For nearly twenty years, Trinity Lutheran Church from Centralia, Illinois has spent a week in June serving Santisima Trinidad and it’s missions in Juarez. The team has varied their projects from odd jobs around the church, including tiling, painting, and more. They have replaced the roof on the church as well as several roof repairs for members of the various congregations. Over the past few years, the team has found their project to be building a new home for a family in need. This year, the team was tasked with building a home near Kilometer 30 for a young family, including two children.
As anyone who has been to El Paso in the middle of June knows, it can get a bit warm as the day goes on. In an effort to beat the heat and be as productive as possible, the team arose early each morning and was on the job site as the sun was still rising. This allowed them extra hours of work while the temperature was still cool enough to exert the extra energy. On Wednesday evening, a storm blew through Kilometer 30, and although it did no damage to the project, it did cause a loss of power to the area so the workers had to rely on elbow grease and hammers instead of electric saws and drills.
Despite the challenges and the heat, by mid day on Friday the team had finished painting, hung a cross near the front door and participated in a house blessing service with Pastor Hernandez, members of the families, and neighbors. Over the years, many of the same faces have returned with this group to continue changing lives through their acts of kindness and we look forward to celebrating their 20th year of service in the near future.