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Make an impact. Be impacted.
Why Casa de Luz?
Vulnerable single mothers and their children need help, support, and opportunities. Mothers like Marilu.
With four young children in tow, Marilu arrived in Primo Tapia scared and alone. She was fleeing an extremely violent husband, with no idea where she would settle or how she would provide for her family.
Through the generosity of church partners and individuals just like you, Marilu found a safe place to live. Her children were accepted into CDL’s Children’s Center and Marilu took the opportunities before her to begin rebuilding her life by opening her own restaurant and tortilla business.
It is through the compassion and kindness of visiting teams and individuals that Marilu, and others who arrive at Casa de Luz, can be supported to lift themselves out of poverty.
Today Marilu employs more than 20 women, many of them struggling single mothers like she was. Her life has been forever changed through people just like you stepping into her story!
At Casa de Luz we love when entire families can serve together, multi-generationally. That’s why we’ve made mission’s trips accessible to everyone. Kids, teens, young adults, whole families, and grandparents can come and be a part of all that’s happening on the ground.
We have seen how, when families serve together, it becomes a natural part of children’s lives – both at home and abroad. It is inspiring to see the next generation step into service at Casa de Luz, and it’s a legacy we love helping families create.
What Will We Do?
While in Primo Tapia, visiting missions teams can engage in a number of service projects. Casa de Luz works very closely with the leaders of each team to build a mission trip that engages the skills, passions, and interests of team members while meeting the needs of CDL, La Hermosa Church, and our beloved town of Primo Tapia.
A team’s activities at the Casa de Luz Children’s Center range from VBS-style learning with crafts and teaching times, to dance or music classes, sports or activities classes, playing soccer and other special events. Some team members love to help out in our CDL Nursery, where staff are always happy to have some extra hands with the youngest members of the CDL family, our infants and toddlers.
Incorporating time with our Youth Mentorship Program is always exciting for teams. Games, beach days, campfires and devotional times together make time with the youth a highlight for many visitors.
Oftentimes, we have construction projects for teams to get involved with. Currently, our main construction project is Casa de Luz Village. This property holds our Youth Center, Taco Shop, and Café but there’s more to come that we need your help with!
Our heart at Casa de Luz is to bless our community alongside our brothers and sisters from La Hermosa Church. Teams are regularly involved with home prayer visits and the delivery of food hampers for local families in need. Traditionally, this means the team shops for, assembles, and then delivers the food hampers along with leaders from the church. This is always a highlight for team members, where they get the chance to step out of their comfort zone, pray for those in need, and serve in a very practical way. We have seen God do amazing things through teams during their home visits.
What to Expect
Interacting with the Kids
The kids at Casa de Luz love when teams come to visit! Teams mean new friends, extra players for soccer games, and often exciting activities. Language is never a barrier to interaction. While you may not understand everything the kids are saying, the language of love, attention, and service goes a long way when making new friends here.
Love in Action
The children, teens, and families who are a part of Casa de Luz love when teams come to visit. Teams represent new friendships, exciting activities,
To be part of the community we have established a permanent base right in the heart of Primo Tapia. The team base is located adjacent to the Casa de Luz Children’s Center, on the same block as La Hermosa Church, and just one block away from CDL Village. The Team Base is a fully gated property that has everything to meet your team’s needs while visiting. It has a three-storey dorm-style building complete with bunk beds, and bedding, separate shower and bathrooms on each floor, and an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Our Main Building has a commercial kitchen, large eating area, and a hang out space for team meetings, devotional times, and exciting games of ping pong! The property also has a campfire area which teams enjoy using to gather at the end of the day for worship, sharing, and s’mores!
Are you a framer, electrician, plumber or carpenter? Do you work at or own a construction company? Are you passionate about seeing families move from poverty and desperation to the fullness only God can bring them? We would love to host you at Casa de Luz, where you can use your gifts and your skills to bless families in need and the ministry of Casa de Luz.
Building trips are an amazing way to rally youth, bring together church communities, and engage employees. Most missions trips to CDL have a construction component, where you will be able to use your skills to see our building projects advance.
Currently, CDL’s main building project is in the construction of Casa de Luz Village, a neighbourhood composed of affordable rental houses and apartments for CDL moms, space for startup businesses for those involved in our empowered employment initiative, a vibrant base for a youth center for at-risk youth and Emergency Shelter for families in dire situations.
Teams that travel to Casa de Luz are able to hire our staff cooks to make authentic Mexican cuisine for lunches and dinners. You can expect some of the best Mexican meals you have ever tasted! There are also many restaurants, taco stands, and grocery stores nearby to grab supplies you will need for breakfast and snacks.
Visiting teams make a huge difference in the lives of children and families as well as have a significant positive impact on the health and sustainability of our community. There are plenty of ways to get involved here, whether assisting staff at our Children’s Centre, working on construction projects, delivering meals to those facing food insecurity and more.