About us

Located just outside Tijuana, Mexico, Colina de Luz (Hill of Light) is home for about 53 boys and girls. How did these children end up at this home? Some have been abused, some orphaned, some abandoned, reflecting the poverty that surrounds their family life and community. Situated on top of a hill, as the name suggests, Colina not only offers a literal and figurative oasis to these desperately needy children, but truly provides a home.

Jim and Susan Drake are two of the three Founders of Colina de Luz (Hill of Light), Christian Home for Children. It was founded July 4th, 1986. God had touched Jim and Susan's hearts (as He continues to today) for the many needy children in and around the Tijuana, Mexico area.

 Over the years Colina has become a ministry of faith and a "Home" for hundreds of children. It continually houses an average of 60 boys and girls ranging in age from infant to 25-year-old students. The full-time staff, which number 18 or more, work together to see the highest possible quality of care is maintained. Colina de Luz is considered by the Mexican Government to be one of the finest Homes of its kind. Colina was privileged in 1999 to win one of two Golden Angel Awards- the other was given to Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles.

 Colina's kids are taught to "Walk in the Light as He (Christ Jesus) is in the Light". Principals of love, a relationship with their Creator and Savior, and love for others, especially the needy, are strongly stressed. The children learn integrity, responsibility for themselves and others, and cleanliness. They are encouraged to set their goals high, and do their best to maintain good grades in school. 

God has laid it upon the heart of this ministry to reach out to the many that live in poverty. Colina shares surplus food, clothing and other supplies through a community volunteer program and other outreach events in the surrounding areas. 

The Ministry at Colina De Luz includes hosting long- or short-term mission groups of up to 40, providing comfortable housing, and meals as well as opportunities to minister locally and to provide outreaches for churches with Vacation Bible School (VBS) and/or construction projects. Visit the Get Involved tab to learn more about visiting, volunteering, bringing a group, making a donation, or to see our map. 

To learn more about the education, spiritual growth, community outreaches, a typical day or look through our photo gallery, visit the About Us tab.

If you enjoy reading about difficult situations in which no options exist except for trusting in God and experiencing His response, you would enjoy the book JOURNEY OF FAITH. You can download the book on the right side of this Home page and learn more about the victories, failures, trials, tribulations, and innumerable blessings experienced at Colina de Luz.