The largest project this trip was enlarging Pastor Carlos Maciel’s new house. Way back in January-March 2011 when Richard and I came for our first work project in Los Cabos, Pastor Carlos had just purchased a small, humble partially-built home. His plan was to “camp” on the property with his family of five (including his baby at the time, Joshua) and to build his first church building in front of the house. Having not much, if any, construction experience, he was crying out to the Lord for direction.
Within a few days, Richard drove up with our trusty Blazer and covered trailer, along with his expertise and a plethora of tools. I arrived a little over a week later with my ability to shop for building products (and paint when the time came). When we left in mid-March of that year, there was a humble addition added to Pastor Carlos’ house, running water, wired electricity, and the foundation and beginning of the existing church. From that leap of faith at the Lomas del Sol property, Pastor Carlos and his wife, Janet, have realized they needed more space and a home not located in back of a church in a Mexican barrio, where the needy, the bored, and the lonely are often at the door day and night.
It was just a year ago, when we came back from our Christmas break in Michigan, that we found out Pastor Carlos had bought another “fixer-upper” in that short period of time. Since that time, Pastor Carlos−as he has been able to save a little money−has been hiring brothers from the church to work on the house. Then, the blessing from Shane’s diligence in Michigan surfaced just before it was time for Shane to come. One of his material suppliers in Michigan offered a generous donation for the mission work Shane would be helping with. A good part of that blessing was gladly budgeted for Pastor Carlos’ house.
With funding, Shane and Tracey, and the brothers from Pastor Carlos’ church, who we were able to hire with the donated funds, great progress was made in laying up the blocks for the upstairs of the families’ new home. At the end of February, Shane and Tracey had to head for the North Country, but the blessing of the donated funds is allowing us to continue helping Pastor Carlos towards the finish line of moving the family of five (plus Pastor Carlos’s mother, Margarita) into their new home.
As you look at the slide show, you may recognize the church building at Tierra y Libertad, which was funded in part by Aerovision of Norton Shores, MI. Richard wanted to finish/secure the front of the property with a cement fence along the bottom for an even higher retaining wall and add a “no climb” wire fencing spaced between cement pillars. Plenty of lighting was also added to help secure the church. Shane, Tracey, and the crew did a thorough job with the foundation and completed beautiful cement work so that Richard can continue the work of finishing the new fence/outside wall.
We want to give a huge thank-you, as well as send a huge blessing, to Shane and Tracey Crowley and the generous donor from the West Michigan area! Thank You!