Short-term Mission Opportunities Available
Are you a college student, a teacher
who has the summer off, a retired person or couple or anyone looking
for a mission experience? If you love the Lord and love children, we
encourage you to explore the possibility of serving the Lord at
Refuge Ranch. You could stay for a month or two or for a year or
two! You will be provided room and board in exchange for your
services. We ask you to raise your own support to cover your travel
and personal expenses.
Your interests and skills uniquely
equip you to enhance the lives of the Zaragoza family and staff who
live at Refuge Ranch. Here are some areas where assistance is
*home schooling - English as a second
language, art, music, science, sports, or any other area of special
interest to you. No previous teaching experience is necessary. This
could include working with groups or giving individual lessons such
as piano, guitar, voice, karate, knitting, etc.
*household duties such as cooking,
*general maintenance and repairs,
house and auto
It's not necessary that you speak
Spanish, although a basic understanding of Spanish will help you
incorporate into life at Refuge Ranch.
If the Lord is leading you to consider
a short-term mission experience, call 734-206-2392 or email Julie at
for more information.
Mission Trip Tips
For a pdf printable version click HERE
Do I need a passport
and any other documents?
must have a passport. Youth under 18 who are not traveling with both
parents must also have a notarized consent form from the absent
parent(s). Single parents, grandparents or guardians traveling with
minors need proof of custody or notarized letters from the absent
parent(s) authorizing travel.
What will we do?
hard to be specific when it's too far in advance. Your unique skills
and interests will allow you to contribute as the Lord leads.
Possible activities include: light construction and repairs,
painting, sorting clothing and/or medicine, cooking, interacting with
the children (soccer, crafts, reading, etc.)
Do I need to get any
should be up to date. Some recommend hepatitis shots – check with
your doctor if in doubt.
What should I pack?
Luggage with wheels is
recommended. Check with your airline for details on luggage
Passport (and consent
forms for minors)
Rain poncho and extra
pair of shoes during summer rainy season
Nutritious snacks for
Pepto Bismal tablets
Anti diarrhea medicine
Hand sanitizer, Wet
Wash cloths and towels
if staying at Refuge Ranch
Wash cloths if staying
A roll of toilet paper
Medicine for your
personal needs (possible allergies, etc.)
Refuge Ranch is at
about 7,000 feet above sea level. The air is thin, so even though
the temperature only reaches the 70’s during the day, it is easy to
get sunburned. Long sleeves, sunscreen, and hats are recommended.
The high altitude can also cause altitude sickness; symptoms are
lightheadedness, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath, passing
out. Drinking lots of fluids and pacing yourself can counteract
altitude sickness. The temperature gets down in the 40’s or 50’s
at night. Buildings in Mexico do not have furnaces. Dress in
All the meals served
at Refuge Ranch will be safe for you to eat. Do not eat unpeeled
fresh fruits or vegetables. Drink only bottled or filtered water.
Rinse your toothbrush in bottled or filtered water. Be careful about
any food or beverage you buy at market. Forgo ice in public places.
Check with Victor and Julie if in doubt.
There are no
mosquitoes at Refuge Ranch; a few flies, but they don’t bite.
There are cute little salamanders that live in the rocks, but they’re
afraid of you. We have seen scorpions and their sting is similar to
a bee sting - they’re not fatal. There are rattle snakes in the
area, so be careful when working with or around rocks.
The sewer systems of
Mexico do not seem to handle toilet paper. Place your toilet paper
in the waste basket next to the toilet.
Following are some
items that are hard to find or expensive to purchase in Mexico, and
we like to bring these just to help out the Zaragoza family:
Sugar free gum
Cocoa Wheats (cereal
vitamins with iron
Construction paper and
any other school supplies
We must never enter a
needy community with the attitude that we are somehow superior to
residents there simply because we were born into circumstances that
provide easy access to employment, food, shelter, and education. It
is always important to take time and consider how those we intend to
serve might see our efforts. It can be very easy to make them feel
that we are only serving because we have pity on them or because we
want to feel good about ourselves.
The people we serve
persevere in the face of extreme hardships. They are champions, and
they should be treated as such. The only difference between us and
them is our easy access to resources. Our goal is to develop
relationships with mutual feelings of respect and honor. We must
always be sensitive to our posture and our attitude so that when we
do offer our resources, others feel the love, respect and dignity
they are entitled to as God’s children. We must continually check
our motives for service. We do not want to serve others in a way
that causes more harm than good. We want to represent Jesus to
others and reflect His unconditional love, acceptance and respect for
(A Missionary's Perspective -- Taken from the website
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