Working to help Mexican street kids

The Mountainside Church in Fernie is raising money to help fund a mission to help street kids in Mexico.

The Mountainside Church in Fernie is raising money to help fund a mission to help street kids in Mexico.

On Saturday the church held a tea to raise funds for Margaret Roberts to return to Mexico City to continue her work with kids who call the streets their home.

In 2006 Margaret took a group of christian youth members with her, and hopes to be able to do the same next year.

“When Margaret and a group of us went there in 2006 it was life changing for our team as we stepped out of our comfort zone into another world,” said Kathi Temple, Fernie Christian Youth director.

“We walked the streets ready to feed, encourage, and invite street kids to a ranch for a week of camp. We then staffed the camp, set up and participated in games, crafts, clean-up, meal prep, and offered friendship to the street kids.”

The church has already had their first planning meeting to begin the plans for a 2012 spring break trip while Margaret was in town recently.

Parents voiced concerns about the safety of their kids but Margaret said it’s not an issue.

“Margaret says that we will need to have some street smarts and common sense but in her 16 years of walking the streets herself and hosting other teams, there has never been anything other than a few things gone missing,” said Kathi.

“Once the kids know you are there for them, they will protect you. They consider you family.”

Margaret has been working with Lampas International to help street kids in Mexico for 17 years.

The church will be fundraising to cover the camp expenses, and collecting clothing to donate.