Monday, July 25, 2016

Team Casas 2016.07.25

WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE
Partner with 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.

The deadline to schedule a trip is 30 days prior to 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.

Team Casas Schedule

MÉXICO

October 7 - 10, 2016 | Juárez
(scheduled; still accepting volunteers) 
December 27 - 30, 2016 | Acuña
(at least 14 volunteers still needed by November 27)
December 27 - 30, 2016 | Juárez
(at least 10 volunteers still needed by November 27)
February 17 - 20, 2017 | Juárez
(at least 13 volunteers still needed by January 17)
June 12 - 15, 2017 | Juárez
(at least 13 volunteers still needed by May 12)
October 6 - 9, 2017 | Juárez
(at least 13 volunteers still needed by September 6)
December 27 - 30, 2017 | Acuña
(at least 13 volunteers still needed by November 27)
December 27 - 30, 2017 | Juárez
(at least 13 volunteers still needed by November 27)

GUATEMALA

December 27, 2016 - January 1, 2017 | San Raymundo
(at least 12 volunteers still needed by October 27)
March 12 - 17, 2017 | San Raymundo
(at least 14 volunteers still needed by January 12)
July 2 - 7, 2017 | San Raymundo
(at least 14 volunteers still needed by May 2)
December 27, 2017 - January 1, 2018 | San Raymundo
(at least 14 volunteers still needed by October 27)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

December 27, 2016 - January 2, 2017 | Santiago
(at least 16 volunteers still needed by October 27)
March 12 - 18, 2017 | Santiago
(at least 15 volunteers still needed by January 12)
June 11 - 17, 2017 | Santiago
(at least 15 volunteers still needed by April 11)
December 27, 2017 - January 2, 2018 | Santiago
(at least 15 volunteers still needed by October 27)


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Friday, July 22, 2016

Family Spotlight | Juárez, México | July 18, 2016

Family Spotlight
Juárez, México
Patricia and her children (from left to right) Araceli (13), Carla (3), Hector Manuel (11), Yenifer (2), & Nestor (15). Not pictured:Gloria (19).
This past week, a team from Central Christian Church from St. Joseph, MO drove for two days to Juárez to serve a single mother in the community of Anapra. This single mother's name is Patricia Mendosa Monge. Before last week, Patricia and her children had been living in a makeshift house on the edge of the church property because she didn't have any way to build on the land she recently bought next to her sister. Just to purchase the land had used up all her resources and she was trying to save enough to begin building a home for her family. However, earning only $30 a week and caring for six children, saving was very difficult.

During a Christmas time trip, where Central delivers hand-picked gifts to orphans and young children all around Anapra, team leader Tim Champ met Patricia and knew he wanted Central to help build her a home. Tim was introduced to Patricia while she was serving in the church during one of the meals they regularly provide to the community. "I loved that she was involved and serving in her church community, giving back even when she had very little herself," stated Champ. It was after that trip that Central began praying that God would make a way for them to build Patricia a home.


Araceli and her youngest sister Yenifer
God moved in big ways and made it possible for Central Christian Church to build for Patricia, as well as another deserving family during their week in Juarez. Throughout the week the daily highs were over 105 degrees everyday! "It has definitely been the hottest week that we've ever built in," recalls Champ, "but the Lord gave us the strength to finish early enough each day, before the heat was overwhelming." Patricia and her children were overjoyed when they received their keys during the dedication. She thanked God and the team for all they have done this week to bless her and her family.

Please join us in continuing to pray for this family and their journey with the Lord, along with all the teams building throughout the hot summer months! 
Team members praying over Patricia and her children at the dedication.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Property Development 2016.07.11

New Office Plans
Property Development
Casas por Cristo is looking towards the future. We have begun plans to construct a new headquarters on our property in order to reach more communities with the love of Christ. But, we need your help to complete these plans in a fiscally responsible manner. We are still seeking licensed or experienced contractors in the following areas so that we can assemble volunteer teams to accomplish these tasks. Please contact us if you would like to offer your skills pro bono or at a reduced rate to help us continue to grow and share the Gospel around the globe.
Needed Services
  • Excavators
  • Plumbers
  • HVAC Technicians
  • Electricians
  • Contractors
    • Painting
    • Drywall
    • Framing
    • Stucco
    • Concrete
    • Millwork
    • Landscaping
  • Manufacturers/Distributors
    • Doors
    • Windows
    • Building Materials
      • Wood/Metal Studs
      • Sheeting
      • Doors/Windows/Hardware
      • Insulation
      • Landscape (Rock, Plants, Design Features)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Missionary Spotlight | David Robertson

Meet David Robertson, missionary with Casas por Cristo. David came on staff in 2005 as our Executive Director after serving as a youth minister for fifteen years. He casts the vision for the future of our organization and makes sure the day to day operations are running smoothly at each of our locations.
INTERVIEW WITH DAVID

1. Tell a little bit about yourself and where you're from.
  • I am a missionary's kid. My parents served as missionaries on the US/México border for 37 years. So mission work is in my blood. I met my wife, Rio, at the first church I served at in Midland, TX. She has made me better every day since then. From there, we went on to serve at churches in Weslaco, TX and Lubbock, TX. Our daughter, Taylor, was born while we were serving in South Texas.
2. What made you choose to serve at Casas por Cristo?
  • I had been running from the mission field my whole adult life. At all of the churches we served at, we helped make missions a priority by taking youth and adults on mission trips. We had the privilege of getting to help lead a number of trips for various other mission organizations. But I would never entertain the thought of serving in the mission field myself. I was asked to serve on the board of Casas, and within a few years knew that this is where God wanted me. I could not run any longer. I was so impressed with this ministry that organized and facilitated turn key trips. Teams were actually able to come in and give a family a real, tangible, and completed home. This screamed Matthew 25 to me. I knew that this is where God wanted me and my family, yet it still took the constant encouragement and push from my wife to get me to take the plunge.
"Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." - Matthew 25:34-36

3. How have you seen God through your ministry at Casas por Cristo?
  • I see God in the interaction between each team and family. I see God through team members' lives being radically changed because they offered themselves as His hands and feet for a week. I see God through the countless numbers of family members that encounter the love and grace of Jesus Christ for the very first time. I see God through the incredible unity that we have in our local pastors committees. I see God through pastors that are able to put their love for God and for the families in their communities above any denominational differences. I get to see God through the incredible team of missionaries that God has assembled here. I am always amazed by their service, sacrifice, and constant desire to know Him more.
4. What has been your biggest challenge so far?
  • My biggest challenge has always been to get myself out of the way and let God's incredible plan move forward. The years of violence here in Juárez were very difficult for all of us, but through the challenges God grew this ministry to Acuña, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. Each expansion has presented its own challenges, but God has used each one to prepare us for future growth.
5. What are some things people should be praying for on your behalf?
  • Specifically you can pray for our family. Our only child, Taylor, is heading off to college in the fall. This is going to be a new chapter for all of us. Pray that we all glorify God through this transition.
     
  • And as always, pray for Casas por Cristo. Pray that we would always follow God's plans and strategies rather than our own. Pray for those families that we don't even know about yet that God is going to reveal himself to through a team of volunteers, a local pastor, and the gift of a new home.
  


Monday, June 27, 2016

Property Development | June 27, 2016

New Office Plans
Property Development
Casas por Cristo is looking towards the future. We have begun plans to construct a new headquarters on our property in order to reach more communities with the love of Christ. But, we need your help to complete these plans in a fiscally responsible manner. We are still seeking licensed or experienced contractors in the following areas so that we can assemble volunteer teams to accomplish these tasks. Please contact us if you would like to offer your skills pro bono or at a reduced rate to help us continue to grow and share the Gospel around the globe.
Needed Services
  • Excavators
  • Plumbers
  • HVAC Technicians
  • Electricians
  • Contractors
    • Painting
    • Drywall
    • Framing
    • Stucco
    • Concrete
    • Millwork
    • Landscaping
  • Manufacturers/Distributors
    • Doors
    • Windows
    • Building Materials
      • Wood/Metal Studs
      • Sheeting
      • Doors/Windows/Hardware
      • Insulation
      • Landscape (Rock, Plants, Design Features)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Family Spotlight June 2016 | Santiago, Dominican Republic

Osoky and his son Onerlene
Meet Omelio, Charlene, and their son Onerlene (a combination of Omelio and Charlene). If you have been on a trip with us to the Dominican, there is a strong chance you have gotten to know our one and only Omelio, or as everyone likes to call him, Osoky. He is one of the group chauffeurs employed by Centro Cristiano. He is outgoing, fun, and takes great pride in helping our teams. Since the beginning, on top of driving our volunteer teams from point A to point B, Osoky has chosen to work right alongside our teams in the house building process. He considers it an honor and a privilege to help minister to his people while all along living in the same conditions as those he is helping. 

Before Osoky became a God fearing leader in the community, he stood out in other ways. He was known for being the head of a local gang. In fact, at the house dedication, his mom claimed Osoky used to be one huge headache. Like many people in this world, he was only living for himself until God turned his life around. Osoky decided to begin chasing after the life God intended for him. Centro Cristiano chose to hire him because of his past and his knowledge of the local crime. What Satan once used for harm, God redeemed. Osoky now uses his past knowledge of crime to ensure the safety of our volunteer teams.
Pastor Michell, Charlene, & Osoky
When Osoky is not serving alongside groups, he works as a local motor taxi driver. His wife Charlene, on top of taking care of their son, is going to school to become a teacher for early childhood development. Onerlene is a ball of energy and, like his dad, is always the life of the party. When their family found out that they would be sponsored for a home, they were overjoyed. Charlene was so excited that she had their belongings packed in boxes two full weeks before Peace Lutheran Church of Eau Claire, Wisconsin arrived in February to build for them. 

The entire build was a testimony to the man Osoky has become in Christ. The community rallied around their family, helping in any way possible. They helped pour concrete, level walls, nail siding, and even made sure Peace Church had their fill of fruit and coffee daily. This time, Osoky wasn't building for someone else. He was building a home for himself and for his family. At the dedication, he said, "I now understand in a completely new way what these families feel when receiving a home through Casas and how God is glorified in the process. I can now help share Christ and relate in a new and real way to the families that we will serve together." 
Volunteer team from Peace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI

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Monday, June 13, 2016

New Office Plans | Property Development

Casas por Cristo is looking towards the future. We have begun plans to construct a new headquarters on our property in order to reach more communities with the love of Christ. But, we need your help to complete these plans in a fiscally responsible manner. We are seeking licensed or experienced contractors in the following areas so that we can assemble volunteer teams to accomplish these tasks. Please contact us if you would like to offer your skills pro bono or at a reduced rate to help us continue to grow and share the Gospel around the globe.

Needed Services
  • Excavators
  • Plumbers
  • HVAC Technicians
  • Electricians
  • Contractors
    • Painting
    • Drywall
    • Framing
    • Stucco
    • Concrete
    • Millwork
    • Landscaping
  • Manufacturers/Distributors
    • Doors
    • Windows
    • Building Materials
      • Wood/Metal Studs
      • Sheeting
      • Doors/Windows/Hardware
      • Insulation
      • Landscape (Rock, Plants, Design Features)