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Strong Tower Ministries Inc. (STM) is a Christian non-denominational ministry that facilitates meaningful serving opportunities for volunteer travelers into the Baja region and local Baja residents. We believe in serving others. Each individual is uniquely equipped to show God’s love through different ways of service.
Since 2005, STM has facilitated over 1,000 separate serving trips allowing more than 10,000 people (ages 5 - 90) to make a tangible difference in the lives of others. Strong Tower Ministries provides a “door to door” serving experience including: trip agendas, transportation, serving destinations, service projects, meal planning, and lodging accommodations.
STM Vans depart from locations within the United States originating in Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego. Most trip destinations are in northern Baja ranging from as little as 3 miles across the U.S. boarder for a custom surfing trip up to 75 miles south of the border to La Misión, Baja, Mexico.
Custom group trips-to-serve can be reserved in advance for one day trips, once a month, or annual trips to the same or different locations per request.
Trip Duration and Types of Trips:
Trips can be 1 day, overnight, week long or longer. Service trips fall into 2 categories:
1. Open Trips: These are trips that are pre-scheduled on our calendar with a
set destination, scope of service, lodging, meals, transportation, and duration. These trips are open to anyone that wants to sign up until the trip reaches maximum capacity (usually 12-50 group size).
2. Closed Trips: These are customized trips for 1 specific group (junior high/high school,
college, company, small group, neighbors, church, etc.). The group leader decides date(s), duration, trip agenda, serving objectives, meal/lodging/transportation options.
Trip costs vary based on trip duration, number of people in your group, serving
locations, meal expectations, lodging accommodations, and service project budgets. We are here to serve YOU as well as those you are serving, so a lot of time and effort goes into pre-planning with your trip leader to make sure you receive the serving experience desired based on these factors. Below are some sample trip costs based on a typical serving experience:
1 Day Trip: $35.00 - $70.00 per person. Includes van transportation, lunch, serving destinations to 1-2 locations, service project
Overnight Trip: $85.00 – $125.00 per person. Includes van transportation, 4 meals, lodging, serving destinations 1-2 locations, service project
Weeklong (5 nights/6 days): $300.00 - $500.00 per person. Includes van/charter bus, all in country meals, lodging, 3 -4 serving destinations, 1 -3 service projects, optional recreational/tourist day
(Your first trip to serve, 1 day round trip, will greatly impact how you view service and missions.)
**** If you request a special project (i.e. a house build) or specific excursion (i.e. a horseback ride on the beach) your Trip Budget Cost will be given to you [i.e. $2,000 for family home build (not including foundation; family typically pays for foundation). $8,000 - $10,000 for family home build which includes cost of the foundation.] A trip to serve does not require that you request a special project or excursion.
Realizing that we all have different gifts, abilities, talents, and passions in respect to serving, Strong Tower Ministries has partnered with a variety of great Baja, faith based non-profit organizations, churches, and individuals that STM volunteers come alongside to assist in multiple ways. Keep in mind, you only need to bring a smile and a willing heart to make an impact! Here are some examples of ways your group can experience trips to serve:
- Community outreach events | Migrant population outreaches | Meal Preparation
- Orphanage visits | Medical outreaches | Food distributions
- Construction projects | Surfing expeditions | Children’s crafts and games
- Infant care | Trade skill seminars
- Prayer events | Family visits | Baja church visits
- Clothing/shoe distributions | Professional services
- Marriage and Family Counseling | Sports clinics | Drama and music
- Disaster relief | Media | Social justice issues
Have More Questions or Want to Contact Someone About Scheduling A Trip:
Introduction Video - President of Strong Tower Ministries, Inc (DJ Schuetze)
Strong Tower Ministries (USA & Mexico nonprofit)