Cardboard vs Cold Wind & Rain

The Gift of a New Home

The winter nights were cold for Juan and Alondra Flores and their two children living in the 10×10 home that they had pieced together with scrap wood and cardboard. Juan is employed at a factory nearby doing his best with his wife to raise a family and build a better future. Now, thanks to the servant event from Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Ham Lake, MN, they can do so in the warmth and safety of a new, modest two-room home.

The team from Family of Christ was able to build the new home in three days and spend extra time on finishing details that included decorative trimming, both exterior and interior paint, and a second door to a future kitchen, which Juan is saving up to build someday.

Family of Christ’s International Mission Partner

In 2016, Family of Christ adopted YLM as its international mission partner. We are working together in the care of our border communities through servant events, distribution of aid, repair of mission buildings in both El Paso and Mexico, and financial support of our ministers. We praise God for them and all of you who are praying for us and walking with us in service to the Lord!

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Mariachi San Pablo, Together in Concert

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Concordia University Wisconsin brought their southwest tour to a close at San Pablo Lutheran Church on our YLM Campus on January 20th.  Mariachi San Pablo joined them for a most unique combination of musical genres, to the delight of all in attendance.  With this concert, Concordia’s musicians gave our community a wonderful gift, amazing and inspiring all with the variety, difficulty, and excellence of their performance.

Both ensembles will provide music at the January 21st worship service of San Pablo, a bilingual service that begins at 11am.

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YLM Radio January 20, 2018 “Change Lives, Make, Share Music “

Looking for changes in your life, for opportunities in life-long music making, learning, and serving?  Be inspired today with the help of our special guests from the Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Concordia University Wisconsin.

Also don’t miss the concert on January 20 2018 at 7pm at San Pablo Lutheran Church on our YLM Campus in El Paso, TX.

Related Links:  Music at Concordia Wisconsin

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These Youths Give Homes & Hope at Christmas

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.

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Christmas at Immigration Detention Center

Members of Mariachi San Pablo and Pastor Karl Heimer visited the El Paso Immigration Detention Center on December 23rd to lead two worship services for men and women.  Scripture was read in English, Spanish, and Portuguess.  209 men and women from all over the world who await trial concerning immigration status joined in prayer and in contemplation of life wrapped up in the salvation gift of Jesus Christ.

Thank you to Chaplain Dave for sharing these photos with us.

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