Desert Springs has partnered with i6eight  to compassionately serve needy families in Rocky Point, Mexico. Service opportunities include building a house over a long weekend and outreach to the community on a shorter trip. We build much more than a house  – we build relationships with the objective of introducing people to Jesus.



What types of mission trips are available?

  • Spring 2017 Trip – Community Outreach (Apr. 22-23)
    • Two day trip over the weekend
    • $125 per person – KIDS FREE with their parent
    • Reach out to the community in the Rocky Point barrio
  • Fall Trip – House Build (Nov. 10-13)
    • Four day trip – Friday mid-day to Monday evening
    • $275 per person -KIDS FREE with their parent
    • Build a house for a family in need, interact with kids, and show the love of Jesus.

What is required to participate in the trip?

  • No construction skills necessary. We prefer you have more love than skill
  • All hand tools – no power tools
  • Family Trips – children are welcome and there will be lots of other children to play with
  • Trip costs are $125 for Community Outreach trips (Spring), and $275 for House Build trips (Fall). This includes: materials, delicious meals, camping spots, hot showers, clean restrooms, insurance, transportation.
  • Passport or Passport Card (under 18, just need birth certificate) are required. Passport Cards are less expensive and faster to obtain than a Passport.
  • Scholarships and Fundraising Assistance are available.

 

What are the accommodations like?

Base camp is located at Pastor Tony’s house, in his fenced yard. There is room to set up your tent or RV. Includes hot showers, bathrooms and 24-hour security. All meals and snacks in Mexico are provided and purified drinking water is always available.

 

How will we get there?

We will meet at a specified location and caravan into Mexico. Registration fee includes gas and Mexico car insurance.  We do ask for volunteer cars and drivers. If you are bringing your RV, we can pay part of that cost. We do ask for volunteer cars and drivers.

 

What will we do when we get there?

Our usual schedule for a House Build trip (Fall):

  • Required Mission Trip Team meeting and briefing prior to trip.
  • Day 1 (Friday): Meet mid-day (noon) for final instructions, travel by caravan (estimated travel time is 4 hours), WELCOME MEETING at base camp, dinner out (included).
  • Day 2 (Saturday): Breakfast, worship and devotions at 7:30am. Head to work site to meet the family and begin construction. Lay foundation and prepare wall frames. If we finish early, there may be free time in the afternoon for the beach or a siesta. Group dinner at Pastor Tony’s house provided by his wife Orfa and the ministry ladies.
  • Day 3 (Sunday): Repeat Day 2, except that the evening will end with a Fiesta Night celebration with the family we are building for and locals. There may even be a piñata!
  • Day 4 (Monday): Wrap-Up meeting after breakfast, complete the house, give the family the keys and dedicate the house with praise and prayer. Pack up tents and vehicles. Lunch out on our own before heading back to Phoenix.
  • Reconnect Party! We’ll get back together for a potluck a few weeks after and share stories, pictures and fellowship!

Our usual schedule for a Community Outreach trip (Spring):

  • Required Mission Trip Team meeting and briefing prior to trip.
  • Day 1 (Saturday): Meet early for final instructions, travel by caravan (estimated travel is 4 hours), WELCOME MEETING and lunch at base camp. We’ll paint some houses, set up tents, and clean up before group dinner, provided by Pastor Tony’s wife Orfa and the ministry ladies.
  • Day 2 (Sunday): Breakfast, worship and devotions at 7:30am. Attend church at Pan de Vida community center, prepare and serve lunch for local families, followed by community outreach. Pack up tents and vehicles and leave for Phoenix around 3:00pm.
  • Reconnect Party! We’ll get back together for a potluck a few weeks after and share stories, pictures and fellowship.

 

 

What will we build?

  • We will be constructing a simple 11’ x 22’ home.  If we have a large enough group, we can build a “double” (22′ x 22′).
  • Children are encouraged to participate in the construction process.
  • All of the construction will be completed with hand tools.
  • We will be working alongside the homeowner and strive to include extended family, friends and neighbors.
  • If you have a choice between working on the project and loving on someone, extend love.
  • The floor is concrete mixed by hand.
  • The walls and roof will be framed with 2×4 construction.
  • The exterior of the home is finished with stucco.

 

What are the safety precautions?

  • i6eight will provide trip participant emergency insurance for all participants and 24-hour security at base camp.
  • The i6eight staff lives in the barrio and has spent extensive time in Mexico without incident.
  • Our team has developed countless relationships, respect and good favor with the locals.
  • While in Mexico, each participant will travel in groups and agrees not to participate in activities that could jeopardize their safety or the safety of others.

What are the trips like?

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