Six members from Our Father Lutheran Church in Centennial, Colorado joined with another 6 members of a dual parish (St. John’s and St. Paul’s) in Loon Lake, Minnesota, as well as two participants from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Missouri to serve on both sides of the border this past week. Even the Our Father group had some members from other Denver area churches with them, making this a wonderful opportunity to join with others in changing lives.
A large portion of the group was tasked with building a home for Yesenia and her family. Her, along with her husband and child will be living in the new home near Santa Biblia (formerly Sin Paredes) Lutheran Church. Yesenia and her family watched each day as the teams worked together to bring her dream of a new home to reality. Two members of the team stayed on campus each day helping in the thrift store, warehouses, and with our work ministering to the Cuban refugees on campus.
On Wednesday, half of the group spent the morning at the King’s Table Luncheon at the church while the others continued work on the construction project. Extreme heat in the afternoon of a couple days led to stopping earlier and enjoying some shaved ice, paletas near the bridge, or a dip in the pool nearby. At the end of the week, as the house was being blessed and prayed over, a teary eyed Yesenia thanked the group for providing her a blessing beyond her wildest dreams while the group felt blessed to be the hands and feet of Jesus and change the lives of this family through their simple act of kindness.