Frequently Asked Questions
Are the Faith Ministry staff vaccinated?
All three of the Faith Ministry staff in McAllen, including David and Colleen, are fully vaccinated. As of April 28, 2021, four of the Faith Ministry staff in Mexico have had their first vaccine dose, and another six have been registered to receive their first dose. The pace of the vaccine distribution in Mexico has been slower than in the U.S. When the vaccine becomes available, all Faith Ministry staff will be required to be vaccinated before we move into Phase 2 of welcoming mission work groups, which will include larger groups and one more step toward “normal.”
I don’t want to get the vaccine. Can I still come to Mexico if I show a negative COVID-19 test?
At this time, you must be fully vaccinated to come work with Faith Ministry in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and local community who do not have access to the vaccine yet.
This plan says Phase 1. What is Phase 2, and when will it happen?
Our plan with Phase 1 is to slowly welcome back small groups of people since our Faith Ministry staff and local community in Mexico is not vaccinated yet. Our tentative plan is to move into Phase 2, which we envision to be one more step toward “normal” with larger groups, once the vaccine is widely available in Mexico and all of our staff have been vaccinated. That could be later in 2021, or it could be until the beginning of 2022. We will continue to monitor the vaccine distribution in Mexico and keep everyone updated.
Can I give my friend in Mexico a hug if I’m wearing my mask?
As much as we miss all of your hugs, the answer for right now is no. But we will accept fist bumps and air hugs!
Can I still take pictures while I’m in Mexico?
Of course! All we ask is that you do not remove your mask for photos with your friends from Mexico. As much as we love your smiling faces, your health and safety, and that of our Mexican friends, is more important right now.
Why are there so many rules?
Our Faith Ministry staff and Board of Directors put a great amount of thought and consideration into how we could begin welcoming back visitors while also protecting our staff and community in Mexico. A lot of the people that we work with in Mexico are at higher risk for COVID-19 because of underlying conditions, and they also do not have the same access to healthcare as we do in the U.S. During the summer of 2020, we unfortunately saw the devastating impact of how quickly COVID-19 can spread and do damage when it hit close to home and we lost one of our own staff. Every rule we are putting in place is done out of an abundance of love and care not only for you, but for our vulnerable loved ones in Mexico. Thank you for understanding and for doing your part!