In 2016 a group of people from the Valley travelled to Ensenada, Mexico to build a house. The usual way of owning a home there is to purchase a bank-mortgaged lot. However, there are few safeguards available to protect the borrower. If a job layoff happens or illness strikes and even one payment is missed, the bank repossesses the property. Years of good credit and payments made are ignored. The young couple in question both work long hours in a tee-shirt factory and could afford to pay for the land but not much else.
Fuente de Vida Church in Colonia, a suburb of Ensenada, developed a thoughtful way around the problem. They purchase the land and the homeowners pay them – so if an unexpected financial problem comes up, people don’t lose their home.
Invermere woman Wendy Badley was inspired to help and worked at fundraising and getting a team together to build a house for the couple and their little girl. The materials, about $10,000 for a small two-bedroomed house, were paid for by Valley locals through fundraising events. Each volunteer paid their own way and contributed towards the costs.
“The best part was when they got their house. We gathered there, prayed for them and their new home, that it would be used to bless others and honour Jesus,” said Ms. Badley. “They went inside, we knocked on the door and were welcomed in – about 15 of us sharing their joy. There were lots of tears of happiness.”
And she’s at it again. The plan is to be there again from March 20–29th, 2018, to build another home. Fundraising has started, with a movie night at Lake Windermere Alliance Church (the award winning 1960 Pollyanna) with a possible second movie happening over the Christmas holidays. On Sunday, November 24th, LWAC will be hosting a Christmas Potpourri sale featuring baking, crafts and something different: used Christmas decorations. For those new to town, just starting out on their own or wanting to dress things up a bit more this year, this is the perfect opportunity to purchase decorations at bargain basement prices. On Saturday, February 25th, local jazz pianist Paul Carriere will entertain guests over a meal. Tickets will go on sale in the new year.
Any donations towards the Ensenada Ministry Trip would be gratefully received. Tax receipts are available upon request for any amount over $20. Several people have committed to going and there is room for more. Wendy Badley may be contacted at 250-342-4454.