If there is one thing that Mexican's and Brits have in common is Football. (Soccer to the uneducated)
Although we have always had a team, This year we have decided to embrace the Sport at YWAM even more and build a Football field on our property. It is in small beginnings, but our guys have spent a lot of time getting it ready, and of course practicing playing.
We have already had our first tournament for the local community. We had about 6 local teams, along with a few of our own took part, and we gave away Footballs, tops and trophies. But more importantly gave us a great opportunity to hang out with some of the local Young people in Ensenada.
We love having all the American and Canadian teams through our ministry, but its always exciting to have people from our own country. Last week Ensenada was invaded by a group of 27 young people from the North East of England. Organised by our old friend from Newcastle, Steve Riley, and his organisation M10 the group trained and prepared for a year to come on the 10 day trip.
Building Homes, helping projects at a Center, Football tournaments and Skate Events for local young people, and of course eating Tacos, were just some of the things the group got up to.
The group was accompanied by a BBC journalist, who documented the whole trip. A short piece was shown on BBC Look North last night. You can see a copy of it on my FaceBook Page Here (you'll have to friend me if you're not already) A longer piece will be available later.
The group had an amazing time, and many are hoping to be back next year. Steve is hoping for a group[ of 75 next time...
Meet The Flores Family. Anabel, Tony, Anabel (jr), Elizabeth, Sarai and Deborah.
Deborah, (now 7) was born with Celebal Palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.
Unfortunately Here in Mexico, there are very few resources to help families like theirs to cope with children born with needs like Deborah's.
Determined to overcome this, Anabel and Tony have pioneered their own organisation, Project Deborah. Inspired by their own little girl, and with a mission to teach, Train and resource families to find the joy in bringing up children with their own unique needs. Through this ministry, they have already seen many lives changed and families united in working together to bring up their children.
The ministry has been very fortunate to have been given a large facility, just east of Ensenada to use as a training and resource center. With the financial situation of trying to pioneer a ministry and raise a family, the whole family decided to move into the training center to live and run the ministry.
This worked well, but was also limiting with space and resources.
This week, that all changed, as the Flores family was given the gift of a new home. A very Generous gift from the Tom & Jane Pirelli and the Arial Foundation. The home is 750sf, has 3 bedrooms, full kitchen and bathroom with waterless toilet. The house in the 66th home that the foundation has built here in Ensenada, many of them have been partnered with YWAM and Homes of Hope. This was a true Blessing and great reward to a family who is constantly giving back to the community around them.