Mexico/US Border-BROWNSVILLE, TX
LA HACIENDITA, NUEVO LEON, MEXICO
April/ June 2021
ministry BEYOND myself
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.
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS - US/MEXICAN BORDER
The United States/Mexico Border has been the staging ground from thousands of asylum seekers (from the Northern Triangle-Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) seeking refuge in the United States. These asylees -men, women and children- are living in a makeshift camp with limited resources awaiting US court dates. While they wait, children are missing school and parents are unable to work. The uncertainty of their future compounds this tenuous situation and hopelessness and despair are rampart. In conjunction with Team Brownsville, MBM will help support their Sidewalk School program as well as outreaches to address medical and other practical needs.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We will arrive in Brownsville, Thursday afternoon and work with Team Brownsville on Thursday and Friday. We will walk across the border to serve the asylees as they are situated on the Mexican side of the border. We will stay in a hotel in Texas and travel by van to the border.
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 economic development and increasing educational opportunities for youth and adults.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Before leaving, participants will select one of the pre-existing projects that they would like to support. They have to develop a plan of action for fundraising and/or collecting supplies. Projects include the community center, the convenience store, the orchard, health fair, home renovations, and tuition.
The Community Center
Recently, alcohol and drug abuse has developed among the youth in La Haciendita. It was brought to my attention by one of the fathers in the community who is concerned about the welfare of not only his young daughter, but the welfare of all of the children in the community. Without a place to go that offers structured after school activities, he fears that more children will be consumed by this epidemic. In an effort to stem this problem, he wants to open a community center with gymnasium, tutoring, and drug prevention programs. MBM is very excited about this project and is collaborating with him and the community leaders to help fund and support the development of the community center.
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
Last 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! This year, we were so excited to see the water flowing. The trees are growing and it will not be long before there will be some fruit to pick.
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. Last year, we added storage units, and brought in toiletries and clothing. This year, we diversified the stock and added household items like sheets and towels and women's accessories. 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 community health fair for the residents of Haciendita and the surrounding towns. We have offered blood pressure screenings, glucose monitoring, basic vision checks, and massages. We give-away reading glasses and there is always a distribution of food and toiletries for those in need.
Each of these projects were selected by the community leaders in La Haciendita. They determined that they would support the continued growth of their community. Helping to plan and execute these projects gives our youth the opportunity to develop the art of persuasion, collaboration and teamwork. While honing their critical thinking skills; gaining cultural competency, and learning the valuable gift of service-- they also learn how to plant trees, renovate buildings, provide basic health screenings, and stock 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
We will meet with community leaders to brainstorm ways to effectively assist with the care and development of the children.
For the last two years, MBM has been paying tuition for 22 children in grades K-12 and one dental student. We are working with community leaders to develop a grassroots community care project. Often children are living with family, but are in less than favorable conditions- poor nutrition and healthcare, limited academic and emotional support. MBM, in conjunction with a local NGO, hopes to help meet this need.