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YWAM Mazatlan’s leading mercy ministry, Homes of Hope was created in 2006 with the heart to extend a helping hand to needy families, to help them accomplish something that would take 20 years to do on their own. Right now we are focused on 3 communities here in Mazatlan, in order to see a more long-term impact rather than building all over the entire city. Our vision is to come alongside and serve the local church already working in the community to ensure that the physical and spiritual needs of the people are met. We desire to not only build these families a home. We desire to bring families to Christ to transform hearts and mentalities by showing them his love in a tangible way.
Throughout the year, by hosting short term teams, YWAM Mazatlan coordinates the construction of these homes. Building with Homes of Hope
Together, we can bring hope,
POSITIVE IMPACTS OF HOUSING A FAMILY
Debt-free home helps leverage families out of poverty. Funds are not going to treat sick children and keep them warm, instead they can purchase resources for school and other necessities.
Stable environment encourages learning and is more likely to have a child that will attend and stay in school.
Reduces incidence of sickness due to dirt floors and exposure improves overall quality of life.
Stabilizes emotional well-being, home life and marriage, as basic issues of survival are eliminated.
Practical demonstration of God’s love for them inspires a response to want to give back.
When YWAM Mazatlan was pioneered in July of 2004, our small team of volunteers rented a large house with large dreams for training and transformation in Mazatlan. Upon meeting different pastors with service to the margined poorer communities, the team began serving alongside the pastors and growing in their heart for the city. Edgar Morales, the founder of Homes of Hope in Mazatlan, talks of how even he – a Mexican growing up in a low-income family – was quite shocked to see the living conditions of the families in these communities, and began dreaming of a program that would give better housing and dignity to these families. With that dream, he eventually sensed God (and his leader!) challenging that “someone” to be him, someone with no building knowledge, tools, or resources so that God would be the one to receive all the glory.
In 2006, YWAM Mazatlan stepped out in faith to build their first home for a fisherman named Martin. A team from Calvary Chapel Melbourne came to fund and build the house, fortunately with experienced builders who helped teach a lot of the basics! The excitement was high as Martin returned from a 3-month long fishing trip to the surprise of a new home, and Martin still talks of the impact it made on his family to see God provide in such a huge way, giving him the inspiration to continue bettering his home and life.
The goal for the first year was 3-5 homes, but with amazing favor from God, by the end of the year there were 15 homes built. Since then, we have seen many people impacted through this ministry – both those receiving homes and those coming to give. 263 homes have been built, as well as a church/feeding center as of March 2019.
According to Mexico’s National Council for the Evaluation of Social Policy, 46% of families in Mexico live in poverty, meaning a lack of income, not having access to basic education, health services, social security, quality housing; and basic services such as electricity, drainage, running water, or food. 11.7 million people in Mexico are considered to be living in extreme poverty.
Each year over 39.3 million visitors travel to Mexico, which ranks it 6th in the world in total tourism. Since 1987, Youth With A Mission has hosted more than 100,000 participants in different parts of Mexico. None of our participants, groups or staff have experienced any incidents of violent crime. We credit God’s mercy and grace and some good, sound operating principles we have in place as being the key reasons for our longstanding safety record.
We appreciate the trust that is extended to us every time a group joins us in serving the poor and needy in Mexico, and we work hard to make sure that our trips are as well-run and safe as possible. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions and we will be happy to assist in any way that we can.
Step One – Contact us!
We love hearing from anyone who is interested in bringing a team down! Once you know you the dates you’d like to come, or if you have any questions email us at email@example.com to confirm availability. January through April are busy months, especially for our Homes of Hope ministry. The sooner you get your dates in the sooner we can confirm!
Step Two – Reserve your Dates
There is a non-refundable $500 deposit required to secure the dates for your team. Your selected date is not secured until we receive your deposit. We will hold your reservation for 30 days. In order for us to continue with your reservation, the deposit must be paid. The deposit will then be deducted on your final invoice.
Step Three – Confirm Numbers & Pay for Trip
A final invoice will be sent once team numbers have been confirmed. The balance of team and house fees is due 2 months prior to your arrival. This allows us sufficient time to purchase building materials and get ready for your team.
There are so many families in need in the 2-3 areas we are working in. You’ll see when you get here how much you wish you could help everyone. We’ve tried to narrow it down by the following:
Location - Because we work in one community at a time in order to build more relationship with both the families and the church, the family needs to live in that specific community.
Land - The family must either own their land, or be making adequate payment on it. Also, in the community we are working in at present, the land is owned by the city government, so we are required to go to them for final approval on each house.
6-week course - Because of the overwhelming amount of applications even within this one community where we are building, we have begun requiring families to attend a 6-week course given by YWAM prior to getting on the waiting list for a home. It is a great way to begin building relationship, share the gospel, and start the process of transforming minds and hearts!
Income - While there is not a set “minimum income”, we are looking for families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide a home for themselves, or at least not for a very long time. The typical income of families in the area where we build is between $100-$200USD a month.
Living conditions - Each applicant is interviewed in their home in order to get an understanding of the situation they are currently living in. Highest preference is given to those living in more precarious conditions.
The ideal team is made up of 10-15 people per home (we can build up to 3 homes at once). However, we do accept teams both smaller and larger; it is just necessary to be in communication with our registrar about your team size.
From around November-May, the weather is gorgeous and in the 70s Fahrenheit – definitely the best time to be working in the sun! Once you get to June all the way to October, you’re looking at some pretty hot weather (85-95 Fahrenheit), but more than hot, it’s humid! 80-95% humidity, to be accurate! So it’s probably more sticky than you’re used to. But it’s part of the adventure… we DO live in front of the ocean, so you have to sacrifice something. =)
Yes! The construction experience is awesome for all ages. The A and B builders on site are there to help give everyone tasks to do, and know the jobs that are good for smaller people. Then, when things get tiring and attention is running low, there are almost always children from the neighborhood around to play with! It has been special to see the positive way it affects children to be a part of helping a family in need. You’re never too young to start thinking of others before yourself!