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.
Kathy Russel aka Catalina
Place I would like to visit: St. Petersburg
Favorite Quote: "Preach the gospel at all times and, if necessary, use words."
Favorite Superhero: Elasti-Girl
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 36:5
I went to church on the church bus as a child. Both my parent's had a background in the church, but by the time I was born they were no longer involved. I accepted Christ quite young and was baptized. My walk with Jesus was up and down since I grew up in a non-Christian home, however Christ and the church were always my refuge. In college I did the typical party scene for the first 1 1/2 years until I finally acknowledge the deadness there. I recommitted my life and never looked back. I met my future husband one year later and after our wedding we went off to Bible School in Rhode Island. I'm very excited to be here.
You can check out our blog at www.russellmexicoadventure.com
Gary Russel aka Diego
Place I would like to visit: Bangladesh
Favorite Quote: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
Favorite Superhero: The Man in Black
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13
I became a real Christ-Follower during my first year of college. Though raised in a Christian home, I had little interest in God besides wanting to avoid hell. I was dedicated to sports and during my senior year of high school had a brain injury while playing football. The doctor told my parents that I may not survive the night, but surgery was successful and they expected 100% recovery! That, however, never happened. I was totally blind when I awoke from surgery and my vision still qualifies me as legally blind, meaning that my visual field is very narrow. During the summer of 2012, my fourth trip to Caravan, a position was discussed and later offered and accepted to work in the office of Caravan. We moved our family in February, 2013 and live close to the ministry. We have four children, the oldest of which lives in Ohio. The second oldest, Bekah, is now studying the Bible with New Tribes Bible Institute. Jerem and Rachel attend high school in San Diego.
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: 13; Iram Jared: 11; Ashlye Ruhama: 9; and Jatniel Obed: 2 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 come in every night at 7pm and spend the night watching over the the dorms, offices, garages, and the vehicles until the morning.