Through short term missions teams, servant leaders will have a hands on experience to ministry. They will witness missionaries in action and will work along side them in the ministry. The discipleship model is to share the Biblical principles while they are being carried out.
The opportunities for ministry are endless! Each group comes down with it's own unique gifts and talents. Our goal is to give them opportunities to use their gifts and talents to help the local churches reach out to their communities. As a result, ministry takes on many different forms!
Ministry Opportunities Include:
Basketball Camps for Youth
Assisting at Local Orphanages
Mountain Discipleship Ministry
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Casa de Esperanza had it's beginnings many years ago as Brenda, who, at the time, was dean at Peace River Bible Institute, began leading missions teams down to Mexico. She would come down several days before the team arrived and arrange all of the work projects and ministry opportunities for the soon arriving teams. Feeling the pressure of arranging everything on such short notice basis and also immensely enjoying the experience of leading missions teams here in Mexico, the idea came of one day doing this full-time, perhaps in retirement.
However, it seemed that God had a different timetable in mind and after her time at Peace River Bible Institute found herself serving fulltime at first at the Baptist mission center in San Carlos, hosting short terms missions teams. Several years later, Brenda moved out on her own, renting a house and hosting the teams there.
About five years ago, God provided to purchase the land and to begin construction of the mission center now known as Casa de Esperanza. Through the help of many volunteers and many different teams that came down as well as the financial support of many, this mission facility became a reality.
Casa de Esperanza has become a year round facility with two very different "seasons". In the winter season more than a dozen groups from Canada and the US will come through taking part in a variety of missions experiences from work projects to street ministry, all in partnership with the local Mexican churches. In the summer, while some Canadian and American groups do brave the heat, primarily it becomes a retreat center for the local Mexican churches. This past summer nearly every weekend was occupied with church groups here from Guaymas or as far away as from Hermosillo or Obregon.
The future? It is always exciting to think of what God has in store. With just about every summer weekend booked, a few weeks available during the winter season, the capacity of Casa de Esperanza is stretched to the max! For a number of the groups, sleeping accommodations have been needed beyond what is available here at the center. The possibilities of purchasing more land and adding more sleeping accommodations are being looked at as we seek God and His desires. Plans are in place for this coming winter to construct another building to help alleviate the need for sleeping accommodations and also for storage space.
Meet the Staff
Art & Brenda Koenes
Art and Brenda oversee the ministry, and have been with Casa de Esperanza right from the beginning. Brenda has been working in Mexico for over ten years, hosting short term mission teams in San Carlos, Mexico. Art walked onto the scene as the walls of the mission center were going up as a member of one of the missions teams only to find that he would be returning to stay a short time later!
Brenda was raised in Estevan, SK and entered full time ministry upon graduation from Millar College of the Bible beginning in her home church. She served with Youth for Christ for nine years followed by four years as a dean at Peace River Bible Institute where she began to lead missions teams to Mexico. This opened the door for the hosting teams full time in San Carlos, Mexico, which she has now done for the past sixteen years.
Art was raised in Grand Rapids, MI and later moved to Montana where he began grain farming. His call to full time came unexpected as he was part of a short term missions trip to Casa de Esperanza in the winter of 2006 and met his future wife, Brenda. Not long after that Art found himself serving full-time alongside Brenda.
Art and Brenda continue to spend their summers farming outside of Bozeman, MT and spend their winters serving in Mexico.
Juan Carlos Olivera and Maribel Patiño
Juan Carlos has been working with Casa de Esperanza for eight years. Having grown up far from God, in a lifestyle of drugs, Juan Carlos was first drawn to a local church in Guaymas as he witnessed a team from Casa de Esperanza constructing a pastoral house for this church. Drawn to this church body and the example shown by the missions team, he soon came to know the Lord. With a firm grasp of English and a passion to serve the Lord wholeheartedly he came to join the ministry.
With a passionate enthusiasm, Juan Carlos is the upfront evangelist and translator. He has a passion to share the Lord with those he encounters and is a valuable part of the team.
His wife joined the ministry after their married and is actively pursuing her degree in psychology and is passionate about helping her community. She helps both in the kitchen and with the administrative office to guarantee our ministry runs smoothly.
Daniel & Rebeca Baldwin
Both Daniel Baldwin and Rebeca Guerrero have been working with Casa de Esperanza since 2015. Daniel grew up in Bozeman, Montana and participated in various short term mission trips that took him down to Mexico on several occasions. He loved combining his gift in problem-solving with his love for helping people and serving others. He has since learned that he had a passion for engaging other young people on how they can use their unique giftings to be more involved both in their communities as well as abroad on short term missions.
Rebeca Guerrero, having served her whole life in missions with her family, was looking for a place to call her home in ministry. She first committed to 3 weeks to helping us translate for an incoming team and God knew she was exactly what we needed in our ministry. We have enjoyed her passions for bringing both the staff and teams into deeper relationship with God.
It was a delight to celebrate with Daniel and Rebeca as they were married in 2018. It is a joy that they continue to be fulfilling their passions for ministry together.
Omar is from the Ranchitos in San Carlos. Before he knew Christ, Omar used to visit the center each weekend on his days off. One day Omar came to us, questioning why he was so drawn to the center and how so much peace and joy could be found in one location. He was finding he wanted more of it, and wanted to be more involved in the day to day activities.
After receiving the Lord in 2011, Omar joined the team and grew significantly in his walk and his ministering to others through his God-given abilities. Through the ministry, Omar has learned that he has a passion for engaging one-on-one with people and helping them in knowing God in a personal way. His true passions lie in gardening people's lives to have a fuller and richer life in Christ.
Chuyita came to work in the kitchen as our cook in the summer months. We quickly saw a woman with a heart for ministry who empowers people to work as a team and not give up on themselves so quickly. Chuyita has brought a greatly diverse background and understanding to the people she comes into contact with that your past does not define who you are now in Christ. We asked her to join the team full time in the 2016. She has blossomed since joining and has found her love for fellowship with those she comes into contact with every day in the kitchen.
Being the mother of Maribel, it has been such an honor and joy having family serving with one another on staff.