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Vision

To effect personal and community transformation.

Purpose

Rancho La Paloma Ministry Center facilitates and promotes long term community transformation in the US/Mexico border area.  We host short term service teams, educate and equip them with practical ways to serve in a cross cultural context.  These volunteer teams collaborate and partner with local leaders, charities, ministries, and churches in a "community driven" approach to service.

The Ranch

Throughout the year, thousands of U.S. volunteers gather at Rancho La Paloma Ministry Center in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico to engage in charity and development projects in the surrounding villages.  The Ranch provides a base camp and acts as liaison between the teams and the local community.

As followers of Jesus, we demonstrate God's unconditional love for all people - regardless of religion, ethnicity, race or gender.

The Ranch is located on a five acre site within the Mexican border city of Tecate. (See our Online Maps Page for detailed info.)  Less than an hour's drive from San Diego, the Ranch offers the convenience and security of an accessible ministry site, while providing opportunities to serve in a genuine, cross cultural context.

Here is a link to our tri-fold brochure (.PDF format), a single-page pamphlet that describes the Ranch and lists our contact information.

Strategy

By building on the relationships formed through charity projects, our goal is to eventually empower a community to band together, identify its own physical and spiritual resources, and address its own  community issues.  This process builds long term relationships within the local community, as well as between the local community and the short term volunteers.  The community improves, and participants begin to understand the people of the Border and their complex culture.

Examples of current projects include:  Building homes, latrines, school rooms, volunteering at local orphanages, participating in health fairs, community clean-up drives and lining dangerous mountain roads with white-washed rocks for better night visibility.  

Why development?

Most of us are familiar with the saying "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."

 

Development focuses on empowering the local community to define, participate in, and resolve their own goals, with their own ideas and resources.  

 

Some of the principles emphasized are:

  * Address both physical and spiritual community needs ("wholistic" approach).

  * The community develops the ideas and the solutions to their own problems.

  * The resources to implement the solution come from within the community.

  * Volunteers, ideas, and solutions increase, and spread to other communities.

  * The community learns how to reach its own goals with God's help.

  * We learn from each other when we all participate together - We are equals.

  * We model Jesus' leadership style by serving all whom we work alongside.

 

The Ranch is learning about these principles from a network of mutually supportive organizations called Community Health Evangelism (CHE).  CHE's strategy to serve impoverished communities has been used successfully around the globe for decades.  We work within the local Mexican communities to further establish these principles as a model for service and development.

 

To learn more about these ideas, and how other ministries are implementing them, please visit the following websites:

 

   The CHE Network

   Global CHE Enterprises

   Medical Ambassadors International

   ClubRust

 

 

Please contact us with questions or comments.  All content Copyright (c) 2014 Rancho La Paloma Ministry Center.
Last modified: June 08, 2015