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"Come and See" Weekend
There’s nothing quite like seeing the transformation in people’s lives and neighborhoods up close. We invite you to come to Mexico City for an extended weekend to personally get to know Urban Transformation’s work among the urban poor. Our hope is that this educational trip of discovery and encounter can deepen your understanding of the situation in which urban slum dwellers live and Urban Transformation’s approach to bring about change.
What to expect
- Learn – You will have the opportunity to learn about our change model that focuses on peoples’ empowerment and how we work together with local leaders to bring about change.
- See – You will have the opportunity to walk the streets of urban poor communities with us; visually grasping the reality of urban slums. You will also be able to observe Urban Transformation’s projects and meet with community members and project beneficiaries.
- Reflect – You will be exposed to a line of holistic reflection that seeks to address the challenge of poverty and urban slums from a multi-faceted perspective.
- Plan – You will be able to brainstorm with our staff to dream and begin plans for potential partnerships with yourself and/ or your church or organization that will promote transformation among the urban poor as well as in you.
Who should attend
A “Come and See” Weekend may be a great next step if you are a…
- Representative of a organization, who has a heart for transformational mission among the urban poor and who would be able to share their passion and learning with other members of their organization.
- Individual interested in deepening their understanding of the challenge of urban slums, while seeking to learn of concrete solutions, and exploring ways to become personally involved.
Schedule & Costs
Interested in joining us? Contact [email protected] to arrange your visit.
- March 2-4
- November 2-4
General Schedule: Arrive on Friday afternoon before 4:00pm and depart on Sunday afternoon after 1:00pm.
Cost: $150 USD/person (excluding flight ticket to and from Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City). This includes 3 meals a day, transportation and lodging in a comfortable and secure guest house just outside of Mexico City.
“Nothing can replace seeing the city, the neighbors. Being there gives you a sense of the pulse of the people you are seeking to serve. This trip is an important first step. Our trip enhanced our desire to become a partner.” S.S.
Volunteer: From Near or Far
Be the “hands and feet” that help bring about change in people’s lives and communities. Here are some practical ways to put your passion and skills to work as a volunteer:
Visiting teams have helped remodel schools, build ecological latrines and break ground on a life-giving retreat and training center for community and spiritual leaders. Donated skills and materials pair up wonderfully with the willing hands and hearts of community members.
“The very best part of our experience was working alongside Mexican and building relationships through fellowship . . . I go to help others, but without fail end up being a recipient of the blessings we find in service.” J.H.
Medical campaigns form a vital part of our strategic health interventions in slum communities. Professionals and general volunteers alike help provide care and gather baseline information crucial to planning follow up care on both and individual and community-wide basis. Many new families are drawn to participate because of the newly available services, notably deepening our reach into the community.
“We are doing much more than putting a Band-Aid on a wound. With the help of ProSalud and the trained counselors . . . our patients for a day have follow up either with the local clinic or for social services . . . the gratitude of the Mexican community is immense!” J.R.
Community children and youth are drawn in great numbers each summer for fun and learning led by program staff and visiting volunteers. Whether telling stories, teaching arts and crafts, singing songs or joining youth in sports-focused day camps, volunteers help magnify the care given to each child.
“I loved seeing the kids and their families . . . seeing their excitement for the program grow each day was awesome! I was sad to leave but it felt good to know the impact we were able to have . . . in such a short time together. I am looking forward to coming back!” A.B.
Share Your Skill
Share your legal, business, pastoral or other professional skills to strengthen community work or our capacity as an organization. People with language and cross-cultural skills are encouraged to apply for short or long term assignments.
Contact us to share your ideas and get more information.
“I fall in love with the people that we serve. Let God lead you to see and experience His love for the ‘least of these.’” J.R.
Request a Speaker
Invite us to speak in your area
With many years of experience at the front-lines of urban ministry, cross-cultural engagement and combating poverty and corruption, emotionally healthy spirituality, social change, economic development, engaging the powers, strategic leadership and city transformation. Request one of our dynamic speakers to speak at a conference, public event or lead a workshop or retreat in your community or church. You can be the one to spark great change by having the Urban Transformation message shared in your area!
“Looking at the problems that faced the people and children in Mexico City I felt quite desperate, but after Jean-Luc’s conference, I felt hopeful, encouraged! His passion and commitment to Urban Transformation is inspiring and stirred something in me to want to do more, be more, and to serve more.” – K.B.
“Learning about poverty and city transformation completely re-shaped my understanding of mission. Connecting my own spiritual poverty and lost-ness to the poverty and lost-ness of many urban dwellers made me realize that evangelism goes far beyond bringing individuals to Jesus, but includes changing systems and structures that mar the image of God in the “other”.” – SS
Jean-Luc Krieg, MBA/MDiv
Jean-Luc, born and raised in Ivory Coast, West Africa, and of Swiss-German descent, is executive director of Urban Mosaic. He is a dynamic speaker and thought-provoking teacher who loves bridging the world of theology and contemporary issues. With his unique perspective of having lived in different continents and among different cultures, he enjoys getting people to wrestle with the Biblical text, their own faith and how it can make a real difference in the here and now. Subjects he enjoys speaking, teaching and leading workshops/retreats on, include: God’s Transforming Story – Understanding the Biblical Narrative; City Transformation; What is Poverty?; The Integral Mission of the Church; Transforming Discipleship; Urban Church Planting and Revitalization; Social Change and Justice; Urban Spirituality; Engaging the Halls of Power; Emotional Health and Resiliency in Leadership; Holistic Ministry; Embracing the “Other”; Finding your Mission in Life; Non-Toxic Philanthropy; etc…
Oscar Reyes Garcia
Lic. Oscar Ruben García Reyes, born and raised in Mexico City, is Urban Mosaic’s Deputy Director. For the past 19 years, Oscar has worked as social worker and project manager with different non-governmental organizations. He was involved in the anti-trafficking and child prostitution prevention program of Fundación Casa Alianza and was the Community Development Operations Manager of AMEXTRA in east Mexico City, impacting 3,000 urban poor families and mobilizing 12 local churches to serve their neihgborhoods. Oscar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the Mexico-City based Escuela Nacional de Antropología, with a specialization in ‘anthropology of poverty’. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Responsability and has participated in additional academic course work in the areas of community development and citizenship.
Join Our Team
Whether your gifts are in language translation, field-work or administration, there may be an opportunity for you to serve with Urban Transformation! Contact [email protected] for more information about possible internships, short-term assignments and full and part-time positions in Mexico.