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.

David Robertson  


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

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?!

- 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

- 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

- 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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Team Casas Guatemala

We want you to meet Vilma and Oscar Reyes and their children Frandi (5) and Arely (8). They are 33 years old and Oscar is a truck driver.  Right now they are renting a place to live, but praying that they will soon have a home to call their own.  We want to help make this prayer a reality. The week of June 23rd we are still looking for volunteers to join us for Team Casas in San Raimundo, Guatemala.  If you've been considering organizing a trip to Guatemala, this would be a great opportunity to experience it first hand. Grab a friend and join us this summer for a week in Guatemala!

Cost: $675 (excluding airfare)
When: June 23rd-29th

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Girl On A Mission

Read the story of how one 8 year old girl from North Carolina is using her entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity to help raise money for her youth group to build a home with Casas por Cristo in Guatemala. Cecilia's story inspired us, we have no doubt it will inspire you too!!
(This story was originally written by her parents here.)

I’ll just go ahead and say it…this post is unabashed praise for my sweet little girl. Uh huh, my peacock feathers are WIDE open. At 8 (and a 1/2, she will remind you) our youngest dauther, Cecilia, has shown us just how incredibly huge her heart already is by taking on a task born in her own head, to help others.

Rewind two weeks ago to a Sunday evening youth service. We are so blessed at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, to have an amazing youth director in Steve Keaton. Our youth group is one of the largest in town and super active, mainly because of Steve and the wonderful youth volunteers. Each Sunday evening our youth group gathers and once a month, instead of the usual gathering, they have their own worship service. On this particular Sunday, I happened to be at church helping to serve dinner to the youth. So when the service started, my two older kids, who are youth members headed into the service. Not wanting to be left out, Celia joined right in. I poked my head in a couple of times amidst the kitchen cleanup and was delighted to see her standing on the front row dancing and singing praise music right beside her big brother. What a treat to see how taken she was with the whole concept.
I knew in advance that Steve encouraged the youth to come to the service because “they would have the opportunity to leave with cash” but I had no idea of what he had planned. Well of course, we had a great turnout…I mean what a fabulous way to attract kids! What the youth didn’t know is that they would be challenged. During the service, Steve spoke to the youth about the Parable of the Talents. And as they left, each was allowed to place their hand in a big box full of cash and pull out a bill. Then they were asked to take that bill and double it and bring it back to the church in a few weeks. All of the money collected would go towards sponsoring some of our youth to go to Guatemala this summer on a mission trip. In the box were 5′s, 10′s and 20′s.
Again, not seeing herself as any different from the big kids, little missy stuck her hand right in the box and pulled out a ten dollar bill. And immediately her mind was whirling and before she even got to the car she had an idea brewing. You see, recently Celia has been taking sewing classes. It has been the most wonderful experience. She is naturally gifted in this area…full of patience, detail oriented and creative. She also has a great eye for color and patterns and just does incredibly meticulous work…especially for an 8-year-old. One of their recent sewing projects was an adorable, reversible headband and she was certain she could make some and sell them to double her money.
So off she went to sewing class the following Thursday with a bag of fabric we had on hand…and she walked out with finished headbands! Over the course of the next two days she made more with other fabric we purchased. By Sunday morning, she had 19 headbands in her bag that she planned to sell for $3 a piece. On the way into the service, I mentioned to Steve about her project and he took a moment during the service to tell about Celia’s entrepreneurial spirit in the name of a cause. Following the service Celia was flooded with onlookers and customers shoving cash into her precious little hands. I wish I had my camera at the time to capture the look and amazement in her eyes. She was overwhelmed…and out almost of inventory! Yep, the end of the day she had turned her $10 into $69!
So needless to say, the Odoms have turned their basement into somewhat of a mini sweatshop. What began as a one-girl operation, has turned into a family project. We have had the most wonderful time working together to support her as she makes more headbands to take to various places this week hoping to increase the amount of money she gives back to the church.
Of course, I had to take a few images of my girl hard at work and showcase some of her fabulous pieces. Yes, folks, you may be looking at the next Project Runway winner!

Love the concentration on her face!
Above, sporting one of her favorite patterns.


Some of this week’s designs are shown above…get ‘em while they’re hot!

A finished piece.

No doubt, we have all learned something from Celia’s willingness to take an idea and literally run with it…never thinking that failing was an option. She jumped right in without hesitation because she knew she had been called to help others. I’m quite sure much of her inspiration has come from watching her older sister, Lydia, as she prepares for her mission trip this summer and I am very grateful for the example she has set for both her brother and sister. It should also not go unnoticed that both of my other children have at least doubled their money to give back as well. But the extent to which Celia took this has been inspiring, to say the least. I’m constantly amazed at how much we can learn and be inspired by our children. Makes me smile!
Also, a huge shout out to Steve Keaton for coming up with such a creative way to challenge our youth! Can’t wait to see what comes of it!