We believe that a sturdy and weatherproof home is
fundamental for a secure and healthy family life. A decent home for
a family is one part of the process of alleviating long term poverty.
The latrines that we build with each house increase the health of the
entire community as well.
The Greatest Commandment, to love God and love
included inside of the Great Commission (Matt.
28:16-20). He commands us (this is not a
suggestion) to love and care for the spiritual AND physical well being of
does going affect us?
* Obeying God pleases Him (and is good for us!).
* Opens our eyes first hand to poverty.
* Building a home with like minded folks is
a lot of fun!
* Introduces us to the Great Commission and
mission work in general.
* Demonstrates Christ's body working on
* Many opportunities to stretch ourselves beyond
our "comfort zone".
* We can learn a lot from the Mexican's faith,
family life and culture.
does going affect them?
* Benefits a portion of the community in a
* Families and children have safe, sturdy
homes and latrines.
* The building projects are our first step
in engaging the community further.
* They see in a practical and spiritual way
that they are not forgotten.
* Sharing our lives with our Mexican
neighbours is invaluable.
re-focusing our efforts to be more "developmental" (and less
"relief" or charity based). Working closely with local
pastors, leaders and ministries, we continue to pray together, exploring
better methodologies of serving in the communities.
development and not just relief?
We are all familiar with the proverb "Give a
man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you
feed him for a lifetime." Development focuses on empowering the
local community to define, participate in and resolve their own goals,
with their own ideas and resources.
of the principles emphasized are:
* Address both physical and spiritual community needs ("wholistic"
* The community develops the ideas and the
solution to their own problems.
* The resources to implement the solution
come from within the community.
* Volunteers, Ideas and solutions increase,
and spread to other communities.
* The community learns how to reach its own
goals with God's help.
* We learn
from each other when we all participate together - We are equals.
* We model Christ's leadership style by
serving all whom we work alongside.
are we doing about this?
ClubRust may never become a purely
developmental effort, our desire is to be part of the process that sees true
development flourish. To that end, we are working closely
with several developmental ministry partners. The inroads we have in
the communities because of these projects will be instrumental in their
developmental efforts to further God's Kingdom here on earth, as it is in
practical ways that ClubRust is doing this:
* Teach/Learn home building skills - Framing, Electrical, Roofing, Drywall.
* Resist giving away items such as clothing,
food and money.
* Work through local church to determine
what the community actually needs.
* Regular visits with pastors and leaders to
build more relationships
* Community nominates families for homes or
projects to be done.
* Invite the communities to the Ranch for meals,
fellowship, and services.
* Teach solar Pepsi bottle light project -
Simple & wholistic entry to homes .
* Bible storying, crafts and activities with
community kids during build days.
* Teach latrine building skills to community
(and why latrines are necessary).
* Encourage locals to volunteer alongside us
for building the homes.
* Team devotions - Story/skit tying physical
& spiritual at work site.
* Daily morning devotions at ranch with entire group
* Encourage recipient family to participate
in house building.
* Prayer walking in neighbourhood during
* Prayer meetings in churches in the
communities with locals and pastors.
La Paloma Ministry Center
* CHE stands for Community Health