The new shade for Oasis has been completed and it looks great. We are proud of Pedro and the boys who were quite inventive in putting it all together. The folks who did the fabric said it was one of the best structures they had seen.
Blake and I visited Puerto Penasco, site for a new clinic will be doing this year. We had lunch with the mayors wife, the director of social services, medical services and communications. We thank Patty and Ruben for helping this new ministry to be established. We also met Pastor Ruben, who will be in charge of follow up after we are gone. Please pray that God's will would be done and many lives will be touched in this coastal town.
A group of men from Cornerstone Ministries of Delmont PA blessed the Creeda Rehab Center with hours of work and many materials for their women's rehab center. Here are some pictures.
The Oasis band is growing, as Daniel, Alberto and Felipe have added their talents. I would like to take this opportunity to ask for help in acquiring a new sound system for the church. We have been with the present one for 8 years and the tweeters of the speakers are not working. If you would like to help with this project so that the boy's talents can sound good, drop us a line.
We are helping a rehab center we visit on occasion build some workshops. There goal is to help train those who are in the center to have a dignified trade while at the same time provide inexpensive services for the community to help maintain the center. Often a rehab serves as a place for men to escape from their responsibilities in relative comfort, but at CIRA, they want their men to be responsible to their families and communities. Here are some pictures of the construction:
Our local newspaper printed an article on our work with the CIRA rehab center.
SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE
Here is what it says:
With yet another altruistic work, Caring Hearts in coordination with the Rehab Center CIRA, is helping with the construction of 4 workshops for this Rehab that specializes in interned treatment of people with drug addiction problems.
This was made known to us in an interview with the director and administrator of this social assistance home, Humberto Diaz, who added that this project was petitioned to Caring Hearts, who donated around 6 Thousand dollars of materials for the construction of these installations that comes as an improvement in the infrastructure of this place that at the same time assures that the treatment in this center is complete, as they offer professional help and training that are apt and worthy for those who in the home recuperating from addictions.
Humberto Dias recognized that this support from Caring Hearts through Ken Blose, is a significant improvement. They had these workshops but they were made with wood and other inferior materials. These installations will allow them to provide a better service as they will have better workshops in which they can work.
Car Body work and painting, Carpentry, Welding and General Mechanics are the trades that will be learned in worthy spaces made of resistant materials.
The director of CIRA said they are about 80% finished and it is planned for them to start using them in the third week of February.
He commented that in these workshops the more than 100 addicts en rehab that they attend to will have the opportunity of learning a trade that will be a big help when they leave the center, so they can maintain their families in a legal way. It is difficult for an ex addict to find a job, but with this training they can start their own business or be more fit to work in a place that employs the above mentioned trades.
The mayor of San Luis was on hand yesterday to start work on sewage down Jazmin street, right in front of Oasis. Pray we can connect soon and be free of our septic system. Here are some pictures:
More gifts arrived for the children of Caring Hearts. We want to thank all of the sponsors who helped blessed the children this year.
I have been coming to San Luis since 2008. After many trips here, this area has become a second home to me. Relationships built with the children and staff at Bethel are such a blessing in my life. God continues to do great things here through the entire staff. Ken's leadership and direction as well as his genuine love for this community serves as an example to me every time I serve here. Adalberto's love for his brothers is also an example of the Christ like love we should all strive for. Marcelo's patience and ever present smile are such a blessing to all the groups. My life has been changed through this ministry. I encourage anyone considering a short term mission to come to San Luis and share in the ministries of Caring Hearts. - Tim, IUP Group
As always, we were blessed by the people of San Luis. Being able to minister to so many people in so many ways is amazing. However, we receive far more in return. Experiencing the people's joy in the Lord despite their circumstances is so inspiring, a lesson I continually take back with me. Thank you, once again, for providing us with this incredible opportunity - Karen, IUP Group