Fishers of Men was founded in 2003. We are grateful for God's provision and the partnership of so many over the past fifteen years.
Fishers of Men is an organization of evangelical Christians
whose mission is to glorify God by meeting the basic needs of our neighbor
while seeking the integral transformation of that person.
The Two Facets of the Mission
The Evangelistic Medical Mission Crusades and Refuge Ranch
are the essence of Fishers of Men. Here's a brief summary of each.
Evangelistic Medical Mission Crusades
In a country
imprisoned by a national religion permeated with empty rituals and
superstitions, Fishers of Men, through medical and dental clinics conducted under the leadership of
Adrian Tovar, provides much needed free medical care in remote and
poverty-stricken regions of Mexico,
while offering the hope and help that come through a personal faith in
Christ. Volunteer doctors, dentists,
nurses, dental hygienists, paramedics, children’s workers, cooks, hair stylists and general volunteers meet the
physical needs of the local population, while sharing the hope found through
salvation in Jesus Christ.
Several Evangelistic Medical Mission Crusades (EMMC) occur each year, with teams ranging in size from 10 to 40 volunteers from Mexico, the United States and Canada. Each crusade takes place in a community that has an active missionary or congregation, in order to ensure effective follow-up and discipleship.
A snow-capped volcano and rolling valleys provide the backdrop for a new home and a new beginning for abandoned children in central Mexico. Committed to providing these children with the love, support, structure and freedom found within the context of a family, Julie, with the help of support staff, seeks to raise each child as her own at Refuge Ranch. The love and reality of Christ expressed through everyday family living experiences such as mealtimes, family vacations and traditions, and daily chores, transform the children’s hearts and habits, enabling them to become all the Lord wants them to be.
Homeschooling aids this process through the use of Christian curriculum and by catering to each child’s unique educational needs.
family at Refuge Ranch currently consists of 20 children, of whom 11 live at
the Ranch. Angie and her sister Diana came from living in a vacant storefront in Mexico
City with their drug-addicted mother. Martita and her sister Lolis
survived the death of their mother as young
girls and the abusive conditions of their alcoholic father. Martha walked alone
from her mountain village seeking treatment at an EMMC. She came home with the crusade team, leaving
behind a life of abuse and malnutrition.
Ana joined the family when she was one day old. Ana’s mother, young, impoverished and
struggling to raise five children,
arranged to surrender Ana at
birth. Fidel joined the
family after an EMMC, when he was found living in a jail cell, having been
abandoned by all of his relatives. As a
toddler, Daniel became part of the family when his birth mother
abandoned him. A severe congenital heart defect led to surgery
at age 5 resulting in his tragic death. Jocelin joined the family upon the death of her single
mother. Siblings, Fatima, Leo, Miguel, Carolina, and David, joined
the family after being abandoned by their mother. Alejandro was rescued after being rejected by all of his
family members. Harumi and Crhistopher most recently became part of the family when their
single mother decided she no longer wanted them. Josiah, Caleb
and Ruth are Julie’s biological children. Julie is open to welcoming more children as God leads.