Orlando Oronia and his wife Carmen were the most recent recipients of a house through our Dwellings ministry in Cofradia. Orlando had contemplated going to the United States for contract work, but decided to stay in Cofradia with his family in hopes that, little by little, he could build them a house.
Here is their profile as candidates for a house:
We love the moment we get to share with the families they have been chosen by a team to receive a house. It's always a true joy! Here is a video of when we spoke with them to give them the news. (The sound quality is horrible, but there are sub-titles).
The Well Church from Salt Lake City, Utah, chose the Oronia Flores family, raised the funds, and came down to build them a house.
It was one week of a lot of work and a lot of fun as they got to work along side the family and a few locals. In the process, they made some great relationships with each other and the locals.
Every stage is fun, but the best part of it all is when the keys are handed over to the family and anyone who wants can share a few words about their experience and encouragement to the family. Those are moments that are unforgettable! The impact that strangers from a different country can have on a few lives is incredible! This family was blessed beyond belief as they still cannot believe what just happened.
TESTIMONY FROM ORLANDO:
Witchcraft is very common in these parts, some of the older generation still think it's normal to consult someone who practices those things. The people who lived in their old house before them were indigenous witches and wizards. It was usual for Orlando and Carmen to see shadows in their house, small dwarf-like creatures, they both fought a lot, and there was animosity between Carmen and his mother.
Right as we began to start setting the blocks with the team on Sunday afternoon, we all prayed over the area proclaiming freedom and blocking out any distractions or influences by these demonic creatures who have "resided" in that location. The build went really smooth and was very peaceful.
Now, after a couple of weeks of living in the house, Orlando says this, "We sleep so well now, we don't hear any strange noises, the kids play peacefully, we hardly ever fight anymore, and my wife has reconciled with my mom, my mom even comes to visit us now. Our lives have changed!"
We encourage Orlando and his wife to continue to seek God and give Him their lives. Only the blood of Jesus will keep those things from returning.
Here are some photos of the build that some of the team members took:
|building up the wall
|Carmen shaving a block
|forming for the bond beam
|Orlando and Carmen smoothwalling
|Praying for the family
|Pastor Luis handing over the keys
|Entering their new house for the first time
We still have some more families who cannot afford to build a house and need your help. This is a great opportunity to help someone and change their lives, and share God's love.
Email me if you are interested in helping. You can put together a team or donate to help another team raise the funds.