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Youth Mexico Mission Trip


Rancho El Camino 2017


VBCC Youth Mexico Mission Trip 2017!

This Summer a team of 17 VBCC high schoolers and adult leaders flew to Mexico to serve at Rancho El Camino in La Paz, Mexico.  With activities similar to the RRR Ranch in Chesapeake, VA, Rancho El Camino is a community of faith with a mission to serve and minister through compassionate, Christ-centered initiatives and programs which seek to draw out the strengths and meet the needs found in the villages of La Paz. The ultimate goal of the ministry is redeeming the lost and transforming the community with the holistic power of the Gospel. This is done by going out into the local villages and by hosting children and youth at the Ranch.

Meet the Rancho El Camino Ministry Team, led by Pete and Emily Johnson. Pete and Emily were sent as missionaries to Mexico by Tab Church in Norfolk (which planted VBCC). They have 3 young daughters. They serve with a missions agency called TEAM.

Why La Paz? Isaiah 43:19 says, “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” God is redeeming the world, making a way for those who are lost and in need through his son Jesus Christ. While much of La Paz is a vacation destination for tourists, there are surrounding communities that are impoverished, both spiritually and physically. We were excited to show the love of Jesus by serving with Rancho El Camino and to explore the possibility of a long-term partnership in the years to come.

What kinds of things did we do?

  • Working the Ranch – help with animals like horses, goats, and chickens, work in the community garden, and more.
  • Running the camp – help with camp activities like sports, horseback riding, archery, hiking, etc.  We also served and minister to local youth and children attending the camp.
  • Worshipping with the Rancho El Camino Church
  • Fun Day - We had one day to tour La Paz and possibly go to the beach.
  • At the ranch, hard work is a way of life. It is also a means for discipleship and growth for those who visit. We served God and loved others by doing lots of hard work!

Were we safe? Yes! Rancho El Camino has hosted many short-term mission teams like ours over the years (including Tab Church’s Youth). La Paz is a beautiful tourist destination on the Baja Peninsula (2.5 hours north of Cabo San Lucas). The Johnsons are raising their 3 daughters there and have had no issues with safety.


Important Dates:

4/23 (Sunday) Mexico Team went up front during both worship services to present to the congregation the Mexico Mission Trip during the Acts 1:8 Moment.  ALL team members were required to be there for this.

4/26 (Wednesday) Mexico Team Meeting During YG 8-8:30 pm.  In the Youth Lounge.  Team members were required to bring a list of 30 names and addresses of people to whom they wanted to send their personalized fundraising letter.  Parents were welcome to join to help their child but were not required to be there for the meeting.

6/4 (Sunday) Mexico Mission Trip Fundraiser - Mexican Fiesta themed luncheon right after Church in the gym.  This date was also Youth Sunday, so we encouraged folks to stay after church for the luncheon.  We needed all hands on deck for this fundraiser - we needed team members to speak up front, we needed all Youth to help serve food, and we needed team members and parents to help prepare and serve food as well.

Trip Info for Youth and Leaders

Date: July 29-Aug 5.

Cost: Approximately $1,500 per person (including leaders).  Each team member was required to send out at least 30 support letters to friends and family and to attend fundraisers for the trip.

Transportation: We flew from Norfolk to Cabo San Lucas, then drove rental vans 2.5 hours north to El Paz.

Lodging: The ranch has a fully functioning bath house and bunk house which can hold up to 28 people (14 per side). Guys and girls were split, each staying on their own side of the house.

Mexico Trip Kids