Siloé Ministries (pronounced SIL-oh-ay) is a non profit 501(c)3 Christian organization that provides free medical care and health education in La Misión, Baja California and other poor communities in Mexico. Siloé’s goals are simple: (1) provide needy families with health education, (2) free medical/dental care, and (3) spiritual support and counseling in the name of Jesus Christ. Their patients range from newborns to elderly with ailments that include diabetes, acute infections, hypertension, dermatological conditions, and everything in between! Siloé provides pre- and post-natal care, while educating new mothers about infant care, safety, and nutrition. Siloé desires to see wholeness in the lives of the people and community they serve. They encourage their patients to make healthy lifestyle choices and guide them toward authentic relationships with Jesus.
“Siloé” is Spanish for “Siloam,” a reference to the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus sent the blind man to wash his eyes after rubbing mud into them ( John 9 ). The man was healed, and the Pharisees were furious. They questioned the man repeatedly about who Jesus was, and on what authority he had healed him. The healed man was confused (and probably annoyed) by their barrage of questions, and replied with a simple yet profound statement: “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
The name “Siloé ” was chosen because of the ministry’s focus on health and healing, yet at a deeper level, Siloé recognizes Who their patients really need and what every one of us needs – to encounter Jesus Christ and be changed by Him. The ministry is medical in nature and does everything it can to provide the best care for their patients. Siloé knows that the Lord can not only heal, but can transform broken lives and make them whole again. The ministry wants their patients and the local community to reach optimal physical health, and have their spiritual eyes opened to be able to say, “Though I was blind, now I see.”
The ministry was founded in 2008 by Brendan and Sarah Mayer, who relocated from Southern California to begin a lifelong commitment with their young family to serve the people of La Misión and Baja. Strong Tower Ministries, Inc. (STM) was first introduced to the couple in 2010, through our Baja Survival Needs Project. That relationship started with supplying medicine and supplies, along with medical professional volunteers who would serve at their free community clinic. Siloé’s clinic existed in two “bedroom sized” rooms (the “waiting room” for patients was a wooden church pew in the parking lot) in their local La Misión church, where Brendan and Sarah served more than 1,600 patients annually in a town populated by 3,500 residents. Several years later it was apparent that a facility expansion was needed to properly handle the patient population, which came from as far away as Tecate and Tijuana. Siloé’s vision also included a volunteer medical staff to meet the needs of a multi faceted community.
In June of 2015, following a 3 year search for property, a suitable piece of land was located and purchased by the ministry. It was at this time Strong Tower Ministries, Inc., came along side Siloé to partner with them in the construction of a fully operational community wellness center. The facility vision was to construct medical/dental examination rooms, a procedure room, a patient waiting area, staff offices, a prayer and counseling room, a multi-purpose community room, an outdoor lawn area, casitas for visiting medical professionals and their families, a pharmacy, an outdoor second story terrace, a playground, community garden areas and a barbeque area.. Construction started in 2016, with a clinic grand opening July of 2018. Final completion was spring of 2019 with over 3,000 patients already having visited the clinic, multiple community center events, and the opening of the playground area.