Our family moved to Baja California, Mexico in April 2008. We started out as volunteers at a local Christian orphanage that houses 120 children, but soon founded our own ministry, Siloé Ministries, a free Christian health clinic and counseling center. We provide medical and dental care and we plan outreaches to the surrounding communities, including health fairs, mobile clinics, Christmas events, food distribution, and health education.
Our ministry is currently housed on the grounds of our local Christian church, but we are building a brand-new 6,000 sq. ft. Wellness Center in our village that will house a clinic, community center, playground and gardens. Annually, we host dozens of missions teams and hundreds of volunteers, both in our clinic and at the construction site of our future Wellness Center.
We are active members of our local non-denominational fellowship. Both Brendan and Sarah occasionally translate in service and Brendan preaches a few times per year. Brendan does consulting work from home (20 hours/week) to support our family’s needs and occasionally travels on business. He also runs our ministry’s administrative and fundraising efforts and manages the Wellness Center construction project/volunteers.
Sarah is medical director and primary practitioner at our community clinic. In addition to seeing patients regularly, she manages all medical missions groups and volunteers.
Grace (2006) has been home schooled since Kindergarten. She uses an online curriculum and is very computer savvy. She is passionate about animals! She is learning to play flute and loves listening to Christian music. Noemi (2009) is great at making us laugh! She also does homeschool online. She is social and loves her weekly dance class at our church. Abiela (Abi) (2012) is very active and full of life. She attends a bilingual preschool in our community three mornings per week.
We also have two dogs: an elderly, loving black lab, and a very energetic and friendly retriever mix! Hopefully our nanny likes dogs!
We are self-funded missionaries, relying on the freelance work of Brendan (marketing consulting and writing) for our family’s needs. The nanny would be responsible for child care and home schooling minimally 4 – 5 full-days a week (while Sarah is at clinic and Brendan is working from home) or when Sarah has emergency patients to attend to, when Brendan is managing our ministry construction project, preaching, translating, etc. Most weekends she would be free to socialize, participate in other ministries, take Spanish classes, or get involved in the community. During the spring and summer months we host a lot of volunteer groups on weekends that would require weekend work, but we are very careful to make sure our nannies have sufficient time-off for relaxation, prayer-time and personal tasks. Our goal is that our nannies have at least 2 full days of rest per week.
We are located one hour south of the San Diego-Tijuana border, along a safe, toll-road. Our family home (as well as the clinic site) is a 1-mile walk to the beach and we’re near hiking trails.
Primary task(s) of nanny: Child care, help with household chores.
Meal Prep? Making lunch for the girls and occasionally dinner if parents are gone. Nannies are expected to make their own meals if they do not eat with the family or on days off. If the nanny lives off-site (with food stipend) the nanny needs to be able to prepare her own meals.
House Cleaning? No major cleaning expected, but cleaning up while taking care of girls, dishes while ‘on-duty’ etc. Nanny is responsible for keeping her own room, bathroom and kitchen clean and washing her own dishes.
Child Care? Yes
Tutoring? Yes (5th grade, 2nd grade, curriculum is easy to follow online)
Laundry? Occasionally asked to help put away laundry or start loads/hang wet laundry.
Driving? Yes, mostly locally to get girls to dance/flute lessons. Dirt roads with potholes!
Starting Date: Immediate
Daily Hours: 9 – 5
Days per week: 5
Food Shopping? Yes, mostly this would include going on trips to the US with family for groceries, supplies, etc.
Food charge? No. She would be welcome to cook for herself (kitchenette with fridge/micro provided) and eat meals with family; we eat very simply and healthfully – lots of fruit and veggies, beans and rice, mostly vegetarian. The other option is for the nanny to live off-site at the clinic apartment with a monthly food-stipend.
Other Charges: Personal expenses, any travel she’d like to do on her days off, or outings separate from the family; Would recommend that nanny keeps US health insurance or carries travel insurance. Nanny is welcome to bring her own car; if so, is responsible for her vehicle.
Room: Nanny would have her own bedroom with outside entrance to deck. Bedroom is in separate apartment (downstairs from family’s living area) with kitchenette, and bathroom. Ministry office is also in the apartment but would only be used during regular business hours (8 – 5 or so). Bathroom would be used only by nanny most of the time (may have to share if other guests are onsite, or during office hours). Internet provided and all utilities included. The other option is for the nanny to live at the church apartment (with our American nurse) and come to our house daily. The nanny would be given a monthly food stipend to cover food costs. She would need to feel comfortable driving to and from our house (a 10 minute drive on dirt roads) and have a clean driving record.
Doctor: Yes. Sarah is a Physician Assistant and runs local clinic for basic medical needs. Ensenada and Rosarito are closest towns about 30 minutes away for anything more severe. San Diego is 1 hour away for any serious issues.
Hospital: Rosarito or Ensenada ( 30 minute drive). If not life-threatening, would recommend traveling into US (San Diego) for medical care, providing nanny has health insurance in the US (HIGHLY recommended)
Airport: San Diego, California
Meet the Plane?: Yes
Other?:We have had many nannies and volunteers work with us in the past 9 years and love meeting new people and sharing God’s ministry here with them! No one leaves unchanged! Please check out our website at www.siloeclinic.org