Our Beginnings in Mexico
In January 2005 Aaron Farrell and his wife Kathy with their two sons Josh and Caleb left Guelph Ontario for a 6 month sabbatical with Youth With a Mission in Kona Hawaii. As a part of the program, teams were sent on outreaches throughout the Hawiian Islands. While teams were out evangelizing, Aaron’s family was sent to serve in home construction. At first this brought great disappointment. Aaron was in the construction industry for 18 years and had been looking for a rest on this trip. By the end of the week the team had completed various projects on three cottages, saving the families thousands of dollars. Seeing the joy on the home owners faces and the financial impact that was made, Aaron realized for the first time he could serve in the area of missions by loving people using his hands not just his voice.
In 2008 an opportunity arose. Because of his love for the nations and back ground in building, Aaron was asked to help lead a home building mission trip to Vicente Guerrero Baja Mexico with the local church. Aaron’s heart was touched by the history and plight of the migrant farmers from Huachuca who had been promised a new life in the Baja. They gave up everything, family and possessions to come. Instead of this promise land, they were put into migrant camps with no way of getting back, having used everything to get there. Seeing these conditions broke Aaron’s heart. On this particular trip, the tin roofs and dirt floors of the 8 by 8 foot room was replaced with a new two- bedroom home for a family of five. Upon completion of the home, Aaron was convinced bringing teams to build homes and schools would help bring about hope and change in the lives of the poor migrant farmers of Mexico.
In 2012, Aaron was sitting on a roof, building a home when a man approached him asking for a roof for the school. The desert dirt was falling on the children as they tried to learn. Upon looking at the school it became apparent that the walls would not even hold up a roof, it was so run down. It was then that the trips to Mexico increased to twice a year in order to build homes and schools. The schools are built in the same areas as the homes so that the children, a second generation of migrant families, are able to gain an education.
In the last 12 years Aaron has been leading teams connecting Canadians with the forgotten people of Mexico with more than 20 homes and school rooms haven been built. Loving and changing the lives of the forgotten people of the world never gets old!!
The Man Behind the Mission
Aaron has been a part of missions and leading teams for the last 26 years. He currently heads up the Mexico missions and has done so for the last 12 years. As a young boy raised on a farm in the Bruce Peninsula area of Ontario, he always loved helping others and had a heart for the poor and those in need. He was intrigued by the idea of travelling but was discouraged by his parents. Although he first made a decision to follow Jesus at the age of 17, his life did not reflect a significant change. It wasn’t until he was 24 when he had an encounter with God in his kitchen. He was told he had been living his life for himself and this night he had to decide which way he was going. Settling the Lordship issue he chose Christ never to be the same again!!
A few years later, Aaron was reminded of a moment when he was 8 years old and was watching a tv program when a commercial came on. It described a scene where people were suffering and were extremely impoverished. He said to the tv, “one day I am coming to your country to help you.” Upon recalling this moment, God then spoke to Aaron telling him he was going to use him in the area of missions. This was confirmed the very next night by a prophetic word through a man named Mark Dupont. When the door opened for Aaron to go on missions, he spent the next decade on short term trips throughout India.
In 2005, while Aaron was praying one night, he heard God tell him it was time to go on trip with his family. An opportunity arose to attend a Family DTS with YWAM and served on a building project. It was then he realized he could help people equally as much with the knowledge in his hands as well as his voice. In 2008 Aaron was asked to co-lead in the area of missions at his local church. Thus began his journey into building homes and schools for poorest of the poor in the Baja of Mexico. Since then, Aaron has lived out his belief that we are all hardwired to serve people and he is always desiring to bring people along-side in his journeys.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31: 8-9 (NIV)