Mission to Ensinada, Mexico #14
Bill Fairman (00:04):
Hi everyone. Bill Fairman, Carolina capital management here. Welcome to the show. I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about a wonderful opportunity that I had with Scott Myers, his lovely wife, Christina, and puts together a group to do a mission trip in Ensonata Mexico once a year. And this mission trip is sponsored by a group called Youth with a Mission. And for short, it’s YWAM and you can get information. YWAM.org and their, their mission obviously is the, they are a Christian based group. Their mission is to spread the word, but what they do, which is really helpful. And in the third world countries and they are, they have bases all over the world, but they’re trying to do what they can to break the cycle of poverty by providing housing that safe for the children and the families. So that next generation, can grow up with, you know, the thought of, yes, I can do it.
Bill Fairman (01:16):
And as long as they are in a safe environment where they have at least a concrete floor instead of a dirt floor, it is easier for the kids to study. And get an education and better themselves when they know that they are, they have a nice home to go to versus some of the things you will see in some of the pictures. And I’m going to show here in just a moment, but it was an awesome trip we built, there was 42 of us on this trip. We flew into San Diego, we have chartered a bus from there, so it goes down to Ensonata. It was a beautiful ride too along the coast. So you have these beautiful mountains and then the Pacific ocean, a nice deep and blue to look out on. I tell you when you get you go into another country like that, it really makes you appreciate what you have.
Bill Fairman (02:17):
And the homes along the coast are these big giant mansions and then you see these little shacks and some of them you cannot even call shacks going back towards the, towards the East, away from, from the ocean. But one thing that struck me was the children, they are always smiling and happy to be there and it was just an awesome trip. So I’m going to share some pictures and let you guys see for yourself here. So this is the base camp. They, this particular base camp was a hotel in Ensonata and they have taken it and they are rehabbing it. So you can see they have still got scaffolding up kind of a, I forget what you call that color, but it’s kind of a peach looking. That is where the offices are, the kitchen, all that, where the scaffolding is, or our rooms, they have some rooms that are set up for families, but most of the rooms are set up.
Bill Fairman (03:25):
And again, this is Youth with a Mission. So they are typically 18 to 20 something year olds. Each room has four bunk beds and three bathrooms. Really nice. Just, just been completed for the most part. They are beautifully designed. And we all had, every morning we met here for breakfast. And as you can see, that tent in the back right back here, we had a buffet breakfast. And then every evening we met back here for a buffet dinner as well. And surprisingly enough, it was Mexican food. All right. So here’s the slab we started with and I know what you are thinking when you are looking at these pictures. Wow. This is what most people parked at our lawnmower in. And yes, it is basically the size of a larger workshop or a tool shed. And most of the homes were, you know, we are from, so we just finished framing the walls and we put the signing up.
Bill Fairman (04:33):
We built two homes in two days. Now they do not have any running water. There was no plumbing in here. So we are able to get these homes up quickly and without having to deal with any plumbing issues. But we did wire all of them for electricity. they have lights, a front porch light, ceiling lights, and they’re going to be a two bedroom with a front living space, dining room, kitchen, living room area in the front. So you have lights, you have outlets. Each one has three windows and a door for cross breezes. folks here are paying cash for their land. It’s costing them about 1500 to $2,000 to buy these little plots of land that they’re living on. So here is another angle in the home. My job was operating the chop saw most of the time. And I was also wiring, the electrical. I did some other stuff as well. Again, this house to the left was built by the same mission a couple of years ago.
Bill Fairman (05:46):
So we built the two houses. We split up into two groups. So we had a red team and a blue team. And I was on the red team, so we had, you know, 20 folks here working on this at a time, which was really fun because we kept banging in each other. I took this picture specifically because I wanted you to see how they recycled down there. So this fence post is a big giant PVC pipe, beaten into the ground. And then the rest of these, as you can see, are just trees. Sticks essentially driven into the ground. And if you look out here, you don’t see any trees. So they had this Gavin’s for that too. But if you will notice what the fence is made out of, these are inner coil springs from an old mattress. But Hey, it makes a really good fence. Then, this is the house that was on the premises still there. So inside it is pretty basic. We just drywall, we paint. We did cut out of the drywall here in the kitchen between the wood here and add shelves. Now the back of this is painted, but this is just the drywall from the bedroom on the other side of the wall. But it’s a nice little added touch.
Bill Fairman (07:12):
We also went to the stores and purchased some furniture forms, some bunk beds, some dining room table. We had a, a kitchen cabinet type of thing, but they have no running water. So what we had to do with the sink was put in a plug underneath. So you would bring in your bucket of water, you would pour it into the sink, you would do the washing that you would need. The bucket then goes underneath the cabinet and then you pull the plug and the, the dirty water goes back into the bucket and then you can take it out. This is a, the father of two boys. He has two girls as well. This is me and this is a part of the group we were with. So this is the finish house. You can see we have vents up here in the top and that helps with the ventilation as well. But the house ends up with some nice little extras. We threw some shutters in here, a little little porch over hanging. We use the wood that we had. This was were the leftover two by fours that we cut to make a little stoop for them. Again, you are thinking that is not much. Here’s the little girls. This is one of the neighbors. You can see they got more paint on themselves and they did on the walls.
Bill Fairman (08:33):
This and why I was saying it is a, what we are building is not much, but look at what they were living in. This is a wood structure and it is just covered in plastic, mud floors. There’s their stove. They do have electricity as you can see over here. So they got an outlet. But yeah, not the greatest place for kids to grow up as a family of four living in here. And here is just an example of some of the other structures that people are living in. So if you guys ever get a chance to do some mission work, I’m telling you, you should take it up, volunteer and we could have easily just written a check. But I felt like I needed to get a little bit more involved. I really appreciate that because now it makes me really appreciate the, what I thought I had problems.
Bill Fairman (09:42):
They are just annoyances. We have first-world problems. They have third world problems. And these people were so grateful that they have what they have now. And again, I was just blown away by how happy and smiling the children were all the time. Even when they are living in these areas, they don’t, they don’t know any better. So again, youth with a mission, they’ll take, you know, monetary donations as well, but you can volunteer to any other places. You do not have to build houses. You can just go and be the ones that are fixing the meals for the people that are building the homes and take a week to go somewhere, spend two or three days there and then and always vacation a few days in one of those resort cities as well. So I highly recommend it. So that is what I have for now. Again, thanks to Scott Myers and Christina for inviting me. I’m going to do it again next year. If anybody wants to join us. Please contact me at Carolinahardmoney.com. Again, please like and share. We are going to have other videos up and above some other content as well. Thank you so much for doing this.
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Bill Fairman (11:18):
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