For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
This week, 16 youth and 8 adults from JCPC have labored in Rasarito, Mexico to build a house for a single mom, Ita, and her three beautiful sons.
Today, while the family is out shopping for groceries, the team is assembling new furniture and setting the kitchen to make that house a home, ready for that family.
The youth and adults have worked, talked, and laughed with the Apreza family for three days. Today is the day we call, "the day we cry." We will welcome the family back to the site, present them with gifts and the keys to the house, each of us taking a turn to share heartfelt words of gratitude, memories, and hopes.
There is a plan for the house and its construction, the needed materials, and all the workers necessary, as well as our master builders who lead us. However, there is room for creativity and personalization. The family chose where to place the windows and door, various personal details, and then...from us, a few surprises. The builder helped us craft an overhang for the front door. Several of our guys and girls constructed and decorated a flower box for the front window.
We have a few more days ahead of ministry work that includes a visit to the family whose house we built 2 years ago, an orphanage, a rehabilitation ranch, and service breakfast at the mission in Tijuana to the homeless population.
Pray for the people we serve, our team, and that God's love and hope will shine in the days ahead. Thank you for your prayerful and financial support. Thank you for helping us realize God's plans and our creative answer to God's call.