Fishers of Men was founded in 2003.
We are grateful for God's provision and the partnership
of so many over the years.

Mission Statement
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

Evangelistic Medical Mission Crusades are weeklong crusades, complete with volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses, hair stylists, children’s workers, cooks and general volunteers that seek to meet the physical needs present in poverty-stricken regions throughout Mexico in order to more effectively address the spiritual needs present.  Free medical appointments (including free medication) and hair cuts are carried out throughout the day, along with activities for the local children.  The good news of Jesus Christ is shared individually with all those attending the crusade, and the opportunity to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior is given to each person.  Fishers of Men works closely with churches and missionaries in the area to ensure that follow-up and discipleship occur.

Adrian Tovar, Director of EMMC

Refuge Ranch

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.

The family at Refuge Ranch currently consists of 25 children, of whom 12 live at the Ranch.  As the years pass, several of the older children have gone on to live independently and have families of their own.   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.  Joseline 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 became part of the family when their single mother decided she no longer wanted them.  Mauricio and Kimberly were added to the family when their mother left them with their grandmother who was unable to properly care for them. Siblings, Josť, Alondra, and Nicolas joined the family after being removed from a situation of extreme domestic violence.  Josiah, Caleb and Ruth are Julie's biological children.  Julie is open to welcoming more children as God leads.

Julie Claassen
Director of Fishers of Men