In December, after Christmas, we were again thrilled to host the 52 youths, parents, teachers, and chaperones of Mayer Lutheran High School of Mayer, Minnesota, for the construction of four homes. Not only homes, this wonderfully loving group of youths built friendships and joy-filled memories with the families and neighbors they were serving, working with them on the homes, playing games, reading Bible stories in Spanish, and sharing many smiles and hugs. Here are a few of the photos they took and shared with us during our week together. Thank you, Mayer!
The homes were greatly needed by the four families who were identified by members of YLM’s mission church in Anapra named Iglesia de la Santa Biblia (Church of the Holy Bible). One of the families had been living in a borrowed shelter that had only three walls. They had owned land but were suffering in the winter cold as they attempted to make things work in the temporary space. Many families living in Anapra have moved there seeking jobs in the nearby maquilas (factories) and often need to share lodging with more established families until their hard work has earned them ability to begin building their own homes. Unemployment, accidents, and other circumstances can often leave families in great hardship and even great danger as the harsh summer heat or bitter night-time cold of winter sets upon them. Servant events like the amazing team from Mayer Lutheran High School provide a tremendous help to families and show God’s love.
YLM has hosted home construction servant events since 2001 in addition to the vitally needed medical, VBS, and mission-improvement servant event teams that visit our communities each year.