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April 27 2006
Thank you, you were very helpful and it is my desire to support and endorse FAMILIES AT THE DUMP.
I celebrate your efforts and perhaps I can be of service to you by coming to your annual meeting sometime to share the story and vision of my mother. I would also be willing to make a DVD to give to people who go on tours introducing them to my mother and her dream. From there you could use it however you desired.
Until we connect again,
April 29, 2008
Dear Winnie, Pastor and Julieta Woodward
We were in PV the last 2 weeks of March 2008. While there we attended your church service and went to the dump on Easter Friday. We also went to your Easter service and Bob video taped the service with the children performing the ballet.
We think that the work that you are doing is absolutely wonderful! It was amazing to see the work that you are doing and the hope that you give to these beautiful children. May God bless you and the children in the work you are doing!
BOB AND LINDA HLINA
August 17 2008
If you are considering volunteering your time or donating money to FAD, please do not hesitate! FAD delivers all of what this web site says and MORE. In the past I've simply been a vacationer at Paradise Village, now I am so much more.
This past June I had the opportunity to spend 10 days volunteering for FAD with my Mom. Fortunately, there was a lot of work to be done including talking to the Moms about registering their children for school. We spent 30 hours of our week at the center.......
By the end of our 10 days, I felt such a strong connection with these families.......
I am currently running a fundraiser for Blanca, a sixteen year old girl who is working in the dump......
My experience with FAD will always have a special place in my heart. I think about the families all the time and I can't wait to go back next June, hopefully for an even longer period of time.
Carlie did return June 2009 for 2 weeks to assist with school registration and fun activities for the children.
October 25, 2008
This past June, I was faced with a choice: do I go straight from high school into post secondary, or do I take a year to myself? Instead of immediately pursuing further education, I chose to make a return visit to Paradise Village to continue volunteering with Families at the Dump. On Sept 3rd, while my peers boarded their buses, books in hand, I boarded a plane and headed back to Mexico, where I would spend 2 wonderful months.
.... I cannot possibly describe 2 months of smiles, laughter, and somtimes tears with merely a couple words.
What I can do is urge each and every one of you to take a couple hours out of your vacations to experience what I was lucky enough to experience throughout my time here.
I guarantee that you will achieve a new understanding of how fortunate all of us are, that your heart will be captured by at least one little child, and that you will never regret the day you go on one of FAD's morning tours.
PAY IT FORWARD
Wanting to experience "the sense of giving"or "mission" work we decided to join our sister and her husband in Mexico this winter.
( while there Yvonne assisted one of the mission children into a soccer program)
After shopping, we asked Valeria where she would like to go out for lunch as she had already missed breakfast. Her response was, "no bread is bad when you are hungry".
This comment reminded us how blessed we are and how much we take for granted.
There are no words that can describe the emotions or feelings of having been able to give a gift to someone who least expects it. Being able to give Valeria a future through Education and Sports gives us a sense of purpose and satisfaction. We are deeply rewarded.........
YVONNE & STEWART
August 31, 2010
Our faithful Heavenly Father truly did abundantly more than I could have asked, or thought on the missions trip to Mexico. I want to thank you again for your support and prayers. You were definitely a major part in what happened.
To begin this praise report, many new souls are now in The Kingdom of God; to HIM be all the glory. Our team ministered at the dump where many families live (see pictures below). The families exist in and around the landfills, living in conditions of extreme poverty. They use the landfills as a source of food and income. The families that we ministered to literally work in the garbage, in search of recyclables and other valuables. Our team worked with the mission organization, Families at The Dump - www.familiesatthedump.org.
There was much planting (I personally was blessed to pass out and minister to almost 300 people, while witnessing on the roads and streets); watering (I gave out 30 teaching books on God’s Word, and left Bibles and ministry tracts to be used at the upcoming church services); and increase (at one of the church services approximately 70 children received Jesus The Christ at their Lord and Savior) from God (1 Corinthians 3:6). Many people were also filled with The Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Worship and praise by our team’s choir was well received at the church services, and Pastor Zeigler’s teachings truly brought a new empowerment to those so much in need.
Our team participated in the daily breakfast program, where we would travel down the roads to where the families lived around the dump site. As the children and parents, mostly mothers, stood in line they would receive milk, cereal, yogurt and a piece of fruit.
At the mission we taught several sessions of Bible Lessons to the children. We also prepared approximately 200 backpacks with school supplies. We painted a classroom for the children with Disney Characters and another room to be used for food distribution. Our team participated in many projects that involved the preparation of, and distribution of food and supplies to the families.
Some of the other highlights of God’s mighty working power through our team included prayer for many of the men who through bondage ‘were’ addicted to alcohol and sniffing gasoline to get high. One man in particular that we prayed for earlier in the day on Tuesday came to the church service that evening. In addition to wanting to know more about God and His Word, he was seeking help how to make his wife happy. Another one of the men who we had prayed with came to the mission, and joined our team Thursday in painting the room that is being prepared for the food distribution. One lady who had been diagnosed with cancer and had been prayed for, was so blessed by what God had done for her told her friends. The next day people were lining up to be prayed for and counseled. A man I ministered to was named Angel Jesus. After praying and receiving Jesus The Christ as his Lord and Savior he said something was different. Another man named Victor was truly transformed as a new creation, to the point that God called him into ministry. There was an outpouring of God’s power everywhere we ministered.
We definitely saw the other side of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, people living extremely below the poverty level. This was a level of poverty that I had never seen before, even in the five missions trips to the Dominican Republic and one last year to Peru. However, the people were hungry for The Lord, and very receptive. We also gave away suitcases full of toys, stuffed animals, clothing, cases of diapers, balloons, stickers, and school supplies to the children.
I can truly say that the anointing of God on this trip was evident. I am forever grateful that God has counted me worthy for His use. I pray that you will receive your promise of Hebrews 6:10 for your support, prayers, and love. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Love in Jesus The Christ, Elois
KNOW THE GOD, WITH ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE - ROMANS 10:9, 10!
(Some pictures that we took below)
Trucks driving into dump.
Living conditions of the families at the dump
Morning breakfast (yogurt, cereal, milk and a piece of fruit) program for the families
A "couch" used by one of the families
Inside a "home" without complete enclosure
Creative method for cooking
Site where families receive services
Teen girl reading a Salvation Tract - Hungry for Jesus The Christ!
Teaching the children
Our team preparing food supplies for the families
Helping paint the classroom for the children
Church service for the families
Our team of 17, I am the top left