As is their annual custom, Trinity Lutheran Church from Lincoln, Nebraska made the trip in vans towing full trailers of tools and supplies to serve wherever needed at YLM and in Juarez. The original plan for the week was to build a home for a family at Iglesia Santa Biblia, as well as host VBS activities at the church. They were so efficient at their tasks, that they were able to do even more than planned or projected.
The hard working group was joined by four members from Branson, Missouri and they quickly jelled together to complete a home for Sara and her children in under 3 days of work, including interior and exterior paint. After quickly finishing the home, they tackled many needed projects and repairs on campus. Evaporative coolers are now running nice and cold, kitchen and bathrooms fixtures in the dormitory are brand new, preparations were made for a future fence to be built, and many trailer loads of debris were hauled away to make room for more things that can be used to help the ministry.
More than 100 people attended the events at Santa Biblia each day, and the team prepared 125 brown bag lunches for the community in Juarez they served. Each year the team comes with both familiar and new faces and quickly re-kindle relationships made over the past decade they have served the communities of El Paso and Juarez. One of the leaders, Darryl Todd mentioned how much enjoys spending a week at YLM being able to make an impact not only on the families served by our mission, but also to be able to help the mission itself grow and enhance its ability to do all the amazing work each day. We know the kids of Anapra cannot wait for their return next spring for more activities, nor can all those whose lives they have changed through simple acts of kindness over the years.