Ministries in the Red Light District of Tijuana
Zona Norte is an area in the city of Tijuana that is taken over by prostitution and drugs. YWAM San Diego/Baja has been working in this location to bring light into the darkness. Below are just three of the ministries that we feel God is giving us favor and direction in.
Zone Kids is our children's ministry that takes place in a local park in Zona Norte. Two of our long-term staff members, Amanda and Giezi Niño, began this ministry with a dream for these kids to grow up and be the change that the city of Tijuana needs. Every Tuesday afternoon we run programs in hopes to share truth, to encourage them to love one another and to enter into a relationship with Jesus. Alongside of the kids’ programs, we invite their mothers to join us in a small-group discussion, where they learn to bring positive encouragement into the relationships with their children and to advance them in their own personal growth.
The Prayer Walk in the Red Light District is a ministry in the streets of Zona Norte where prostitution is rampant. On Saturday nights we focus on praying for the women working on the streets and we try our best to bless them with various gifts. We desire to mend the hearts of both the men and women by bringing hope and love into this broken atmosphere, and to introduce them to their loving Savior. God has given this ministry much favor and we are building relationships with these women and men and giving them hope for a future.
Zona Norte is a ministry that we work with weekly which takes place in a homeless shelter called, "La Roca” or in English, “The Rock.” According to National Geographic, 1,179,877 people were deported from the U.S to Mexico from 2010 through 2013. Most of them have found themselves trapped in drugs and alcohol and are in need of shelter.
We enter through the doors of the building with the goal to build strong relationships with the men and women of this shelter and to share the gospel with them. Although the society marks these individuals as hopeless and worthless, God tells us that they have incredible value. We hope to deliver them from their addictions and to see them restored with transformation in their lives.
God is using YWAM San Diego/Baja in these ministries and He is slowly mending the hearts of the brokenhearted in this area of Tijuana. If supporting any of these ministries is something you would like to give to, this link will take you to a donations page. There, you will have the option of selecting a ministry of your choice.