Disciples’ Village recently teamed up with the mission group from Village Church to build ten homes in five days for families living in abject poverty.
Of the families living at the Kaliko foothills, 35 have serious housing needs. Their homes are made primarily of sticks, discarded fabric or tarp, and occasional tin. Because of the inadequate roofs, parents stay awake for hours at night during a rainstorm holding a piece of cardboard over their children in an attempt to keep them dry. The conditions are heartbreaking.
Choosing who would receive the new homes was a difficult decision. The staff decided families with young children or elderly should be the first to receive safe housing. After plans were drawn and the materials purchased, construction began! The houses were partially built at the York House and then transported in pieces to the village.
As we arrived at the site each day with materials and tools, the villagers were eager to help with the work.
“The young men, even the ones who knew they weren’t getting a house, helped every day we were at the site. One 94 year old woman wanted to help by carrying bags of concrete, despite the fact that we told her not to! She was determined to help with the building of her house.” -Steve Haddix, Missions Director
The team worked tirelessly all week. On Friday, bags of rice and beans were distributed to the villagers and a church service was held to share the gospel. The time was especially meaningful after working alongside the villagers all week. The local families decided to continue having church services weekly at the same day and time…Friday at 4:30.
Building 10 houses in 5 days is no easy task, but the results were life-changing for that village!
“It was an incredible week. Working hand in hand with people in the village…they even finished the work we didn’t have time to complete. Each person was grateful for what they were receiving. One elderly woman even knelt down on her hands and knees and kissed the floor of her new home.” -Steve Haddix.
There are 25 families in this village that still have a desperate need for dry roofs and a safe structure. Pray that God would provide the means for us to help.