Monday, October 13, 2008

RANCHO DE LOS NIÑOS

I just learned that last week, October 5th - 11th, was
WORLD ORPHAN WEEK (WOW)
from
a new blog I discovered today of an author, Ann Dunagan.
Her books include: The Mission-Minded Child, Hand Commands, and The Mission-Minded Family and her blog is:

Mission Minded LIFE

I'm sure that this is why God put this on my heart so strongly last week to share about
RANCHO de los Niños with Rick & Janet Norquist. I wrote this even before the meeting on Friday.
In Mazatlan, there are different places that care for children, like orphanages but none have touched my heart like this and PROJIMO. (I will be sharing about them in the future). Perhaps, it's because my mission here started with Children back in 1996, and I know that I am not equipped to handle working with the children that these people bless. Emotionally, I'm just not able to deal with it. Yet, I still love all these children so much and prayer for workers & hearts like these! May God bless

RANCHO DE LOS NIÑOS

On Friday, Hands Across the Border, had a meeting and this was the featured topic with
Rick Norquist as the speaker. Since Rancho de Los Ninos has their own site which says ALL RIGHTS RESERVED & I respect that I prefer you read the information at their website
(so that is why I direct you there throughout this post).


Rancho de Los Niños is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, directly east of Cabo San Lucas and about 15 kilometers south of Mazatlan. Taking I-15 south from Nogales, they are about 800 miles south of the border.They are right outside of Mazatlan on the way to the airport in El Castillo which means "The Castle".

Their Mission:
To share with children the love of Christ, the gift of salvation, and a home where they feel loved, welcomed, wanted, and worthy.




Because I have read their goals, I know that they honor God. Although they say the goals are simple, I see them as a challenge. So I truly believe people who serve in this way are truly gifted and precious servants of the Lord that serve with a heart like HIS! Here are their goals:
1. to provide kids with a home where they feel loved, welcomed, wanted, and worthy,
2. to show them how they can know Jesus as their Savior and Lord,
3. and to find permanent families for our kids by

- reuniting them with their birth or extended families or
- finding permanent homes for them in Mexico.
- When these options are not possible, we look for adoptive homes for our children in the states.

How it all started from their page


February 14, 2004 Rick and Janet Norquist arrived in El Castillo, Mexico to minister to homeless children. Specifically, they started a Christian home for kids. There are many children who need a safe, nurturing home in the greater Mazatlan area and resources to meet their needs are limited.

Shortly after they arrived they began a couple of ambitious projects. The first project was to transform a chicken coop into a dormitory in order to accommodate work crews from the states who would come to assist them with special projects. It was designed with separate areas for men and women, complete with showers, toilets, running water, electricity, and enough bunk beds to accomodate up to 24 people. To read more please go to their site by clicking here:

http://ranchodelosninos.com/aboutus.aspx

What makes Rancho de los Niños unique is that they provide care for children with disabilities including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Now this truly is a MISSION of the heart!

You can go here to find out how you can help:

http://ranchodelosninos.com/needs.aspx

If you are unsure of sending or would like to know it's received by them, you could contact me and I'd be happy to receive & personally go there on your behalf. My email is mission4monday at gmail dot com and I will provide further information via email.

By viewing their website you will find that they have much information about Adoption, Mission trips or Crews, and their NEWSLETTERS tell you what is happening there by going here:
http://ranchodelosninos.com/newsletter.aspx
I realize that the economics of this time makes it difficult for many to give but if it's difficult for you, can you imagine how much more difficult it is on places like this that depend on financial support. Everyone is stretched and tightening on expenses but each of us can PRAY! I would ask you to prayerfully consider what you can do.


"...we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will...But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving."
2 Corinthians 8:1b-7

I lost part of what I had written here during my internet dilemma but you have the core of the information or choice to read more!

Nancie from More Than Conquerors usually shares on Mission4Monday. She is on break and so I am taking one of her earlier posts and linking it here. She wrote many valuable posts that not many read or left comments and I feel that she deserves input & comments for much of what she has shared so beautifully exemplifying her victories in Christ. I have read many and also this is true for many others that I see with good "mission" but they aren't linking -so if I read one, I usually ask the person if I can link their post. In Nancie's case, this time, I did not have the opportunity to ask her since she went on break while I was off line & concerned about Hurricanes, etc. My apologies, Nancie!

I do believe that all of us have something to share to benefit & minister to others. Please read each other's and if you notice a blog with a good "mission" encourage them to share on Mission 4 Monday. Thank you all for your faithful participation!

7 comments:

Debra said...

Blessings my sister, Peggy,

What a beautiful mission post you have here. I am so sorry I missed you at Mission4Monday.

My discouragement with my family and sharing the gospel with them was at an all time high and I truly had no words to say other than I wish I had more courage. Their lack of understanding the need for Christ coupled with the deep line of alcoholism runs so deep that my light did not shine at all through their haze.

I did miss your posts. I kept coming by and would not see anything new posted so would just try to let you know that I was thinking of you and I loved you.

Please do not ever let your heart become weary for doing the good you are doing. Peggy...even if no one links to Mission4Monday...what you do is for Christ and He knows!!

He knows what we do in secret and He knows what we do to honor Him in blog land and in our lives. He is so proud of you and so am I.

((so many hugs)) & blessings to you my sweet sister! I love you!

Marsha said...

What a wonderful ministry! God's hands and feet are in action everywhere around the globe. PTL!

I promise, one week soon I'll link up. You're right, between my daughter's ministry and our ministry plus several other causes I'm passionate about, I could/should write about this every Monday. I may just need to change my writing routine a little bit.

Also, you asked me yesterday if I do Sanctuary Sunday as a meme. No, it's just something I've done since January for those who follow my blog.

When I started hearing from several missionary friends from around the world that view my blog but don't always comment about how much they appreciate the devotional thoughts I try to have at least 4 days a week, that's when I knew I needed to do this as an encouragement to them. Sunday for me is a day of rest. So I try to minimize my computer time and spend more time with hubby. I will continue to link up with you, I'm just not certain about changing my Sunday title yet. I like Sanctuary Sunday. Old habits are hard to break. I guess you can tell a lot about my personality by this comment!

MyJourneyBack said...

Dear Peggy,
Thanks for sharing this ministry. I have always had a heart for Mexico since going on 2 mission trips there. We have been connected with a ministry in Dr Arroyo for a couple of years. Although I can't help financially I was wondering if Rancho De Los Ninos has need of little girls skirts. The little skirts are something that our girls make.
Please check with them and see if this is something they could use.
Also we make fun bright cheery colorful pillowcases. We could also provide them.
We won't be sewing again till January but I would like to make some decisions about where our things are going in 2009.
Thanks for doing Mission Monday.
I hope next week I'll be able to link up. I'll try to write later in the week and then link on Monday. Keep on keepin' on.
Blessings,
Sherry

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Denise said...

Bless you, and your precious heart for others. I love you.

Jill said...
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Peggy said...

Thank you Denise, Jill, Sherry, Marsha,and Debra for your encouragement & thoughts!

Bless each of you that linked & shared and visited because each of these are part of the mission in blogging! Sometimes obstacles prevent us from carrying out our mission. But that's OK! God has a purpose for each of us.

Debra, I'm so sorry for your family & the condition that prevents them from seeing your light. I'm sure it was shining just not seen. It's always difficult with those closest
to us. Closed hearts are so difficult to break through!

Jill, I saved your sweet letter of hope in my emails/comment notebook.
I believe both Monday Morning Reflections & Fabulous Friday are excellent memes! It's just hard for me to come up with something as fruitful as yours & I loved Debra's yesterday, so you should leave the link...just in case someone feels inspired. It still blesses & touches. Just as you told me, It's not about me, It's about HIM!

Marsha, You have so many missions that I just believe others should see your passions & your daughters, even from your perspective. I love your Sanctuary and that's fine to link it as is! Your priorities are right & will bring blessings I pray

Denise, You are a faithful treasure. Your visits always bring joy to my day. Though your mission this week is a difficult one to share, I know that someone will need what you shared. I'm praying that you are completely healed of that pain! It is because of all your countless visits to each person that there is a void when you are missing, So stay well!
Also, that is why you must win CWO

Sherry, Bless your giving spirit & heart. We will communicate by email. This is a great blessing & offering! I'll have to check on it but there are many places here that might need! We'll see you next week here! It couldn't be helped! Your intent & promotion were enough!

GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU & YOUR WEEK!
Off to my mission work & a Bible study here!

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