We are headed to Mazatlan in ten days. Over the past five years, RLI has taken nearly a dozen trips to build into the work God is doing there. Mazatlan is a youthful, vibrant city known by many for its boardwalks, beaches, and tourism. Many US and Canadian citizens retire in Mazatlan, and it’s a major vacation destination. The city is clearly demarcated by a tourist district (Zona Dorado), and the remainder of the city is unknown to most tourists and visitors. Nearly half a million people reside in this remainder zone, and these are the people we serve.
Focus. Surrounding the central part of Mazatlan are dozens of smaller neighborhoods (colonias). Colonias are a settlements that typically lack basic human needs (i.e. running water, electricity, sanitation). Colonias range from a handful of homes to hundreds. In these neighborhoods, people don’t own the land their homes are on. It can take years before the local government extends water and electric lines to these neighborhoods. These are the communities we work with. Those that have been marginalized and forgotten. Those who have few resources and opportunities, but still strive to make a livelihood for their family.
Purpose. For the past five years, we’ve taken teams to Mazatlan for week-long trips to help these communities with our friends at La Vina. These trips have exposed many to the reality of global poverty, and given them a glimpse into the daily lives of the poor. Our upcoming trip is different. Our goal is to identify the top needs of the people in the communities we serve, and to develop programs to address those needs. Some needs we have identified in the past are education, health, food access, and literacy. However, there could be important needs we have missed and we want community input and support.
You help people by empowering them. Lending a hand to get them back on their feet and on their way. True charity equips and empowers people to be successful without you there.
This transition in our focus from being a “missions trip” organization to a “community empowerment” organization is exciting to us. Through the years, the things that have made us come alive are all related to empowering people. Teaching people English, sharing meals, encouraging community leaders, running kids programs, etc. All centered on equipping, training, and helping people.
Your Part. The work we do is completely funded by people like you. We are looking for a team of monthly supporters to join us. Our goal is to have 50 people sign-up as monthly supporters to partner and share in the work we do. There are two ways you can be a monthly supporter. (1) Join our coffee club. Subscribe and we’ll send you coffee each month. (2) Donate. All donations are tax-exempt and are used to pursue our mission statement.
Contact us for more information.
Mail: PO BOX 12492 Toledo, OH 43606