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
We finished our work this afternoon here at the Rancho! With three straight hours of concrete pour the team was able to fill the trench and prepare it for the next group that will begin work on the wall that will be built upon it. About the same time the other teams finished up as Read More
It is noon Friday, and we have been busy all morning. The guys down in the new building are finishing the last touches on the wiring on the new building, while the sewing machines are busy making their last graduation gowns. The lion’s share of us spent the morning at the far reaches of the Read More
Man, we are in high gear after a break yesterday afternoon when we went to the beach. Bright and early we were back on several labor intensive jobs. Tuesday’s trench was continued as the concrete pour was prepared. Once we were geared up for the pour, the concrete work went into high gear for several Read More
We are back on concrete this morning, working hard to complete as much as we can before we quit early for our annual sojourn to the beach. While everyone is doing great work, I have to say that Melody has really impressed me. While she sometimes flies under the radar (probably in an invisible jet), Read More
My last post took us up to noon yesterday, and while things are getting very busy and I cannot possibly keep up with everything, I did want to make a few comments about the rest of Tuesday. I continue to be amazed at the level of commitment to the work we are doing here. So Read More
Permit me to take a step back and tell you about Monday night here at Rancho Santa Marta. We had the distinct honor to be invited into the group homes for dinner. As you know, Rancho Santa Marta was begun as an orphanage here in rural Baja California. Over the years it continued to develop Read More
Welp, the team has been introduced to a Rancho Santa Marta tradition: digging in the hard Baja adobe soil. We have been working on preparing a large pad for concrete tomorrow outside of the new gym they are building. This includes the ever popular digging of a ditch to build a retaining wall on the Read More
All I can say that you can all be immensely proud of everyone here at Santa Marta. Monday is our first work day, and we usually ease into the week. Not today. The primary work task was to pour concrete for four posts and a beam for a wall in their new beautiful gymnasium, that Read More