Casas por Cristo (Houses because of Christ) is a mission organization, founded in 1993, that builds homes for families in need in México, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. In four days, volunteer teams transform an empty lot into a complete home. Families served receive a renewed trust in God’s love and faithfulness as volunteers are awakened to the realities of poverty and the importance of humanitarianism and service in the name of Christ.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Missionary Spotlight | Gail Andrews
Meet Gail Andrews, our Human Resources Manager. She has been serving with Casas since 2013. In addition to leading teams in México and Guatemala, she keeps our staff insured and organized. She also works with our intern program and coordinates our social media.
INTERVIEW WITH GAIL
1. Tell a little bit about yourself and where you're from.
I'm from the Cleveland, Ohio area. I graduated from the University of Akron in 2013 with a degree in Human Resources and Marketing. I have one older brother and a sister-in-law that live in Houston, TX (unfortunately, we are still an eleven hour drive apart). I've played volleyball almost all of my life, so I enjoy staying active. I could probably eat popcorn every night and be a happy camper.
2. What made you choose to serve at Casas por Cristo?
I was first introduced to Casas on the 2011 spring break trip that my college ministry was going on. I decided to intern after graduating in 2013. During that summer God worked in my heart and showed me that Casas was what He was calling me to. I love that I get to combine my education with my passion to serve tangibly, all while sharing the Gospel message to teams and families.
3. What has been your biggest challenge so far?
For me, the most difficult part is being so far away from my family and friends. My mom is my best friend; I probably talk to her everyday (or close to that), and it's hard to be at a place in my life that I only get to see my parents two or three times a year. But they just joined me on a Team Casas build this past October. It was surreal to have them serving here with me.
4. How have you seen God through your ministry at Casas por Cristo?
There have been so many ways that it is hard to pick just one. I think the fact that God has brought people into my life (on both sides of the border) that make me feel like a part of their families is one of the most precious gifts He could have given me. To be loved by the people I build for, build with, and work with has been such an incredible blessing. I have learned so much about life and about His love for me and His people through each person that I've encountered here, and for that I'm forever grateful.
Please Pray For...
My ability to learn and retain Spanish.
Consistent financial support.
The ability to show God's love to the people I build for and with each week.