Kenya Mathare 2019 Eastside Beyond Borders|Monica Barragan

Mission Trip to Mathare, Kenya 2019 Learn More

Dear Friends and Family,

   I wanted to share some exciting news with you! Eastside Christian Church has planned a global compassion trip for this coming summer and I will be serving as part of the team! I will be traveling to Mathare, Kenya, on June 19 where we will be joining with Missions Of Hope International.(MOHI) Over 16,000 children and their families go through Missions of Hope. I will witness how people survive in the Mathare Valley Slums on less than $2 dollars a day, pressed together in a shantytown just a few square miles with over 1 million people.

   I felt a strong desire to be a part of this trip because I love teaching the word of God to others. One of my gifts that God has given me by Evangelizing his word. (Which I learned this past year through my internship here at Eastside.) My second gift is compassion, which Is one of my Passions on helping others, having a heart full of Love, to be able to teach and share the Gospel. I have learned through my life experiences what God wants me to do, which is sharing his word and and spreading the LOVE that God gave us to share in this falling world. As most of you know I have been teaching elementary for a quite a while and recently graduated from this past December 2018, and im so thankful and pleased with God to be able to see where he wanted me for the next season of my life. I have had a group of girls since 2nd grade and have watched them and follow by committing and teaching that small group that are now in 5th grade. YES, Im nervous too since Jr high is just around the corner and will be joining the Junior high Ministry (JHM) but I have also learned to be Gods servant and serve by teaching My now group of beautiful 3rd grade girls this year as well. I love to see the lives I've impacted my little ones in my classrooms, and how excited they get to come into class looking for me. This is why im working on my career as well to become a private preschool teacher and be able to share Gods LOVE and his Gospel.( I have attached some pictures, you are more than welcome to see it. its practically my journey through my ministry and my kids who I love and respect too much!

   One of my dearest wishes is to meet my sponsor child I have been sponsoring for over a year and a half. Her name is Rebecca and she's going to be 9 this year. My prayer is that I can contribute to our efforts by teaching Gods word around the world and spread his Love,the endurance Love he has for us unconditionally and be able to share my testimony with them. I feel blessed to have this incredible opportunity to help others and know there is a lot of work ahead as we begin to prepare for this trip. I would be honored if I could use your help!

   First, I would be ultimately grateful if you would pray for us…for preparation, for our journey, our ministry and for the spiritual battles surely ahead. Also for God to teach me to be a humble human being , learn what God has for me to learn, for our protection through out our trip and protection over everyone of us. Secondly, I'd like to know if you would contribute to the work we are doing by covering part of the cost of the trip. Im also open to side jobs you might need help with to get any amount you would like to donate. I will also be selling homemade treats made by yours truly! Prices are as follow or/and donation: 

•Full size strawberry cheesecakes without crust $30 or Donation 

•Full size Stawberry cheesecake $20

•Full size regular cheesecake without crust $18

•Full-size regular cheesecake $15 each or donation 

• Cheesecake Cupcakes with/without crust are $3 each or 4 for $10

•Brownies are 2 for $5 or 5 for $10 

(Again this money and or donations are all going towards our mission trip!)

Each team member has been entrusted with raising an equal share of the total cost to send us. The amount I must personally raise is $2,995 and it is due by June 16, 2019 at 11:59pm. If you wish to partner with me in this ministry please click on the “GIVE NOW” button to donate. (There is an option to cover the cost of the credit card fee that you can opt out of if you prefer.) Or if you prefer to give a check or cash donation you can make your check payable to “Eastside Christian Church” and note my name and "Kenya-Mathare 2019" in the memo line and mail/bring it to the address below. Contributions to our project are tax-deductible. You're very important to me. If you're not able to donate today, (I completely understand) all I would like for you to do for us is to Pray for us! Thank you for considering being a part of my amazing mission team. If you have any questions I’d love the opportunity to tell you more so just call, text or email me!


Monica Barragan

“Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”- ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭6:8‬ ‭

*All donations are given to Eastside Christian Church and a tax-deductible statement will be issued to you at the end of the year. Contributions are made and received with the understanding that Eastside Christian Church has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds; they may be used for other participants, other mission trip expenses, or for future mission trips. No refunds will be issued to participants or donors.

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North Orange FSU
7/8 Offline donation
God bless you and your team!
Kristy, Justin, Dominic, Josellyne and Jaedyn
You have blessed us so much already in such a short time. We hope to be a blessing to you in your ministry! ❤️
Heidi Calhoun $50.00
Good luck! Sending prayers for a wonderful mission trip!
Rita S
4/29 Offline Donations
Zulma R
4/29 Offline Donations
Natalie H
4/29 Offline Donations
Chris and DeeAnna
I know you will do great things for Gods Kingdom!
Great work!
Matt & Deanna Monzon
Praying for an amazing trip - that you will be mightily used by God to accomplish His purposes!
So excited to hear all about your trip and to see what God does in and through you and your team!
Rebecca $40.00
Brian Lopez
Have fun on your trip
Nancy Braddock $100.00
Nancy Braddock $100.00
Gracie Barragan $25.00
Heidi Calhoun $100.00
Monica May God bless you richly in your missions trip. Serve God with all of your heart and never look back. He has great plans for those who diligently seek Him with all there heart.
Adrianna Gutierrez
Praying for your mission and excited to try your yummy treats.
Melissa Rodriguez $25.00
Natalie Michaud McNair
God bless!
So proud of you!
Anna Rica
Thank you .God Bless
Janelle Edwards
Mike Calvillo
Can’t wait to try that strawberry cheesecake
Patricia Ramirez
Hope you have an amazing and safe trip
Melissa Lopez
Way to go!
Wendy Delgado
Thank you
K wilmes
Mercedes Ruiz $500.00
Roxana S
3/11 Offline Donation
Wendy D
3/11 Offline Donation
Roger Ortiz $100.00
Greg Arbues
Cheese cakes are the BOMB..
Prayers and blessings to you and your group. What an amazing mission.
Sheri Shafie
I would love brownies! I’m happy to pick up! Good luck with your trip! God speed!
Joyce Murphy
Praying your trip is impactful! Can’t wait to try the delicious cheesecake!
Jazmin $20.00
Matthew 28:19-20.
Thanks for the cheesecake!
Silvia Ortiz $15.00
Thomas Greer
I pray God does something very special in your life through this trip.
Rita S
2/25 Offline Donation
Josh $20.00
Steve and Maria Camarillo
Monica, praying that you be a blessing to those in Kenya.
Charlene Rivera $30.00
May God Bless this trip and watch over/protect you and your group!
Jennifer Nardolillo $15.00
Velazquez Family
We wish you the best
Heidi Calhoun
,I’m sure you will be a blessing to the kids over there. God Bless you.
Heidi Calhoun
May you be a blessing to the children..
Dan & Leslie
We would love to partner with you in this life-changing event! God bless you and your family !!
Krischelle & Kielan
We are so proud of you
Jennifer Murphy Lone
Proud of you girl...
Teree Gordon $50.00

December 1, 2019 9:30 AM

Jambo friends and family! I’m so sorry I have not posted here in a while. Wanted to share a few pictures from our trip! 


May 31, 2019 11:35 PM

Hi friends! we finally did it! Is till can't stop thanking every one of you guys! Im beyond grateful for all of you to give me this opportunity to give back to this fallen world. I cannot thank you all enough for your support. I will be keeping you all updated when I can as I am out there. All I'm just asking for right now is for prayer and lots of it. I am going in with a heart wide open and trusting God with what he would like me do out there and how to impact our brother and sister in christ in Kenya. I wont lie, as times comes closer to the date, I have been starting to get nervous. Some anxiety as well, but I think thats just normal as the time gets closer. I will have a yard sale on Saturday to help our team raise more funds as some of the have not completed quiet yet. So if you guys would like to come visit us, we will be at 3938 Ravenswood Dr, Yorba Linda, CA 92886. bring your chair to hang out, we will be selling drinks, and snacks. if you're not into second hand shopping, you are welcome to come and donate money or items. It will all start at 7am till 2pm. If you can't join us tomorrow, we will also have another event on Monday June 3rd. from 6:30 am -10pm. (all day event) at Chick-fil-a in orange. Just make sure you are doing the "Eastside Church" fundraiser when purchasing your items. The address is: 2575  N. Tustin st, Orange, CA. Bring your girlfriend/boyfriend, grandma, grandpa, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, mom, dad, brother or sister, or even your group of friends. everyone is welcome! we hope to see you all at least one of these events to help our team. Yes, even though im fully funded, I love doing my part and helping others. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. May God bless you today and always. WE DID IT! KENYA HERE WE COME!  (So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.- James 4:7 )

April 2, 2019 2:30 AM

Hey everyone! First thing first, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I am beyond grateful & blessed for all the amazing things God has been showing his grace towards me and has been blessing me with.... Im honestly left speechless. It came to the point now that I have been crying every I see someone donate $15, $20, $40, $50, $100 and more than $100+ they are not tears of sadness but tears of happiness! Never did I ever think God would bless me with soo much that I have been receiving. He's sure answered my prayer big time! So this past Monday One of my friend's daughter had an audition, yes she does modeling and acts as well she had an interview with the directors of social media from the store that everyone loves Five Below . She asked me if I could help out by taking her daughter. any who, so I took her to Burbank. Yes I know I hate the traffic to LA as well lol , but I do not mind helping out others when I can. So we got there I dropped her off while I was looking for parking. (Thankfully that only a few minutes) when upstairs in the shopping center and found the store. Walked in and saw my friends daughter (she's in high school) with the Social media Director. She was supper nice, friendly and outgoing. She came all the from headquarters and we started to chat, I find out the girl who I took was getting a shopping spree -_- hahahaha. I dislike cheap stores cause then I leave with most of the store. I was like it aww you guys are too kind to do that. She was like not a problem at all. Its at least we can do. As I continue to look around and start adding things to my own cart, she had asked me who was I shopping for; I answered it was for our Children's Ministry.

I had recently added a game to our second and third grade class called guess how many are in the mason jar?? So this past month in March I had decided to add dices into the mason jar. I had announced that I will be giving a prize, I had started shopping for their prizes. She responded with this was amazing and we continued walking. As I started going to the checkout area I start looking for my debit card. While my friends daughter started checking out, I start organizing what I was going to get, and what I was going to leave behind (because we all end up putting things we will not need just want at the moment.) she was finishing while I pushed my stuff closer to the register. The employee Start scanning my things and finished as I was heading over to pay with my card, I heard the director of social media telling me to "wait", as I turned around she had said you are not paying for that?! I was like what do you mean, she was like we are paying for you today. I was like no its okay, she was like no; let us sponsor your Children's Ministry. Seems like you have a great calling in that area and I wish you the best of Luck! I was in complete shock and could not say anything. I was beyond speechless and wanted to cry and hug her, it was just a lot! Its crazy to see how God always works in mysterious ways. im still sort of in shock you can say. a few days later I had mentioned this to my mentor and she was thrilled about it. I was somehow came to ask her why is God blessing me?? Why is he showing me all these amazing opportunities and blessings before me. On my way home that night, I was alone in my car, driving home with no music. Usually is my god time first thing in the morning, but that night I remember asking him why God??!! Why are you blessing me when I have not been a great human being most of my life? I felt deep in my heart God telling me, because you are trusting me with your heart. For you trusting me and giving it all for me to handle, this is why I am blessing you! I know the desires of your heart and I know how much you love to receive gifts, this is a way I wanted to share with you for all your hard work in giving up your time for me by volunteering, baking and putting your time in each order you put in. Just remember I am a gentleman and I know what you want in this life. Just keep trusting me and following me and you will see many blessings coming your way. I was shocked and to see what I want and God to bless me in many ways he has so far. We still have 75 days! When we hit the 60 days I will start making a daily video of how I am preparing myself to get ready for this amazing trip I am about to make. Thank You Lord for all you have done, Thank YOU!! Yes you! Thank you for praying, thank you for sponsoring me, thank you for being on my side during this time! I will talk to you soon! God bless you all and Goodnight! 

March 10, 2019 12:00 AM

Hi friends! Thank you too much for staying updated with my page. God has shown a lot of support by having all of you in my life! This next news isn't easy to say since I have barely mentioned it to anyone. Tomorrow at 2:30 pm I will be getting an MRI due to effects that have been dealing with. for example off balance, dizziness, bones hurting, stiff muscles, hand or legs falling asleep while sitting or standing too long. complications have been occurring. We are praying its nothing and just a side effects from my medications. (I have Insomnia) This is the first time im making it public to everyone. My small group for our mission trip are aware and so is a few others close friends. Please unite with me and my closes friends and my parents who only know about this and we are constantly praying it won't be, and if it is.. bring it on. It will not defeat me not reaching my goal this year. I pray God will heal me and let it just be a side affect from my meds and not something thats mimicking it. God I know you can heal anything. I pray Lord God today that tomorrow afternoon everything will go well and that there is no sign of ms. If its your will, give me the energy and power to be able to stay strong during this battle. I thank you for everyone who has blessed far beyond my expectations. I pray you can bless them 100x's more! I pray this in Jesus name Amen!

God has shown his grace towards me by selling out twice this month. Im just hoping my hard effort in trying to collect funds will be completed soon since I would like to be stress free. one less thing to worry about. lol. Today for the first time, my mother join me in serve day at our church and how we were able to give back to our amazing community. We packed food for the homeless and to see this awesome community get together is beyond amazing! My mom was impressed to see how many people got together and joined to help others in need and is now interested in helping out at least once a month. unfortunately my mom has been going through some pain herself, so most of the time today she stayed sitting since her pain is unbearable when she stands up too long. (they can't figure out yet what her pain is) other than that she's good. My dad unfortunately has been told by his heart doctor that his heart isn't working too well and have to do some testing to see what can they do to help him and or reduce the signs of having a heart attack. so as you all can tell... we're kinda in a mess, but in a good way. Why? Because we rely on the Lord and know God has a purpose and whatever that purpose is has to be done in this falling world. This is why I always tell everyone, "everything happens for a reason", which is true! God has planned out our lives and how we will take response to our struggles everyday. For an example, My dad was an alcoholic for 20 years. After myself and my brother begged him many times to stop, his selfishness came first. I prayed everyday for God to save him and stop drinking. I had dreams about seeing my Dad worship the Lord many times. I would think, its only a dream :/ nope! God had a purpose! Unfortunately it had to take him 18 years later and a tumor in his right kidney which made him loose his kidney due to Cancer. 18years!!!! yes that long!!! exactly 2 years after that, my Dad had decided to follow the Lord once again in October 2018. Which is a prayer I have always prayed for and to see God make it true is indescribable. Its like the verse we hear "ask, and you shall receive. Knock and the door will be open.I just can't remember what book in the Bible is it at the moment. lol. Well friends thats all I have for today. please keep me in your prayers for tomorrow and our mission trip. Please share with all your friends this page so we can make our goal! Thank you all once again and have a blessed week!

with Love, 

Monica Barragan

February 24, 2019 9:14 PM

Hi everyone!

 I wanted to start by saying THANK YOU!! Without you, this wouldn’t be possible! I am beyond honored to be a servant of the Lord and having you part of this ministry! Thank you sooo much from the bottom of my heart. Today I was able to sell a total of 13 cheese cakes and a total of 6 cupcakes, unfortunately an incident occurred and this happened on routes to deliver some cheesecakes. Unfortunately someone cut me off which made me put my breaks fast and this was the result. No biggie just lost about $28 dollars of funds lol. I laugh at it because incidents happen all the time and we shouldn’t let that from stopping us being happy and content for what God has given us. 

Today I was able to raise more than $200 and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. All the cash funds will be added to the account when we get closer to the due date. I still can’t believe what God is doing in this ministry! One BIG favor if you can, could you please share this page for people to get the opportunity grow? I have been blessed to see how far this page has gone and I owe it all to every single one of you! I’m soo glad to be getting the awesome response from people who have been messaging me, meeting me and donating. I’m glad for the positive response I’ve been receiving. 

Thank you all once again! I’m taking you all with me in spirit to Africa and share Gods word with everyone I possibly can. Thank you Lord

February 5, 2019 5:37 PM

Hi everyone!

Good morning to you all! I just want to take a second and thank everyone who's helping my missions trip to Kenya! I thank you from the bottom of my heart. One thing I've been learning this season of life is to pray, not to pray normally but to ask God our desires. God knows our hearts and what we want in life. So we have to proclaim it in his name and ask him. Have more of a intimate connection with God talk to him like if you were talking to a friend/parent, only with respect of course. I pray that God will be able to over pour your hearts with Joy & Love. Last night during bible study I felt his presence in me. The words were Prayer and Believe. Out of nowhere felt Gods presence taking over for me and wanted me to remind our ladies that God knows our desires to our heart, our sins, and he wants us to proclaim it. We were reading in the book of Romans which has a lot to do with circumcision... yes I wrote it here lol! Abraham was uncircumcised, yes you may read the Bible lol. One of the reading scriptures that stood up to me was that Abraham BELIEVED God, and it was credited to him as a righteousness. (Romans 4:3) So do you think God blessed him before or after being circumcision? Before he did it of course. Why? Abraham had faith and trusted God without knowing if it was true on not. God promised him to him that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. (Romans 4:13) What did God do? As it is written: I have made you a father of many nations. (Romans 4:17) Let me remind you Abraham and Sarah are the ones who haven't been able to conceive. Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead "since was about a hundred years old" and Sarah womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but he was strengthened in his faith and give glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he has promised. This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness." The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness-for us who Believe in him who was raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justifications. (Romans 4:19-25) As you have read, one of the things God has been teaching me to Believe, Trust, and have Faith him. I have faith in him that he will be able to help me raise the funds I need and more. I have thought of a few things to take on my trip and deep down in my heart that God also was me to get clothes together and donating them. So if any of you are not able to help financially, but have clothes and are willing to donate some clothes. Let me know! If you have the funds and clothes, awesome. If you guys know someone who owns a business and would LOVE to sponsor me, let them know. (Its tax deductible) I pray for each one of the families who have donated and those who wish they could, but they can't for God to bless all of you 100% and more since its helping me be able to teach the gospel in places that I have never been before, and be able to be Gods servant and honor him. one last thing, I would like if you can keep me in prayer for myself to get fully prepared for this. Spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally prepared for this awesome opportunity for me to be a servant of our Lord and Savior. God bless you all and thank you a billion times more from the bottom of my heart. <3

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