Oblates Provide Food to Neighborhood Families in Tijuana

On our first day in Tijuana the group visited many places where we witnessed firsthand how the Oblates serve the poor families of Tijuana and the La Morita area within the city.

For those able to find jobs, weekly pay may run as high as $40 to $70 for a nearly 50 hour (or higher) work week.

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As part of the Oblates mission in Tijuana,  food is routinely distributed to needy families in the parish.  The team gathered food and supplies together to deliver in person to people in need in the local neighborhoods.

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Traversing the gutted dirt roads and rough terrain is not a simple task.  Driving though the inner part of town our van “drug bottom” because the roads are in such horrible shape in some places.  We were shocked at the amount of rock, debris and rubble in the roads.  The Oblates deal with this problem EVERY DAY.

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Our group of 12 split up into 2 groups and visited families throughout the nearby community, delivering food such and rice and other basics to families in need. Not one heart among us remained untouched by their situations and stories.

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Author: John Wagner

I work for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Belleville, Illinois in the USA. The Oblates are a Roman Catholic congregation of priests and brothers founded after the French Revolution by St. Eugene De Mazenod to work among the poor. Today there are nearly 4,000 missionaries working in more than 60 countries around the world.

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