GO ON A TRIP
WHY WE SERVE:
The Abbotsford Vineyard Church and several partnering churches and organizations have committed to sending teams to Primo Tapia, Mexico throughout the year. These are life-changing experiences for everyone involved. Not only do we focus on making a difference in the lives of those we serve, but we also step outside of our western comfort zone and identify with God’s heart for the nation of Mexico.
To be part of the community we have established a permanent base in the city of Primo Tapia itself. The team building is located adjacent to Casa de Luz. The building houses a clean and functional kitchen, eating and hang out areas, and storage space. Our facilities contain a shower and bathroom on each floor of our team buildings, bunk beds complete with mattresses and bedding, and an amazing view of the Pacific ocean. A fire pit is also available outside of the team buildings to socialize and debrief through your stay.
If you hire our team cooks you can expect to have some of the best Mexican meals you have ever tasted. There are also many restaurants and grocery stores near by.
INTERACTING WITH THE KIDS
The children of CDL love when teams come to visit, and even though the language barrier is a bit of a challenge, the children love interacting with visitors! We have found that because of the language differences, the best way to interact with the kids is through playing on the playground, playing sports, etc.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
While in Mexico, our teams engage in a lot of different projects. We often spend time at Casa de Luz. Some people may want to set up a craft time with the children other people may choose to help out at the Nursery, where staff are always happy for some extra hands with the younger ones. Former teams have chosen to do things like dance/music classes, sports camps, and children’s Christmas concerts. The possibilities are endless.
Often times, there will also be a construction team that will be involved in a project – either to complete a home that a team has already started, or to complete smaller home renovation types of projects for the families of Casa de Luz.
We also try to get out into the community as much as possible. One way that we have chosen to get involved in the community is to put together food/gift hampers for local families in need. Traditionally, this has meant that teams shop for, assemble, and deliver the packages. This way, we are able to visit with each family and pray for them as we do so. God has done some amazing things as we have served and prayed for people, including several miraculous healings!
Of course, all of this is done in partnership with La Hermosa Church, which we will have the privilege of attending on Sunday morning or on Thursday night.
LOVE IN ACTION
We ask that you please be hospitable toward the La Hermosa and CDL Staff and volunteers. Show your love and appreciation for them while you are there. Look for ways to serve them.
Also, be warm and friendly to the local people you will be meeting. Let others get to know you. Think of ways that you can help them understand a little about yourself and your country. Above all else, reflect the love of Christ in your words and actions.
As it is well reported in the news, the Mexican government has been fighting the drug cartels for the past couple of years and violence has increased in some regions. What the news does not report, however, is that the violence is centralized in the main routes of drug trafficking in central Mexico, which is very far from Baja California where we are situated. However, the military is present here, as it is in all of Mexico, and we will regularly see members of the Mexican military while on the highways and in local stores. We will also occasionally pass through military checkpoints. These are not situations to be concerned about—they are there to make the region safe for tourism, and are regular occurrences in Mexico.
HOW TO APPLY
If you’re interested in taking a trip down to Casa de Luz, please contact us below or email us at email@example.com