Dear Friend,

My name is Fr. Jesse Esqueda and I am a Missionary Oblate.  I am fortunate to be a missionary in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico, working, sharing and learning from the poorest of the poor. 

Our Tijuana mission is vast, serving more than 200,000 people. In a typical year we distribute food to 60,000 needy families, help to provide 10,000 doctor visits and 2,000 dentist visits.

I can recite some additional numbers about our missions, but I think it is more important to talk about the people we serve.

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There is Enrique, a 15 year old who lives in a shack with no running water or sanitation.  Enrique takes three buses to reach our community center where he can use a computer to do his homework.  He is also an active participant in our youth program which gives him a positive place to be instead of being tempted to join a local gang.

Narcissa is also part of our community, and attends a senior center run by the Oblates.  Narcissa is a regular at the center and delights in the companionship of others.  We provide her with a free breakfast and give her food baskets to take home.

Life for us in this part of Tijuana is difficult, but we recently decided to make it more difficult.  We are focusing on a new area where mostly migrants from southern Mexico and Central America now live looking for work.  Our new mission has no community centers or medical clinic.  So we will have to build them.  And that’s where you come in.

Can you make a financial sacrifice at this time to help get our new Oblate mission off the ground?  Here are just a few ways that your small sacrifice can go a long way in helping our new mission get started:

  • $10 can provide 100 toothbrushes for the Oblates to distribute to poor children.
  • $12 can allow one visit to the doctor.
  • $18 can purchase the building material to add a roof to a humble home.
  • $22 can provide the study materials for children who attend after-school classes.

We know that building an entirely new mission like the one in Tijuana will be daunting work.  That is why we are asking you to help us carry this burden, so that we can best meet the needs of the poorest of the poor.

We are all called to be missionaries.  Some like me are called to minister in places like Tijuana.  Others, like you, are called to be missionaries in our families and in our communities. Please know that your financial help at this time will allow us to reach more people in need.  You can make your secure donation using the form below.


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