I cannot believe we’re one week away from our departure to Mexico. Sure, it’s 22 degrees in Ensenada, and I’m already salivating over the tacos, but today we received a very real reminder of why we’re going.

Our House Families.

We’re very excited to be able to share with you the stories of the two families we have the privilege of partnering with during our house builds while in Ensenada. I’ve attached there stories below along with a photo. As you can see, there will be plenty of children who will fall in love with our team over our time there (and vice versa).

Mendoza Gonzalez Family

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Father- Francisco

  • Age: 37
  • Profession: Field Worker
  • Weekly Salary: $58 approximately

Mother- Rosa

  • Age: 28
  • Profession: Homemaker
  • Weekly Salary: N/A

Children

  • Gonzalo, 11 yrs
  • Norma, 8 yrs
  • Sebastian, 3 yrs
  • Nancy, 7 months

Property Information: Colonia- Mira Mar

Family Story:
Francisco and Rosa are originally from Oaxaca and came to Ensenada just about two years ago. They came looking for work and found it working in the vegetable fields. They rented a small house that was in very bad conditions and then had to move to another home. They decided to buy a piece of land on credit and have a place of their own. But with Francisco’s salary, they barely have enough to cover the monthly land payments, buy food, clothes for the children, and the basic necessities.  Rosa stays home to care for their children and take the older kids to school. The house where they currently live is very small, dangerous, and cold. The walls are old and the floor is all dirt. Francisco works every day from 7am until 3 or 4 in the afternoon, Monday-Friday. This family is going through difficult times and do not have enough to cover all their needs.

Hernandez Pacheco Family

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Family Information:

Father- Jose Luis

  • Age: 23
  • Profession: Factory Worker
  • Weekly Salary: $53 approximately

Mother- Maria

  • Age: 23
  • Profession: Homemaker
  • Weekly Salary: N/A

Children

  • Daira, 4 yrs
  • Dulce, 1 yr

Property Information: Colonia- Jesus Carrillo
Family Story:
Jose Luis and Maria are originally from Oaxaca and met here in Ensenada because they worked together. Jose Luis attended a Christian church and he once spoke with his pastor and asked for advice. Jose wanted to get married and his pastor told him to pray about it and that God would send him the perfect wife. He later met Maria and after dating for 6 months, they got married and started their family. After they had their first child, Daira, they had a son, Jose Manuel. When Jose Manuel was 1 1/2 years old, they took the baby to see the doctor one day because he had a fever and wasn’t doing well. The doctor in Maneadero said that the baby was fine, and that it was just an infection and with a prescription shot he would get better and they could return home. After returning home, the baby started to feel very cold and the next day he had gotten worse. They took him back to the hospital, this time to Ensenada, but he didn’t get better. He was hospitalized and later passed away. It was something very difficult for Jose Luis and Maria to deal with. But their faith in God helped them to overcome. After some time they had another daughter, and this brought joy back to their home. God has given them strength to get through whatever life hands them. They say that the baby looks a lot like their son who died. This family is currently living in a small 1 room house built out of wood. Jose Luis has faith that they will one day have a proper home.

Can’t wait!
, Chad

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