In October of 2007, a
group of 7 men from a church in Grapevine, Texas partnered with
a Christian ministry called Casas por Cristo and traveled to Juarez,
Mexico to build a home for a family in need there. The men went to bless
this family, but came back so blessed by the experience that the excitement generated about that trip caused greater interest so that a slightly larger
group (9, including 2 women), went back to Juarez and built another home the
next year in 2008.
In 2009, an even
larger group again traveled to Mexico, but this time to Anapra, one of the
poorest of the poor communities within the city of Juarez. While there, a connection was made with several of the children
living in homes nearby, and from that birthed the idea to return at
Christmas to bring gifts of toys and clothing to the children and adults.
On the way back to
Anapra that December in 2009, our contact at Casas por Cristo (Mikell) received a
phone call from a lady named Elia, well-known and loved in Anapra because she
cares for, feeds, and often takes in children who otherwise would not have a place
to stay or food to eat. Elia asked Mikell if there was anything at all
have for the children. Mikell told her it ‘just so happened’ that a group
of men from Dallas were on their way to Juarez to bring food, clothing, and
toys to a community there.
was able to reach the group while they were still driving in,
so they saved some of what they had
brought with them for Juarez, to give to Elia in Anapra. This time, when the men came
back from Mexico, all they could talk about was this wonderful woman of God
who is rescuing children in Anapra who otherwise would be on their own a
large part of the time.
Sharing this story
with others suddenly caused many hearts to turn specifically to
helping Sister Elia and these children. For some of the men in the
group, going to Mexico wasn't entirely about building a
home anymore; it had become more than that.
Beginning in October 2010,
the group started feeding the children and families in the community after
the build, and would return in December of 2010 specifically to bring them warm clothes and
Christmas gifts for the children. But there was another pressing need – an
unfinished building located next to the safe house. Sister Elia’s deep-felt
prayer was for that building to have a floor and ceiling – to be closed in
so that she would have a warmer place to house the children, and also use it for the kids to meet on Saturday for ministry (she routinely feeds and
clothes 80-100 children).
In May 2011, the
group once again returned to Anapra to help complete the
exterior walls of the unfinished building. They went back in October
as usual to
build another home in Anapra, this time for Pastor Hector.
After the build, they spent the rest of the
time ministering to the community by feeding and loving on the children
During the Christmas run in December of 2011, the
group completed the
roof and floor for Sister Elia's safe house, and took toys and clothes for Pastor Hector to
distribute to the community there. Because problems were encountered at the border
this time, the group was forced to return most of the clothes and toys to
the Casas por Cristo facility in El Paso, where it could later be driven
back across the border a little at a
time for distribution.
October 2012, the group built their 6th house in Mexico. By this time,
Christmas runs were independent of Casas por Cristo, and
the vision had
been broadened to want to partner with Pastor Hector and
in whatever way God provided.
The mission became one of wanting to touch these
lives for eternity by introducing them to Jesus, to help feed, clothe, and
provide the basic necessities for the children on a regular basis, and also
to provide schooling for the children – possibly even college – so that they
could have the
opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and provide a better life for
themselves and their families.
We believe that some of these kids are
one day going to become pastors and teachers who lead others to Christ.
A friend of the group
learned that most of the kids didn't get
anything to eat over the weekend when they're not in school, because their
families simply cannot afford to buy food for them.
Late in 2012, God gave
this man a vision to create fundraisers that could
Help Us Change
Their World. And that's how the ministry was born. It branched
off into a ministry that specifically deals with raising money to feed the
kids and help provide for other needs, as well. The fundraisers were
successful! In 2013, thousands of dollars
were raised to Help Us Change Their World!
In 2013, the
ministry was able to provide both Sister Elia's safe house and Pastor
church with a used
refrigerator and used stove to better help them feed the
children. The ministry also purchased a used van
Pastor Hector's church, which not only allowed him to transport children
to and from school, protecting them from being kidnapped by drug cartel, but
it also helped to qualify the church as an orphanage so that
he can feed and house more children.
Beginning in January, the
ministry started providing continual monthly support to
Sister Elia and Pastor Hector
to help feed the children.
The Year of the Long-Awaited Revival
So far again this year,
the ministry, through its fundraisers, has been able to provide monthly financial support to Sister Elia and Pastor Hector to help feed the children.
successful fundraisers - a softball tournament, a golf
tournament, and a "fundraiser night" at Spring Creek BBQ. THANK YOU to
all who participated in these crucial fundraising events!
The money raised has
enabled us to continue feeding the kids on a monthly basis, and also
helped fund the 5-day ministry trip on October 24-26.
Lots of preparation went on behind the
scenes to get ready for this long-awaited crusade. Two churches from Anapra
and Juarez were
involved, flyers were handed out within the surrounding communities to raise
awareness of the revival, musicians were ready to lead worship and we had our airline
tickets and hotel reservations in hand.
Not only did the Word go out to all the people within
earshot of the open-air environment where the revival was held, this
trip also provided dental care
to 40 children. Healings, miracles, and salvation happened during this
If you can be a
financial blessing to this ministry, please give abundantly as God has
laid it on your heart to give. This is His ministry - we are only the
vehicle used and sent - His feet on the ground.
In 2015, we saw God bring
other people and even churches into Pastor Hector's life to help supply all
the needs of building and expanding the orphanage. This ministry to
continues to send money each month to help feed the kids in the orphanage.