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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
Cornerstone Spring Break in Mexico. Trip information can be found here.
I never have been into “March Madness”, the college basketball tournaments, etc.
I have always preferred the NBA. Except for the Lakers.
But better than both of those is Mexico Madness in March. Cornerstone is heading down with a group of 16 people, to do construction, humanitarian aid, and some sightseeing and fishing, if we get our work done.
We’ll be doing plumbing, electrical, wood framing, and cabinet installation.
On Friday, I’ll be meeting with a group of Mexican national pastors to discuss plans for our Pastor’s conference in October, as well as joining Capilla Calvario Vizcaino for their midweek service.
If you aren’t aware of our work in Mexico, visit our missions website at http://lpviz.wordpress.com
Take some time and check out our site there.
And oh, yes…we might try to force down a few fish tacos.
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.
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.
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 »
How To Greet A Yellowtail
Debbie and I arrived home safely Monday night about 11 p.m. Since then I have been going non stop. Somebody puh-leeze call the wam-bulance.
Our time in Baja was great. I was able to teach Romans 1-8 in the AViD program, and also teach the first 23 chapters of Passion And Purity, by Elisabeth Elliot. The book has 43 chapters. I highly recommend that every Christian read this book. I wish I would have read it years ago. It is a very well written book about sexual purity, but also speaks of the sanctity and the rightness of God given passion. The book does get a bit more “transparent” in the later chapters. Elisabeth shares the letters she received from Jim Elliot, and he describes his desire for her. Read more »
The first image is that if a Triqui (Tree’-kay) Indian girl. The Triquis comes to the Vizcaino Valley to work in the fields. They live in migrant worker camps. They have a very meager existence. They come from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
The second image is of a Triqui mother and her kids, sitting in their migrant worker housing.
The third image is of a woman who lives in Las Sierras de San Francisco. The people there live very simply, and make their living of raising goats, and selling the meat and cheese.
We, the missionaries we support, and other churches reach out to these people groups with the love of Jesus, with food, clothing, with gospel presentations, and with medical outreaches.
Click on the thumbnails above to enlarge them.
Images by Laura Vitale, who attends Cornerstone, Napa.
More of Laura’s work can be seen at http://www.richard-darge.com/artists/Vitale/vitale.htm
Here’s a link to a true story that happens to be part of the inspiration behind the new Rambo movie.
I am not advocating seeing the movie, but it’s nice to know that some Kingdom work is being recognized, at least according to this article.
In fact, the movie is rated “R” because of lots of violence. Be forewarned. I am blessed enough to know the inspiration behind the movie was a local Nor Cal brother in Christ.
According to the newspaper article, Pastor Joe Tuccinardi is doing some awesome work for the Lord in Burma.
Praise the Lord.
Take some time and read the article. It was inspiring to me.
Editor’s Note- Since originally posting this, the link changed, and the story can’t be found. I’ll keep checking. It’s a shame, it was a good interview.
New Editor’s Note- I found a blog that shares the story about Pastor Joe. It quotes the newspaper article. Here’s the link.