Women’s Ministry Mission Trip – Mexico
March 26 – April 2 , 2010
What is the purpose of this trip?
To increase our vision of God’s work in the world through viewing and sharing in ministries for
and by Mexican women at Debora House. The focus of the ministry at Debora House addresses
issues of parenting, domestic violence, poverty and response to Jesus Christ.
What will we be doing?
A variety of projects can be undertaken, depending on the skills of the participants and what
the needs at Debora House are at that time. Some possibilities are:
- assisting with crafts for children and/or women
- painting of Debora House second story
- helping construct bunk beds
- organizing supply rooms
- attending church and Bible study meetings
- prayer walks or rides
- some home visiting or touring
- cultural events and a beach and/or shopping trip!
Who should participate?
We welcome women of all ages who are in good physical health and have a desire to expand
their vision of missions and serve the women of Debora House ministries. The trip will be
limited to 8 participants. Anyone with Spanish skills will be especially welcome!
Who will we be working with?
Ruth Gollings, long time BGC missionary in Tijuana, Mexico, cares for women and children who
experience abuse within their families, She also teaches mothers how to be good parents, and
trains servant leaders in churches in the region of Baja California Norte. Our trip will mostly be
spent at the Debora House of Refuge, which provides shelter for women and children who are
survivors of domestic abuse. Sandy Semenyna from the Baptist General Conference of Canada
Nat’l Women’s Ministries Resource Team is the team organizer and contact.
1. You will be responsible to make your own flight arrangements to San Diego. Please make sure
that you arrive at the San Diego airport by the afternoon of March 26, 2010. Westjet has a
Friday flight to San Diego that connects in Calgary from all major points in Western Canada. We
will be making one return trip to the San Diego airport on April 2 to return the rental van and get
all participants to their flights.
2. Transportation into and around Mexico will be a 12 passenger van, which we will rent in San
Diego. Space will be limited, so please restrict your luggage to the following:
a) One medium sized bag or suitcase
b) One carry-on bag that contains your basic necessities
c) It would be a good idea to have a “Fanny Pack” to carry vital items with you at all times –
passport, wallet, health insurance, etc.
a) The cost for each participant will be $500.00 (including registration fee) This cost includes:
-Shared transportation costs
-Accommodations (including breakfast and lunch)
-A contribution to ministry projects and/or supplies
-The difference in the US and Canadian dollar
Other costs you will be responsible for include:
b) Flight to San Diego
c) Passport costs
d) Out of country medical insurance
e) Supper each night (at local restaurants – prices range from $2 - $12 US, depending on where
you go, or $4.50 at Puente de Amistad )
f) Coin-operated laundry (available at the base)
g) Spending money for souvenirs.
h) Supplies for a project, sewing or craft you would be interested in doing with the women
and/or children. Debora House has construction tools and sewing machines available.
Please contact us if you plan to bring materials into Mexico, as there are some restrictions
and customs fees associated with bringing items in.
a) Participants should be in good physical condition and able to participate in light work
projects in very warm weather. Make sure you eat adequately, wisely and have sufficient
water and rest to remain healthy. Sunblock and hats are highly recommended!
b) Don’t play with the animals.
c) Wash your hands frequently
d) It may be a good idea to have a tetanus shot if you haven’t had one in the last five years. .
Influenza vaccination and the “Twinrix” vaccine are recommended. Garlic, yogurt and/or
acidophilus pills are good to take before you arrive and during your time in Mexico.
5. Please consider carrying health insurance during the time we will be out of the country. In case
of a medical emergency, there is a Christian clinic in El Florido or we can cross in to San Diego for
treatment. Bring enough prescription medication (with original prescription labels) to cover your
length of stay.
a) Accommodations will be at the “Puente de Amistad “ in Tijuana. (see their website at:
www.puentedeamistad.org ). We will be sharing the facility with a large group of teens
from Spokane, WA , but we will have two rooms in an area separate from their sleeping
accommodation which includes our own washroom.
b) Sheets, a blanket and pillow are provided. Shower facilities are available – bring your own
towel and toiletries, and there is a coin laundry on the base.
c) Breakfast will be prepared for us and possibly, bagged lunches. Supper is also available at a
cost of $4.50US, but most nights we will be eating out at various local restaurants.
a) In Mexico, the rule is modesty. Be neat and conservative – no shorts above the knee, tank
tops, tight or low cut clothing, or excessive jewellery and makeup. Please bring along a skirt
or a dress with sleeves for some settings.
b) Because we will be involved in some projects, work clothes will be necessary, including
sturdy shoes. A hat and sunscreen are recommended, as it’s warm. You will need a jacket
as evenings can be cool in March. Open toed shoes are not recommended – you will
understand why once you’re there! It is very dusty, so contact lenses are not
(* to be inserted when more details are known about the group and projects available)
Participants are expected to be involved in all scheduled events and activities and not plan their
9. Personal Ministry:
a) This trip is about blessing and ministering to the women at the Debora House. Please come
prepared to serve and to be as cooperative as possible. There may be times when you are
stretched, tired or uncomfortable and will need to ask the Lord to help you to have a
positive attitude and a servant’s heart. Remember this should be the reason you want to
come on the trip!
b) Be friendly and go out of your way to build relationships with the women we meet and tell
them about your relationship with Jesus.
c) We are there to minister to the women and need to take care in our contacts with the
Mexican men so we are not viewed as flirtatious.
d) Mexico is a people-oriented culture. Traditionally, it doesn’t focus on productivity, plans,
effectiveness or getting the job done. Make sure that people, not the job, take first place.
Being polite is very important ....shake hands a lot, smile, say “gracias” and “por favor”. We
will be in the midst of poverty so make every effort not to stare, be critical or pull back from
the people. Mexicans are gracious hosts and will want to give to you as well. Generally
women are more reserved than men.
Mexico is definitely a Spanish-speaking country and very few in the area we will be visiting
speak much English. Learn whatever Spanish you can (see the attached guide) and make an
effort to speak to the women. A Spanish/English dictionary would be helpful, too.
12. Eating & Drinking:
a) The thought of eating in Mexico is usually a cause for extreme stress – but you don’t want to
miss the great food! Following a few simple guidelines can alleviate that stress and make it
an enjoyable experience because Mexican food is really terrific! You should avoid food from
the small push carts whether they are selling ice cream, hot dogs, fruit or whatever. Items
from corner stores, grocery stores, packaged foods and most restaurant foods are quite safe
to eat. Fruit must be washed and dried and wash your hands after handling fruit before
b) Even in the poor areas, people only drink purified bottled water. Ice should be avoided
whenever possible. Always carry bottled water or your own labelled water container filled
with bottled water.
c) It would be wise to carry medication such as “Imodium”. Although we will all do our best to
be cautious, unexpected surprises can spoil your time in Mexico!
a) The Mexican currency is the peso, although US dollars are accepted everywhere. Traveler’s
cheques will not be of any use to you in Mexico, and most places in Tijuana do not accept
credit or debit cards, so have adequate cash for your purchases. Tens and twenties are
preferable, as making change can be difficult for clerks.
b) It’s usually not a good idea to give money directly to people. Let the leaders determine the
needs of the people and how to distribute any resources.
a) Because of the many news stories about crime in Mexico, concerns about our safety can
cause stress. The area we will be in is secure and although there are no guarantees, there
should be no problems with safety. Normal precautions should be taken, (avoiding some
areas, securing valuables, etc.), as you would for any other place you would travel.
b) It is best to bring only a few valuables (eg. camera, a little spending money) and leave the
rest at home (jewellery, electronics, etc.) It may not be a good idea to leave cell phones on
while in Mexico as unscrupulous people have been known to access the phone lines of
visitors for criminal activity.
c) Do not venture out alone.
We can schedule some time for local shopping, along with some guidelines regarding
appropriate “bargaining on prices”.
Tijuana is a fast growing city that attracts people from all over the country because of its
proximity to the border, the availability of jobs and land. The rapid growth has caused
Tijuana to swell to about 3.5 million people and there are many migrant communities with
vast and unending human needs. Our trip will give us just a brief glimpse of what is
happening in this part of the world.
a) Complete the BGCC Women’s Ministries Mission Trip application form and submit with a
$25.00 application fee to Sandy Semenyna, team leader. Please make cheques payable to:
“Women’s Ministries Today”. (This application fee will not be receipt-able) You will be
notified if your application is/is not accepted.
b) To prepare yourself for this trip, we strongly recommend that you read one of the following
- “Have We No Rights?” by Isabel Kuhn
- “ Foreign to Familiar” by Sarah A. Lanier
....or any other current book on missions your local leaders would recommend
c) Write a short (one page) description of how you view your role in missions/ building God’s
kingdom around the world and submit it the team leader, Sandy Semenyna, by February 1,
d) The balance of your mission trip fee is due one month prior to departure. Details about
payments and receipts will be communicated to you closer to the time.
What to Bring
Bible, journal, notebook, pen
Clothes – The climate is basically the same as San Diego....moderate with the possibility of rain
and cool evenings from December to April. It can be very windy and dusty. Be neat and
conservative (see Guidelines #7) and bring work clothes, work shoes & sneakers, a light coat,
hat, slacks and a skirt or dress with sleeves
Personal hygiene items – including sun screen, towel, washcloth
Identification – passports will be required, other picture ID such as a driver’s license; make 2
photocopies of your ID: one to leave at home and one to provide to give to the leader (or carry
Medications – prescription and over the counter such as Tylenol, Imodium, etc.
Money – Bring cash, but don’t be extravagant - Pesos or US dollars (in small bills)
Supplies for projects (see 3h. Above)
What NOT to bring:
Excessive jewellery & makeup
Little Survival Spanish Guide
Buenos dias Good morning Buenas tardes Good afternoon
Buenas noches Good evening Hola Hi!
Adios Bye Hasta luego See you later
Vaya con Dios Go with God
Cómo está usted? How are you?
Cómo estás? How are you? Muy bien, gracias Very well, thank you.
Gracias Thank you De nada You’re welcome
Por favor Please
Cómo se llama? What is your name? Mi nombre es..... My name is....
Cómo te llamas? What is your name? Me llamo..... My name is....
Cuántos años tiene? How old are you? Yo tengo...... años I am ....years old
Cuántos años tienes? How old are you?
Qué hora tiene? What time is it? Es la una It’s one o’clock
Son las dos y media It’s two thirty
Dónde está...? Where is....?
...el baño? ....the bathroom?
...el telefono? ....the telephone?
...el correo? ....the post office?
...la tienda? ....the store?
...la restaurante? ....the restaurant?
...el supermercado? ....the supermarket?
...su casa? ....your house?
...el hospital? ....the hospital?
...la policia? ....the police?
...la iglesia? ....the church?
Ayúdame, por favor Help me, please Permíteme ayudarle Let me help you
Tiene hambre? Are you hungry? Tengo hambre I am hungry
Tiene sed? Are you thirsty? Tengo sed I am thirsty
Está usted cansada (o)? Are you tired? Estoy cansada(o) I am tired
Está usted enfermo (a)? Are you sick? Estoy enferma (o) I am sick
Tiene calor? Are you hot? Tengo calor I am hot
Tiene frio? Are you cold? Tengo frio I am cold
No hablo español, pero yo quiero aprender I don’t speak Spanish, but I want to learn
Habla ingles? Do you speak English? Soy Canadiense I am Canadian
Es ella su amiga? Is she your friend? Si, ellas es mi amiga Yes, she is my friend
Es el su amigo? Is he your friend? Si, el es mi amigo Yes, he is my friend
la familia the family el hombre man
la mujer woman el padre father
la madre mother el niño(a) boy / girl
el hijo (a) son/ daughter el hermano (a) brother/ sister
el abuelo (a) grandfather/ grandmother el tío (a) uncle/ aunt
el novio (a) boyfriend/ girlfriend un amigo (a) friend
Cuántas personas hay en su familia? How many people are in your family?
Somos.......personas We have ..... people
Tiene algunos hermanos? Do you have any brothers?
Cuántos hermanos tiene? How many brothers do you have?
Si, tengo .....hermanos Yes, I have .....brothers
No, no tengo hermanos No, I have no brothers
Tiene algunas hermanas? Do you have any sisters?
Si, tengo ....hermanas Yes, I have ....sisters
No, no tengo hermanas No, I have no sisters
A LA TIENDA
la tienda the store la farmacia drugstore
el mercado market el supermercado supermarket
la comida food carnes meats
chorizo sausage huevos eggs
pan bread pollo chicken
puerco pork pescado fish
mariscos seafood verduras/ las legumbres vegetables
el tomate tomato le lechuga lettuce
la cebolla onion la papa potato
las frutas fruit fresco fresh
Qué quiere comprar? What do you want to buy?
Quiero comprar ....una soda I want to buy ...a pop
...una manzana ....an apple
...las fresas ....strawberries
...los limones ...lemons
...los plátanos ...bananas
Dónde está la ducha? Where is the shower?
Cuánto cuesta la ducha? How much does a shower cost?
Cuánto cuesta el jabón? How much does the soap cost?
Necesito comprar un cepillo de dientes I need to buy a tooth brush
A LA RESTAURANTE
la comida food las bebidas drinks
el desayuno breakfast el almuerzo lunch
la cena dinner el menú menu
la cuenta bill los platos dishes
plato del dia special of the day sopa del dia soup of the day
carne de res beef puerco pork
pollo chicken frijoles refritos refried beans
arroz rice ensalada mixta tossed salad
los tacos tacos cabrito goat meat
jugos juices leche milk
soda, refresco pop café coffee
aqua mineral mineral water aqua purificada purified water
Qué quiere comer? What would you like to eat?
Quiero comer los tacos de pollo, por favor I would like chicken tacos, please
Quiero comer...los tacos de res.... por favor beef tacos
....huevos y jamón eggs and ham
....pan tostado toast
....sopa de pollo chicken soup
....torta de jamón ham sandwich
....helado ice cream
....papas fritas French fries
Qué quiere tomar? What would you like to drink?
Quiero tomer..... jugo.... por favor I would like juice, please
....té caliente hot tea
....té helado ice tea
La cuenta, por favor The bill, please
LOS NUMEROS Y LA MONEDA
uno 1 once 11 veintiuno 21 cuarenta 40
dós 2 doce 12 ventidós 22 cincuenta 50
trés 3 trece 13 ventitrés 23 sesenta 60
cuatro 4 catorce 14 veintricuatro 24 setenta 70
cinco 5 quince 15 veinticinco 25 ochenta 80
séis 6 dieciséis 16 veintiséis 26 noventa 90
siete 7 diecisiete 17 veintisiete 27 cien 100
ocho 8 dieciocho 18 veintiocho 28 mil 1000
nueve 9 diecinueve 19 veintinueve 29 millón million
diez 10 veinte 20 trenta 30
el dinero money
su cambio your change
Mirad Cual Amor Busca Primero
(Behold What Manner of Love) (Seek Ye First)
Mirad cual amor, nos ha dado el Padre Busca primero el reino de Dios
Al hacernos hijos de Dios. Y su justicia perfecta
Para ser llamados hijos de Dios (2 x) Y lo demás añadido será
Cristo, Nombre Sublime Padre, Te Adoro
(Jesus, Name Above All Names) (Father, I Adore You)
Criso nombre sublime Padre, te adoro, ante ti me rindo,
Salvador nuestro Cuánto te amo.
Glorioso Señor, Emanuel Cristo, te adoro, ante ti me rindo,
Dios con nosotros Cuánto te amo.
Palabra viva Espiritu, te adoro, ante ti me rindo,
Gran Redentor Cuánto te amo.
Primera De Juan 4: 7 - 8
(1 John 4: 7 – 8 - Beloved)
Amaos, sí, los unos a otros,
pues Dios es amor
y es nacido de Dios
el que ama, conoce a Dios.
Quien no ama, no le conoce.
Dios es amor
Amaos, sí, los unos a otros