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ClubRust is a Christ-centered group that travels regularly to the colonias in the outskirts of Tecate and Tijuana, in Baja, Northern Mexico.

 

We work alongside our brothers and sisters in Mexico, assisting with community projects that community leaders have identified as necessary for their colonias (villages).  We used to be mostly a house building ministry, but we keep on changing - check out our history to learn more.

 

ClubRust is open to anyone with a good attitude.  If this sounds like something you would like to do, check out this web page to connect with us and Join Us. 

 

Why Go?

The Greatest Commandment, to love God and love others (Matt. 22:34-40) is included inside of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20).   He commands us (this is not a suggestion) to love and care for the spiritual AND physical well being of others.

 

How does going affect us?

  * Obeying God pleases Him (and is good for us!).

  * Opens our eyes first hand to poverty.

  * Introduces us to the Great Commission and mission work in general.

  * Demonstrates Christ's body working on something practical.

  * Many opportunities to stretch ourselves beyond our "comfort zone".

  * We can learn a lot from the Mexican people's faith, family life and culture.

 

How does going affect them?

  * Benefits the community 

  * The projects are our first step in engaging the community further.

  * They see in a practical and spiritual way that they are not forgotten.

  * Sharing our lives with our Mexican neighbours is invaluable.

 

ClubRust is re-focusing our efforts to be more "developmental" (and less "relief" or charity based).  Working closely with local pastors, leaders and ministries, we continue to pray together, exploring better methodologies of serving in the communities.

 

Why development and not just relief?

We are all familiar with the proverb "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 solution 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 Christ's leadership style by serving all whom we work alongside.

 

What are we doing about this?

While ClubRust may never become a purely developmental effort, our desire is to be part of the process that sees true development flourish.  To that end, we are working closely with several developmental ministry partners.  The inroads we have in the communities because of these projects will be instrumental in their developmental efforts to further God's Kingdom here on earth, as it is in Heaven...

 

Some practical ways that ClubRust is doing this:

  * Teach/Learn - Construction, Electrical, Plumbing, etc...

  * Resist giving away items such as clothing, food and money.

  * Work through a local committee to determine the real needs.

  * Regular visits with pastors and leaders to build more relationship.

  * Community nominates families for homes or projects to be done.

  * Invite the communities to the Ranch for meals, fellowship, and services.

  * Bible storying, crafts and activities with community kids during build days.

  * Encourage locals to volunteer alongside us for any project.

  * Team devotions - Story/skit tying physical & spiritual at work site.

  * Prayer walking in neighbourhoods.

  * Prayer meetings in churches in the communities with locals and pastors.

 

To learn more:

   The CHE Network 

   Global CHE Enterprises

   Medical Ambassadors International

   Rancho La Paloma Ministry Center

 

* CHE stands for Community Health Evangelism.

 
Questions or comments? please contact us.

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