Construction with Keven

 In June, we had a team traveling to Tijuana, Mexico to build two homes. It was an amazing weekend, and one of the highlights was spending time with the Damas Munguia family and their seven children.  Although our Spanish was very weak, communication began to grow, and we developed a special connection with their son Keven. Keven worked tirelessly alongside the construction crew to help build his family's home. He knew what this would mean to his family, and he couldn't wait for us to finish.  It was really humbling to watch this 10 year old hammer the nails that would hold his family's home together. Keven was so proud of his efforts, and you could see his confidence growing over the weekend. He helped make this dream come true, and his family has a safer, healthier place to call home. 

In June, we had a team traveling to Tijuana, Mexico to build two homes. It was an amazing weekend, and one of the highlights was spending time with the Damas Munguia family and their seven children.  Although our Spanish was very weak, communication began to grow, and we developed a special connection with their son Keven. Keven worked tirelessly alongside the construction crew to help build his family's home. He knew what this would mean to his family, and he couldn't wait for us to finish.  It was really humbling to watch this 10 year old hammer the nails that would hold his family's home together. Keven was so proud of his efforts, and you could see his confidence growing over the weekend. He helped make this dream come true, and his family has a safer, healthier place to call home. 

A Father's Day to Remember

 I would love to tell you about Father's Day 2018 because it's a day I want to always remember. That weekend my family was a part of the Homes for Homes team traveling to Tijuana, Mexico to construct two homes. The first family receiving a home that weekend was the Valeria Rocha family. Jose Luis and Aide worked alongside the construction crew to help build their home, and they were full of personality.  Aide was a resourceful mom, and she even talked the workers into putting  all  the extra concrete on a wall behind her home so every bit of material was put to its best use!  It was great watching them work with each other and interact with us while their house was built.  And then, having the opportunity to give Jose Luis the keys to his family's home was just incredible to experience. Their joy and excitement couldn't be contained, and neither could mine.  What a gift!  Josh Terry, Board Member

I would love to tell you about Father's Day 2018 because it's a day I want to always remember. That weekend my family was a part of the Homes for Homes team traveling to Tijuana, Mexico to construct two homes. The first family receiving a home that weekend was the Valeria Rocha family. Jose Luis and Aide worked alongside the construction crew to help build their home, and they were full of personality.  Aide was a resourceful mom, and she even talked the workers into putting all the extra concrete on a wall behind her home so every bit of material was put to its best use!  It was great watching them work with each other and interact with us while their house was built.  And then, having the opportunity to give Jose Luis the keys to his family's home was just incredible to experience. Their joy and excitement couldn't be contained, and neither could mine.  What a gift!  Josh Terry, Board Member

Hope for the Santos Family

Santos Tzunún Sicay and her family live a small village in Guatemala.  Santos is a widowed mother of seven children, and her three youngest children still live at home with her.  This family is a group of survivors!  One of the daughters has graduated with a degree in accounting, and is the first in her family to advance to this level.  The Santos family has a lot of need, and the primary concern has been their living conditions because their home was falling apart. They also had all of their possessions stolen recently, but now they have a home that will provide safety and security.  Beds and a few basic needs were also given to the Santos family by the local church, and they are very grateful for all of this provision.  Thank you for giving the gift of hope to this dear family and supporting the mission of Homes for Homes!

Sarah Namugaya has a Home for her Grandchildren

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Sarah lives in Nasuti, Uganda in her family's village.  She became a widow almost 14 years ago, and she raised four children.  Her son died several years ago, and Sarah is now the only caretaker for his six children.  These beautiful children have the privilege of attending school, but they were living in a home that was crumbling.  Now they have a three-room home with a solid concrete floor and a tin roof.  They are so thankful for this tremendous blessing!  This home will be a part of their family for generations to come.

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A Fire in the Community

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One of our dear families received a home last month, a single mom who was working very hard to care for her children. Carla was thrilled to receive a home, and she was using it for a daycare to help provide for her three children.  Several weeks ago there was a terrible storm and fire broke out in the community.  When you live in a desert, fire spreads very quickly.  Carla's home, along with four others, was completely destroyed.  Local pastors began immediately cleaning up her property to construct a new home.  Within the week, Carla had a new home constructed.  Her husband also returned to the family, realizing that his responsibility was to help and care for them.  Despite the terrible stress of the fire, Carla has remained full of hope and is so thankful to have her husband back with the family.

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Felipe's Family is Welcomed Home

 Felipe and his family live in Juarez, Mexico where he works as a construction assistant and earns about $67 per month. He recently has been having some problems with his feet that has made it difficult for him to work. Elizabeth is a stay at home mom and takes care of the house and children. The family had been renting a home for many years but has saved enough money to purchase their own plot of land. Their home was a one room structure and is in pretty rough shape. But now, thanks to the generosity of your team, they have a brand new home! Felipe asked that we tell you: “Thank you very much for helping our family. We are in need of a better home and this will be a tremendous blessing”.

Felipe and his family live in Juarez, Mexico where he works as a construction assistant and earns about $67 per month. He recently has been having some problems with his feet that has made it difficult for him to work. Elizabeth is a stay at home mom and takes care of the house and children. The family had been renting a home for many years but has saved enough money to purchase their own plot of land. Their home was a one room structure and is in pretty rough shape. But now, thanks to the generosity of your team, they have a brand new home! Felipe asked that we tell you: “Thank you very much for helping our family. We are in need of a better home and this will be a tremendous blessing”.

Lazaro's Family Receives a Home

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The Lara Vazquez family lives in the ‘Panfilo Natera’ community of Juarez, Mexico. Lazaro works in a factory that sews scrubs and clothing for the medical community, earning about $56 per week. Elsa is a stay at home mom that takes care of their three children. Lazaro and Elsa have been married just over 14 years and for much of that time they have lived with Elsa’s mother. Recently they were given a small lot by Lazaro’s father on which their new home will be built. Elsa and Lazaro asked that we pass along this message to you: "We give thanks with all of our hearts for the help that you are giving our family. May God bless and multiply you!"