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
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
I have been slow, dear readers, in filling you in on our goings on here at Rancho Santa Marta. Part I will blame on the internet this morning. But more to the point, we have been exceedingly busy! The jobs begun yesterday continued with a more rapid pace than before. By afternoon the ceiling insulation Read More
Wow. Just wow. Great first day and great team. We had three groups working on three projects this first day of work. All of them were devoted to the new Santa Marta High School building, which will be opening in August. Two groups, led by Rick and Bob, worked on the building itself. Rick’s group Read More
Morning has dawned at Rancho Santa Marta, and a lovely marine layer shrouds the surrounding hills in fog. Beyond being quiet beautiful, it is good news as it will keep the temperature down this morning and keep the day to a very tolerable 85 degrees as we engage in our work parties. A few of Read More
This will be a brief post to let you all know that we have arrived safely at Rancho Santa Marta. Briefly, a great team has coalesced through two long days of (relatively) uneventful of travel. No break downs as in the past (Donatello, throwing a wheel in Tracy, a broken whatchamacallit in Buttonwillow – those Read More
The cost for the Mexico mission trip is $250 if you are able to participate in the fundraisers; $300 if you are unable to participate. The dates for the fundraisers are: Sunday, March 25 (Cinnamon Roll Sunday at Faith Lutheran) Monday March 26 (7:00 p.m. meeting and silverware wrapping for Garden Tour at Faith Lutheran) Saturday May 5 (4:00 p.m. Garden Tour Read More
This year’s mission trip to Rancho Santa Marta outside of Ensenada is scheduled for June 9 to 17. High school youth, with many exceptions made for slightly younger persons, are especially encouraged to explore this wonderful opportunity. Rancho Santa Marta, located 130 miles south of the border on the Baja Calif. peninsula, is a non-denominational Christian Read More