Family Housing Project Vision Realized with your Help

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The Family Project Vision. This has been the long awaited vision and perhaps one could say destiny for La Roca Ministries. This ¨Family housing¨ project has been part of our grand objective and goal from the beginning, with the aim to bring families together, instead of separating them. We want to build 6 houses, each unit costing $8,000. Each house built will give an opportunity for a family to start over again.  To not only live in some house, but a home built with the love of Christ.  They will receive counseling as a family and the husband will be allowed to live with family after his first three months are up. This will give them a chance to heal from past hurts and move on to a brighter future with Christ together.

Unlike most programs and recovery centers now-a-days, which use the individualistic, medical/disease model to address problems that originate with the sin and the psyche (i.e. the soul), we here at La Roca have the idea that people and their problems are not purely dealt with on an individualistic manner, but as communities.

¨No man is an island.¨ Saint Paul understood this principal and dealt not with the problems of the churches individually, but mainly, on the church families as a whole. When a black sheep goes astray, it leads others with them. And when a father plunges into alcohol/drug abuse, the entire family is affected. And if the problem is not dealt with in it’s entirety, it’s effects pass on to the next generation, which is not just a biblical concept, but a reality.

The Challenge

The challenge begins with the city of Tijuana itself. Whole communities are afflicted by an international epidemic of drugs and alcohol abuse. As Tijuana has become a bottleneck of sorts, for people all across Latin America who are trying to get into the United States, the crowded streets, corrupt cops, corrupt government, lack of jobs and housing has created a perfect storm for Tijuana to become an international hub for the drug trade with proclamation of instant gratification for both the buyers and sellers. Ruthlessly and indiscriminately it strikes the lives of men, women and children of every age, sex, race and class. As local gangs fight for control of the seemingly indispensable cash flow of the millions of illegal dollars streaming through Tijuana every year, the drug trade constantly decimates individuals, families and entire neighborhoods, creating a physical, emotional, economic and spiritual crisis.

While the government in Tijuana attempts to tackle the victimizes in the drug trade, the aim at La Roca is to pick up its victims. Drug addiction, including unmanageable alcohol use, is extremely deceptive. It is never the aim of an addict to become hooked on drugs. Nor is it his/her intention to cause personal failure, or make loved ones hurt and grieve from unnecessary events, lifetime injuries or untimely deaths. However, the first step in the process to being rebuilt is to be broken. The desire to change coming from an addict is so far removed, that it usually takes a disaster for true repentance to seep in.  Only then, can we truly start to make a difference in their lives.

Discipleship and Recovery

The Discipleship and Recovery program of La Roca is largely an urban ministry. Our program is grounded by our faith in the true and living God, based on our belief in His Holy Word, and guided with the testimonies of other Christians, in order to treat the epidemic of drugs and alcohol addiction. Addiction affects an individual not just physically and economically, but spiritually, emotionally and socially. Therefore, each aspect of an addict’s life must be treated and healed from the destructiveness that result from abusing drugs. Of which an aspect includes the addict’s relationships including but not limited to: spouse, parents, children, friends and neighbor.

Although some conventional methods are also used to treat complex problems, it is the power of Christ, which is far greater than any other means, which we hold on to for every step and method in the process. We believe the reason Christ gave us no definitive way of treatment is because Christ is our definitive way of treatment. He claimed ¨I am the way…¨.  And when He is present, all other ways become secondary. Without Christ, man is too limited in his understanding and management of drugs addiction and its causes, treatment and cure.

Currently, there is no program that allows for whole families to stay together while addiction recovery takes place. In many programs, children are sent to orphanages while fathers and mothers are separated, which we find somewhat contradictory to biblical standards. Although Christ is more important than family, it is Christ who created family, and it is good. Therefore, it is our desire to first bring addicts to Christ, and to bring families together secondly.

With faith we know we can transform this city amidst all kinds of crime. We are not leaving! We are here to stay! We are here by God’s mercy to take it for the Glory of His Name. Where once a city of sin, it will be known a city where God abides! Where once a city of bars and hotels, it will be known as a city of churches. Where once the city of vice, it will be known as the city of freedom. Where once known as a city of drugs, it will be known as a city of Godly men and women, by the unfailing grace of God who trails behind Him a mighty host. Of Him, who has commanded us to ¨war not with flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness…¨ (Eph. 6:12)

Thank you for being part of this mission and this vision. We believe in the power of God to transform individuals, just like is has transformed Rudy, a hit man for gangs, Mario, Sylvia, Alejandra and I, who like Paul, can claim to be the worst of sinners! I don’t write ¨tear-jerkers¨, but I write knowing that the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power! (1 Cor. 4:20)

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