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B&B Annual Ensenada Women’s Retreat

11 Jul

B&B Annual Ensenada Women's Retreat

This weekend is our annual retreat. Please pray for us.
Este fin de semana es nuestro retiro anual. Por favor oren por nosotras

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Celebrating 2 Years of Monthly Leadership Breakfasts

3 Nov

On October 6th not only did we celebrate two years of the monthly Ensenada Leadership Breakfasts that we help to organize, but also another step in the dreams God has given us for our city.

Our heart for Ensenada is to see leaders who are united in their desire to serve, especially the least of these, with integrity, vision and commitment, in the spirit of Jesus Christ who taught us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves.

For that reason, we have been sharing this passion with leaders in all areas of service in our community—politics, faith, education, the family, the arts, business and non-profit—and inviting them to build relationships across the aisles so that through those relationships we can accomplish more than any of us individually.

We invite you to share with us through pictures — the 2nd Anniversary breakfast and ask you to continue to pray for our city and for all the leaders who are serving here.

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Many thanks to Marvin Garay at EOC for the great photos!

Annual Women’s Retreat in Ensenada

11 Jul

Group picture for the July 2011 Women's Retreat

At the Ticalli Ranch in San Antonio de las Minas, 17 women gathered July 8-10 for the 2011 Ensenada Women’s Retreat.  Friends from Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Tijuana and Ensenada all shared a restful and refreshing weekend learning about God’s Amazing Grace, the theme of the retreat taught by our dear friend and mentor, Jo Wester.

Ana, Dina and Lucy enjoying the retreat

In addition to the studies some of the activities the women enjoyed  were: gathering in small groups, an outdoor lunch at Ochento’s Pizzas, a midnight excursion on the ranch playground, fellowship at meal times, and the beauty and tranquility of the surroundings.

Finishing up a small group session

All the women left refreshed, encouraged, and challenged to put into practice what we learned during the weekend.  We closed the time by praying for one another and sharing communion together.  As we hugged and said our goodbyes, it was with anticipation of the next time that we can be together to renew friendships and continue our journey of faith together.

The Tijuana group added a lot of depth and fun to the weekend

Please pray for these women as they are now back home that they would be able to live in the reality of God’s Grace and share it with others.  Likewise, please pray for Karen and Lucy as they lead the women in Ensenada and seek ways to help them to continue to grow in their faith in Jesus.

Please pray for the women of Mexico

Mother’s Day at Casa de Esperanza

17 May

The Terra Nova group gave each mom a beautiful and bountiful gift bag

For women who have fled with their children from violent home situations, Mother’s Day can be a bittersweet holiday. Separated from friends and family and living in a remote shelter setting, these moms can feel like they have little to celebrate.

Precisely for that reason, the families of Terra Nova church in Irvine, CA chose Mother’s Day weekend to celebrate the positive choices these mothers have made in providing a safe and nurturing environment for their splintered families. During the hours they spent at Casa de Esperanza, the group worked in teams doing construction projects on the facilities; games, crafts and stories with the kids; and varied activities with the moms.

The story of Jesus calming the storm (Geneva translating behind)

The women loved being pampered with haircuts and flat iron styling.  There was also a pizza fest celebrating a birthday from the home and one from the group, complete with lots of cakes, cookies and soda too!  Both the kids and the moms made crafts that were not only beautiful but meaningful as they reminded them of the truths from God’s Word shared throughout the weekend.

The picture frame craft that holds her family picture

Our family was privileged to be a part of this special weekend, through coordination and translation being able to facilitate the relationships being built between the families from both sides of the border.  Thank you Terra Nova and bless you for making this a Mother’s Day these women and their children will never forget.

These moms modeled their new hair styles as we said our goodbyes

Reflejo Celebrates Mexican Style

8 Dec

Our mentor and good friend, Jon Hess, was married recently in Colorado.  Since he has been coming to Mexico for the past 15 years to support us in the work and spend time with the community of believers here, we wanted to honor them with a reception full of Mexican hospitality.

On Sunday, November 21st we ate three styles of mole (a traditional wedding meal), sang lots of Mexican love songs with Karaoke and welcomed Jandee into our family.

When Jon first started visiting us we were alone in our quest to follow Jesus and learn to love one another by sharing our lives.  Now look at the beautiful family God has blessed us with…

Daniel Meza Photography - Ensenada Mexico

Photo by Daniel Meza Photography : : danielmeza.com

Felicidades Jon y Jandee!!!

Women Making a Difference

14 Oct

Last night I had a women’s cafecito here at the house. There were seven of us around the table ranging from young moms in their 30’s to a grandmother. It had been a few months since the last time we had met.

To get us caught up I asked for each one to share what had impacted, challenged or excited them in their lives recently.
It was amazing to hear how with passion and spontaneity each and every one shared that what was most exciting in their lives had to do with an opportunity that God has given them to serve in the community. Here is a sample of how God is using women from our home church and Reflejo to make a difference to those who need it most:
  • Thermalton–a project between a Pre-school, an Elementary school and a Family Therapy clinic to collect long underwear as gifts for the 54 children and youth of a local orphanage
  • Casa de Paz–the name of the orphanage mentioned above. Another woman, a psychologist, is working together with other colleagues and professionals to direct a program for the 11 special needs youth that live there
  • Casa para los Bello–gathering resources to build a house for a retired pastor who is blind and his wife.
  • A home Bible study
  • A Day Care Center for working moms
  • A feeding program for the homeless

And what did I share?…How I was witnessing a dream come true before my eyes–leaders who are following Jesus and are sharing the heart of their Saviour; to bring hope, help and healing to hurting people.

Agua Viva Colleague Shares at Leadership Breakfast

8 Oct
Shaun and Maria Sheahan worked with us at Rancho Agua Viva during the majority of our time there from 1986-1993. Our friendship has continued and our lives and families are deeply connected and our life and faith journeys have been interconnected although we now live in different countries.
For that reason it was our privilege to invite them to our most recent Leadership Breakfast and to have Maria speak to the group that gathered there. Her comments challenged us to consider what it is that motivates us to serve God and serve others.
Along with the Sheahans, three other members of the community where they now live and work came down and attended the breakfast with them: John, Bri and Laurie. Sharing friends with friends–that is one of the most rewarding parts of our work.
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