One of the buildings used most on our campus is number 6, also simply referred to as the kitchen. Each weekday, our hotmeal program serves hungry people from the community. On Saturdays, a short devotional is held here after food baskets are distributed to more than 100 families. Celebrations are held by members of our church and throughout the neighborhood. Quinceanera receptions, baby showers, and birthday parties are just some of the festivities that have taken place in number 6. Community organizations provide clinics, seminars, and offer help here, and of course many of the servant event teams that visit El Paso and Juarez enjoy meals, Bible study, and fellowship under the roof of the kitchen.
One of the most important pieces of any building is a strong roof. A leaky roof can often lead to more problems down the road, both for the structure and the interior of the building. This past week, a group of 13 adults from Family of Christ Lutheran Church, in Ham Lake, Minnesota made the installation of a new roof their primary project during a trip to El Paso. A new sheet metal roof, similar to that of the building adjacent to the kitchen, was installed in just four days. The team arrived ready to work on the roof, as well as help prepare many of the items to be distributed in just a few weeks at our annual Christmas distribution. Toys were cleaned and packaged, items organized in the warehouses, and donations unloaded and stored.
On Wednesday, the new members of the team were able to take a tour of a few of the Juarez missions and spend time with the children at the Iglesia Santa Biblia during their weekly event. During their tour, future potential projects were identified, and we look forward to hosting a family group from the church over Spring Break to continue building relationships on both sides of the border with this new partnership.