In 1961, the Lord sent a Mexican Indian baby boy into the home of Chuck and Charla Pereau, a Los Angeles fireman and a housewife with four children. As their love for him grew, so did their compassion for the countless other homeless, orphaned and abandoned children who roamed the streets and mountains of Mexico. Thus, the vision of a mission and home for needy children was born at Vicente Guerrero, Baja California, Mexico. Now, hundreds of children have received care and been introduced to Jesus Christ because two ordinary people responded when Jesus said, “…when you have done it unto the least of these you have done it unto Me.” (Matthew 25:45)
I heard about the opportunity to support them through a connection with YWAM “Youth with a Mission” in Chico California. It would be my first missions trip so I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I was excited to learn and serve. I knew I would be going to an orphanage in Mexico, and that’s it. I told my buddy Luke about the opportunity and he shared in my excitement. Months later we were driving hours south to meet the rest of our team.
My first observation of Mexico was that it was very dry and dusty, but the people were full of life. Exiting the 15 passenger van with my team, the kids and staff took little time to greet us. We made our introductions in broken Spanish/English and entered the “Hogar Para Ninos” orphanage with our stuff. Everything was so surreal, I could feel the history of the place radiating off the walls of the rooms, the hospitable staff, and the smiles of the children. I couldn’t wait to love on these kids and was so happy to be a part of such an incredible ministry.