Monday, May 8, 2017

Team Casas | May 8, 2017

WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE
Want to build a home with us but don't have a group to serve with? Join Team Casas, and we'll partner you with a team of other individuals to meet the physical need of better housing as a way of also meeting the spiritual need for Jesus Christ. 
Celina, Justavo, and Astrid (pictured above) are a Guatemalan family that lost their husband/father a couple years ago. They have been living with relatives and longing for a home of their own.
You can help make their dream come true this July 2-7 by joining our Team Casas trip to Guatemala. We need at least 9 more people to sign up to build their home by Friday, May 12. Don't miss your opportunity to serve and give back this summer. 
TEAM CASAS SCHEDULE
GUATEMALA
July 2 - 7, 2017 | San Raymundo | $750/person
(at least 9 volunteers still needed by May 12)
December 27, 2017 - January 1, 2018 | San Raymundo | $750/person
(at least 14 volunteers still needed by October 27)

MÉXICO

June 12 - 15, 2017 | Juárez | $650/person
(at least 2 volunteers still needed by May 12)
October 6 - 9, 2017 | Juárez | $650/person
(at least 8 volunteers still needed by September 6)
December 27 - 30, 2017 | Acuña | $650/person
(at least 13 volunteers still needed by November 27)
December 27 - 30, 2017 | Juárez | $650/person
(at least 11 volunteers still needed by November 27)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

June 11 - 17, 2017 | Santiago | $750/person
(scheduled; still accepting registrations)
December 27, 2017 - January 2, 2018 | Santiago | $750/person
(at least 15 volunteers still needed by October 27)

The deadline to reach the minimum number of trip participants in order to schedule a trip is 30 days prior for each México trip and 60 days prior for trips to other locations. If the trip is scheduled, new registrations will be accepted until the trip takes place.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Testimony of Delia Alvarez Gutierrez | April 24, 2017

Testimony of Delia Alvarez Gutierrez
Meal Plan Provider with Casas por Cristo
Casas por Cristo's mission is to build and serve. We strive to build relationships between volunteers, families, and pastors that would have otherwise never known each other. Through the building process, God allows us to interact with our teams, local families, pastors, churches, and vendors. We do not want to take any of these interactions for granted. We believe that these are unique opportunities presented to us by God to serve each other.

Delia, who is married to one of our Mexican representatives, David Quiñones, is the head cook for the meal plan in our Acuña, México location. She is an excellent cook, but for Delia the meal plan is about so much more than just food. She uses it to feed souls. She is the perfect example of making the most out of the opportunities God gives us to share His message of love with others. 

The week of March 13, 2017, which we referred to as the crazy week, was the busiest our Acuña location had ever seen with 19 houses being built. As a result of the high volume of teams using the meal plan that week, Delia offered to hire several ladies to help with the meal preparations. Throughout the week, she began each work day by sharing a devotion with all the cooks. She would pray and tell the ladies that God had chosen them for this special work and that they were cooking in order to feed God's angels. Delia had been building a relationship and sharing the message of Jesus Christ with one of these ladies, Aracely, for awhile, but she was not very receptive. She had refused to help cook on two prior occasions because she didn't want anything to do with "los hermanos" (Christians). But God had a plan for Aracely. Before the crazy week began, Aracely had a change of heart and invited Delia into her home to pray for her youngest son who was sick. A few days later when they began to cook, Delia asked Aracely how her son was doing. With gratitude to God, she responded that her son was already feeling better. But that's not all. Aracely's husband told her, "It's very possible that God wants something with us" (They had known God in the past but had been living apart from Him).
At the end of the week, Delia, as is her custom, brought all the cooks back together in the kitchen in order to thank them for their help. One last time, she shared with them the message of God and reminded them that they are special women who have value in God's eyes and who have the potential to serve God in meaningful ways. Delia began to pray for the women in the kitchen. All of a sudden, as it says in the Bible, the Holy Spirit fell on them, and they began to cry and glorify God. Aracely was ministered to by Delia and everyone was very grateful to God for the week. When Delia told her husband the emotional and unexpected story, he could sense the presence of God. Without a doubt, Aracely went home with the message of God in her heart. God did something special in her life. Aracely will never be the same again as a result of Delia's faithfulness in using the opportunity the Lord gave her.
"So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days."                                              
- Ephesians 5:15-16


Delia with Aracely and her family

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Missionary Spotlight | April 17, 2017


Missionary Spotlight: Miguel Flores
Meet Miguel Flores, Mexican Representative for Casas por Cristo. He has been serving full-time with us since December 1994 (23 years). If you've ever been on a trip to Juárez, you've probably seen him checking up on your team while you work. Miguel makes sure all of the materials are delivered to the work sites, he checks up on the families to ensure they are ready, he serves as the caretaker of the Shane Harris Outreach Center (SHOC) compound in Juárez, he helps make maps, and he does various other tasks to keep the ministry running. On top of all of his duties with Casas, he also pastors a small church that meets next to the SHOC.
Interview With Miguel
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, and where you're from.
  • I am from the city of Juárez, Chihuahua, México. I was born into a very poor family, and growing up I learned the mechanic trade from my father. I married Verónica at age 18 and began working as a mechanic to support our family. After being married for two years, I began to go to pastor Aaron Rodolfo's church. Pastor Rodolfo happened to be the director of Casas por Cristo, and he got me involved serving with Casas, which changed my life dramatically. I began to understand and experience the love, unity, and work of God. Day by day, I began to know Christ more. I had been a very troubled young man with marital problems. But when I began to follow Christ and work with Casas, my life turned around, and I began to love my wife and family. We have three daughters, Jazmin (25), Lorena (21), and Cinthia (19), a son, Isaac (9), and a granddaughter, Genesis (3). This is my family. They work side by side with me now that I'm older. I began to work at age 23, and now I'm 45. I have learned a lot of things over the years in this career, primarily to give honor to God and enjoy the blessings that God gives us. I love visiting the recipient families and seeing their faces filled with joy when I announce that we're going to build their house. It's amazing to see how the families are transformed through the ministry of Casas por Cristo. 
2. Why did you choose to work with Casas por Cristo?
  • I don't think I chose to serve at Casas. I think God chose it for me. It had always been my dream to be a mechanic, but God lead me to Casas, and here we are 23 years later. That's how it is with God. His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. He knows better than we do.
3. Give us an example of how you've seen God in your work with Casas por Cristo.
  • Recently, there was a family of 9 people that received a Casas house. They didn't know Christ. The sponsoring pastor couldn't be there for the dedication. So, I stepped in to lead the dedication ceremony. I was asking God, "What should I do and say?" God put it on my heart to share the testimony of how Christ transformed my life. This family, after hearing my story, accepted Christ into their hearts. I think that Casas por Cristo isn't only here to build homes, but also to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to families.
4. What is the biggest challenge you've faced as a missionary?
  • It's hard to leave my family. I have to be gone all day and sometimes all week without spending much time with them. This has been one of the hardest parts of working for Casas. When my children were young, I only saw them at night and in the morning when they were asleep because there was so much work to do. So, they only had a "dad" on the weekends.
5. What are your desires for the future?
  • I hope that my family continues serving with Casas. And my greatest desire is that my son, Isaac, will take my place when I'm too old to work anymore.
Prayer Requests
  • Please pray that God will give me the words to carry the Gospel message to the families. I know when this happens, God will do amazing things.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
- Matthew 6:33

 
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Team Casas | April 10, 2017

WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE
Want to build a home with us but don't have a group to serve with? Join Team Casas, and we'll partner you with a team of other individuals to meet the physical need of better housing as a way of also meeting the spiritual need for Jesus Christ. We need volunteers for the following Team Casas dates.
MÉXICO

June 12 - 15, 2017 | Juárez | $650/person
(at least 4 volunteers still needed by May 12)
October 6 - 9, 2017 | Juárez | $650/person
(at least 9 volunteers still needed by September 6)
December 27 - 30, 2017 | Acuña | $650/person
(at least 13 volunteers still needed by November 27)
December 27 - 30, 2017 | Juárez | $650/person
(at least 11 volunteers still needed by November 27)

GUATEMALA

July 2 - 7, 2017 | San Raymundo | $750/person
(at least 12 volunteers still needed by May 2)
December 27, 2017 - January 1, 2018 | San Raymundo | $750/person
(at least 14 volunteers still needed by October 27)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

June 11 - 17, 2017 | Santiago | $750/person
(at least 4 volunteers still needed by April 11)
December 27, 2017 - January 2, 2018 | Santiago | $750/person
(at least 15 volunteers still needed by October 27)

The deadline to reach the minimum number of trip participants in order to schedule a trip is 30 days prior for each México trip and 60 days prior for trips to other locations. If the trip is scheduled, new registrations will be accepted until the trip takes place.


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Volunteer Position Open | April 5, 2017

VOLUNTEER POSITION OPEN
Casas por Cristo is seeking a volunteer to serve as the assistant to the project supervisor during construction of our new international operations and administration facilities in El Paso, Texas. 

DETAILS
  • Starts immediately.
  • Duration: 3-9 months.
  • Housing, transportation, and meals will be provided.
  • Can raise funds to cover additional expenses.
  • Location: El Paso, Texas.
  • Responsibilities: purchasing, assisting in construction, assisting the project supervisor on tasks.
  • No experience needed.
Contact Gail Andrews for more information or to apply at gandrews@casasporcristo.org or 915.778.0046 ext 14.
 
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Team Casas | March 13, 2017

WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE
Want to build a home with us but don't have a group to serve with? Join Team Casas, and we'll partner you with a team of other individuals to meet the physical need of better housing as a way of also meeting the spiritual need for Jesus Christ.

We need volunteers for the following Team Casas dates.

MÉXICO

June 12 - 15, 2017 | Juárez | $650/person
(at least 7 volunteers still needed by May 12)
October 6 - 9, 2017 | Juárez | $650/person
(at least 10 volunteers still needed by September 6)
December 27 - 30, 2017 | Acuña | $650/person
(at least 13 volunteers still needed by November 27)
December 27 - 30, 2017 | Juárez | $650/person
(at least 11 volunteers still needed by November 27)

GUATEMALA

July 2 - 7, 2017 | San Raymundo | $750/person
(at least 14 volunteers still needed by May 2)
December 27, 2017 - January 1, 2018 | San Raymundo | $750/person
(at least 14 volunteers still needed by October 27)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

June 11 - 17, 2017 | Santiago | $750/person
(at least 8 volunteers still needed by April 11)
December 27, 2017 - January 2, 2018 | Santiago | $750/person
(at least 15 volunteers still needed by October 27)

The deadline to reach the minimum number of trip participants in order to schedule a trip is 30 days prior for each México trip and 60 days prior for trips to other locations. If the trip is scheduled, new registrations will be accepted until the trip takes place.

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Monday, March 6, 2017


Family Spotlight

Santiago, Dominican Republic
Maria & Ramon with our summer interns, Cassie & Nathan
Casas por Cristo offers an amazing opportunity for people who want to serve and experience life as a missionary through our summer internship program. We are accepting internship applications through April 1, 2017, so please spread the word. Check out this story from Cassie Cummings, one of our 2016 summer interns in the Dominican Republic.


Last year, the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield from New Jersey brought 50 people with them and split into 3 groups to build homes for 3 families in need. Our group in particular built a home for Ramon and his wife Maria and their children. Ramon and Maria are both in their 60's, so their children are all grown. However, of their 11 children, 4 of their boys live with them in the home we built. Before we left to start this week, Justin Kirklin, Dominican Republic Field Director, told us that this was the poorest family he had ever seen in his ten years building with Casas por Cristo; what an incredible thing that God was watching over them and moving in this group to build this family a home!
           Maria and Ramon are part of an amazing community who surrounded us each day and showered us with love for coming to build for this family. I have to admit, I'm not sure we would have finished hand mixing/pouring our concrete slab without them! There are simply no words to describe how incredible it was to have so many people coming to help us on day one with the concrete. Beyond the first day, Ramon and Maria's sons, Antonio, Antonio, and Roberto (yes, they have two sons named Antonio!) were there every day helping wherever we needed an extra hand. On the last day of the build, after we did the dedication, Nathan and I had the opportunity to stay about 45 minutes longer with the family while the rest of the group attended another dedication right down the road with other members from their group. We had to stay back to watch our tools. I have never felt more welcomed into a family before in my life! Some Dominican women showed up to braid my hair; the family went and bought grape pop for Nathan (because they knew how much he loved it!), and they served us a feast of fried plantains and fried salami at their brand new table in their brand new home! It was truly an amazing experience to sit and enjoy the company of this family for a little while longer. When we finally had to leave, they kept asking us to come back and visit, which we actually got to do on one of our days off a couple weeks later.

--Story by Cassie Cummings, 2016 Summer Intern


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