Place I would like to visit: Alaska
Favorite Quote: "The lasting value of our public service for God is measured by the depth of the intimacy of our private times of fellowship and oneness with [Christ]." -Oswald Chambers
Favorite Superhero: Mother Theresa
Favorite Activities: Biking and walking
Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 3:20
I was born in central Mexico. My parents, like most parents, wanted to provide a better life for their children. They believed that moving closer to "La Frontera" would provide a better job and a better income. So they began their journey to the north in 1956 and settled in Tijuana in 1962. In 1968, my family crossed the U.S./Mexican border as immigrants to the U.S.
I trusted Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1976. In the early days of my acquaintance with the gospel, I became involved at a church where I grew in the beginning steps of faith in Jesus Christ and in the ministry of servanthood. It was there Eddie and I met and after two years we got married.
A year later, we both got involved with a 4th through 6th grade Sunday school class for a summer. That summer led us to full-time youth ministry and later adult ministry that continued for the next 22 years.
In 2000, Dave Burdette approached us for the third time regarding joining the staff of Mexico Caravan Ministries. However, Eddie's immediate response was "thanks, but no thanks, we are in full-time ministry and things are going just fine." But not long after, we realized the Lord had a different plan for us in ministry.
Within a year, we found ourselves going through the process all missionaries have to go through. The Lord put together a team who would support us prayerfully and financially - making it possible for us to begin work as co-directors of Mexico Caravan Ministries in Tijuana. We have been with MCM since May of 2003.
Place I would like to visit: China
Favorite Quote: "Go, send, or disobey." -John Piper
Favorite Superhero: Jesus first - then Mighty Mouse
Favorite Activity: Tandem riding with Maggi
Favorite Bible verse: Romans 5:8
I was born in 1957 in San Diego, California to Hardy and Delia Passmore. I joined two sisters and one brother. I was was six, seven and eight years younger than my siblings. While a child at home, I was seen as cute and adorable but then came elementary school where I was picked on because of my name, my looks and my weight. I also felt that I didn't belong at home anymore either.
So by the time I went to junior high school, I was determined to be accepted. I tried to fit in with many groups but the group that I felt most accepted was the party crowd. For the most part, I felt like I belonged.
I did a lot of partying and one day, at the age of 14, I overdosed on drugs. My life was actually saved by my father beating me so hard that the drugs got out of my system. However, this caused an even bigger problem at home and I returned to the party crowd.
During my junior year in high school, I was going nowhere fast when an older friend at school told me about Jesus Christ. A few months later, I became a believer and made a radical change from school partier to Bible study leader on campus.
After high school, I met Maggi and we were married in 1978. I went into full-time ministry in 1980 which led to jobs as a youth pastor, program director at a Christian camp, associate pastor of missions and out-reach, and a senior interim pastor. Finally in 2003, I, along with my wife Maggi, became the Directors of Mexico Caravan Ministries.
(Claire) Ema Hoyt
Place you would like to visit: Chile
Favorite Bible Verse: Galatians 6
I grew up in Norwalk, Iowa with with my parents and three siblings. My family was always active members of a church body from Awana’s, Operation Christmas Child, youth group, missions trips whatever was going on my family and I were apart of.
I put my faith in Jesus Christ when I was 6 years old but did not have a personal relationship with God until high school. Which Mexico Caravan Ministries had a huge part in as I came down with my church in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Though I knew more about God, the Great Commission, Gods commands for my life and the importance of reading his word I allowed the business of life to take over.
I attended Cedarville University in Ohio for two years but by Gods guidance took time away from school to intern at Woodlands Camp in Cleveland, Georgia. After my time at Woodlands I saw the gospel in a new light that enabled my relationship with God to deepen. I began to understand that my life is not my own but I am Gods and everything I do is to bring God glory.
After my time at Woodlands I moved to Orange County where I nannied and continued my education through California Baptist online program. After a few months of living and working in Orange County God orchestrated the office manager position at Caravan to be presented to me. By May of 2019 I was living and working in Tijuana as Mexico Caravan Ministries office manager
Patricia Trejo Ortiz
Field worker at National's office
Place you would like to visit: Chile & China
Favorite Quote: Proverbs 17:17
Favorite Superhero: My mother
Favorite Bible Verse: Proberbs 17:17
I and my husband Jose live in Mariano Matamoros with our 4 children: Derian Asael: 19; Iram Jared: 16; Ashlye Ruhama: 14; and Jatniel Obed: 7 years. We attend Monte Horeb Church. I like to cook, cut hair, do nails and am learning to sew. I really like working with people and doing what I can to help them. I have been with Caravan since 2006.
Our National's Office Staff meet with the families, provide necessary information, help fill out the paper work, and go through the interview process with them. They also go to the homes to check the conditions of the site. They also schedule & coordinate the families with the groups that come down, which makes the housebuilding process a smooth operation.
Dona Irma y Don Lupe
Don Lupe and Irma have been serving at MCM for 7+ years. They work together to watch over our dorms, offices, garages, and the vehicles. They then leave in the morning and return again at night.