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Students exploring an outdoor market in Mexico

Students exploring an outdoor market in Tijuana during a ministry trip

Ministry with México

Overview

PLNU Ministry With Mexico has postponed international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue our PLNU community commitment to our border neighbors through creative virtual opportunities. In the meantime, we encourage you to sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive updates from Ministry with Mexico.

Out of a desire to love God and neighbor, Ministry with México exists to contribute to shared life within our dynamic cross-cultural context through building and sustaining genuine relationships.

We create a space for the widening and challenging of perspectives, which encourages steps toward serving and living justly. PLNU students, faculty, staff, or alumni sponsors are invited to attend our trips throughout the school year.

Get updates on our programs and more information by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.

Passports: All travel to México now requires a passport. For more information, read our Passport Guide.

Safety: The International Ministries Office, which oversees all México programs, works diligently to consider all safety aspects. Read more about our commitment to secure travel in our México Travel Note.

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One-Day Trips

PLNU Ministry With Mexico has postponed international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue our PLNU community commitment to our border neighbors through creative virtual opportunities. In the meantime, we encourage you to sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive updates from Ministry with Mexico.

Our student-led ministry groups each visit the Tijuana-Tecate area once a month. This means you could be part of up to three trips a month!

Our groups include:

Belén
Casa Hogar Belén, a faith-based children's home in the Otay area of Tijuana, is a new partnership with Ministry with México this year. Belén aims to merge the two worlds of children and young adults in creating a unison of laughter that brings about an environment where the presence of God's love is tangible. For more information, contact mexicoprograms@pointloma.edu.

Sign Up to Attend the Belén Trip

Eunime
Eunime provides PLNU participants the opportunity to support the goals of Eunime orphanage in raising AIDS awareness and encouraging literacy while building relationships and sharing life with the children and adults there. The home has been running for five years, and is the only orphanage in the state of Baja for orphaned children who are HIV positive. Every visit, we do something special with the kids — whether it's taking them out for pizza, tutoring them in English and other subjects, running a day camp at a ranch, or playing and reading to them in the house. For more information, contact mexicoprograms@pointloma.edu.

Sign Up to Attend the Eunime Trip

La Iglesia
La Iglesia hopes to work together with the Body of Christ in México to build relationships and show a more complete picture of what the church can be. We strive to wrestle with the question of how the Body should function as one in spite of the barriers that separate us. The Northwest Baja District of the Church of the Nazarene welcomes us each month to partner with various Nazarene churches across the border. We're invited to participate in district gatherings and celebrations, as well as help with construction projects on the church and seminary buildings. For more information, contact mexicoprograms@pointloma.edu.

Sign Up to Attend the La Iglesia Trip

Border Sunday
Border Sunday will provide an opportunity to engage as part of the greater San Diego-Tijuana region and worship alongside our Mexican neighbors and friends. The trip will widen our perspectives regarding immigration and cross-border relations, specifically within the context of the Church. Together we will hike through Border Field State Park to join in communion and worship with The Border Church/La Iglesia Fronteriza, a weekly Christian gathering right at the border. For more information, contact mexicoprograms@pointloma.edu.

Sign Up to Attend the Border Sunday Trip

Gran Familia
Our Christmas event celebrates with all our ministry partners. In December, we spend a day visiting each of the children's homes, giving backpacks with educational supplies, singing Christmas carols, and exploring the city. If you have any questions, please contact Liliana Reza at lreza@pointloma.edu.

Sign Up to Attend or Donate to the Christmas Event

Multi-day trips

PLNU Ministry With Mexico has postponed international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue our PLNU community commitment to our border neighbors through creative virtual opportunities. In the meantime, we encourage you to sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive updates from Ministry with Mexico.

Border Pilgrimage
Join us for an opportunity to explore the Tijuana-San Diego border area and learn about the complexities of this fascinating region. Witness firsthand the contrasts between how U.S. Border Patrol protects the border and how families have been separated by immigration laws. You will meet migrants who have been deported while trying to enter the U.S. and tour the red light district of Tijuana. This trip will push you to grapple with complex issues.

Learn more and register for our next Border Pilgrimage.

Spring Break Build
Some students spend spring break at the beach. At PLNU, you’ll have the opportunity to spend it with President Dr. Bob Brower, fellow students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administrators, contributing to an environmentally friendly building project in México.

Join us for the next Spring Break Build.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Considering serving on Ministry with Mexico's leadership team next year? If you are interested in joining our leadership team, please fill out the Student Leader Application and have a mentor/or pastor fill out a Reference Form.

Ministry with Mexico Student Leader Form

Ministry with Mexico Reference Form

Virtual Opportunities

Virtual Border Pilgrimage

Explore perspectives on the border and learn about the complexities of this fascinating region through this semester's 2-part virtual Border Pilgrimage. This weekend includes expert presentations and participation in a virtual binational church service.

Learn more and register for the Virtual Border Pilgrimage.

Untold Border Stories

See how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected those in the border region through two short films, Love, Life & Virus and Undocumented in the Pandemic. Join us on one or both Saturday mornings (9/26 and 10/10), where we'll watch one of the two films then have a discussion afterwards, led by MwM student leaders.

Learn more and register for Untold Border Stories.

Loma Beyond Borders Podcast

Ministry with Mexico is producing a podcast! On the Loma Beyond Borders Mini-Series, you can hear students, staff, and alumni share about their experiences with the San Diego-Tijuana border. Make sure to catch each of the four episodes coming this school year!

Find it on all podcast platforms starting September 25! Be sure to also follow our Instagram page for updates.