House & Latrine Building Ministry
This ministry, Casa de Dios, has made a everlasting impression on me. In the past, I have done many things to help the kids in our community. I have worked with Theater Quest. A group that provided a way for underprivileged kids to be introduced to the performing arts. I served as chairperson and member of Monrovia's Community Service Commission for five years and instrumental in establishing the Boys & Girls Club in Monrovia, becoming its first President. I was also President of the board for Monrovia Youth Baseball League and lead its reformation, and much more.
However, nothing I have ever done in the past can compare to the work we have done, the worship time, and the time spent with the people of this village.
After I became a Christian I began to realize that God had plan for me. He had given me many gifts and I just had to pray that I would be able to use my gifts for His glory. I was secretly scared that when He reveal His plan, it would really test me and I feared failure. All I could do is pray and wait. My wife and friends kept telling me that whatever He has planned, I would be able to handle it, just be ready to hear it.
Well, on May 1st, 1998 I found out was in store for me! Casa de Dios! He had the perfect ministry for me. I was to go to Mexico and build houses & latrines for the poor. I have been going and serving Him ever since.
If you decide to try it out, be prepared to be moved in ways you would have not thought possible.
On the trips, I watch the children as they observed us praying, worshiping, yelling, building, hammering, sawing and generally running around like crazy. They must have thought we were out of our minds. However, as the new house takes shape, their eyes widen and then to they start to understand what is going on.
These people are very poor. The water they use is generally from a 55 gallon drum (or drums) filled by a old dilapidated water truck every few days, if they have enough pesos. The electric service is nothing more than a series of mismatched wires taped together, laying on the ground and across the roads. They have no circuit protection visible for miles. With these dangerous wires being in reach of the children, I am sure there are serious accidents and fires as a result. There are no visible toilet facilities other than the knee high grass that covers the hillsides. The only appliances they had was a concrete scrub board and small tub for washing clothes. Some do have small propane stoves. It broke my heart.
During the house dedication the families are given the keys to their new home along with several toys, clothes and other gifts. It is overwhelming! Everyone breaks down and cries. Truly a Sprit-filled moment
Everyday, we sleep in our comfortable beds, drink clean water, take warm showers, turn on our air conditioners and drive to the supermarket for good safe food. While they are surviving in dirt floor shacks in the extreme heat and cold of the Tijuana desert, praying that the next tank of water will not make them to sick and that God will keep them safe.
Pastor Hector, Pastor Sergio and Baja Christian Ministries work with church groups like ours to build new clean homes for the truly needy. It is my hope that this effort will help these people to find some way to break out of that life cycle. God has blessed us with the opportunity to help them and as we continue to serve Him, the people will see Christ working though us.
For their kids, I have made a personal commitment to do what I can to improve their lives. I pray that the small homes, latrines and the gifts left behind, will make a impact on their bleak futures.
I was so compelled to serve as a witness to these people I decided to get baptized in this community. Here are a few picture of my baptism. The local pastor, Hector Rubio baptized me with my brothers, Bob Allen, Dave Schwartz and Monty Murphy.
Isaiah 58 7-9
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