2017 Families

Our Families & Their Needs

Munoz-Ortega Family

About the Family

  • Father: Luis Munoz (23)
  • Mother: Maritza Ortega (21)
  • Son: Daniel (3)
  • Daughter: Melani (8 months)

Notes on Family

Luis and Maritza met in Ensenada when they were in junior high going to work, they’ve been together since. Maritza is originally from Zacatecas (mid-Mexico) with three brothers and says they struggled a lot and in 1995 her mother decided to come up north for a better life for her children, put them in school and even though they all had to work to survive.

At the age of 16 when Maritza finished junior high, she had to leave school and went to work. During this time, she met Luis and started to date and then had their first baby. At this time, they moved in with her mother.

Luis is originally from Ensenada and grew up with seven brothers. At the age of 12, his father set him to work because they struggled and he asked his father why he had to work. His father told him that he was the oldest and bills needed to get paid.

They were always moving from place to place, and it was unstable, not because of any bad habits but because the family was poor. He has worked with cement blocks most of his life and followed in his father’s footsteps. He then got a job at a factory where he met Maritza.

Today, they live in a tiny room in Maritza’s mother’s property with no bathroom in their home and have to use the one in Maritza’s mom’s house when they need it.

At the interview, they accepted Christ in their hearts as their Lord and Savior. They have been attending the church since January 2017.

The pastor is asking that we keep them in our prayers for spiritual growth, spiritual understanding, and spiritual knowledge.

Items Purchased for Home

  • Bunk Bed
  • Double Bed
  • Dining Table
  • Bano
  • Assorted Accessories for the Home

Munoz-Mendez Family

About the Family

  • Father: Armando Munoz (47)
  • Mother: Maria Ortega (47)
  • Son: Jorge (16)
  • Son: Eduardo (14)

Notes on Family

Armando and Maria are originally from Nayarit (south of Mexico) and met in Ensenada in high school. Armando has five brothers and lost his mother and one of his brothers nine years ago in Guadalajara.

His father was never around, so he had to work at the age of 7, and when he came by one time to visit, it was just to say goodbye because he left to the states and never returned.

Armando was seven years old when started to work at a farm to help his mother. He says he’s glad his mother kept him in school to have some education. At the age of 14, he got out of school to work full time and then met his wife at age 16. At 18, his mother passed away, and he and Maria moved to Ensenada. They struggle, but he says they just have to keep moving forward.

Maria has 11 brothers, and at four months, she says her dad got shot in the back, and at the age of 4, her mother met someone else and had another six kids. Her mother worked hard to keep them fed, and her stepfather had to take care of them like they were his own.

At the age of 16, she met Armando, and both decided to live up north to give their kids a better life. They live in an old farmhouse that leans to the side, has gaps in the ceiling which get cold during winter and hot during summer.

The family comes out of a Catholic background and has been attending the local evangelical church for three months. The pastor is asking for prayer:

  • Spiritual awakening
  • Spiritual growth and understanding
  • Stay on God’s righteous path

Items Purchased for Home

  • Bunk Bed
  • Double Bed
  • Dining Table
  • Bano
  • Assorted Accessories for the Home