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ClubRust is a Christ-centered group of men and women that travel from the Pacific Northwest to Baja, Northern Mexico every year to build homes for the people living in make-shift shelters.  It takes 3 days of hard work for a team of around 25 people to put up one of these homes.  Many of us have never built a house before.  Families with kids are welcome on our trips. 

ClubRust is open to anyone with a good attitude.  If this sounds like something you would like to do, please contact us. 

Why Homes?  

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.  

 

Why Go?

The Greatest Commandment, to love God and love others (Matt. 22:34-40) is 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 others.

 

How 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 something practical.

  * Many opportunities to stretch ourselves beyond our "comfort zone".

  * We can learn a lot from the Mexican's faith, family life and culture.

 

How does going affect them?

  * Benefits a portion of the community in a short time

  * 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.

 

ClubRust is 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.

 

Why 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.  

 

Some of the principles emphasized are:

  * Address both physical and spiritual community needs ("wholistic" approach).

  * 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.

 

What are we doing about this?

While 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 Heaven...

 

Some 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 (multiple teams).

  * Encourage recipient family to participate in house building.

  * Prayer walking in neighbourhood during house building.

  * Prayer meetings in churches in the communities with locals and pastors.

 

To learn more:

   The CHE Network 

   Global CHE Enterprises

   Medical Ambassadors International

   Rancho La Paloma Ministry Center

 

* CHE stands for Community Health Evangelism.

 
Questions or comments? please contact us.

All content Copyright 2014 ClubRust, Seattle, WA.  Last modified on 07-Jun-2015.