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Saved By A Stranger!

Posted by Mark Wikoff on October 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Saved By a Stranger!

Dulce was just a little girl in Mexico who was in need of a major surgery when she was introduced to Debra Martinez, founder of Rancho dos Countries. This is the story of how Debra's simple call for help set off a chain reaction, which ultimately linked Dulce to her life saving surgeon Dr. Kevin Hopkins:

See the rest of the story here: https://www.seethegood.com/article/10/27/2011/Saved-by-a-Stranger

Story provided by Jess Dupuy from 'www.seethegood.com'

Mark

RDC Web Support

Rancho Dos Countries Christmas Toy Drive!

Posted by Mark Wikoff on October 15, 2011 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Every year during the Christmas Holidays, Rancho Dos Countries collects thousands of toys and distributes them to the children that they serve in Mexico. This will be the only Christmas gift many of these children will receive. Please join us in bringing hope and joy to thousands of children in need.

If you would like to help us with this ministry, these are the types of things we need:

1. Small Barbie Dolls (Barbie like dolls - Under $1) (No stuffed animals!)

2. Small Cars / Trucks (Hot Wheels, etc - Under $1)

3. Plastic Toys (pre-packaged - Under $1)

4. Play Balls (Under $1)

5. Soccer Balls (size 1-4)

6. Rice and Beans (1-2lb bags)

7. Plastic jewelry / beads

You can make monetary donations at: http://www.ranchodoscountries.com/donations.html

Just let us know what you would like to purchase if you have a preference.

Fernando Martinez will be dressed-up as Santa Claus and traveling to the various Colonias that Rancho Dos Countries supports; where from the back of his truck he will be handing the collected toys to the kids. It has become a tradition for the RDC Mission Team and it is truly a blessing to be a part of this event.

If you have toys you would like to donate or your church would like to volunteer please:

Email Debra at: [email protected]

Or

You can send the toys directly to Debra and Fernando's Texas Address:

Debra Martinez

217 Chapman Road

Del Rio, Tx. 78840

RDC September 2011 News Letter

Posted by Mark Wikoff on October 9, 2011 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”. Mark 16:15 NIV

THANK YOU!!!
We started this month with many needs for food and supplies and it was met through generous love offerings and we pray that God multiplies the seed that you planted in this ministry!



ZARAGOZA
There is nothing greater than watching an adult father and his adult daughter increase of families attending the Bible study. The soup kitchen in Zaragoza is now open up to families, not just the elderly. Over 400 meals were given and many more people are being fed physically and spiritually. While they are eating, we show Christian movies and share the Gospel. Last month we were able to give out cribs and there was a need for the mattresses. Praise God for the people who were led to donate those and we gave them out this month. As we work with the community, God has opened the door to work with the Mayor of Zaragoza and his wife, Victor and Veronica Saucedo. We were able to be a blessing and help with a DIF event. (DIF is the Mexican Government Aid program)

Santa is washing her clothes with a stick. Praise God a washer was donated.

DREAM CENTER, NAVA
The Dream Center has a new look from the building to the students! It has been freshly painted, tile will be laid this month, poles are up and power is almost to us, and the kids have new shoes and uniforms! Because of many donations, the Dream Center is well supplied with food up to December. This month alone, over 150 meals were given. The school can now start a new program with the donation of a laptop and Rosetta Stone software in English from Jim Black from Oklahoma City. The Dream Center gives a special thank you for all the love and support from Pictures of Grace. In addition to our http://www.ranchodoscountries.com/ website, please visit the new Dream Center website for info about the children and community we are serving: http://www.dumpkids.org/Home.aspx - The new website is still under construction in some areas.


OUR PRAYER THIS MONTH….
Is that people everywhere would listen to God’s voice and go wherever He is sending them. If you feel led to the mission field, please consider this. Rancho Dos Countries is in need of long or short term missionaries. Our desire is that a missionary would work specifically with the Dream Center in Nava and will dedicate 6 months or longer and help oversee the daily routines and work with the community. Also, any short term missionary can come and teach English at the school using Rosetta Stone and help out in any other ministry. We are blessed to have the Ranch facilities to accommodate long term missionaries. We also have a special need for beef or meat products and Ensure products for the elderly.

God bless, Fernando and Debra Martinez

RDC August 2011 News Letter

Posted by Mark Wikoff on August 31, 2011 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (1)

With attendance of over 700 adults and 800 children, the favor of God poured out on the August crusade and it was a huge success. We would like to thank everyone for all your prayers and donations. The Word of God was preached with special guest speakers Pastor Jesus and Alice Lopez, Pastor Angelo and Diana Gonzalez and Pastors Fernando and Debra Martinez. Many people came up for prayer and over 100 people gave their lives to Jesus! The people of Zaragoza were blessed with 818 school packs, 552 body washes, over 600 boxes of cereal, and over 3000 drinks. A wheelchair was given out to a young man in need and 2 cribs were given out to babies with special needs.



Our Dream Center kids are now back in school and we are ministering to their parents as well! Educational classes are provided for adults on a daily basis. Both upstairs and downstairs are in use and the kitchen is running everyday serving meals to the families. The Zaragoza Bible study is growing with more people accepting Christ every week. Now we have started an outreach for the children that will meet every Saturday. Beginning Tuesday, we will be serving hot meals in Zaragoza for the Bible study and the children’s outreach. We see that the harvest is ready and God is calling for more laborers! Please keep all these ministries in prayer and ask the Lord how he can use you to bless Mexico!


God Bless You, Fernando and Debra Martinez

Back To School Celebration! Success!

Posted by Mark Wikoff on August 30, 2011 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Rancho Dos Countries held its annual Back to School Celebration over this past weekend and it was a huge success.

Over 700 adults and 800+ children turned out for the event.  The RDC Team gave out over 800 bags of school supplies to the kids.  For many of the kids, the school supplies they receive at this event are the only ones they get all year. 

Along with school supplies, the RDC Team gave out over 1000 donated  items of soap/hygiene supplies and were also prepared for the heat by giving out over 3000 donated drinks.

The message of the Jesus' Love was presented to all that were present and many adults and children came to the Lord.

WOW!  Thankyou to all those who donated the thousands of school supplies items as well as the drinks and soaps.  And thankyou to the volunteers on the ground. Without all of you this event would not of happened and the Gospel would not have been heard by 1500+ people.

God Bless!

RDC School Supply Drive

Posted by Mark Wikoff on August 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The RDC school supply drive is well underway and so far we have about 150 cases of various school supplies that have been donated.

Thank you to our partners in Tulsa, Grand Saline, and Arlington for responding to the call.

God Bless!

Mark

July News Letter

Posted by Mark Wikoff on August 3, 2011 at 11:31 AM Comments comments (0)

    July has been an exciting “firecracker” month for us here at the Ranch. Even though temperatures broke record highs we continued strong in God’s work. We praise God for all our partners prayers and donations.

     Together we blessed hundreds of people. 8 fans were given away, 1 electric wheel chair was given out, 450 cases of drinks donated, 500 lbs of beans and rice were passed out along with 110 lbs of chicken and 80 lbs of beef.

     

 

 

     The weeks went by fast as we worked in the soup kitchens and the dream center. As we ministered to the people in the dump area, we prayed for the sick and gave thanks for the new life that we blessed. We are thankful for all the people of Zaragoza that walk many blocks to our weekly Bible study. Because of their faithfulness and hunger for the Word we have outgrown our building and now praying for a larger meeting place. The Zaragoza community has reached out to us by giving us opportunities to speak at schools and other events.

     Our ministry has always sought God by prayer and walking in faith. Please stand in agreement with us as we pray for these special needs.

 Pray in general for country of Mexico

 Pray that no child or elderly people go hungry

 Prayer and fasting for 3 day revival August 25th-27th

 Pray that donations meets the need for back to school giveaway

Thank you again for all your support and prayers. We hope to see many volunteers for the revival and any other upcoming events. God bless you all.

Fernando and Debra Martinez

School Supply Drive!

Posted by Mark Wikoff on July 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM Comments comments (0)

The new school year is fast approaching and Rancho Dos Countries annual School Supply Drive has begun.   We are looking to fill 1000 drawstring backpacks with supplies for the school age children.  To do this we need your support by way of bulk school supply donations or thru monetary donations.  Your continued support has always come thru for this ministry and we are praying this year is no different.  Please contact Debra if you fill led to help.

RDC June News Letter

Posted by Mark Wikoff on July 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM Comments comments (0)

June has been a very busy month at the Ranch, as we work to fill the many needs around us. The Dream Center school in Nava is providing a summer activites program for the Dump kids.  We continue to provide 1 meal a day thru the week as well as teach them about the love of Jesus.  The summers are brutally hot down here with temps reaching 110 and it is a huge relief for the kids to get out of the scorching sun and into the Dream Center for a few hours each day.  Our prayers were answered when the call went out for fans and 8 box fans arrived.  We were also able to install 3 ceiling fans in the Dream Center Soup Kitchen in Zaragoza. Thankyou so much to those who responded to this need. 

The next school year for the Dream Center in Nava is fast approaching and we have begun our annual school supply drive.  We have at least 22 kids returning in August and we expect to have many more signing up so the need for school supplies is great.  If you feel led to donate to the school ministry please contact me or you can donate online thru paypal.  Just put in the comments that the donation is for school supplies.  There are many schools that are depending on Rancho Dos Countries to assist them so please step forward and help us out.

We also continue to support the many families that have made their home in the Dump.  Many days the food we provide may be the only nourishment they get that day so the need for food support remains high. 

We were blessed this month with supporters who came forward with 300 cases of juice, 100 pounds of chicken, 150 cakes, 12 cases of water, multiple cases of diapers, oil and coffee. Thru this and other food donations we were able to provide meals at the Dream Center in the Dump and at the soup kitchen in Zaragoza.

As for the violence in Mexico, it is pretty quiet right now in Zaragoza, Morelos and the surrounding areas and has been for several months.  Whatever was going on between the rival drug gangs back in the winter is over for now.  Volunteers and Mission groups are in the area again and the work of the Lord continues.  Please contact us if your church would like to partner with us on a Mission trip to the Ranch.

God Bless!

Debra Martinez

 

RDC May News Letter

Posted by Mark Wikoff on June 11, 2011 at 12:13 AM Comments comments (0)

    Message from Debra Martinez:

      As I look back on the month of May, there’s a lot of fun and work. The school has 22 full time students. It brings happiness to your heart just looking at the children as they smile and are excited about something new that they had learn in school that day. Some of the children can now write their names and others are learning how to count. The most important thing is that they love God.  They are learning to take pride in everything they do knowing they will be able to move out one day.  Sleeping on a dirty mattress on a dirt floor is not in their future.  With your help and support and your prayers they now have a future.

“Every time you see a child crying because of hunger and a mother looking at you because there is nothing she can do, then our problems don’t look so big”. (Debra Martinez)

     It was brought to our attention by the teachers that the kids from Nava Dream Center were coming to school on Mondays with headaches. When asked if they had eaten something the day before, that may have caused them to be sick they said they had not anything to eat since they left school on Friday. That means if they did not eat, neither did their brothers and sisters.  This is serious issue that Dream Center is committed to resolving. 

    School is out as of 9 of July, the teachers have volunteered to come and cook every day for lunch, we need to open this up to all the people in the Dump area, so we can feed the elderly, the parents and the children. As a result we will need volunteers and more food.  Please visit the Donations link to find out how to provide support.

There is also a big problem in Mexico with the weather right now, we are already running temperatures of  106 to 110 degrees.  The incredible heat has come a bit early this year.  Although the families face this heat each year it is extremely hard on the elderly in the Dump area as well as in Zaragoza where we serve.  They really need help!  Our soup kitchen is serving between 40 and 80 lunches a day. It is so hot that they’re asking for umbrellas because they have to walk to the center.  They have power in most of their homes but don’t have fans so we have an urgent need for fans. We also need some ceiling fans for the soup kitchen as well. Please pray about how you can help and let the Holy Spirit lead you.

There’s also wonderful things happening all over Mexico. \One of them is that our bible study group is continueing to grow.  We are already needing a larger place.  We have around 40 people on Tuesdays and they are really on fire for God and the churches in the area are starting to fill it too.   We had a church from Puerta Al Cielo in Allende to the Ranch last Sunday.  They brought 116 people and they baptized 11 so the movement is truly there.

Thankyou to all our supporters out there.  Please continue to pray for us and for the communities we serve.

God Bless You!

Debra and Fernando Martinez


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