As a result of a fire which destroyed Mark and Bambie Getz’s home, their family moved from Hartford, MI to Millburg in 2001. It was then that God made Bambie aware of the hundreds of Mexican families who lived on farms and worked the fields. Being especially burdened for the children, she called her sister, Sophia, in Kentucky and begged her to come start something for the Mexican children. In June of 2002 Sophia arrived and volunteered at a Head Start school for Migrant children. Because of interacting with the little students and their parents she established a good friendship with the families. As she rode the buses she learned the locations of the farm labor camps. In 2004 God led Sophia to begin having Bible Clubs in the migrant camps. Many children have accepted Christ and are now being discipled by continued weekly Bible studies and other activities.
Since 2002, 46 farms (migrant camps) have been reached with the Gospel. Fourteen or more of those farms are visited weekly to offer a Bible lesson for the children, along with songs, verses and a craft.
One effective method of sharing truth with the kids is going to the same farm five days in a row to teach Bible lessons, using a format similar to Chilid Evangelism Fellowship.
In August of 2007 we hosted our first Day Camp (ages five through High
School). Every year God expands our outreach and in 2016, close to 400
children registered. Over the years kids from seven school districts have been
involved. If we did not offer transportation, they would not be able to come.
As a result, our bus routes are composed of vans, cars, shuttle and school
buses in order to accommodate everyone who needs a ride. On Fridays we invite
the parents to come hear their kids’ program and enjoy a Mexican dinner
together. The Gospel is clearly given in Spanish and English during a
talk message at the end of the night. Without the many who volunteer to
help, it would be impossible.
In October of each year we have a party for the Migrant families who by that time are preparing to leave Michigan. This event is well attended by the parents and they have as much fun as their children! After a special dinner, hayride, campfire and other activities we give the Gospel by way of a chalk art picture and message. Each family receives a small gift bag in which tracts and a Bible are included.