Bailey Shea in Mexico

I quit my jobs, dropped out of school, sold my things, and left my family & my friends to move to an orphanage in Mexico. Why? Because I was called.


This blog is used to inform you of the happenings that occur as i live and serve in tijuana.

// bailey.s.brigman@biola.edu

Jennifer, a little friend of mine from the orphanage, has lost her mother, a dear caregiver, and never has family come visit her. I have known her for over two years and she is one tough cookie to have a relationship with. That’s why I was so honored when she asked to be her Madrina at her kinder graduation. Thank you sponsors for helping me make this day so special for her. I wrote her a special note and was able to buy her a graduation gift as well as take to Peter Piper Pizza for food and games. She was holding back tears the whole time…. but so was I. //baileysheaphotography

A friend from church and I have had a united, God-given vision of starting a ministry at the Tecate dump. This past weekend we took 6 of my girls from the orphanage and a van filled with clothes, shoes, bins of water, food, and candy to the dump. I bought several packets of babywipes, handsanitizer, and sunblock to help clean and protect the skin of those who live outside in the scorching sun of Tecate. When we arrived, women and children walked over to our van and received these basic items with greatful hearts. We had the opportunity to pray for each woman the came, and afterwards we asked them what their greatest needs are. It seems that food and water are number one, followed by clothing and shoes. These people are desperate to have their basic needs met, and I praise God that we have the opportunity to help. When were driving away, one of the women yelled to me, “God bless you for what you’re doing, I look forward to seeing you soon!” I know that God has called me to help these desperate people and I would like to do what I can to meet their needs, but I need SOMEONE to help support this ministry financially. If it’s on your heart to sponsor this please contact me! Also, If your heart is touched by this ministry, please lift it up in prayer!

This past weekend I was able to take four of the girls from my Bible study to serve with our church at a dump in Tecate. It was shocking to see the number of men, women, and children that live there without any access to clean water or electricity. They spend all day sifting through trash in order to find salvageable material and later go home to their houses made of plastic, cardboard, and wood. Our church put together a birthday party to celebrate all of the kids who have most likely never celebrated their birthdays. We placed crowns on the girls and capes on the boys; we had face-painting, games, food & water, and we brought gifts all wrapped up to give out. My job was to wipe hands and faces before the face-painting. I was so heart-broken to see up-close the severe sun burns, cuts from trash, and skin deceases on the fragile bodies of these little children. Not to mention they were coated in dirt with dreaded hair and I could tell that many of them had never had a bath. After spending the day with these kiddos I was so torn-up. Someone has to help them. I’ve talked to the director of the orphanage and I will now be visiting the dump once a week. I’m still praying about what kind of ministry I’ll be starting, most likely a bathing ministry, but God-willing I will be able to bring some of these kids to the orphanage where we can provide them their basic needs. Please be in prayer about this and let me know if you would like to financially support this ministry-in-the-making! 

These two were my top picks for the best costume contest! 

The kiddos are on Spring Break, so we’ve had creative and fun themed days to keep them busy and having fun! My favorite so far has been costume day. I was surprised by how creative they were picking out their costumes from the donated clothing at the orphanage. 

On the 8th of March my girls and I celebrated “Dia De La Mujer” (Woman’s Day) by surprising all of the woman that help out here at the orphanage with decorated cards and bouques of flowers. I feel that a large part of my ministry here is witnessing to the women that I work beside. Almost all of them were once involved with prostitution, alcohol, or drugs and many of them still live in the poorest area of Tijuana. I want them to know that they are appreciated and loved, but most of all that God deeply cares for them. 

On the 8th of March my girls and I celebrated “Dia De La Mujer” (Woman’s Day) by surprising all of the woman that help out here at the orphanage with decorated cards and bouques of flowers. I feel that a large part of my ministry here is witnessing to the women that I work beside. Almost all of them were once involved with prostitution, alcohol, or drugs and many of them still live in the poorest area of Tijuana. I want them to know that they are appreciated and loved, but most of all that God deeply cares for them. 

The older girls and I have had quite a few Pajama Parties and although we’re in need of a DVD player, we’ve been able to watch movies on my laptop in the meantime. It seems like the girls don’t mind it too much because after every movie night I find photos like these on my computer. 

Girls night out

Girls night out

Thanks to my sponsors I was able to take 14 of my girls out for a Valentines day dinner. All of us dressed up and I surprised them by taking them to a food court in the largest nearby mall. Each girl was able to choose what food they wanted for dinner and afterwards I had them all try my favorite treat, Boba! As you can see, many of the girls were stoked to have burgers from Carls Jr. It never ceases to amaze me how much these girls cherish the small things. 

Thanks to my sponsors I was able to take 14 of my girls out for a Valentines day dinner. All of us dressed up and I surprised them by taking them to a food court in the largest nearby mall. Each girl was able to choose what food they wanted for dinner and afterwards I had them all try my favorite treat, Boba! As you can see, many of the girls were stoked to have burgers from Carls Jr. It never ceases to amaze me how much these girls cherish the small things. 

Here are some of the crafts we did on Dia de San Valentine. Heart and Feather arrows and heart streamers made out of color chips from a Home Depot.

Eating pizza is such a treat for these kiddos!

Eating pizza is such a treat for these kiddos!

Rainy Days call for Roller Domes! Connie and I took a van of kids out for the day and I had the opportunity to teach many of them how to skate for the very first time. I think sometimes we take advantage of the things that our PARENTS taught us when we were little. It seemed so strange teaching teenagers how to do something that I was taught how to do at such a young age!

Rainy Days call for Roller Domes! Connie and I took a van of kids out for the day and I had the opportunity to teach many of them how to skate for the very first time. I think sometimes we take advantage of the things that our PARENTS taught us when we were little. It seemed so strange teaching teenagers how to do something that I was taught how to do at such a young age!

A reenactment of what just happened. My sweet girls brought me a Valentine gift with a Tijuana twist, hot cheetos and and barbie sized pink, toy furniture. I love my job. ♥ ♥ ♥

I was able to attend a Mexican funeral last night for one of the sweet caregivers that worked in the kitchen here at the orphanage. It was the most beautiful service I have EVER been to. She was a Christian, so it was a time of worship and praise to the Lord. I pray that when I leave this world, my funeral will consist of all of the orphaned children that I so dearly love praising God for His love and sovereignty.

I decided to make use of all the leftover cardboard from my move. I had the kids cut out shapes and paint them!