Thursday, May 7, 2015

Meet Josh and Allie Crabbs!

Missionary Spotlight 
Josh & Allie Crabbs
Meet Josh and Allie Crabbs, the newest recruits to the Dominican Republic. Josh has worked at Casas por Cristo since 2006. Allie joined the CpC staff after marrying Josh in September of 2014. They just moved to the Dominican Republic this past January to help start operations there.
Interview

  1. Tell a little bit about yourself and where you're from.

  • Josh: I am from Akron, Ohio and I am slightly addicted to sports. I owe who I am now to the example of my parents. Their ministry in the inner city of Akron is a true depiction of what it means to live a life of sacrifice and service to our Maker.  


  • Allie: I grew up in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Dallas Christian College.  God ignited my heart for The Nations when I was 16 serving at an orphanage in Juárez. From that point on, I had a deep desire to serve cross culturally and I wasn't going to let anything stand in my way.  
  1. What made you choose to serve at Casas por Cristo?

  • Josh: I had a desire to serve the Lord in a tangible way. When I was given the opportunity to apprentice and then come on staff with Casas, it was a no brainer for me. I couldn't think of a better way to use the gifts God had given me than to serve those in need.  

  • Allie: Let's be honest, I married into it (Haha).  On a more serious note though,  I was first introduced to Casas por Cristo  while serving in Guatemala with Morning Glory Christian School. During my time there, I was able to see the lasting impact that Casas has had on that community for Christ. That is the reason why I love Casas. Thier style of ministry works. So when I did eventually marry a "Casas' Man," I was excited to join their staff and serve alongside Josh. 
  1. How have you seen God through your ministry at Casas por Cristo?

  • Josh: I have seen God in several ways. I have seen Him through the impact that the local church has had on our Casas Teams, through the growth and strength of the local church because of our Casas Teams and through the actions of the families who have received homes.

  • Allie: I see God in every face we serve. The pure joy that the families have when they receive their home is the most beautiful part for me. In that moment, you can feel the fullness of God's love for His people, the fullness of what it means to be The Church, and the fullness of what it means to be a child of God resting in His presence. I wouldn't change that for anything.  
  1. What has been your biggest challenge so far?

  • Josh: My biggest challenge is accepting that I can't help everyone. In Juárez, the need was so great, it was overwhelming. I had to learn that the Lord has given me the ability to help the specific people He has placed in my path and that is okay.  

  • Allie:  My biggest struggle while working with Casas has been the feeling of inadequacy. I think in life I'm a relatively capable person, but the first time I walked on a build site, all of that fell away almost instantly. I couldn't even swing a hammer correctly. Any time Josh would ask me to do something, I literally had no idea what he was talking about. Every build is a little bit better, but those thoughts still try to creep back in any way possible. I am continually reminded of the quote, "He doesn't call the equipped. He equips the called."

Prayer Requests
  • Patience as we are still transitioning into married life and life in the DR
  • Growth for the ministry here in the Dominican
  • Relationships we are forming with the pastors and community
  • Continued financial support
  • The ability to learn more Spanish at a rapid rate





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Thursday, April 16, 2015


New Look. Same Mission.


Through the gift of a home we give encouragement and support for the present; by sharing the hope of Jesus Christ we give confidence for the future.
We believe that all individuals have intrinsic worth and therefore should have both their physical and spiritual needs met.
The new brand look and feel represents individuals coming and working together to build something bigger, to build casas, to build hope.


Letter from the Executive Director


We are excited to reveal our new logo - a rebranding that we believe better represents who we are and where we are headed. As you view this new logo, there are a couple of things that I would like to point out. The most recognizable aspects of our ministry are our houses, whether they are in México, Guatemala, or the Dominican Republic. Therefore, the most prominent feature in our new logo is the word houses - "CASAS." You will find that "CASAS" is resting on the firm foundation of Christ - "CRISTO." Our teams learn quickly the importance of a firm foundation. While "CASAS" is the most visible, it is "CRISTO" that is foundational.

"But what about the cute little house logo?" Yes, it is true that the house does not appear in our new logo, but it is not gone from our DNA. It is part of our heritage, our history, our identity. I personally have that cute little house tattooed on my lower leg. It serves as a permanent reminder of Casas por Cristo's history. For those of you wondering why we have moved on to a new logo, let me share a phrase that has been echoing through my thoughts: "When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary..." That is the opening line of our Declaration of Independence. "When in the course of human events..." The truth is that things grow and evolve with time. 

We now find ourselves in three different countries with plans to continue expanding. We developed a brand identity that better represents who we are as a global organization. The truth is that the houses we build in these new countries do not look anything like the ones we currently build in México, and the time may come when our México houses also change. So, "in the course of human events," we have chosen this new brand identity to reflect who we are. We are excited about our growth and this new look. We hope you are, as well.

Sincerely,
David Robertson  


TEAM CASAS

Join other individuals to build a home for a family in need in México, Guatemala, or the Dominican Republic. We still need volunteers for the following dates. Click here to learn more.


2015 Team Casas Schedule

June 15 - 19 | Juárez, México (2 More Volunteers Needed)
June 14 - 20 | Santiago, Dominican Republic (9 More Volunteers Needed)
July 5 - 11 | San Raimundo, Guatemala (11 More Volunteers Needed)
October 9 - 12 | Juárez, México 
December 28, 2015 - January 1, 2016 | Acuña, México
December 28, 2015 - January 1, 2016 | 
Juárez, México
December 27, 2015 - January 2, 2016 | San Raimundo, Guatemala
December 27, 2015 - January 2, 2016 | Santiago, Dominican Republic


2016 Team Casas Schedule

February 5 - 8 | Juárez, México
March 13 - 19 | San Raimundo, Guatemala 
March 13 - 19 | Santiago, Dominican Republic
June 13 - 17 | Juárez, México
June 12 - 18 | Santiago, Dominican Republic
July 3 - 9 | San Raimundo, Guatemala
October 7 - 10 | Juárez, México

For questions, contact 
Ryan de la Peña or Roberta Sanders 
at 800.819.8014 or questions@casasporcristo.org.

Office Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (MST)




Friday, July 11, 2014

Mission Trip Scholarship

We are proud to offer scholarships to teams who need financial support!  It’s strange how life works.  Sometimes you have plenty and other times you have to scrape by.  I remember a time when Casas por Cristo (CpC) couldn’t get enough teams to come build, and as a ministry we had to ask our staff for voluntary layoffs in order to stay afloat.  This greatly affected me personally because my husband and I felt we were in the best positions to take the layoffs, considering we had just sold our house and didn’t have any children yet to hold us here. 
We recently returned to the ministry and have found that the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction for CpC.  Many of the teams that were scared off by the violence in México have started to return now that the violence has calmed down.  Since we left, CpC has expanded to two new locations and is about to add a fourth.  After not being able to allow more than a few interns per summer, we were able to accept 19 interns to help us with the influx of summer builds this year.  And this week alone we have received enough funding for four different houses for teams that cannot afford to come on their own from Kingdom-minded individuals and churches.  This was not something that CpC was seeking, but rather something that God dropped in our laps. 
            A few of the staff started brainstorming about what could be done with the extra funds from these individuals and churches.  We came up with the idea of starting a scholarship program for teams.  We created a scholarship application for prospective teams to fill out.  Once we review the applications, we are going to select a few scholarship recipients so that those groups that wouldn’t otherwise get to be blessed by going on a CpC mission trip will finally have that opportunity. 
You see, we firmly believe that coming as a team member on a CpC mission trip is a life-changing experience.  Spending a week away from the culture and comfort Americans are used to in order to serve the needs of a family in another country somehow awakens people to God’s leading and will for their lives.  At least, it did for me.  I was fourteen years old when I came on my first mission trip with Casas por Cristo to Juárez, México.  God used that week to take hold of my heart and guide me down the path on which I am still walking.  We want to give that same opportunity to individuals and churches that may not otherwise be able to come on a trip simply because they struggle with funding.  Thanks to God’s provision through the generosity of a few Kingdom-minded individuals, that is now a possibility. 
If you feel that your group or church would benefit from receiving a CpC scholarship for a mission trip, simply click on the link below and fill out the application by the August 31, 2014 deadline.  CpC will review all applications and award the recipients by September 30, 2014.  If you feel led to give to support other groups with their funding through the CpC scholarship program, follow the link to give and write “Scholarship” in the comments section.
-       Roberta Sanders

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Prayers for Guatemala

Our summer interns Jake, Christie and Tyler are well into their second week in Guatemala and getting more and more familiar with their new home for the summer. Learning three builds in three weeks in two different countries and cultures is a lot, but we know that they are capable and that God will provide all that they need. We want to lift up their specific prayers requests this summer as they soak up all that is Guatemala! Will you join us in praying for them?!


Jake:
- For Christ's leadership through me as I lead teams
- God's direction in all things this summer
- That God would use these experiences to mold and transform my life for all He has planned
- That the families and teams would come to see Christ in new ways through their experiences

Christie:
- Strength for the long time I am away from home and for all the hard work that will be done
- That God might use me to bless teams and families every week
-Thanks for this opportunity to learn and to love

Tyler:
- God's direction for Casas' ministry as a whole
- That the families we serve may know we build for them out of love for Jesus Christ and because we care about their eternal salvation
-For God's direction in my life as I seek possibilities of long term service in Guatemala
- Safe travels for the Casas staff and teams that journey to Guatemala
-That the people of Guatemala & México may believe in God, hold onto the Word of God, and realize that anything can happen

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Stepping Out... On Faith

After almost 10 years on staff with Casas por Cristo, Brittany Girle is stepping out on faith to follow where God is leading next. Read her last newsletter here and continue to follow her next steps at Confidently Wandering or leave your e-mail address in the comments to be added to her mailing list.