Helping to make a difference in Jurez

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By Special to the Monitor

The House of Hope Women recently returned from their 22nd trip to Jurez, Chihuahua, Mexico, after completing the latest house-building project. The chosen family, a single mother, Jessinia, with two her boys Christian, 5, and Kevin, 7, were delighted with the three days of activity in their backyard.

This year marked the fourth year that the House of Hope Women, which includes women from many Los Alamos churches, made the trip into the Mexican colonias. The Rev. Dan Klooster, director of Gateway Mission Training and Conference Center in El Paso, was the build leader, and his wife Kathy joined on her first build.

The house was built from the ground up starting with nothing at the site but a concrete pad. The House of Hope women funded the purchase of materials in Mexico, which were delivered to the site, thus aiding the Mexican economy. The basic house was completed in three days with finishing touches such as painting walls, adding glass to the windows, etc. left for the family to complete with their preferences. The House of Hope Women had a special treat this year by being invited to attend the anniversary celebration for the Rev. Federico Zuniga, Rector of San. Mathias, which was the church and compound that builders resided in during the project. Padre Zuiga was celebrating his 20th year of ministry in Jurez.

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