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September 24, 2010

Mexico: El Camino Ranch

An exciting new ministry in Mexico is the thriving ranch on the Baja peninsula. A beautiful piece of land is being used for ministering to broken people.

  • Incredible Gift

    A beautiful piece of land just outside of La Paz on the Baja Peninsula is now being used to help people in the community.

  • Lots of Help

    Many short-term teams have helped build the ranch into a thriving ministry by installing a septic system, building a roof, and taking care of the horses.

  • Healing Touch

    Horses are used in therapy to minister to people. The ranch is also home to goats, a cow, and some chickens.

An exciting new ministry in Mexico is the camp finally taking off on the Baja peninsula in La Paz. After a history of disappointing starts, things changed when a family from La Paz de Cristo Church offered a beautiful though undeveloped piece of land about 20 minutes outside of La Paz for ministry use. 

We were thrilled because it was easily accessible and even had its own sources of water – an incredible gift in the desert! So we started out by using it for youth camps and occasional family retreats, plus informally as a place where we could take people out for an afternoon of relaxation and a barbecue. But we all saw its potential and wanted to see it fully developed.

In 2007, Peter and Cher Gatto came to Baja, and at TEAM-Mexico’s annual conference a month after they arrived, they agreed to head up the development of the camp. Within a few months, the title and paperwork were in order (no small feat!). The Gattos had bought a couple of horses to start fulfilling Cher’s dream of using equine therapy to minister to broken people. With the help of multiple short-term teams, the camp is taking shape, and now the Gattos are living on-site.

This past summer Peter and Cher welcomed seven young people, both Mexican and American, as interns to live with them and help at the El Camino Ranch. Life-on-life mentoring was happening daily as they equipped the youth practically and spiritually. Each one carried out a particular assignment, like building a filter for the septic system, erecting a roof, in addition to helping with household tasks. Peter and Cher see these internships as a transfer of ministry to the next generation, not to mention a great opportunity for the youth to learn how to work together cross-culturally.

-Written by Lois Dresselhaus
-Photography by Robert Johnson

[Originally published in TEAMHorizons, September 2010]

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