Emma and Humberto Macias, left, and Vicki and Jack Dishon travel with local Seaside Community Church members to Mexico to an orphanage they helped establish. (SCOTT SMELTZER, HB Independent / January 30, 2013)

Eventually, the church and orphanage found a house that was for sale, but they ran into a couple of problems.

The church had three months to raise $50,000, which they were able to do with the help of several members through a fund drive, Jack Dishon said.

But then the church encountered problems with the owners of the house.

The property was owned by a man and his two sons, but the father died without a will and the two brothers fought over how much the house should be sold for and when they should sell it, Macias said.

After the quarreling between the brothers ended, buying the house was easy and the church was thrilled to hand over the title to Freddy and Eva, Macias said.

"It's their house and we're very happy about it," he said.

Since then, the Dishons and Macias, along with members of Seaside Community Church, have trekked to the orphanage in Tijuana regularly to continue building relationships with those in need.

Some of the children at the orphanage have been there since infancy, Macias said.

"Some of the kids are badly damaged. Sexual abuse, drugs, alcohol — anything you can think of, some of these kids have experienced all those things by age 12 or 13," he said.

The group went on Saturday and is planning to continue the monthly trips.

"A lot of people ask, 'What can we bring them? What can we do for them,'" Jack Dishon said. "The most important thing to do for them is to show up again next time."


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If you want to go:

Every fourth Saturday of the month at 7:30 a.m.

Meet at the back parking lot of Sowers Middle School

Contact: Jack Dishon: (714) 747-0069 or Humberto Macias: (714) 330-6032

Bring a valid passport and cash to spend