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10 Reasons We Love Tijuana and Why You Will Too:

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10 Reasons We Love Tijuana and Why You Will Too:

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Just south of the busiest border crossing in the world lies one of Mexico’s largest cities, Tijuana, Baja California!

This is the city where we get to do life and ministry in. We love it so much and we know you will too! In the past years, this city has seen an incredible growth in local businesses and attractions! From the stretches of beaches, to some of the most creative art, to killer coffee, and of course incredible tacos, Tijuana is an epic destination to spend a few months, or more!

We’ve come up with a list of 10 Must- Do’s in Tijuana, for you to use as a bucket list when you are with us!

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1. Telefonica Gastro Park

Telefónica is Tijuana’s favorite Gastro Park! Think of anything you’d want to eat, chances are, it’s here! You’ll find ceviche, pulled pork sandwiches, vegan tacos, ramen, kombucha, even sushi burritos! You’ll definitely want to try more than one thing!

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2. Nativo Coffee Community

This cafe is incredible!

There’s two Nativo Cafes here in TJ, the Estacion Federal location is just a block from the walking border crossing, and another on Calle Sexta! Nativo serves excellent coffee, and beautiful space for reading, meeting, or hanging out with friends! Our favorite is the Spicy Orange Latte.

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3. The Cultural Center

In the Zona Río district of Tijuana, you’ll find the Tijuana Cultural Center! This center opens its doors to over a million tourists per year. Why? Besides the several art and cultural programs for the public, this center has the only IMAX theater in all of Mexico! This cinema has a 360* projector, literally surrounding its viewers with the ultimate movie experience.



4. The Coffee Shops

One of Mexico’s many gifts to the world is its coffee! We hit on Nativo earlier, but Tijuana is a city full of awesome coffee shops!

Be sure to check out:

B HAUS

Das Cortez

Grulla Cafe 

Electric Coffee Roasters

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5. The Tacos

What more can we say?! Tacos are everywhere here and they are delicious! You can sit down in a restaurant or pick some up from a street cart, both are awesome! Here are the places we recommend:

Tacos El Franc

Taco Nazo 

Tacos Manuel 

Tacos El Yaqui


 6. Caesar’s

Did you know that the Caesar Salad was actually invented in Tijuana? Who knew! Caesar Cardini invented the salad in 1924 right here in Tijuana in the Hotel Caesar restaurant! The story is that during a July 4th rush, Cardini had to make do with what was left and there was born what we now know and love as the caesar salad.

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7. The Nature!

Believe it or not, this city is surrounded with many majestic scenes! La Jolla, pictured above is right outside the city and is the perfect place for a sunset viewing party! 

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8. La Playa 

Take a moment (or many) to stroll down the boardwalk here in Tijuana! It starts right at the border wall where you can see, and touch, the actual border wall between Mexico and the US! As you walk down you can enjoy the view of the beach as well as many souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants! We also have a beautiful beach a couple of minutes walk from our YWAM San Diego/ Baja campus.

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9. The views from the campus can’t be beat.

We have an epic view of the ocean and the Coronado islands from our campus. Imagine going out on your balcony and seeing the ocean every day? It never gets old!


10. The Markets

In the heart of downtown Tijuana lies one of the most famous markets, Mercado El Popo! Here you can explore and buy Mexican fruits, cheeses, herbs, spices, ceramics, souvenirs and even piñatas! Bring a little cash and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds as you walk through! There is also another great market in Tijuana called Mercado Hidalgo and if you head a couple of minutes south of the campus to Rosarito, a popular beach destination, you can explore the markets there as well! You’ll find rugs, blankets, ceramics, and beautiful jewelry!

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Have you thought about doing a school with us but haven’t applied yet? What are you waiting for? We run various Discipleship Training Schools and Secondary Courses with the University of the Nations at our San Antonio Del Mar campus located just south of Tijuana.

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10 Reasons We Love Tijuana and Why You Will Too:
In the Waiting

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In the Waiting

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Does a delayed response or fulfillment of a promise from the Lord signify a closed door? The well meaning and often used expression rings loudly “If God closes a door, he will open a window.” This can be true, but not all the time. God truly does know best, and sometimes His best for us looks different then the door we attempt to go through at first. Other times this is not the case. Often, God will wait until circumstances look impossible to do the impossible and prove His sovereignty. He works for His glory and our good. He doesn’t speak things in advance to mess with us or discourage us. He speaks in advance to build up our faith, to refine our trust and to prove to us that He really is who He says He is and His word does not come back void. He does not delay and He is not impatient, but rather He is so specific when he implements things, not just in the scriptures but also in the lives of all those who believe in him in faith.  Just because things look unlikely or unrealistic, does not mean that God is not going to move. Out of intimacy and knowing God, we can navigate when a door closed means move on or when it means keep knocking.  That is the nature of walking with God. He is the Good Shepherd, gently guiding us even when we fear or don’t understand. He is cultivating our faith and our trust. 


25 years after God promised Abraham descendants as many as the stars, Isaac, the child of promise, was born. It had seemed impossible. Sarah’s womb was dry + barren. There was no hope for an heir, yet God had a miracle in mind. Sarah and Abraham were able to rejoice in the fulfillment of the promise and God working in their lives in miraculous ways. God had done as he promised and in her old age, Sarah nursed her very own son. Abraham’s faith had grown  as he discovered more of who God was in the waiting. At the perfect time, as Abraham’s character had developed and he had come to have fear of the Lord, the promise was fulfilled. Years later, when the testing came and God asked for Abraham to sacrifice his only heir, the fulfillment of his promise and the source of great joy and redemption, he did not hesitate to sacrifice. He trusted in His God, because He had gotten to know him in the mean time.

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The question is not so much about when the fulfillment of things will come but what are God’s purposes in the waiting. God’s timing is different than ours and His ways are above our ways. He is not casual or unconcerned with timing, rather He moves in intentionality and sovereignty over His people. We may not always understand but we have the beautiful opportunity to have a response of faith in the waiting. 

What are the things God is asking you to believe for? What will you do in the waiting? 


“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 

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Words + Photos by TIFFANY LAMBERT.

TIFFANY IS FULL TIME WITH YWAM SAN DIEGO/BAJA AND LEADS THE PHOTO-STORYTELLING DTS

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In the Waiting
With God All Things Are Possible- Even 9 Months of Intensive Bible Study

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With God All Things Are Possible- Even 9 Months of Intensive Bible Study

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Throughout the process of my Discipleship Training School with YWAM God gave me hope for a life with purpose.  During that time the Lord had been clear in calling me to go deeper and build a foundation of faith in Him, and for me that meant doing a Chronological School of Biblical Studies.

After the first day of introduction to the Inductive Method, the technique we would be using to study the Scriptures, the fear of failing overcame me. Would I ever be able to understand this? Was I smart enough? I was convinced that God had been mistaken to call me to do this school because there would be no way that I could shoulder that amount of work for nine months straight. I was just about to purchase a flight home when Mark my school leader came to talk and pray with me. I had been running away from challenges that seemed insurmountable all my life, and instinct to leave was no different. I tended to focus on what I can do, not what is possible with God. After some debate, I decided to stay and give it a shot.

 “Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 18:26

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I can truly say that I didn’t finish this school by my own strength and capability- God was faithful to sustain me and fill me up over and over again. 

During the school, He spoke to me “that I would find a calling in life that sustains the yearning in my heart for purpose if I stuck with the school.” Now I am about to step into the next season, doing the Titus Project, beginning to teach the word and educate others about what has given me life. 

 CSBS showed me how much I need and want to depend on the Lord for all the trials ahead in life. He never broke his promise to take care of me and lead me faithfully, and He never will. I have only scratched the surface of the Living Word and I can’t wait to continue studying and applying it to my life daily and teaching others to do so as well. 

 

The Bible is not some ancient book full of outdated stories, it has the power to be applied to every situation we find ourselves in today.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4: 12 

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The author Karl, completed the Chronological School of Biblical Studies here at YWAM San Diego/ Baja and is about to start the Titus Project here.

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With God All Things Are Possible- Even 9 Months of Intensive Bible Study