Monday, March 13, 2017

Here Come the Teams

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Wow! What a great week we had here with Mercer RUF last week at Casa Hogar.  Through many sore arms, backs, and legs, this Mercer team worked so hard throughout the whole week, but most importantly they loved the kids at Casa Hogar so well! Throughout the week of VBS, the team went through creation, fall, redemption, and a personal testimony explaining how we all have our own stories and are all a part of this bigger story of redemption. What a beautiful story it is and I am so thankful for the Mercer RUF team sharing their lives with the kids of Casa Hogar so that all of us might know Jesus more. I ask you to join me in praying that we would all have a better understand of this story of redemption in Jesus and that through learning the story we might fall more in love with Him. Thank you Mercer RUF for coming to Casa Hogar and spending time with us, you truly are loved and a blessing in our home! 
Mercer RUF was the first team of the year and they have us excited for the many more teams to come in the next coming spring and summer months. I ask you to pray for teams, for the staff of Casa Hogar, and for the kids of Casa Hogar as teams and interns will be coming in and out over the next few months. We are so excited that spring is here and that summer is just around the corner! If you are interested in coming to visit us this summer please feel free to contact me at 
Thank you again to Mercer RUF for the wonderful work you did last week and all the relationships you continued and the new ones you made. God bless you and to God be all the glory! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Official Building Inauguration

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What a beautiful celebration this past Saturday was as we celebrated the work that the Lord has done through many companies, organizations, and churches to make this new building official. We were able to come together with many friends to celebrate the gift of a brand new building for the boys that many of you have worked on, given money to, or prayed for. Thank you to all of you that have helped make this building a reality! But above all else, praise the Lord for the many people He used to bring this new building to Casa Hogar. It is so evident that the Lord is working in this place and it is wonderful to be able to stop, come together in prayer, and celebrate the wonderful works the Lord is doing in and through Casa Hogar.

As we head towards the end of January and the month of February, I ask you to pray for the children as they head back into school mode. Pray that over these typically harder to concentrate months, the kids would be excited about learning and be able to focus in school. 

Thank you to all of you who made this building a reality. Praise be to our wonderful God and Father. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Feliz Navidad!

   It has been a busy, but wonderful month here at Casa Hogar! We are so excited that Christmas is just a few days away! We were so thankful that FPC Macon and Orangewood Churches were able to come and celebrate Christmas with us for a few days. Both of these groups were a huge blessing for all of us here at Casa Hogar. We have also had the gift of having many people from around Acapulco come to celebrate Christmas here at the orphanage. The kids have had a blast between the visitors, parties, food, presents, and dancing! God has truly blessed us this Christmas season here at Casa Hogar. I ask you to continue to pray that through the craziness of this month that we would continue to put Jesus at the middle. Pray that we would remember why Christmas is such an amazing day for each one of us. 
   Another HUGE blessing this month at Casa Hogar is that the boys were able to move in to their new dorm!! We are so thankful to all of you who helped make this new building become a reality for the boys of Casa Hogar. All praise and thanks be to God, who provided this new home and used so many hands to build this house. Praise the Lord because this building is truly and ultimately a gift that He has provided. All glory and praise to our God who knows our needs and provides for each one of us. 
    All of us here at Casa Hogar want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. We hope that you are able to experience Jesus in a whole new way this Christmas season. Thank you to all of you who love us here at Casa Hogar and show us Jesus each day through your love, support, encouragement, and prayers. 


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Casa Hogar: Brokenness turned to Beauty

As I approach the half way point of my year here at Casa Hogar, I wanted to share with you all why I love this place so much, and I think that as I explain why, you will see that it is the people that make this place so wonderful. Typically I use this blog just to update what is happening here, but today I want you to be able to see the glory that God is receiving through this place. I first came to Casa Hogar when I was 15 years old and when I came home from that trip, I remember telling my parents I was going to live there one day. If you have been to Casa Hogar you have felt this feeling to some extent, you may not plan to live here one day, but I am guessing you definitely were changed by this place in a significant way. Why? Well because the beauty of God and his creation is so evident and vividly seen through the kids and the leaders of Casa Hogar. No, this place is not perfect, but there is something about it that is just intangible and inexplicable, something that if you have been here you know exactly what I am talking about. I cannot express to you how much I have grown as a person because of how these kids have loved me and shown me what loving like Jesus truly means. You see these kids took me, a foreigner who does not belong in this land, and made me feel like a part of this family. That’s why I love this place; they are a family. They love each other so much; yes they have their differences and hardships as any other family would, but what is astonishing is that they love those who are outsiders without reservation. If you visit here they embrace you and love you as their own. The leaders and the kids here have an enormous heart for other people and have taught me so well to love everyone around me regardless of whether we have everything in common or nothing in common. The body of Christ is an amazing gift from our Savior because we are able to fall in love with Him more because of how his people love each other. In fact, Jesus tells us that this is how the world will know we are Christ’s disciples if we love one another. I wanted to write about how special this place is because I want to encourage you that Jesus is working. That He is making all things new and is making brokenness whole again. Casa Hogar is the Lord’s house and part of the body of Christ, and I am so thankful for everyone who has come to visit this place to love on these kids and remind them that the body of Christ is bigger than just one church or city. I made the video posted below so that you can understand and know a little more about Casa Hogar. While we all may have different types of “missions” in this world, we are all one body working towards one goal of glorifying God and enjoying Him forever. There are so many different ways you can support this beautiful ministry at Casa Hogar, but the biggest and most powerful way is by praying for this place. Pray that Jesus would continue to move in this place and use this place to bring His name glory. Pray that each of these kids would be able to see that they do have a family in the body of Christ. Pray that these kids would understand how desperately loved they are by a perfect Father, who will never ever abandon them. Pray that any group, organization, worker, etc. that comes into this home would see the power of Jesus and would see that God is working in this place. In a world of brokenness, we look to a King who promises to make all things new and we praise Him when we are able to see these glimpses of the beauty to come through things as simple as a smiling and laughing child who has no reason to smile or laugh by the world’s standards. Thank you to each and every one of you who has supported this ministry and loved these kids. If you would like to be more involved or know other ways that you can support these kids please feel free to email me at


Monday, September 19, 2016

¡Viva México!

   It has been an exciting month here at Casa Hogar! Mostly because we recently celebrate Mexican Independence Day. We were able to go to Jesús de Nazaret and celebrate with the church body by watching native dances, eating traditional Mexican food, and of course shouting "Viva Mexico" many times. It was a great time celebrating this country. Of course the kids also enjoyed having Friday off and an extended weekend because of it. We spent the weekend playing lots of soccer and enjoying each others fellowship. 
   We are so excited at how close the boys are to moving into the new building! As you can see it is a beautiful building. Praise the Lord for such a wonderful gift! Thank you to all of you who have helped see that this building gets built and made. The boys will officially move in at the beginning of October as the finishing touches are being put on now. Please pray for the transition to the new building. Pray that we would be able to move everything efficiently and that everything would go smoothly.
   Thank you to all of you how have prayed for and supported this wonderful place. The Lord truly is moving and working in Casa Hogar. Please continue to pray for all of the kids and the leaders here. Pray that the Lord would continue to bless this place and continue to use this place to show His glory. Praise be to the Lord for His daily mercies and blessings! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back to School

  It was back to school for all of the kids this past Monday! Some were very excited and some were not ready for summer to be over.  The kids have been enjoying adjusting back into school mode over this past week. For some kids, this is their first time in school, first time to middle school, first time to high school, and first time to college. All of the kids seem to be adjusting well. This week is a typical back to school week as the kids are gathering all the materials and books they need for each class. We are excited to be on a regular schedule of school, homework, bible studies, and free time each day.
  The new building is getting closer and closer to being done each day. It looks so beautiful and it has been so fun to see the finishing touches be put on. Roberto and Uriel have been working hard the past few weeks to build closets for each room, and they are looking great!  We are hoping for the boys to move in in early September. Everyone is excited for the new building to be finished as it is a huge blessing and necessity for the boys at Casa Hogar. 
  Other than back to school and the new building, not many new things are happening here at Casa Hogar. As always we would love for you to be partnering with us in prayer! Here is how you can be specifically praying for Casa Hogar: pray that the kids would all be able to adjust well to their new school schedules, pray that the kids who are in new grades/schools would feel comfortable and adjust quickly to their new environment, pray that as we have bible studies each week the Lord would come and meet with each child here, and pray that the new building would be completed quickly so that the boys can move in soon! As always, please pray for each kid here, pray that they would come to know the Lord Jesus as their savior. Pray that each kid would be able to taste and see that the Lord is good. Pray for each of the leaders here at Casa Hogar. Pray that they would have energy, patience, and love to minister to each of the kids here. 
  Thank you for loving this ministry and praying for it continually. The Lord is truly working through your prayers. We cannot do this without your partnership in prayer! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August Already?!

   I cannot believe it is already August! June and July flew by and the kids only have a couple more weeks before school starts back again. I am so thankful for the work that the Lord did in and through each team that came to share the love of Christ at Casa Hogar this summer. Each week was unique and special for the kids and it is evident that the Lord worked through each person that came to visit. So many of the kids are already looking forward to seeing you all again. As we head into a new school year, the kids are spending time enjoying the little bit of break they have left by playing with each other around Casa Hogar as well as going to visit friends and family.
   As you can see in the picture above, the Lord's beauty is evident here at Casa Hogar, but if you have been blessed to have visited here you know that the Lord's beauty shines through each and every kid here much more than any sunset could. Thank you to each one of you that took a week out of your summer to love these kids and show them Christ's beauty. I am blown away daily by how the Lord uses this place to help people see His glory.
   As the school year rapidly approaches, I ask you to join me in prayer for a few things. First, pray that the kids would be able to rest and enjoy their last few weeks of summer break. Pray that we would have lots of fellowship that brings us closer not only to each other, but also to Christ. Pray that the Lord would continue to work in the hearts of all us here at Casa Hogar. Pray that the new building would be completed soon and the move into a new home for the boys would be a smooth transition.
  Thank you to every one of you that has been faithful in prayer for this place. We cannot do this without your prayers! Praise the Lord for the work He has done and is continuing to do this summer.

"The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
    and all the peoples see his glory.

For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
    you are exalted far above all gods.

Light is sown for the righteous,
    and joy for the upright in heart.

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
    and give thanks to his holy name!"

Psalm 97:6,9,11-12