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La Estancia: “The Stay”

By pastorbillwalden

In the summer of 2010, I traveled to South Baja with Laura Vitale, Rita Smith, Rick Darge, and Fletcher Allision to film a documentary on the lives of migrant farm workers.

The goal was to hear their stories, and communicate them to you.  

Many Mexican migrant farm workers travel from south Mexico up to the Baja Peninsula, hoping for a better life. Many of them begin to work in the fields, and choose to live in the migrant worker camps, often times having no other options.

Some of the camps are very accommodating, others are not.  Some of the workers are able to make enough of a living to obtain their own home, etc.  Others never seem to break free from the worker camp, and they become part of a system that keeps them working, but leads to a very challenging life in many cases.

Often older children (10-12 years old) are left at home to care for 4-5 younger siblings, while both parents work in the fields.  When a child is old enough to work, (12-14 year old and younger) the next oldest sibling becomes the babysitter.  Many of the the kids don’t go to school, and the cycle of working hard manual labor jobs repeats itself from parents to children.

One of the ministries of Capilla Calvario de Vizcaino ( the church we planted and support) is to pick up families and bring them to church.  We have a school bus, and we pick the families up and bring them to church. The migrant workers do not own cars, and they are happy to be able to attend church, and be a part of something uplifting and edifying.

Another ministry of CCV and La Posada, Vizcaino (the missions base) is to feed needy families and provide for their physical needs.  “Project Rice & Beans” is a ministry out of Cornerstone Napa which has helped feed many families.  The needs in South Baja are endless.

We are pleased to present this short video documentary as a way to share the plight of many Mexican migrant farm workers who are simply trying to eke out a living under some very tough conditions.

We are also pleased to announce that “La Estancia” has been included in the 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival.  Information can be found on the La Estancia website, listed below.

Gracias por todo, y que dios te bendiga….Bill Walden




Update Video On Mexico

By pastorbillwalden

Pastor Sam Scotti recently joined us at our Leadership Conference in Vizcaino.

Here is a link to a video that he put together regarding the conference.

Thanks Sam.



Do The Next Thing

By pastorbillwalden

When the Israelites crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land, God dried up the Jordan for them, and they crossed over on dry land.

God then told them to set up Memorial Stones in Gilgal, so that when their children asked about those stones, they would tell their story of God’s faithfulness to them.

I want to share some of my story regarding my experiences in Mexico.  Some of you have heard this a few times.  If that is the case, skip forward to the latest photo album, courtesy of Pastor Sam Scotti, of Genesis in Upland.  Sam has posted images of our latest Leadership Conference.  Thanks Sam.

The images are under the “Vizcaino Conference 2008” folder and if you double click on the photos they will enlarge.

The Story…

I was on staff at Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa from 1989-1991.  During that time, I was singing in a band called The Mirrors.  The Iron Curtain fell, and Eastern Europe opened up to the West.  We traveled with Brian Broderson (then pastor of CC Vista, CA) to Yugoslavia and Hungary, and sang and shared about Jesus.  Lots of young people got saved, and churches were birthed. Read more »



Week 6 In Mexico

By pastorbillwalden

I have enjoyed a lot of time in Mexico this year.

This will be my 6th week for 2008.  This should wrap it up for the year, but you never know when a serious authentic taco urge might overwhelm me.  🙂

We leave Sunday for our 5th Annual Leadership Conference in Vizcaino, Baja Sur (South), Mexico. Mexican pastors and leaders from all denominations gather together to be blessed (hopefully) as we share worship and the Word of God.  Some of the brothers travel as far as 8 hours to be able to join us, as there are not many such conferences offered in South Baja.  This year, we will be teaching verse by verse through Philippians. Read more »