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If you would like to help Spectrum Ministries with a monitory donation, the best method to do so is by mailing a CHECK, CASHIERS CHECK, or MONEY ORDER to:
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Because many of you have asked about donating to us by Credit Card ... we finally got our Cyber Act together. PayPal is once again available on the bottom of this page.
We can not thank those who contribute to Spectrum Ministries enough. We simply could not do our work without your support.
Spectrum Ministries is a small Christian missions organization located in San Diego, California. We are dedicated to working with the very poor across our border in Tijuana, Mexico. We believe that Christians aren't in this world just to be hearers of the Word, but we are called to be doers of the Word as well. By this we gain a credibility in sharing our faith.
Spectrum Ministries was started in 1982 by E. G. von Trutzschler, known by many as pastor von. We are an inter-denominational, non-profit, tax exempt organization. At the present time we have a team of about twenty-five missionaries. A staff of five living in San Diego and the rest living in Tijuana. Most of our missionaries are Mexican nationals. Nine of our team are fulltime and the others are part time and volunteers.
We try our best to keep our overhead costs low so we can dedicate more money to the field in Tijuana. We praise God for the many volunteers who help us keep our overhead down. Our church, Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church, gives us our office space and a large storage building for about $300 per month. Tom Van Cleave and Thompson Press do Spectrum's printing for free. This WWW site is another freebie, created and maintained by David Pence. Our treasurer and bookkeeper donates his time free. Pastor von likes taking digital photos and our photo paper is free. We have a crew of about ten volunteers who sort the donated clothing and supplies that we receive each week. All of our salaries are low, low, low. Our bottom line prayer is that we might use your gifts to us the way you would want and in such a way that God would be pleased.
Spectrum Board of Directors made Aaron Passmore director in December 2005. Aaron has been working with us since August of 2002. Refer to the 'OUR DIRECTOR' section to learn more about Aaron. Pastor Von continues to be actively involved with Spectrum.
As our name SPECTRUM MINISTRIES implies, we have several focuses. Our primary focus is across the border in Mexico, where we work on a regular bases with hundreds of poor families and thousands of children located in eight of the poorest neighborhoods in and around the city of Tijuana. We have ongoing programs in each of these barrios where we help feed and provide medical help for the families and schooling for their children. We work with the city street children and young people on drugs. Spectrum works actively in the Tijuana juvenile facility (CMI) sometimes called the children's jail. We host weekly breakfasts for the children of Zona Norte and kids in the remote barrio of Lazaro Cardenis. In several of our neighborhoods, we hold Bible Clubs on a weekly bases and are actively involved discipling young Mexican teens. Summer time is our time for camping and Vacation Bible School. In a city of more than two million we have our work cut out for us.
On the San Diego side of the border, we encourage youth groups, families and individuals to join us on our weekly workdays to help the poor in across the border. In more than twenty years we have taken thousands of different groups from a variety of churches and schools into Mexico with us to serve. These groups have come from all over the United States and Canada. By taking groups with us into our world, we afford them an opportunity to get a "hands-on missions experience." We endeavor to use our environment in Mexico to help us challenge our young guests to consider how they might make a difference in their world. We challenge them to review their values in light of their Christian faith. We challenge them toward missions.
Very often, we're asked for directions to the various locations Spectrum Ministries work.
NOTE: Those who have worked with us in Tijuana, please pay a visit to our 'LOOKING BACK' section. It features photos, maps, and other items that will keep your experience with us fresh and alive.
OUR ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBERS:
NOTE: The many images you will find throughout our site, offer snapshots of our ministries to the poor of Tijuana. As you can see, we are more people oriented than project oriented. Our ministry is people. To see more of Spectrum Ministries at work, and learn more about our ministry in gerenal, as well ar read stories and insights from our founder and director emeritus Pastor von, be sure to check out the sections on the side.
This site is maintained for Spectrum Ministries by David Pence/ACE Micro