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Frontera de Cristo is called by God to a ministry of reconciliation on the US/Mexican border addressing spirit, body, and mind. Frontera de Cristo shares the Good News of Jesus Christ through its six ministry areas: Church Development, Family Ministry, Health Ministry, Mission Education, the New Hope Community Center, and the Micro-credit Ministry. Frontera de Cristo works with the El Lirio de los Valles Presbyterian Church in Agua Prieta and the First Presbyterian Church of Douglas. These two multi-cultural congregations are partnering with Frontera de Cristo in developing a year-long binational seminary internship ministry and have sent binational mission teams into the US the last two years.
The Family Ministry is integral in sharing the gospel with unchurched folks of the Nuevo Progreso Community and beyond. The ministry provides a weekly Bible School for about 25 to 30 children, monthly marriage enrichment gatherings/workshops for about 10 couples, women's self-esteem workshops both for the church and unchurched, parenting classes in the elementary schools of Nuevo Progreso, emergency assistance to families in distress, counseling, spiritual direction and a pastoral presence in a highly unchurched community.
The Health Ministry of Frontera de Cristo supports a full-time nurse and a part-time dentist as they seek to help the community of Nuevo Progreso prevent diseases. The primary areas of focus are the following: 1) Prevention of cervical uterine cancer and breast cancer through education and administering of pap smear and breast exams; 2) Control of high blood pressure and diabetes through screening, nutritional education and support groups; 3) Promotion of good hygiene from an early age through participatory education for students and parents in the community kidergarden and elementary schools; and 4) Dental hygiene through screening and education in the community schools, primary dental care and follow-up.
The New Hope Community is an innovative ministry which is a collaboration between Frontera de Cristo and the Nuevo Progreso Community. The purpose of the community center is to improve the quality of life in this outlying community of Agua Prieta by providing educational, culutral, and development activities for the community.
The Mission Education Ministry focuses on building relationships and understanding across borders. Our ministry facilitates the crossing of borders of over 400 persons a year to enter into relationship with sisters and brothers from Mexico. The ministry helps churches, presbyteries and individuals reflect biblically and theologically on what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ when borders divide.
The micro-credit ministry addresses root causes of migration by providing persons with economic possibilities in their own communities. Since March of 2001, there have been 17 loans made. Total of $82, 737 loaned. To date over $19, 000 has been repaid and is being reinvested. Of the 17 loans only one has defaulted, although several have had to restructure.
Businesses started include: cafeteria in a factory, beauty shop, a carpentry shop, photo studio, physical therapy office, international coffee cooperative (Just Coffee), and screenprinting business.
PO Box 1112
Douglas, AZ 85608
Rev. Mark Adams, US Coordinator
Position Vacant , Mexico Coordinator
Gutierrez, Office Manager