Pastor Jose Luis and Boy's Home Director Pedro Alvarado have started new classes at the Caring Hearts church. In our weekly prayer meetings, God has been speaking to the staff that there was a need for more teaching in our church. Jose Luis and Pedro have heard the call and have begun classes Saturday and Sunday mornings for those hungry for the meat of the word. Jose Luis is focusing on the foundations of Christianity, while Pedro is doing an intensive study of the book of Matthew. Please be praying that the church will use the new knowledge to reach out to their community and walk daily trusting in Him.
Here is a report from our local newspaper about the soup kitchen. I have translated it for you.
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San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora.- The Good Samaritan Feeding Center offered yesterday, as they do each week, a breakfast to around 200 people, benifitting most of all poor children, who each Saturday go this place to ask for help where they know they will receive it.
That is what Alejandrina Rodriguez let us know, that thanks to the support of one organization (Caring Hearts), each week they can help around 50 families, and when they have more donations, they give out clothes or shoes, according to what they have in the moment at the feeding center.
She declared that in this place some people donate clothes, shoes and all types of needed articles, new and old, but most of all food, with which they prepare the breakfast that they serve.
"It is a great satisfaction to see how from 8 AM to 1 PM, they give food to the boys and girls who come to have breakfast, as well as the father and mother that accompany the children who receive this help," She said.
Alejandrina Rodriguez assured us that all those who want to, can support this work which has been going on for more than 20 years, where many have benefitted, who are poor families that need help from everyone to continue on.
She informed us that the Good Samaritan Feeding Center is located in Jazmin and 28, where folks can take all kinds of donations, even thing they don't use anymore, that are in good shape, so that another person can use them.
I wanted to thank you so much for allowing us to come and be a part of what
you are doing in San Luis. I have traveled for missions over the last few
years to Nairobi, Kenya. My heart was gripped the moment I set foot on
African soil. I can tell you that I too, was gripped upon my arrival at
Oasis and Bethel...but for many different reasons. Just when I thought it
could not be, my heart was forever changed on this trip. I look forward to
returning in the near future, as I walk by faith.
Christ Lutheran School from Pittsburgh, PA sent some Easter cheer to the Bethel Kids. It arrived a little late, but they were happy nonetheless. Thank you!!!
MESSAGE FROM PAPA HAROLD:
Dear Caring Hearts Family,
Most of you know Claudia. She is the sister who leads our Thursday night services with prayer and she stays up front singing. She has been faithful to Bethel and Getsemani church for over 13 years. Her husband works picking radishes and makes around $8.00 a day. They have two children. They are in desperate need of a house. We would like to build it in November 4th - 11th. We need workers and help with material cost. If you would like to be part of this construction team, Email me (email@example.com). The cost of the trip will be $1100. We also need help with the material cost. Below is a list of items and cost, if you want to help, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Three young men who have been in the Christian Rehab Center returned as graduates from Bible School. They came to the Bethel Church Thursday Night to testify of God's goodness and mercy to them and to thank the Lord and Caring Hearts for all the support we have been.
We want to thank Scott Cornish of Scott C's Auto Sales for his generous support of this ministry. Thanks to him 14 men are being freed from addictions and learning about the word of God while receiving decent meals. Here are Ramon, Bryan and Julio Cesar, fruits of the seeds sown, ready to minister:
I led a team of 7 down to San Luis this past week. This was my 12th trip and it always amazes me that God can bring so many people from so many different walks of life together for His glory. We had people from Washington, Texas and Pennsylvania on our trip ranging in age from 18 to 40 something.
We stayed at Oasis and loved every minute of investing in the boys there. What an incredible job Pedro and his family do. Often times we would say that these boys come from "broken homes"....but how great is God that he can redeem them through the ministry and turn them into a family that is so so special.
We spent our days visiting shut-ins, painting and playing with the kids at Bethel and Oasis. We laughed and cried. We were blessed to have a pastor with us who knows God word and was able to reach so many people. We were blessed with photographer who captured so many precious moments of joy.
A highlight of our trip was enabling Brenda, one of the shut-ins, to visit Oasis for BIble Study. To witness her praising and worshiping God along with us was such a blessing.
Thank you and your team for all you do and for allowing us to be a small part of it.
Please pray for the people of our area as we are going through what is our version of severe weather. Heavy winds are wreaking havoc all over San Luis and the Imperial Valley. Here you can see it ripped off part of our roof at our house. It is supposed to continue somewhat through today and taper off.