Church raising funds for Mexican home

Members of The First Baptist Church are hosting a hot lunch day to fundraise for their trip to Juarez, Mexico where they will build a house for an underprivileged family.

By Jasmine Franklin

Members of The First Baptist Church are hosting a hot lunch day to fundraise for their trip to Juarez, Mexico where they will build a house for an underprivileged family.

“It’s an amazing experience to help a family,” said Kathy Schmidt, one of the group leaders. “The first family I built a home for lived in a cardboard box — they had nothing.”

Proceeds for the $10 lunch go toward getting the group to Mexico. The lunch will be held Jan. 13 from 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 5109 – 57th Avenue.

The 13-member group has been working alongside Casas Por Christes, an organization that helps select the families in dire need of homes. Families must apply and the chosen families are selected based on urgent need.

Schmidt is coming on to her fourth year of building after her husband Richard, also team leader, first went to Mexico in 2005 and has “felt a calling to lead to the group to go help” ever since.

The group will be gone March 27 to April 4 and will build a 14. 5 foot by 31 foot, three-bedroom house. The total cost of the home is $6,700 U.S.

For any additional information or donations call (403) 783-5533.

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