Thanksgiving of Giving Family Service Project

The Mission developed by Pilar and Bob

Mission Group in prayer

We will begin each day with a celebration of Mass.

Home visits

As always, we will walk the streets and visit families in their homes.

Past Mission Group

Responding to a request, this mission trip will begin with Mass in Acuña. This photo was of another group from Houston.

Bob Decker Cell: 210-232-3897


  • The start time of our schedule will not change. We must begin on-time.
  • Because we visit shelters, schools, and families, the rest of our schedule is flexible, based on the needs and requests of the places and people we plan to visit.
  • Crossing the international bridge is usually a 10 minute drive. However, on occasion the drive across the bridge has taken an hour.

Wednesday Nov. 27, 2019
7:30 pm

Hampton Inn and Suites2219 N Bedell Ave, Del Rio, TX, 78840, U.S. (lobby) Meeting, complete forms, discuss plans and rules. Form into teams.

Thursday Nov. 28, 2019
Friday Nov. 29, 2019
Saturday Nov. 30, 2019


Why doesn't Paper Houses book rooms at one location?

Some people like to share rooms and some people have membership at hotel chains. Bob will be at the Hampton and it is easier in some ways if you book there, but as long as you meet us on the parking lot no later than 8 am, please feel free to stay where you like.

What is the minimum age of participants?

At this time, the minimum age is 15 and if both parents are not participating, a notarized letter is required by Mexican Law from the absent parent. The letter must state that the child has permission to enter Mexico between August 16 and August 18th. (email us for details)

Are there dress requirement? Yes!

No message clothing and nothing inappropriate. Comfortable shoes. We will be walking in the sun (or rain) and some of the hills are steep. Leave the jewelry at home. We do not want to give the wrong impression or attract attention.

Is Mexico safe??

Acuña is often called the safest city on the border. Bob has traveled with his grandchildren in the colonias and since 2001, when we first began, we've never had an incident.

What should I bring?

Sun screen, sun glasses, insect repellent, lip balm, a current U.S. Passport, comfortable walking shoes. Most men in Mexico do not wear shorts.

Do I need to speak Spanish?

No. We always have translators.

Can I bring gifts for the children or people we meet?

No more than $50 of items per person can be taken into Mexico without being delayed and paying taxes. If you bring things, bring a receipt. If they were donated, send us an email so we can give you an easy way to bring those items.