We started about two years ago with a group of medical students from Ga. We did a one day medical clinic at the school in the village of Chan Chen. We discovered that the needs were great. I met the town leader that day his name is Rodolfo, I ask him what we could do to serve his village and he jokingly said “you can paint our jail” so we did. For almost two years now we have been bringing food and clothing out to these people and they are always glad to see us but the only thing that has changed in these two years is that now there are even more poor people in the village and the jail needs another coat of paint. So I have been talking to the leaders trying to understand the source of the poverty and how we can really make a difference.
We have come up with a plan that will be the first step in meeting the real needs in the village of Chan Chen.
Poverty is the great problem we face in Chan Chen and I know that there are many reasons behind this problem. The lack of Education, alcoholism, self-serving leadership, no telephone service……etc.
The greatest cause or perhaps the septum of the problem of this poverty is the flight of the men. The men can not find jobs in the village so they move to the tourist area of Playa Del Carmen, or Cancun in search of work to feed their family. When they arrive in the tourist zone with no English and very little Spanish they can only find the lowest paying jobs and cost of living in the tourist zone is 10 time higher than life in Chan Chen. Most have no money to send home and many men never return home. Many of the women are left in the valley with no way to feed their family.
The solutions for many
Bring economic opportunities to the village. Prepare and train the work force. Offer an on going celebration recovering class. Bring cell phone service to the area. CHRIST LOVE IN ACTION!
Plan of Action
Rodolfo and his family have donated land to our organization, Global Community Fellowship, to build a small mission center/hotel.
This land is in an ideal location for what we want to do it is located on the main road just before you come into town. This is a great place with many large trees and room to build.
We plan to build six Mayan huts or cabanas, a kitchen and meeting area. The cabanas will look like a traditional Mayan house on the outside but will be a modern hotel room on the inside.
Estimated building cost. Each cabana will cost about $11,000. The kitchen and restaurant/meeting area estimated building cost $16,000. That would be the total building cost would be about $82,000.
If we can bring down 70 mission volunteer a year to stay at the Mayan hotel then we will be able to employ 10 Mayan workers full time… This would mean that about 50 more children would have a father in the home and food on the table. This is the first direct benefit. We would also plan to train young people who are planning to leave the village for work in the Tourist zone. Our volunteers will help teach English and we will also help the students find better paying jobs.
The third benefit to the families of Chan Chen is that we will help train the women in developing and marketing hand make craft.
As we build relationships and give people hope for the future we will share the Good News of Christ.
THE ROLE OF THE VOLUNTEER TEAMS IN CHAN CHEN
IN 2009 We need construction teams to stay and work along side the Mayan workers.
We need medical teams willing to come and stay in village Hotel and conduct medical clinics in and around Chan Chen.
We need teams that would come and prayer walk in Chan Chen and other villages in the area
We need sports team willing to come and do sports camp in the park at Chan Chen.
We need teams to come and do mission VBS in the park.
We need teams show the Jesus film in Mayan in Chan Chen and other near by towns.
We need teams to teach ESL classes
WE need a video team that would come down and do a 10 minute high quality video to help promote the project.
We need a volunteer to build high quality professional Website for the Chan Chen missions Hotel project.
We need help from a stateside volunteer to help us write professional ads for Baptist State papers.
We need help from a stateside volunteer to promote this project to University students in the states.
We need stateside volunteer that would help us find a used van or truck in the states that is in good condition that we could use in ministry in the village.
WE need teams that would come down and do a concert in the park in Chan Chen
We need two English teaches willing to come for two months and stay in the village and work through the school in Chan Chen as a volunteer teacher.
We need volunteers that would help us raise money stateside and promote this in the churches in your area.
WE need volunteers that would pray and keep our prayer needs before your church.
Steps to success in Chan Chen
1. Prayer – this is on going
2. Share vision and find land for the Mayan Hotel - Completed Dec. 9, 2008
3. Contact supports in the States and share vision - by Jan 2009 – doing this now
4. Draw plans and clear land for project by Dec 17, 2008 in process
5. Start construction on first Cabana By Jan 2009
6. Enlist volunteers teams - this is on going but hope to 4 teams by May. 2009
7. Complete stage one of construction by July 2009
8. First Craft and Marketing classes begin by Aug 2009
9 First English classes start by Aug 2009
10. The hotel project employs 10 full time workers by Oct. 2009
Paid Personal and money flow
Rodolfo is our director of construction in the village. We are going to build as we have the money. We are paying Rodolfo as we go. For example cleaning the land is taking four men two weeks at a cost to us of $150. We are paying Rodolfo $40 a week to work for us full time. We are going pay for the jobs as they come.
After the hotel is completed Rodolfo and his wife will manage the hotel and a cost of $200 per month. The volunteers will send their money through Global Community Fellowship and we will pay the hotel cost.
Rodolfo will hire the staff to run the hotel….. We will all work together as we get started.
The cost of the mission trip will very based on the number of people on the team and the number of nights spent in the tourist area hotels.
This is just and example but cost will change
The normal trip plan based on a 12 to 15 person team
Arrive in Cancun on a Sat. afternoon or night
Stay one night in Paamul or Playa hotel
Sunday go to church in English at 8:30am
After church Free time beach time
3:30pm leave for Chan Chen
6:00pm dinner in Chan Chen hotel
Worship team meetings
Monday – Thursday work and ministry
Friday free day and Friday night in Paamul hotel or Cancun Hotel
Sat. depart from Cancun
Cost will change but for now I am thinking about $600 per person for a week.
This is how the money is going flow out monthly.
$1500 10 Mayan workers in Chan Chen
$ 400 Water and Light bills
$ 500 maintains on hotel
$ 100 Landry
500 Van maintains and new van fund
Projected cost to run the Mayan fellowship Hotel $3500 per month