Beth-El Mission helps Florida farm workers achieve self-sufficiency through its open opportunities to worship, its extensive educational programs, and the many services it provides to meet basic needs.Migrant farm workers are the poorest of the working poor. They brave the Florida heat to labor in extremely adverse conditions. Ninety percent are from Mexico and Central America. Some remain here year round, while others follow the crops. Beth-El helps farmworkers achieve self-sufficiency through its open opportunities to worship, its extensive educational programs, and the many services it provides. Beth-el works with the Adult Education program, operated by the School District of Hillsborough County, where adults learn to speak and understand English and learn basic life skills such as family finances, parenting skills, and understanding medicine labels. Preschool age children of the adult students are cared for and educated in the adjacent program, so the whole family is learning together. Adults and children share in lively Sunday worship services. Adult services are conducted in Spanish. Bible study and prayer groups meet on Tuesday evening. Visiting youth groups host summer Vacation Bible Schools. Each Tuesday we distribute food bags containing basic food items of rice, beans, flour, canned goods, cereal, pasta, and bread. This makes a very good supplement to the families’ weekly food needs. For some families at some times of the year, it is all the food they have.
Beth- El, one of the missions that Christ Church supports, assists the migrant farm workers community through its weekly food pantry and community dinners, as well as through scholarship programs for young and old.
On May 9, members of our church, under the direction of Jerry Fox and Andy Sawyer, visited and toured the impressive complex and prepared and served an evening meal to more than 175 people.
Beth-El is located in Wimauma.
Here is the main entrance to Beth-El.
Javier Izaguirre, Operations Manager, and Rev. Kathleen Dain, gave a presentation on the history and the numerous services that Beth-El offers.
Roger Brown, Andy Sawyer, Javier Izaguirre, and Rev Kathleen Dain.
CCLBK members prepare for the dinner.
Church helpers getting ready to serve a delicious Mexican casserole (Beverly Sutton’s famous recipe) and green beans.
Here’s a portion of the campus and playgrounds for the children.
Meals were brought to the seated diners by CCLBK servers.
As typical of the entire complex, their dining room was spacious and spotlessly clean … a very pleasant and wholesome environment.
Their sanctuary is next to the dining area and there was a well attended evening service following the dinner.
Many of the young children wore the red shirt of their school which are for grades 1 through 8 and which is run by the Redlands Christian Migrant Association. This is one of the highest rated schools in Hillsboro County.
Spider Man particularly enjoyed the cupcakes…..
as did his friend.
Everyone should visit Beth-El. It brings hope, nourishment of the body and mind, and guidance on many fronts to these hard working families.