Frequently Asked Questions

Where will we stay?

There are a few different locations where we may stay on our trips. All locations will have most American comforts to include hot showers, a full kitchen and twin-sized beds. 

What are rooms like?

The rooms will be bunk-room style, one each for men and women and a common area for congregating, praying and eating. 

Where does the trip begin & end?

If you started your trip via ground transportation in California (Orange County) then you can expect to be taken back to the same location where you were originally picked up.  If you have traveled by plane then you will be dropped off back at the airport. 

Can I fly into San Diego?

Yes. If flying into San Diego is often the most convenient airport. We may also be able to facilitate airport pickups from other Southern California locations so call us to discuss specifics. 

Bring a sleeping bag or pillow?

It depends on where you’re staying. Ask your group leader during the planning process. 

Special dietary requirements

If you have special requests be sure to submit those requests early so we can include these considerations in the planning process. 

If you have physical limitations

Let us know what your conditions are and we will make every effort to accommodate. We can tailor the trip accordingly. 

What should I bring?

Bible, passport, signed waiver form, specific food if you have special dietary requirements, snacks, sunglasses, one set of work clothes that can get dirty, and comfortable closed toe shoes. 

Can I donate clothes, candy, toys?

Please talk to your group leader before bringing along donated goods. 

What is the climate like?

The weather is very similar to San Diego. The nights can be cool in the winter so bring appropriately warm clothes. 

What if I forgot something?

 You can get most anything that you need in Mexico. We can make stops at Wal-Mart. 

What ministries are served?

Please see Partners

Can a 1 day trip make a difference?

This is a fair question and the answer is yes, if done properly. Only by working with long-term ministry partners who have developed relationships can this be possible.

Where does your financial support come from?

All our support comes in the form of donations—mostly from the U.S. Though we work with churches, corporations, and service organizations, the majority of our funding comes from individuals with a heart to help our various ministry work. 

Is it safe?

We cross the border multiple times per week and have never felt unsafe. As we visit the various ministries in the region, we will be staying together as a group, further relieving any concerns about safety. Most people who are concerned when first crossing the border quickly relax and thoroughly enjoy the rest of their trips. And regardless which location that we stay, it will be in a safe, peaceful environment. 

Crossing the border

Most often the US customs officers ask what the purpose of the trip was, where we visited and if we are bringing anything back that we purchased in Mexico. The wait times can vary greatly depending on the time of the crossing. Getting into Mexico is typically pretty quick with very little wait times. Crossing back into the US can have varying wait times depending on when you cross. We will assist you with making travel arrangements to ensure that you allow adequate time for crossing the border. 

Where will we be eating?

It depends on the trip. For an all-inclusive trip, continental breakfast will be served where we stay. Most lunches will be eaten while on the go, typically at marvelous taco stands that we frequent often. Dinner varies, sometimes sit-down, sometimes takeout and sometimes eaten back at our lodging. 

Can we drink the water?

 Do not drink any water that is not bottled unless you ask someone who is either local or leading you on the trip. 

Restrooms in Mexico

In Mexico the plumbing is different. Do not flush toilet paper or any other product down the toilet. Place all toilet paper in the garbage located next to each toilet. 

Can we take pictures and videos?

You must ask permission before taking photos. Each ministry/environment has different reasons and protocols for picture taking. Do not post any pictures on social media without prior permission. Please ask your Strong Tower leader if it hasn’t been discussed ahead of time. 

Are these trips just a tour?

No. We will be financially helping those in need, working on building projects, and continuing to develop relationships with our friends south of the border. 

Do I need to get Mexican pesos before going?

You don’t need any Mexican pesos. US dollars are accepted nearly everywhere and credit cards are accepted at grocery stores and restaurants. 

Can we adjust the dates of trips?

Once we have activities planned with other ministries it gets very difficult to adjust the schedule unless it is done well in advance.   Call us and we will make every effort to be flexible.

How do you choose partner ministries?

We work with ministries that have a proven track record and are focused on Christ-centered ministries. 

Contact & Itinerary preparation

Good idea to discuss and leave your trip itinerary and our contact information with someone back home. 

Can we work with orphans?

Yes. Just let us know what your desires are when you contact us and we will customize your trip. We partner with numerous orphanages. 

Is Strong Tower Ministries affiliated with a church or Denomination?

 Strong Tower Ministries, Inc., is a non-denominational, Christ-centered and gospel-oriented ministry. We are not affiliated with any particular church and we work with numerous denominations. Every portion of our ministry serves to support our mission statement that we serve Christ by serving the least of these. 

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