Breaking Ground: Monthly Tijuana Day Trip
Date and Time
Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Be a witness to your neighbors
Learn about border issues
Spend a day with the people of La Morita, one of the poorest and fastest-growing colonias (neighborhoods) in Tijuana. Many people have come from all over Mexico in search of a better life but struggle with the reality of low wages and still live in houses with dirt floors and no running water. You will have the opportunity to literally break ground when working to improve these conditions. At the same time, the grounds of our hearts break open to become more loving and dedicated to service. We go not just to help these families improve the quality of their lives, but to witness to Jesus' response to the question "Who is my neighbor?" Quite literally, the people of Tijuana are our neighbors, but they are also those most in need.
What does the day in Tijuana include?
- Meet at 7:30 a.m. for brief orientation and a one-hour drive to the San Eugenio Mission
- Physical labor project (planting trees, patching a roof, laying concrete, etc.)
- Share lunch and learn more about life in La Morita
- Visiting with people of La Morita either in homes, or a residential facility for people living with HIV/AIDS, or a shelter for migrant men closer to downtown
- View border fence in two different places and peer at the U.S. from the Mexican side, learn about the history and impact of the border, and pray for people who have lost their lives trying to cross
- Dinner (provided)
- Reflect as a group on the impact of the experience
- Return to USD by 9 p.m.
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