Casa de la Esperanza. A House of Hope.

What’s Expected of Your Team

Team Unity and Focus

Romans 15:5 “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Each member of the mission team should know his/her purpose for coming to Casa.  Everyone on your team has unique God-given talents and gifts.  Determine how to best utilize the talents of each person on this mission trip. Focus on your mission.  Be prepared for anything and everything that might happen.  Ask a lot of questions, and work hard before you come so that when you get here you can focus on the children, not the struggles of team building.  Be “a team” before you arrive. Lead your team through discussion groups, plan meetings and prayer sessions that build community and focus.  We suggest monthly meetings through the early months and increased frequency in the last three or four months before you arrive. In doing these things, your team can be most effective, and you will be a greater blessing to the children here, and afterwards to others back home.

Project Expectations

1 Thessalonians 4: 11-12 “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”

A typical schedule for a visiting group at Casa includes a morning work project at the home or possibly in the community.  Your group should be prepared to work on their projects from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. These projects might involve painting, working on the grounds, or other such maintenance and construction.  It is very important for your group to make a thoughtful assessment of the individual and collective God-given talents of its members.  After determining these gifts, and considering the list of current needs at Casa or in the surrounding community, your group should work with the director and administrative staff to design a project and schedule that will allow you to develop and use your talents to their fullest.  In addition to on-site building and maintenance projects, other groups have been involved in community outreach through food and clothing distributions and medical missions. If you would like your trip to include any of these outreaches, please discuss and plan these activities with Casa staff as well.

Interaction with Kids

Matthew 18: 3-4 “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

The afternoons and evenings are typically spent with activities and interaction with the children. After lunch, your group will have 2-3 hours to spend with the children. You are encouraged and welcomed to plan activities with the children during this time. Some ideas include Vacation Bible Schools, educational enrichment activities, outings, or recreational/sports time. Be original and be sure your whole group is prepared and excited as your attitude is contagious to our children. Your daily schedule will also include nightly devotionals.  Members of your group are encouraged to give devotionals according to the schedule worked out in advance. Devotional time is an awesome encouragement to all and a great time of praise to our God.

Your Group’s Service to the Community

Isaiah 40:31 “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

In addition to serving the children at Casa, many opportunities exist for serving and being a light for Jesus in the community. These services can range from cleaning up public areas or buildings to having organized and planned activities in town. Medical missions can address some of the basic medical needs of the community.

Other community outreach activities could be focused on children’s ministries, such as community puppet shows or recreational sports leagues. There is always an opportunity to provide food to the local people who are in need. Some groups have brought funds to purchase food, and then teamed up with kids and staff from Casa to go into the community and distribute it. If you choose to do this you will go into Anahuac and the surrounding communities. The bags usually include rice, beans, potatoes and some Bible verses. Some Bible studies have resulted from this work and it is a wonderful way to show the love of our Lord. You may also plan to offer a community adult education class in hygiene, agricultural methods, or English as a Second Language.

These are only a few examples of the many good works you and your mission team can do for the Lord in Mexico. We encourage you to discuss your specific ideas and visions with the director so that your groups’ talents can be used to the fullest.