Over the years, many doors of service have opened for Casa in the nearby communities of Anáhuac and Cuauhtémoc. Two avenues of service are conducted fairly routinely. The first is medical clinics, including dental and eyeglasses. Past clinics have collectively served 2,700 people and provided thousands of dollars in medicines, eyeglasses, and dental services to neighbors in need.
The second avenue of service is food distribution. Most visiting groups coming to Casa bring funds to purchase food for distribution to the needy in our community. Bags for distribution contain rice, beans, and potatoes, as well as Bible study tracts, and weigh approximately twenty pounds each. As of this writing, 126 tons of foods have been distributed door-to-door in the name of Jesus Christ.
Approaching a home of humble means can be a rewarding experience for anyone. Knocking on a door, or merely a doorframe draped with a sheet because there is no door, is an opportunity to grow and reflect on one’s faith. Although most of the families we encounter are impoverished and living in abject poverty, we can see a range of things that will challenge our senses. On one end of the spectrum we see families expressing an abundance of love in kind and caring ways among themselves. On the other end of the spectrum, we see dysfunctional conditions stemming from bad choices. These experiences call into question the importance of wealth, love, and family, precipitating reflection as to how our lives square with God’s word.