Mexico: Baja Presbyterian Missions
Jim Hancock, President
1958 Willowbrook Court
El Cajon, CA 92019
Baja Presbyterian Missions, Inc., promotes Christ’s message of hope in Baja California in partnership with the Northwest Border Presbytery of the Mexico Presbyterian Church. Their vision includes the mission to plant and grow Presbyterian churches in Baja by raising money to help the Mexican Presbytery purchase Baja land and buildings, to fund and oversee Baja church construction projects, and to supplement a Baja pastor’s salary until each church is self-sufficient. In the past 52 years, they have helped start 30 mission churches, including 12 in Tijuana and five in Mexicali. Their 18th annual Baja Day Trip was May 18, 2019, visiting the newly donated churches Monte Pacifico, Monte Sinai, and Monte Sion in Tijuana. These churches were built by Korean Presbyterians and recently donated to the Presbiterio Fronterizo Noroccidental, our Mexican Presbytery of the Northwest. Click on the yellow button above, to read more about the 2019 Day Trip. Because of the Covid-19 virus, our 2020 Day Trip was cancelled for this year. Please join us next year!
Covid-19 Update: Jim Hancock wrote on May 5, 2020
I just received the attached note (translated) from Robelio, our representative from the Mexican Baja Presbytery. It is much worse across the border than we hear about in the news. Mexico has 24,905 reported cases with 2,271 deaths. There are 765 infections in Tijuana with 130 deaths. In Tijuana the death rate from Covid-19 is 15 percent while in San Diego the death rate is 3.5%. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Mexico.
In an earlier note on April 26, Jim wrote that he and other BPM board members are doing well but the two pastors are having a difficult time in that their churches can’t meet for church. Funding for their churches is very low. Nicassio Rojas, BPM board vice president, is the newly installed pastor for the Iglesia Presbiteriana Emmanuel church in San Diego. The church has been having very difficult times, especially financially, and income is down. He also pastors the Adoracion Spanish speaking service at Chula Vista Presbyterian Church, and of course, is not open for church services.
They continue to receive reports from Mexico that the Covid-19 virus is spreading completely out of control. Rev. Robelio Roblero said in an email that several of their church members are sick with it but seem to be getting better. But, their services are not meeting in person, of course. We are, for now, able to continue our support for pastors at the same level but are concerned as our Presbyterian church sponsors may have to deal with significantly lower giving levels because of not having regular, in person, Sunday services. We, of course, immediately cancelled our yearly visit to our Mexican churches but look forward to the possibility of continuing them next year. Their building projects have all been put on hold.
Our prayers are for the situation in Mexico to get much better soon and, of course, for the United States to see a significant decrease in Covid-19 cases. Please also pray for our Mexican pastors who are supporting their congregations through this difficult crisis.
BPM's vision for ministry
Chartered in 1964, Baja Presbyterian Missions is dedicated to helping the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to love our neighbor as ourselves in the state of Baja California, from Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali, south to Rosarito, Ensenada, Maneadero, and San Quintin; and all the way to the tip of the peninsula to San Jose de Cabo and La Paz. Over the years, BPM has helped plant and build 30 churches in Baja.
Support church construction projects in Baja California as needed.
Raise funds to provide salary supplements to 14 pastors as requested.
Finish construction of a second building at Real de Rosarito church in Rosarito for classrooms and offices.
The project was stopped because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Continue to receive donations from current donor churches and individuals; add new donors.
Help the Presbiterio open a new checking account with a Mexican and US bank.
For the Covid-19 outbreak in Mexico to be significantly lessened and for the healing of those in our Baja churches who have been struck with the virus to heal quickly.
For successful completion of the Real de Rosarito church classroom and office building.
For their partnership with Mexican Presbyterians to continue to advance the gospel of Christ in Baja.
For well-pastored churches already planted, and for their growth and effective service.