Nogales Mission Trip
We start our Trip to Nogales, Mexico on Sunday, December 9th, with a Mass at the Newman Center and drive together with some “mini-vans” that we rent. The trip time to the border that is around 3 hours from here and arrive in Nogales, Mexico. We will be meet right across the border by the people from Hepac, and drive all together to the “Hepac Community” that is the place that we stay the whole time. They provide us with housing and meals.
A normal day for us usually starts with working in the mission that we have been assigned that day. We visit the migrants at Kino Border Initiative, or we visit the needing people door by door in our neighborhood, after lunch, we usually play with the kids that go to “Hepac” daily. Evenings are time to have some prayer and formation together.
On December 12, we all go to the big parade and to Mass in downtown for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! It is a special experience to participate in the devotion and traditions of the Mexican people.
We return on December 14, expecting to be back between 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
The cost of the trip ($540) covers transportation, housing, and meals.
The payment deadlines are:
October 15, 2018 - $200
November 13, 2018 - $240
December 3, 2018 - $100
Here there is some information about the places that we stay or either visit for mission work.
HEPAC COMMUNITY CENTER
The Hogar de Esperanza y Paz (Home of Hope and Peace – HEPAC) is a non-profit community center that serves primarily women and children in the impoverished neighborhood of Bella Vista in Nogales, Sonora – just three miles south of the Mexico-U.S. border. HEPAC offers an array of services including daily lunch for school children, educational opportunities, and micro-economic projects.
For more information visit: www.hepacnogales.org
KINO BORDER INITIATIVE
The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico: The California Province of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Diocese of Nogales. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. Its mission is to promote the US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:
Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants;
Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border;
Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.
For more information visit: www.kinoborderinitiative.org