Tacos and tourists. Piñatas and pan dulce.
Tijuana, Mexico conjures up many colorful images. The city across the United States border has a unique personality, much thanks to owning the title "Most Visited Border City" in the globe.
The city receives nearly 300,000 daily visitors crossing from the United States. And though many who visit make a quick trip across the border to walk around downtown, do some shopping and grab some authentic Mexican food - not many venture into the heart of the city and experience the true Tijuana.
Recently, CSM connected with some tijuanenses doing some amazing Kingdom-work among the 1.7 million people in their city. Sara and Kevin Neff are the directors of Lily of the Valley Orphanage in the Playas de Tijuana neighborhood. They invited us to come visit their home, meet the children that call them "Mama" and "Papa", and to visit the real Tijuana with them.
That first trip opened our eyes to the great needs that exist just across the border from us. Many families and individuals living in the surrounding area experience extreme poverty. The Neffs see the brokenness in the children sent to them on a daily basis. They see it as they partner with the local church and ministries to address major issues like hunger, abuse, homelessness and more.
It was also an extremely encouraging to see local leaders rising up to the call of Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (NIV) They seek to serve Jesus by serving their neighbor - no matter how hard that call is. And that is exactly what CSM is all about. Real partnerships with local leaders serving Christ by serving their neighbors.
We invite you to join us in this great work happening in Tijuana! We will be offering one week of service in Tijuana this summer (July 24-30, 2016).
Would your team be interested in serving with us? Please call 267-928-2620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.