Casa Hogar Benito Juarez…BJ described it best as an “Oasis in Mexico.” That is the perfect description for so many reasons. Casa Hogar provides a safe haven for the turmoil and danger going on in Mexico. Inside those thick cinderblock walls, you are safe and protected.
For those that don’t know, Casa Hogar is almost like an orphanage. Single parents in Mexico with young children do not always have the means to work and take care of their children. Therefore, they drop their kids off on Sunday afternoon at Casa Hogar to be watched over and taken care of, to be bathed and fed, and to be taken to school every day. The parents return Friday afternoon to pick up their children and spend the weekend with them. These kids only get 2 days out of the week to be with loved ones and family.
A few times a year, a rare thing happens for them. When the director announces that they will be having visitors, like our group from Alsbury, come for a few days, their faces light up and they cheer because they are so excited. The children love having guests come and spend time with them. These kids don’t ask for much. They don’t want expensive toys or game systems. They just want someone to play soccer with them, to push them on the swings, to sit with them at meals, to hold their hand, or to lean on when watching a movie.
These children have a lot of love to share. They may not speak English, but they can learn your name. They will call for you across the cafeteria or yell for you at the playground. Plus, all the hugs and smiles that will be shared is understood in any language.
Casa Hogar is an “oasis” where love is felt. It is a place where you personally can experience God. The children can remind you of what child-like faith looks like in worship. The staff at Casa Hogar is doing their best to raise strong, self-sufficient, respectful men and women of God. Let’s come alongside them and show the staff we are supporting them and show the kids the love of Christ.
“Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me,
and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.” Mark 9:37
Ariana Cadena has been a life-long member of Alsbury. She served a 5 month internship at Casa Hogar.