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**Experience of Crossing the Mexican Border at (Mexacali: Or is it Calexico?)

**Driving From Mexicali to San Felipe in Baja California: Why is this man laughing?



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Last Friday, I started my first training for caregivers in children's homes
around the city.  I think there were 18 or 19 that came.  One of the groups
that came has 19 children's homes throughout the country, and I do not know
how many different homes workers came from different places - but there
were at least 4 different homes that were represented.

I think it went well.  They all seemed pleased.  The training is split into
2 parts - the first is looking at family systems and how patterns of behaviors
happen and looking at how to break patterns.  And the second part is looking
more at issues that effect the kids - trauma, sexual abuse and abandonment.  
You know, the easy stuff!

I left feeling more pressure than I did when I began.  I think it is both good and
bad.  A few drove more than an hour each way to come to the training, and some
have been working in their home for years and have never received any kind of
training before!  I can't imagine how overwhelmed I would feel working with all of
these tough issues and never having any sort of guidance.  So, my newfound
pressure is good because it makes me want to work harder and provide an even
better training - but it also makes me want to dump EVERYTHING I could possibly
teach into it.  But that would not be helpful :(

And June was an exciting month because it held my favorite week of the
year - Happy Feet!
Happy Feet is a ministry that goes all over the world - well, not ALL over,
just the really poor places and gives shoes to kids that don't have
shoes - or more likely (at least in Guatemala) have shoes that are falling
apart, 2 sizes too small, etc.  The goal is to share God's love in a
practical way.  I love it!
And the day after Happy Feet ended, my friend from San Diego, Anna
came to visit!!  She was my first visitor here, and it was so nice to be
able to share a bit of my world here with her.  She flew into Guatemala,
and we did a day of tourism there.  Then we drove to El Salvador and
she spent 4 days here, helping out at the children's home where I work
and enjoying some of the beauty of the country.  We had a lovely day
going up to see the volcano and lunch with a beautiful view.

To help Tiffany with her monetary support, use PayPal or send your
contributions to Marketplace Missions and put Tiffany Lewis' name in the
Memo Line. Your gifts are tax deductible. Please send your gifts to the
following address:

Marketplace Missions, Inc.
PMB 41
PO Box 9011
Calexico, CA 92232-9011

Welcome to the Marketplace Missions web site.

We Embrace Churches,
Civic Groups, and People to Partner With Us

"MPM" has been doing Christian work in El Salvador and Mexico for 2 decades. We have put together many mission trips and now we are in the position of hosting mission trips. Our founders, Gary and Karen Lewis, started their life together as lay persons in the workforce, later were a pastor and pastor's wife, and then God called them to foreign missions. For 2 decades they have served as missionaries to El Salvador and Mexico. The opportunity opened 7 years ago to build a Children's Home. They named it Sonshine Hacienda. That has been accomplished debt free. Thank you for your help if you were one of the churches or individuals that gave your time, expertise, or money to complete this project. Sonshine Hacienda is not supported by the Mexican government agency that licenses orphanages. We totally depend on contributions from you and others whom God touches to support His work in Mexico.

It may seem that Sonshine Hacienda is MPM's only project. That is not true. Missionary Gary is also Pastor Gary. He is pastor of an English speaking church in San Felipe called Mission San Felipe. It has over 200 adherents from the English speaking ex-patriots in San Felipe and many Mexicans who speak English. Mission San Felipe also has a Spanish speaking service with a Mexican associate pastor and Pastor Gary leading the worship.

Gary is also a registered Mexican clergyman and a member of the local Mexican ministerial alliance. In this capacity, Gary heads a weekly program to feed the poor of San Felipe. The English speaking church provides the food with the help of a generous Mexican grocer. The food is distributed by the local Mexican congregations of the Ministerial Alliance. They get the opportunity to minister to the poor since they know who they are and are trusted by them. It builds goodwill between the American, Canadian, and Mexican population as well.

MPM also works with the other missionaries in San Felipe. The Heinrich family are missionaries from Canada. John and Bonnie Gilbert run 99 Plus 1 Ministries, and do fabulous work. Many projects happen with the synergy produced from these and other missionaries. Youth groups, men's groups, and mixed groups that visit from the states and Canada do VBS programs, street evangelism, puppet theatres, and building projects for churches and the poor, to list a few of the more popular ministry activities. Street evangelism and neighborhood bible clubs for children are also effective. Often, Sonshine Hacienda has projects that visiting teams help accomplish.

MPM still has affiliations in El Salvador and Maucau, China, which give us conduits to do ministry in those areas as well. We stay mean and lean so that our overhead stays at 5%, most of our money going to our ministry activities and projects.

Don't hesitate to call or email us with your questions, requests for information, or requests for help in putting together a church mission trip to San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. We also ask to consider partnering with us through monetary contributions.

By the way, don't let the headlines in the US media scare you away. We know our neighborhood, and things are peaceful in San Felipe.


Short Term Mission Trips

Building a Safe Place for Children
and Sharing the love of Christ in the Desert!

You can be involved!

We are focusing on San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico at the current time. Work through us: Marketplace Missions, Inc. (MPM)!

Come help build, evangelize, teach, or feed. Medical mission trips can be arranged.

Only 15 weeks per year are set aside for teams to work at Sonshine Hacienda. This is because of the schedule of the children and the extra stress that hosting teams put on our limited staff. Tours of Sonshine Hacienda need to be arranged by appointment. Contact missionary Gary Lewis (missionaries2@gmail.com) in order to make arrangements for your church or college group. 

Telephones in Mexico:
(916) 222-2338, Magic Jack telephone in Mexico

Or we might be stateside. Try these US telephones:

(916) 996-0964 for Bob Lewis
(916) 300-4783 for Debbie Lewis




Do you have a package or box to mail to us? Please use this address:

Marketplace Missions, Inc.

PMB  5944

233 Paulin Ave.

Calexico, CA 92231



Contact Us  
[letters only. See bottom of page for address for Packages]
PMB 41, PO BOX 9011
CALEXICO, California 92232
Map  •   Directions
Phone 916-222 3264
Fax 916 313 3478
Mobile 916 996 0964
Sonshine Hacienda Opened May 5, 2012.

Sonshine Hacienda is owned and operated by Marketplace Missions. It was built over a 6 year period debt free with your gifts, whether work teams, donated goods and equipment, or cash contributions. The picture above is of the first group of kids with the adults that received them. Another group came one week later. Although Sonshine Hacienda can hold 48 children, we cannot take more than a dozen until we raise more support to pay for the cost of caring for them. Presently, it looks like each child will incur an overhead of $300 dollars per month. That includes the cost of running the facility, paying the Mexican employees, and paying for food, education, clothes,  transportation, and medical care of the children.

We will be glad to come to your church or civic group and make a presentation about our Children's Receiving Home or other ministries sponsored by Marketpplace Missions. We ask that you cover the travel expenses. Contact Bob Lewis, our VP of Financial Development at boblewis.california@gmail.com or call the US telephone number (916) 996-0964.