Casas Por Cristo

Monday, June 20, 2011

So, most of you don't know that my hubby has been away, for the last eight days, in Anapra, Mexico, helping to build a home for a needy family, with a team of 12 other people, through an organization known as Casas Por Cristo.  My hubby is the guy, without the shave (LOL!), in the white hat, right in the center of the photograph below.
I tried to pick out a few photos, courtesy of two of the team members, of the entire process, many of which have my handsome hubby in them, so I'll be sure to point him out, too (Gotta love me :)!), just to show what they were able to accomplish, with such a small group of people, in such a short amount of time.  They leveled the ground to pour a concrete foundation for a $4,700, two-room, 222 sq. ft. home.  (BJ is driving a stake into the ground to keep the form in place and on the right end of the board, helping to smooth the concrete, in the photographs below.)
The walls are framed, erected, insulated, and wired for electricity.  (BJ's, in the background, working with the guy in the red bandanna and holding the far right end of the wall being lifted onto the foundation.)
A roof is pieced together and shingled (That's him, again, standing to the left, on the roof.)...
while chicken wire is wrapped around the house to prepare the outside walls for stucco.
Sheetrock...
and ceiling fans for each divided space...
make this building...
home to a family of five.
The family must go through an application process, through their church, in order to qualify.  This Mom had been praying for a home for over a year.  Her husband told her that it would never happen, but there she stands, above, proof of the power of prayer.  What a testimony, of God's love and provision, she has to tell not only to her husband, but also to all those who are willing to hear and know what He did for her and her precious children!

If you'd like to donate to this organization, please click here.  And if you'd like to know how you can get involved on a deeper level, please click here.  This is the second year that BJ has had the opportunity to go, and he says the Casas Por Cristo trips are the most rewarding mission trips he's been on.  And that there is something about not just giving money in obedience to God, but to also investing a portion of your life to seeing His work accomplished.  ...Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.  Matthew 25:40

9 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwww! That is AMAZING!!!! I love love love love the photos...and what a WONDERFUL cause! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Fiona said...

Jinny this is fantastic. It is so awesome to see God at work in ways like this - He calls each of us, as parts of His body, to work together to achieve marvellous things. This family is sure to benefit not just in practical ways, but as you say, in the story they can tell of God's provision. Thank you for sharing! Fiona x

Angi @ CokiePop said...

What a blessing to help someone in need. They are doing awesome things. :)

Kerrianne said...

So inspiring Jinny...I will keep this family & great organization in my prayers - and KUDOS to your hubby for lending the most precious of gifts, dedication and time to those less fortunate!

Elise said...

My eyes are wet and my heart is full - knowing of this goodness, generosity and power of prayer and human spirit. What a WONDERFUL share! You guys are GOOD people!

AnitaRex said...

I loved that you shared about this on your blog. I think it's wonderful that your hubby did this! I also enjoyed seeing the process! Such an amazing mission trip!! So amazing to see how her prayers came true! God is so good!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

AMEN!! God is good and blesses those who bless others (Prov. 11:25)!!!! So glad that your hubby made it home safely! And I love that he enjoyed his time working and obeying God!! I wonder sometimes if we are supposed to do things like this....what an inspiration! LOVE LOVE LOVE God and I love serving Him!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post:)

~Tammy~ said...

This is totally amazing Jinny! Thanks for sharing!

lynn said...

this is such a great post, jinny! i bookmarked it and am going to check it out--tfs! how great my husband helped out in person!