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, May 29, 2017
Missionary Spotlight: Katherine Clark | May 29, 2017
Meet Katherine Clark, one of our newest staff members. Katherine officially joined staff in January of this year as the Finance Coordinator in our Guatemala location after marrying Wayland Dietrich, one of our Guatemala Field Coordinators.
INTERVIEW WITH KATHERINE
1. Tell a little bit about yourself and where you're from.
Hi friends! I graduated from Indiana University Southeast in 2015 with a dual concentration in Accounting and International Business and a Spanish minor. In my spare time, you can find me in my garden or at our local gym.
2. What made you choose to serve at Casas por Cristo?
I have always felt called to serve nonprofit organizations. My goal is to aid nonprofits with their finances, so in turn, they will be able to benefit more people. After meeting my husband, Wayland, I decided to participate in a Juárez, México Team Casas trip to ensure that I could dedicate my heart to the same ministry that he fell in love with. In 2016, I completed a three month finance apprenticeship in the El Paso office and moved down to Guatemala to serve in January of 2017.
3. How have you seen God through your ministry at Casas por Cristo?
On a daily basis, I am reminded of the work God is doing. I see God in the teams coming to build, I see God in the families we serve, I see God in the pastors ministering to these families, and I see God in the missionaries at Casas. Specifically, I see God in the group of children that come to our house weekly to help me with my garden, learn English, and eat PB&Js.
4. What has been your biggest challenge so far?
My biggest challenge is the feeling of isolation from being so far away from my family and friends in the States.
5. What are some things people should be praying for on your behalf?
Please pray for the teams coming down to build in each of our locations. Pray for the families that are waiting to receive homes. Pray for the families that we have not reached out to yet. Pray for the missionaries and their families during this busy summer season. Pray for the pastors and their families. Pray for our local schools and partnerships. Pray for the entire communities we are serving. And pray for the direction and leadership of the ministry. For me personally, I ask you to pray for my new marriage, my new friendships, and my new role in this ministry.