth and adults.


WHAT TO EXPECT

Before leaving participants will plan a schedule of activities for two-three community health fairs and  collect supplies, games and literature for the events. Participants will also raise funds to purchase a water tower that will be used to irrigate the orange grove that will provide local work some of the men in the community.   Once there, participants will host the community health fairs,  work alongside community members renovating homes and common areas as well as engaging in youth activities. This trip also offers opportunity for church ministry. Participants will stay in dormitory style housing. 



2017 PROJECTS 


1.  Tree Planting
The livelihood of most of the people living in Haciendita is the citrus grove. Residents can have both fruit to sell and to eat when the grove produces a good yield. Unfortunately, many of the trees need to be uprooted and new trees planted. We purchased and planted 40 trees and left money for the purchase of 100 more trees!!!!  


2. Irrigation Project

Earlier this year. the church was given an orchard to grow grapefruits. Unfortunately, there wasn't water available.  There was a river nearby but there wasn't direct access to the orchard. To get water to the orchard required underground bombing to open up a passage.  Well, we were able to raise enough money to open up a passage way to allow the free flow of water from the river!!!   


3. Dollar Store 

In 2012 Ministry Beyond Myself funded its first community Dollar Store.  We renovated a dilapidated structure and stocked the store with everything from school supplies to pampers. Each year, we do a little more to improve the functionality of the structure and stock the shelves with new items to meet the needs of the community. This year is no different we added storage units, and brought in toiletries and clothing.  All profits go back into the community to help supplement the needs of families.           

            
4. Community Health Fair
For the last five years, we have hosted a communityhealth fair for the residents of Haciendita and the surrounding towns. We have offered blood pressure screenings, glucose monitoring, cholesterol checks, basic eye tests and workshops on healthy eating, hand-washing, and the Zika virus.  These fairs are greatly welcomed as most people do not have health insurance and cannot afford annual check-ups.

5. Building Renovations
We remodeled the sleeping quarters for the volunteers who serve in La Haciendita. We fixed plumbing issues, laid tiled in the showers and added screen doors and windows.


These projects were selected by the community leaders in La Haciendita.  They determined that these projects would help support the continued growth of their community. Helping to plan and execute these projects will give our youth the opportunity to develop the art of  persuasion, collaboration and teamwork.; hone their critical thinking skills; gain cultural competency, and learn the valuable gift of service-- all while learning how to plant trees, renovate buildings, providing basic health screenings, and stocking a store.




“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is vertical, so it’s humiliating. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other. I have a lot to learn from other people.”  Eduardo Galeano



SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Dominican Republic (DR) shares the island of Hispanola with the poorest country in the western hemisphere Haiti.  Many Haitian migrants have settled in the DR straining an already challenged economy. Santo Domingo is the capital and the largest city in the DR. Many people have moved to this urban area in search  of employment trying to escape the  extreme poverty of the rural areas. While there we will meet with school leaders and the board members of the orphanage to brainstorm ways  to effectively assist with the long term growth and effectiveness  of each institution. 


WHAT TO EXPECT
​This is our first trip to the DR, so during this trip, we will meet with school leaders and the board members of the orphanage to brainstorm ways  to effectively assist with the long term growth and effectiveness  of each institution. Participants will stay in a local motel in close proximity to the orphanage.