YLMHC welcomed St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, MO, to campus the week of July 8. St. Paul’s has been involved with YLMHC since the early 2000s; some members of the intergenerational 2017 team were seasoned pros, while others were new.
The team divided and conquered, completing a house build in Juarez as well as putting in long hours in the on-campus warehouse. The construction crew embodied Psalm 22:31’s promise: “…they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.” Their structure will serve as much-needed additional space for a growing extended family headed by matriarch Yolanda. Yolanda’s granddaughter Dulce and her husband and son will be able to move in just in time for the arrival of a new little blessing: Dulce’s pregnancy reached full-term while the group was there! The 8 – soon to be 9 – of them currently live under one roof, but that didn’t stop them from temporarily housing a neighboring family whose home recently burned to the ground. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, six hundred health kits were readied to be stuffed into backpacks and given to the needy on both sides of the border in a few short weeks.
The Lord’s righteousness was indeed proclaimed through the servant hearts and willing hands of the St. Paul’s group. It wasn’t silenced when they boarded their flight home, either! Their congregation’s generous support of their trip allowed them to leave behind backpacks, school supplies, quilts, books, and more; a shiny red new bicycle replaced Dulce’s brothers’ with its wooden seat and missing locknut; and baby will be coming home from the hospital – to a home whose lintel is adorned with a cross – in a white onesie signed by 15 of his or her brothers and sisters in Christ!