At Casa de Luz, we work to keep families together and lift up the name of Jesus. All of this is done as part of the Gospel-centered community development that we are doing here in Mexico, believing that God has a plan for our neighbours—plans that are both good and full of hope.
WHAT WE DO:
Come right on in. It’s a bit loud in here sometimes but it’s the best kind of loud: little kids are playing, neighbours are swapping stories, and men and women are working together. At the table, the big kids are working on their homework. Just outside, there’s a new home being built. In the kitchen, someone is singing. This, right here, is the Gospel in action. Sometimes this kind of a Jesus-centered life is messy and loud, but we’re happy to welcome you right into the middle of it.
Many of us are aware of the worldwide poverty-driven orphan crisis. In fact, by some estimations, there are as many as 153 million boys and girls without families. But many of the orphans in our part of the world are “economic orphans” – not without parents, but simply without parents who are unable to care for their children.
Many of the fathers in our community are absent which leaves mothers particularly vulnerable as they try to provide for their children without family support, resources, or basic help. Many of these women are forced to leave their small children alone at home or on the streets while they work or search for work. Unfortunately, these kids are forced do their best to scrounge for food and survive each day while the parent works very long and exhausting hours to provide basic food and shelter. Tragically, both of these all-too-common options leave our community’s children vulnerable to predators and traffickers. Many of these children suffer from physical and sexual abuse, exposure to illegal drug use, neglect, hunger, illness, household accidents, and loneliness. It’s no wonder many local parents decide to give up their children to an orphanage as the “better option.”
We believe Jesus cares about these children, and these parents and so we’re here to stay. We’re here to be a “house of light” in the darkness.
To this end, our work includes a Children’s Center, focused on single and impoverished families in Primo Tapia, a pilot micro loan program for education and business development, an ongoing partnership for home ownership within our community, and a deep local commitment to the spiritual growth, empowerment, and development of our community. We love our neighborhood. Jesus is at work here in our neighbours’ lives, and we’re honored to be a part of his good plans.
The aid that Casa de Luz Ministries offers is not just for children, but for entire families, as we work with them to move forward in their lives. We do not receive any financial support from the Mexican government. It is only through the generous partnership of individuals and churches that we are able to continue our work with impoverished families and children at risk. Follow the links below to learn how to get involved.