If more people valued home above hoarded gold, this world would be a merrier place.
“The Hobbit, J.R.R.Tolkien”
|Flora, Elba and Julio|
in front of their new home
Home became a merrier place for a young mom named Flora with her two children this past November in El Salvador. We had the awesome privilege of building Flora a home about a third way up the volcano – inactive volcano, that is J It was a remote location with rugged roads trying to even reach her property. But when we got there, we found Flora and her very happy and excited children- 5 year old Elba and 3 year old Julio.
As a single mom, Flora struggled to earn enough for the $50 rent per month that she had to pay. During harvest, she worked high up on the volcano where a local fruit grows, called Jacote.
|Build site on the volcano beside|
Flora's mom's home
When it wasn’t harvest, she relied on neighbours to hire her for cleaning or laundry. But earning just dollars per day and sometimes per week, left her destitute. The stress built up at the end of every month as rent became due and she didn’t know how she would pay. Her mom gave her the land on the volcano (right next to where her Mom lives) so that she could have her own home. Now that she has her own house, she can use the rent money towards other necessities of life.
There are few things more rewarding than working side by side
with the local community to provide a family a home.
|Little Elba with Julie|
in her new home
The deep gratitude that the whole family showed for this new home was so genuine. Elba and Julio, as small as they were, wanted to help in any way they could. Flora said that she knew that this was a blessing from God. She said that her dreams have come true. Flora’s mom gave me such a big hug that I think she straightened my back! And as we left the site with the home completed, little Julio ran up to us and said in Spanish “Thank you for my new home!”
“God is on the side of the broken.”
Quote by Andrew Mills from his sermon “Blessed are the poor in spirit”
|Bethany team - 36 people|
(we didn't all fit in one picture!)
And now in March we have a team of 36 people going to El Salvador to build a total of 30 homes for those who are in great need! Praise God for the way He is providing! It’s incredible to see how many people are supporting this ministry and giving towards homes - helping to give families a new hope for their future.
It takes a village
to change a village.
So we thank the many people who are part of this village for their part in helping transform the lives of families in the villages in El Salvador.
Please pray for our team as we go and that the families receiving homes experience the love of God! Pray for transformed lives!