Baja Mexico 2014
Both of these chiefs are now following Jesus Christ as their Savior! Chris Martinez teaches auto-ex techniques with Jerry White and Victor Laveaga assistance. Thanking God for the team HE put together!After Jerry White had already been left at his home in San Diego, Victor wanted to buy lunch at the In & Out Burger in Temecula. While Chris, John and Victor were eating, Liam, who is a FDNY Captain on Rescue 2 approached their table. The guys had a great conversation. Liam is a good friend of Jerry Sillcocks, FDNY FFC President. Mark Wilde, FFC Big Bear Chapter President, and his wife, Karen, were the backbones of this mission trip to San Ignacio and Santa Rosalia Fire Departments. Mark has been ministering to these departments for some time and has prayed and sacrificed much to get the equipment they so badly need. Now Mark and Karen's friends, George and Teri McClure, who are missionaries in the area, are present full-time to continue this ministry. <>16 - 17November 10, 2014
Rancho El Refugio is basically a home base for many different outreach ministries, which include prison and rehab ministries, home building projects, orphanage feeding and teaching. The Ranch also has a school on the property for disadvantaged children from the town of Ojos Negros. Many of these children are not given birth certificates when they are born and do not have access to an education. The Ranch picks up forty children from Ojos Negros and brings them to the Ranch to give them an education and Bible training.
This FFC outreach project was initiated by Don Shwaiger, a retired LA County Captain, who now serves as the Ranch Manager. Don wears many hats at the Ranch along with his wife Susan. Don asked if some FFC guys would work on a house that will be used for volunteer groups to stay while they serve in Mexico. I simply put out an e-mail and seven FFC guys, along with Don Kanallakan's wife, volunteered to go. Our task was to help finish drywalling rooms in the building. Although most of us had very little drywall experience, we were able to install drywall in three large bedrooms with vaulted ceilings. In addition to the drywall project, we had a great time of fellowship with morning and evening devotions and also spent time with the locals. A couple of our guys also played soccer with the kids from the Ranch School. We also heard many great stories of how God has changed the lives of several of the men who now work at the ranch. Many of these men came from drug, alcohol, and prison backgrounds but God changed their lives and they are now working at the ranch. One is now a pastor. We also had great times of sharing after the evening meals. One night each of us shared our testimonies and we all learned more about each other and grew closer as a group.
On the final morning of our four day trip, Don Schwaiger and his wife Susan blessed us with a time of outdoor communion at the camp amphitheater overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This was a great time of reflection and fellowship and a great way to conclude our time at the Ranch.
I would encourage any other FFC groups who want to serve to contact Don at the Ranch as there are many ongoing needs. Don and Susan are truly serving God in amazing ways and you will be truly blessed by anything you can do to help at the Ranch.
"Iron Sharpens Iron"