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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27



If anyone is poor among your brothers in any of the towns of the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. Deut. 15:7-11

He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
    and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the Lord. Jeremiah 22:16




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Many Thanks! 

First, I would like to say thank you to all of you who gave money, donated clothing and items, allowed us to borrow tools, and/ or supported any of our mission fundraising. Because of the support of our school family we had the funds and materials to:


Build two 12x12 additions and two bathrooms.

Put on a VBS for 150 students

Pass out hundreds of gifts to the neighborhood children

Build 38 beds  

Paint 4 houses 

Provide a Community Outreach dinner and worship for over 400 people where we were able to:

Feed the families a nice meal

Lead worship and share the message of Christ

Pass out bags of clothing for each family.


Second, I would like to thank all of our adult sponsors. You were an amazing team! None of this would have been possible without your willingness to serve and share your expertise. 


Finally I would like to thank our amazing students! They worked from sun up to sun down. They started early on the work projects, then washed up and transitioned to VBS for 150 kids every day. They had great attitudes and never complained. Please enjoy the pictures and touching stories below and be encouraged by the passion and dedication of these amazing young leaders.With their leadership and strong work ethic I think we can get excited about the future!   



A Message of Hope from the Mission Field
nd if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry

   and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 
Isaiah 58:10

It is easy to get caught up in our headlines today and be discouraged. The tragedy in Connecticut, the state of our economy, the disdain for Christianity in America and all of the other dark and twisted things going on in our world could easily make us all lose hope in our country's future. However, I want to share a perspective of hope that I found in the most unlikely place....Mission, Texas. It is unlikely because Mission is one of the poorest communities in the U.S. Most of us have never seen, much less experienced, the level of poverty that exists here. And as always, the most helpless victims are children.  

For most of these children the father has either abandoned them or is never home because he is forced to travel to find work. But for some families, having the father at home is even worse. One of the darkest moments of the trip happened on the first night after VBS when some of our adult team members were taking children home in our vans. They pulled up to the place where one of the little boys lived to find the sheriff's car parked out front. The little boy said, "I guess my dad beat my mom again." Another little girl shared, in a very matter of fact manner, what happens when her dad beats her mom. It was chilling to know that this was the normal course for so many of these children; but even though violence and darkness seemed to be so pervasive in this impoverished Colonia, there was no denying that God is calling His people to this place to offer hope that can only come through the transforming power of Jesus Christ. John 1:5 says, The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Our students were beacons of light in this dark place and a huge encouragement to a small church who has taken on the attitude of Christ who said, "Let the little children come."  

Project 1
The Quiroz Family

This family of 9 was living in an old 600 sq. ft trailer. They came to the Lord three years ago after struggling with blended family issues, abuse, poverty, and the greatest need of a Savior. The Lord performed many miracles: salvation, healing, and keeping the family together.  The parents and their children are now actively involved in church and continue to grow in their walk with the Lord.  Mr. Quiroz works as a drywaller, but is currently unable to find work. He not only helped us drywall his addition, he was happy to offered his expertise at the home of our second project as well.


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 Project: Add a 12 x 12 bedroom and a 6 x 8 bathroom addition to the back of the trailer.




   Click here for more pictures from this project. 


Project 2:

The Sandoval Family

This family of five was living in a small camper trailer (pictured below). They are involved in church, and they have a four-year-old girl with special needs. She was born with a curved back (seen in the picture), but from her attitude you would not be able to tell anything is wrong. She is always happy, playful, and cheerful.






Need: Bathroom and Extra Bedroom

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Our fabulous painting team also painted two other houses!  
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Bunk Bed Project
The church recently built dorms for children and for mission teams who are working in the Colonia. Our students were able to build 38 beds for the dorms and also for the two families of our building projects.
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"And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10: 14-15



Each day we would send out vans to pick up around 150 children for VBS. Our students were amazing at sharing the message and the love of Christ through music, games, stories and crafts.
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"You are the light of the world....Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:14&16

Community Outreach
On Sunday, the work projects continued. Many from our team attended church and, to show their gratitude for all that our team had done in their church and community, the children performed for us. That evening we held our final VBS and invited families from the community  to join us for for dinner and worship. We provided the money for the food and the men from the church prepared it. Over 400 attended. Our praise team lead the worship and the pastor shared the message. The families were invited to go through the piles and piles of clothes that our school families donated and take what they needed. Not a single item was left!  
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Gifts for the Community
On the last day, our bus driver, Clement, drove us through the Colonia so our students could pass out gifts to the children.

For from him and through him and for him are all things.   To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Romans 11:36
For more information contact:
Mandy Huckabee