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First Presbyterian Church completes mission

Posted: November 26, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: November 26, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Members from the First Presbyterian Church of Newhall construct a home in Mexico as part of the congregation’s biannual Amor home building project.

A group of 15 individuals from the First Presbyterian Church of Newhall went to Mexico on their biannual Amor Ministries home-building project in October.

The mission was to build a simple but solid structure for a poor family who had absolutely nothing. The church members spent the entire weekend working on the home for the family as their children played near the home in celebration.

The building project was organized and sponsored by Amor Ministries, through which thousands of volunteers from all over the world participate each year. Amor Ministries has been around for 31 years and meets the tangible needs of the poor as a vehicle to share the love of Jesus with families and keep them together.

The group gathered at the church early on a Friday morning, loaded up camping gear, food, tools and passports and headed for San Diego, where members were met by the Amor team leader.

They crossed the border and arrived at the Amor campsite, which is situated in a farmland area between Tijuana and Tecate. Tents went up, food was prepared and a full moon rose on what the mission leaders recall as a beautiful night.

After breakfast the next day, the group from First Presbyterian traveled to a community located in the middle of several large dairy farms. The family, mom and dad and a son, 9, and a daughter, 12, were waiting eagerly.

The family moved to Tijuana in 2010 out of necessity, was living in a shared room with relatives nearby and had no home, electricity, drinkable water, car, telephone, stove or refrigerator. The father worked in masonry and made about $100 a week.

The First Presbyterian group laid out, dug and framed the foundation while others prepared to mix concrete by hand. Others started to frame the walls.

By the end of the first day, the concrete foundation had been poured and all the walls constructed and staged.

The next morning, the members lifted the walls, set up the roof and put the final pieces together.

Church members say the two days of work were a lot of sweat, pure joy, sore muscles and family team building. The hearts of the participants were changed knowing that they had transformed a family’s life forever.

First Presbyterian’s men’s trip invites the community to the next mission trip in April. First Presbyterian families will also take a family trip in October. For details, call the church (661) 259-0555.



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