Mexico

Memorial Day Weekend
Family Outreach Trip
Fri, May 22–Sun, May 24

* * * Registration is Currently Closed. * * *
However, we are taking names for a trip wait list.
Email Curtis Drever if you’d like to be on the list.

If you have registered for the mission trip,
please hand in your payment at the Missions table on Sundays
or deliver your check to church office during the week or by mail.
Make checks payable to “IPC”. Thank you.


Why is IPC engaged in Mexico?

“ ... If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:16-18, NIV)  

Only a 3-hour drive from Irvine, the Baja California, Mexico region has some of the worst living conditions in the world. As Mother Teresa said, "Of all the places I've been in the world, Tijuana is among the poorest." Because of our close proximity, we have many opportunities to serve and partner with local ministries in both the colonia of El Niño, and Tijuana.

Our mission is to assist in providing education, outreach and evangelism opportunities for children and their families in El Niño and Tijuana, and to empower the children to change their lives through education. Additionally, our goal is to provide our congregation and neighbors with hands-on opportunities to travel to Mexico for ministry projects and to develop ongoing relationships with individual children and families.

Explore the ways we support our neighboring brothers and sisters. 

El Niño Tijuana

EL NINO

The rural colonia of El Niño is located between Tijuana and Tecate and got its name from the 1997 El Niño rains. Many people moved to this village of dirt streets and no running water after losing everything in Tijuana floods caused by El Niño storms.  

Unemployment and hunger are rampant in El Niño and surrounding colonias. Those unable to get the “best” jobs at factories earning $80–$100 per week are forced to be street vendors, collect cans and metal to sell for food, or find occasional work as day laborers.  

The drive from Irvine to El Niño is approximately 3 hours. IPC has been serving in El Niño since 2000. 

Lo Mejor del Trigo / Pastor Daniel Nuñez

Ministry contact:  Pastor Daniel Nuñez
IPC Contact:  Laura Boyd

Lo Mejor del Trigo, meaning “The Finest Wheat” (Psalm 147:14), and Pastor Daniel are beacons of hope in the colonia of El Niño and the surrounding area. Pastor Daniel has a vision of planting 50 churches; to date he has planted 17 churches reaching over 1,000 people in northern Baja California. Additionally, he oversees the TUMI Bible School at Lo Mejor del Trigo, which recently had its first graduating class of 12 pastors. 

IPC partners with Pastor Daniel and Lo Mejor del Trigo in many projects, including our school scholarship program, breakfast program, house building, English classes, dental clinics and various outreach projects. 

El Niño Scholarship Program

IPC Contacts: Karen Francis or  Marilee Pischel 

“Transforming children, their families and their community through the gift of education.” 

Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. As Christianity Today notes, every year of schooling means a better financial outlook for children, their families, and their communities. Without outside support, most El Niño children cannot continue past middle school.

The El Niño scholarship program also now proudly includes 75 students who are currently attending university, trade school or seminary—to become doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, and pastors!

Tuition, uniform, shoes and a filled backpack:  $175 per year

  • Or $125 and you provide filled pack (optional +$10 for empty pack to fill)
  • Backpacks are due to IPC by July 13

University:  $600 per year or $175 for a partial scholarship

  • Or donate to our university student fund or breakfast program (no amount too small!)

Sign up at the Missions table or at elninochild@yahoo.com.

New Online Giving Option: Go go to www.irvinepres.org, click the Give tab, then Online Giving. Your commitment can transform a child’s life forever. 

You will receive a bio sheet, including a photo of your student so that you can pray for him / her throughout the year. Best of all, El Niño is only 3 hours from IPC, so you can meet your student on one of our trips! 

Sign Up to Sponsor a Child
Please stop by the missions table on Sunday mornings or email Karen Francis.

Communicate With Your Sponsored Child
Click here to find out how  ›

El Niño Scholarship Program Photo Day

Photo Day is a wonderful way to connect with the people of El Niño, Mexico—and if you currently sponsor a student, this is the perfect opportunity to meet them and spend a little time getting to know them. Come down and be blessed by the sight of 450 hundred beautiful students lined up to give you their biggest smile.

All are welcome to join us, regardless of age and whether you sponsor an El Niño child or not. This trip is a great way for families to serve together. If you can take a picture, measure feet, translate a little Spanish or would just like to help things run smoothly, we would love to have you

We have missions opportunity in March.

Sign up now ›

El Niño Backpack Fiesta

IPC Contacts:
Backpack Distribution and Transportation:  Joe and Jenessa Eelkema
Fiesta:   Britta Commans 

 Meet your El Niño Sponsored Student and build deeper relationships with El Niño and IPC friends!

Enjoy a day of fun and service!  What we’ll be doing:

  • Celebrating the upcoming school year with a great time of distributing backpacks, shoes, uniforms and school supplies to the sponsored children.
  • Honoring the university students and graduates.
  • Hosting a fiesta for the children and their families with fun games.
  • Enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by the fabulous cooks from Lo Mejor del Trigo. 
  • Serving together with our friends from Lo Mejor del Trigo.

How you can serve:

  • Distribute backpacks
  • Run game and craft booths with university students
  • Take photos
  • Translate
  • Have fun with the children
  • Loan an EZ-Up for the day

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Lo Mejor del Trigo Breakfast Program

IPC Contact:  Karen Francis

According to Pastor Daniel Nuñez, 95% of the El Niño children go to school without having breakfast. IPC began a breakfast program at Lo Mejor del Trigo in 2008. It started with 50 children and has since expanded to over 200 children, 5 days a week. Over 150,000 meals have been served to children who would otherwise be going to school hungry because of the financial struggles in their families. Some of the children walk a long distance from a squatter camp, with older brothers bringing in their younger siblings to make sure they have food for the day.

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Lo Mejor del Trigo English Classes

IPC Contact:  Kristin Siaki

One Saturday a month we travel to El Niño to teach conversational English to university students. Please join us in this great opportunity for developing relationships with and mentoring university students.

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El Niño Family Service and House Building Retreat

IPC Contact:  Curtis Drever

Over Memorial Day weekend we serve together to deepen our relationship with the community of El Niño and each other through building homes, distributing food, activities with El Niño children, fellowship and worship at Iglesia Lo Mejor del Trigo. This is a great weekend for all ages!  Bring your friends!

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Studend Ministries Spring Break, House Building Trip

IPC Contact: Rob Clark

Each spring break, the Jr. High and High School Youth Groups travel to the El Niño area for a 4-day house building trip. What an honor to build a home for family in need. We pay for, and build a home, with cement floors, a waterproof roof, locking door and windows, a loft, drywall, and basic electricity. Our kids:

  • Build fun memories with their youth group
  • Learn more about Mexican culture
  • Become aware of God's presence in Mexico, and stretch themselves as they serve others in the name of Jesus
 

TIJUANA

Opportunities to serve:

Tijuana Christian Mission (TCM)

 www.tijuanachristianmission.org
 
IPC Contact: Curtis Drever

Tijuana Christian Mission, founded in 1964, has campuses in Tijuana and Rosarito and is IPC’s longest continual running mission partner. TCM provides a home for over 100 homeless children, age newborn to age 18. In addition to providing housing, the dedicated TCM staff, led by Sara, Seth and Martha Gomez, share the love of Jesus Christ with the abandoned, orphaned and lonely children of Tijuana.  Staff members work together to meet not only the physical needs of the children, but their emotional and spiritual needs as well. 

In addition to hosting an annual Christmas party at TCM, there are opportunities to serve through trips to provide dental care, outreach, and facilities repairs and maintenance. 

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TCM Christmas Party

IPC Contact: Paul and Diane Park

The highlight of every Christmas at IPC is participating in the TCM Christmas party. Photos of children living at Tijuana Christian Mission are displayed on a Christmas tree, and we are given the opportunity to select a child for whom to buy a gift.  We take the photo home to display on our own Christmas tree, as a reminder to pray for that child. On the first or second Saturday of December, IPC hosts a Christmas party at the orphanage in Tijuana. We present the children with their gifts, play games and have fellowship, and enjoy a delicious Mexican meal together. 

 

MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY

Memorial Day Weekend
Family Outreach Trip

Fri, May 22–Sun, May 24

Registration is currently closed. However, we are taking names for a trip wait list. Email Curtis Drever if you’d like to be on the list.

SCHEDULE AND COST

Friday, 7 am
Start building on FRI: $100/person
or $300/family

Friday, 11 am
Start building on SAT: $100/person
or $300/family

Saturday, 7 am
Return on SUN: $75/person or  $225/family

Saturday, 7 am 
Day only trip,
no overnight: $35/person

Questions? Contact Curtis Drever



MINISTRY CONTACTS

For more information on how to get involved with IPC missions in Mexico, contact Laura Boyd or Karen Francis

Monthly Meeting: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7pm, Room 200