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. By July 31, 2021, the nine staff members in Mexico who are aged 18 to 39 years old will have received their first doses of the vaccine. The remaining staff in Mexico is fully vaccinated.
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.
Why do I still have to wear my mask around people in Mexico if I’m vaccinated?
The percentage of the population in Mexico that is fully vaccinated is significantly lower than in the United States, so health authorities in Mexico still recommend wearing a mask, even for those who are fully vaccinated. We will continue to follow the recommendations from Mexico’s health authorities, as well as listen to our staff and the community in Mexico regarding their comfort level. Groups are free to remove their masks when they are in the group’s areas, such as the upstairs kitchen, deck, bathrooms, and dorms, and not in contact with local staff or volunteers.
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!