Rancho Santa Marta, located 130 miles south of the border on the Baja Calif. peninsula, is a non-denominational Christian Ministry for needy Mexican children. This 450-acre ranch provides a home to 50 children and youth, many who are orphaned or abused children, providing a safe, stable and caring environment, as well as a special education K-9th grade school for 240 students.
Since 2001, St. John’s has partnered with our good friends at Faith Lutheran Church to engage in this vital and enriching mission. Our task while staying at the ranch is to help in building construction projects, working the orchard and lots of painting projects. (With the ranch having an adequate rainy season this year – we might get to buck hay!)
High School aged youth do not need to have a parent/guardian to go on the trip, but for those younger wishing to participate, a parent/guardian must accompany them.
Throughout the year we plan activities for our youth to experience faith in action by learning about mission and outreach beyond the boundaries of our church. We plan trips to local shelters or project sites such as Habitat for Humanity. We encourage youth participation in outreach projects that we support such as the Torres shelter, Jesus Center, and Youth and Family Programs.
For over 20 years, we have planned an annual Mexico Mission trip to Rancho Santa Marta in Baja, Mexico for youth ages 13 and up, including college youth and adults. Rancho Santa Marta is a Christian school for disabled children. We work on construction projects, orchard work, and whatever needs to be done at the school as well as entertaining and playing with the children who live there. Through various fundraising activities we contribute to the upkeep and projects on the ranch.