Our History

Door of Faith Orphanage was founded in Tijuana, Mexico in 1959 by Curtis and Sylvia Freeze. They came to Mexico with $35 in their pocket and a vision to help the underprivileged children in Baja California.

Unsatisfied with their location in Tijuana, the Freeze’s began to search for a new site to build a permanent home. In 1962, a friend brought them to the present site, an abandoned dude ranch.

In its prime it hosted Hollywood elite such as Clark Gable, John Wayne, and Steve McQueen who would hunt quail and enjoy the solitude of our valley.

For many years the Freezes, their son Von, and his wife, Agnes Freeze, worked with others to build the kind of home that would raise responsible, productive members of society. Many of our staff were raised up in this work including Gabriel Diego Garcia, our Mexican Director.

In March 1994, while Door of Faith was in a time of transition, DJ and Lynette Schuetze joined Gabriel Diego Garcia and his wife Edwarda Ocampo Garcia in the work here.

Door of Faith has grown a great deal during the last decade to become one of the largest orphanages in Baja caring for well over one hundred children.

Today, along with providing a solid home to the many children on our care, Door of Faith has become a base for other ministries and outreaches. We are involved with local ministries including food distribution, home construction, short-term mission trips, orphanage consulting and many other areas.