Mexico

Mexico is on the move.  Mexicans are moving north to the States, looking for jobs. Retirees from the States are moving to Mexico, looking for a lower cost of living and quality medical care.  People are moving through Mexico, migrating from Central America to the US in hopes of a better future. Having said that, the pace of life in Mexico is typically slower than in the US.  Family is a cornerstone of Mexican culture, and it is not uncommon for four generations to live together under one roof. The culture is generally warm and friendly, with a saying in Mexico that “Yes means no, and no means maybe.”  To experience Mexico, volunteer to serve on a short-term mission trip.

 

 

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MISSIONS TRIP TO GABRIEL’S HOUSE ORPHANAGE, ENSENADA, MEXICO

Missionaries

Jose & Dian Avila

Short Term Trips

Ensenada Family Trip, February 17-22, 2020

This family-friendly trip will be an unforgettable experience in Mexico and an excellent way to spend Presidents’ Week (a vacation for most schools in California).  You’ll build community with other Venture families while building the Kingdom of God in Mexico, serving alongside partners who will challenge you with their infectious joy, often despite very difficult living circumstances.  The trip is a mix of light construction, crafts, sports programs, and opportunities to tell others about your journey with Jesus.

Juarez, Mexico Men’s Trip, August, 2020

This trip is not for the timid.  A team of men will travel to one of the most dangerous places on earth, where drug cartels run the town.  Our team will work with a partner whose ministry has been extremely successful in helping addicts break their dependence on drugs.  You’ll construct things, destruct things, play soccer, laugh, and hear incredible testimonies while telling yours. This trip is a mix of men from Venture en Español and from Venture.  Only come if you are willing to leave a piece of your heart in Mexico.

Tijuana, Mexico September, 2020

Looking for an easy entry, first experience in international ministry?  This is it. In three days we’ll construct at least two houses, maybe more, and see a family move from a shack to a home.  Jesus said that a cup of cold water in his name was ministry to him. This is an opportunity to change the destiny of an entire family, in Jesus’ name.

Fun Facts

 

  • Mexico is the world’s largest exporter of silver.  It’s also the world’s largest exporter of beer.
  • Artists in Mexico can pay their taxes … with art.
  • Mexico is the world’s largest Spanish speaking country.
  • Mole sauce is made with dark chocolate.
  • One quarter of the country’s population lives in or around Mexico City.
  • In San Jose, CA Mexicans account for 28.2% of the city’s population.
  • One of the top Taqueria’s in San Jose, CA as rated by Yelp is minutes away from Venture : Tacos El Compa Taqueria and in second Tacos Los Tres Reyes

Pork Carnitas Recipe

INGREDIENTS

 

Carnitas

4 pounds (or 2 kg) skinless, boneless pork butt (or shoulder)

3-4 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano (or Mexican oregano)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 large brown or white onion , cut into wedges

8 cloves garlic , smashed

2 limes , juiced

2 large oranges, juiced (or 3/4 cup natural orange juice)

3/4 cup coke (Original or Mexican coke is ideal)*

2 bay leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Rinse and pat pork dry with a paper towel.
  • In the bowl of a 6-quart slow cooker, add pork, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, onion, garlic, lime juice, orange juice, coke, and bay leaves.
  • Cover and cook on low heat setting for 8-10 hours, or high heat for 5-6 hours (until the meat falls apart).
  • Remove pork and shred with two forks. DO NOT DISCARD THE LIQUID!

 

TO CRISP IN THE OVEN:

  • Transfer the pork to a baking sheet lightly sprayed with cooking oil spray (or lined with aluminium foil or parchment paper).Pour 1 ladle full (about 1 cup) of the liquid from the slow cooker over the pork to season. Broil for 5-10 minutes on high heat until the meat becomes golden browned and crispy on the edges.

TO CRISP ON STOVE:

  • Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil in a non stick pan or cast iron skillet over high heat. When pan is hot, add pork in batches of two or three, and sear until just beginning to crisp. Ladle over about 1/2 cup of leftover liquid, and continue cooking until the juices begin to reduce down and the meat is nice and crispy!

TO SERVE:

  • Season with a little extra salt and pepper if desired. Pour over more of the slow cooker juices once the meat has crisped for added flavor, just before serving! Serve in Tacos, Burritos, or in a salad!

 

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