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.
MISSION TRIP NEWS
Thursday was a big day for many reasons. We woke to a refreshing marine layer blanketing the hills, which promised more temperate weather for the work day. We dove into our work with gusto, since, unlike most years, this was to be our last full work day. With the scheduling of back to back evenings Read More
Tonight was a big night for us as we were invited to have dinners with the children in residence here in their group homes. All of us experienced wonderful hospitality and wonderful food. My group was with one of the girls homes with residents from elementary school through high school. With their “a little bit Read More
We hit the ground running Tuesday morning. After what appears to have been a very sound and restful sleep we were off to our various job sites. Most of us went to the new high school wing, while Bill and Anne prepared those boxes and boxes of peaches. (Mystery solved: the peaches will be frozen Read More
(Author’s note: I fully intended to post on our first day of work Monday evening, but, dang, if I didn’t fall asleep on my keyboard.) Folks began slowly to stir starting at 6:00 Monday morning; strong coffee waking us for the day ahead. We began with our annual Monday morning visit to the students’ weekly Read More
We have arrived safely in Rancho Santa Marta after a pretty uneventful two days drive. Saturday we made our way to Carlsbad where we stayed at St. Michael’s by the Sea Episcopal Church. Some made their way to the beach where some (not mentioning any names, Josh) got their pants wetter than was suggested. Oh Read More
It has been an exhausting and busy five days here at the Rancho. The big job was to bring the new High School building along as far as possible, with an eye to occupancy in August. I mentioned yesterday that we had completed the insulation. Today we got as far as we could with the Read More
It has been a big work day for us today. As it turns out, our work on the new High School building has exceeded the Rancho’s expectations. The insulation inside the building is complete, the windows are installed, and the siding is well on its way. In fact, we had to spin off some our Read More
Each year our Mexico Mission trip is made up of three important aspects: service, fellowship, worship. I have spoken a good bit of the service in the jobs we are doing around the Rancho, so I thought I would be saying a little bit about our fellowship we have with each other. Certainly our connections Read More