Monday, January 12, 2009

Mission Trip-Building a home in Mexico

Colleen went to Mexico over Christmas break with the church she is attending while at college. They took a team of young adults and built a house through the group Casas por Cristo. This organization uses volunteer teams and donated materials to build houses for families in and around Juarez, Mexico. I was so nervous to have her going to Juarez, but I tried to hand my worries over to God while she did His work. I tend to be an overprotective mama, so this was a growing experience for me too.

Some neighborhood girls

Colleen was so excited to find that she spoke Spanish well enough to serve as one of the group's translators. She was minoring in Spanish, but now is thinking of changing to Spanish Education. She learned so much and was truly blessed by going on this trip.

Colleen and one of the littlest family members.

Here she is working on the inside of the home. They do not have running water inside the home, but they do have electricity. It's built on a concrete slab the team poured the first day. This home has 3 rooms and was built in 3 days. The homeowners were given instructions and supplies to mud the drywall inside after the team left.

Helping a little homeowner drive a nail.

Jill and Colleen stucko the outside. Jill also grew up in our church and is dating our son.


The family's children putting handprints on their new front stoop.

New homeowners!

This is what it's all about.

The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
~Galatians 5:14


Jenny said...

Great story! What wonderful kids and you husband have raised! :) I always love mission trips, it is hard work, but always worth it doing God's work and having such an impact on the lives of others - most always in more ways than just physically helping them, but also as a witness for Jesus.

Gene said...

Way cool! We've taken the youth group from our church on a similar mission trip with Amor Ministries near Tijuana each year. It's a hard trip, but a great one.

Julie said...

What a wonderful post!!! Thank you for sharing that.

Okay - so I probably posted the best and funniest post I have ever done on my riding lesson photographed! ..and don't laugh so loud that I might hear you!

Have a great week!

Judy said...

What an awesome and rewarding thing to do.

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Memories made for all involved. Great post! ~Mindy

Renee said...

What an amazing experience and wonderful way to help a family so much!

Dawn said...

Yeah Colleen and Jill!!!! Way to go girls, and way to go momma, I know how hard it was for you to let go and let God but He took care of them just as they took care of His children!!!

Anonymous said...

Love this post and all of the pics. It reminds me of the mission trip that I went on to the Dominican Republic when I was 16. The Lord has truly blessed.

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Hey, this is so cool. As I was looking through your blog I came across these pictures and they look just like mine from a year ago. My family along with both of my sisters and their families, and Grandma and Grandpa, 19 in all, built a house with Casas por Cristo a year ago at Christmas time. Our parents did this as their 50th anniversary celebration instead of a big party. Mission work will change your heart forever.

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