Casas Por Cristo

Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Monday, y'all!  Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile now may remember my Casas Por Cristo post from last year.  But for those of you who are new to my blog, my hubby has been going on a mission trip, to Mexico, now for three summers in a row, to build a house, for a family in need, through an organization known as Casas Por Cristo.  Well, last week was the week, folks; and if you have a minute, I'd love to share a few pictures from his trip.  He went with the below group of nineteen other individuals, ages 13 to 68, just for a week, including drive time to Juarez and back.  (My hubby is the second from the left in the back row.)
They leveled the ground and poured a concrete foundation for a $4,700, two-room, 222 sq. ft. home.  The cost of the home is included in the $375 each individual pays for their trip.  They stay in churches, for free, along the way; so, the rest of the fee is for most of their meals, gas to get there, and repairs/improvements for the church that houses them in Mexico.  (My hubby is on the far right in the middle photograph below.)
They then framed the walls and stacked them on the foundation, being careful to square everything as they went.
The exterior was then covered in black board...
and the interior fitted with insulation and wiring for the lone ceiling fans that would eventually accommodate each room.
Each room also has one window.  (That's my hubby ;).)
The roof was then framed, insulated, and anchored in place.  (That's my hubby getting it ready again below.)
Then, as the roof was shingled, chicken wire and stucco went up on the outside.
The inside was also sheet rocked...
before cleaning up, leaving lots of gifts for the family, and handing over the keys.
This building...
is now home to a family of three.
The 17-year-old father had to go to work in a shoe store, before they could get a picture of the whole family in front of their new home, but here is Daddy with their two-year-old son (also pictured above)...
and even helping to build his home.
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.   And I know this is the same scripture that I ended last year's post with, but there just isn't another that describes how Jesus felt about such things any better.  It was even the same scripture my friend shared with our kiddos, last week, as they prepared sack lunches and hygiene kits for the homeless in our city, during a kid's service day.  It's what life's all about, folks!  ...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.  Thanks so much for reading!  Have a blessed week!

7 comments:

Piali said...

WOW!!! This is Awesome!! God Bless you!

Annette said...

wow what a blessing..Thanks for sharing..

Lynn said...

Such wonderful photos and such a gift of his talents BJ is sharing with so many. I love the pictures of the family and am smiling that he has a Cincinnati Reds hat!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

How wonderful!! Thanks for sharing such great pics!!!!!

Stephanie said...

What a blessing for that family! These photos truly show that many hands make for a light load..

Tracy said...

This brings back so many memories of my hubby's trips to Mexico. He made three trips down there with a bus load of other men to build churches or additions on churches. They never went to the same place twice and once had to travel WAY up in some mountains. He treasures those memories so much. You know they even brought a wheel chair down once to a man who had paralyzed legs. He would strap pieces of tires to his arms and drag himself along the ground. He was so proud of that wheelchair but his mother was so afraid he would get hurt in it that he ended up giving it back in respect to her wishes. We have no idea how the rest of the world lives sometimes. Bless your husband for his efforts!

Charlene said...

Fantastic!!! My daughter just got back from a missions trip to Mexico also for a week. It was her 1st one and she loved it!!!