Posted April 18th
MISSION and our partners are committed to serving alongside the churches and people of Puerto Penasco in meeting physical and spiritual needs on the journey towards community transformation.
In 2011 MISSION began partnering with Weekend Missions and their local church partners in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico. In 2012 our partnership expanded to include 1Mission. Together we are part of a coalition of churches and ministries in Arizona and Puerto Penasco working among the poor of the city. It is the vision of all those involved to see the people of Puerto Penasco transformed by the grace of God.
In August of 2011, 50 pastors and Christian leaders in Rocky Point were trained in Community Health Evangelism (CHE) – a ministry approach that encourages churches and community leaders to take ownership of the challenges their community faces and develop creative solutions to meet those challenges. In Rocky Point, many people have become dependent on donations from outside the community to meet their physical needs. Through the CHE training they received, local pastors and leaders learned how to lead their communities in transformation without being dependent on outsiders. These leaders have taken up the challenge to be self-sufficient, and MISSION, Weekend Missions and 1Mission are walking alongside these pastors and leaders to encourage them along the way.
What We Are Doing
Serving alongside Weekend Missions, 1Mission, and local church pastors in four of the poorest neighborhoods in the city we are sending short-term teams to work with children, help to construct church buildings, and support the ministries of the churches in any way we can. We are also helping to provide adequate housing to families in these neighborhoods who are active in volunteering in their community.
In 2014 we are sending three teams to Puerto Penasco to serve with either Weekend Missions or 1Mission. If you would like to join us on a weekend trip to Mexico, click on the Opportunities and Trips link on the right side of this page, or contact the Justice Ministries Office.