Cofradia Dwellings Ministry

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to start a family without a place to live?  This is the case for so many families as they are forced to live with parents or hop from borrowed home to borrowed home in hopes that some day, they’ll have a home of their own.  This ministry helps those families get started and is used as an evangelistic tool to reach out to the community. Change a needy family’s future by helping to provide a home and freeing up finances for food, education and healthcare. We take care of the logistics and you provide the labor. Join us for a Dwellings house build!


This 600 square foot house serves the basic needs for our local families.  It has a small three foot porch in the front, two bedrooms, a living room with a kitchen and dining area, a bathroom and a water cistern with a washboard and counter in the back, and an open section in the back that will have a gravel floor.  We build our own cinder blocks in advance that fit together like legos.  After strengthening the walls with columns, cement, and stucco, the roof is put on.  With the floor, septic, and water cistern built before the team comes, this house can be done in one week with a group of 10 adults.  

(Alphabetical Order)

The Almanza Sanches Family

Manuel Almanza and Jessica Sanches live in the community of Paramitas, about twenty minutes from Cofradía. They have three daughters living with them: Betzabe (21 years old), Sayuri (16 years old), and Brissa (12 years old). Betzabe had previously moved in with a boyfriend, but when the short-lived relationship ended, she returned to her parents' home with her baby daughter, Quiria, who has been diagnosed as being high-risk for SIDS.

Manuel and Jessica have been married for twenty-five years, and for much of that time they lived in borrowed homes. The town authorities donated a piece of land to them, where they built a small shack—made of cinder blocks, wood planks, and an aluminum roof—that leaks during the rainy season.

For work, Manuel sells tortillas and Jessica teaches classes for adults. Nevertheless, it has proven difficult for them to build a more secure home because of the expenses related to their daughters’ education and their sick grandchild. They would be very grateful for a cement house that is safe and comfortable where they could better care for their children.


The Ballesteros Solis Family
(Completed by The Well in February 2020)

Fermín Ballesteros-Lucas and Carolina Solís-López, both of Cofradía, have two children: Diana and Alexis.

This couple has been together for nine years. Fermín is a temporary laborer working in anything from the fields to construction, but because of the scarcity of work in the area, they have been unable to save enough money to build a house, which has forced them to move from borrowed house to borrowed house. They comment that the majority of the time, owners arrived asking them to move out as soon as possible, many times giving them only 24 hours. This has caused them a great deal of difficulty because they have to find another place to live with very little time to search for something more permanent. They say this has been one of the most difficult experiences their family has had to endure, especially for the children. 

Last year, Fermín was finally able to buy a plot of land together with their brother-in-law, Goyo. They dream of one day having their own, permanent home there, where they no longer have to bother anyone else.

The Diaz Cervantez Family

José Andrés Díaz Arreola, of Cofradía, and Melissa Cervantes Morales, of las Pilas, met while attending the local high school. After three years of dating, they married, and they now have a nine-month-old daughter, Lia Maileth. Andrés works in construction supply store, and Melissa takes care of their home and daughter. They live in a house that belongs to Melissa’s father. Since he left her mother, Melissa has been keeping her father company, but over time that relationship has become troubled because of what happened with Melissa’s mother.

Although Andrés’s job has been a great blessing, it has not provided enough for them to save money to build their own home. Andrés’s parents have gifted them a plot of land in Cofradía, and they believe that having their own home built on that plot would provide them the great blessings of privacy and the ability to make their own decisions for the future of their family.

The Hernández Flores Family

Emilio Hernández and Bertha Flores have been married for twenty-eight years and have three adult children: Deisy, Ocyel, and Jonathan. Deisy is married, but their two sons still live at home with them in Cofradía.

Emilio works as a day laborer, and Ocyel contributes as well by cutting hair in the community. The little house they live in was built by the government many years ago, but it leaks during the rainy season, and the income that Emilio earns is not enough to afford the much-needed improvements. In addition, Bertha has been diagnosed with uterine cysts which will cause even more expenses for the family. They comment that to have a home with better conditions would be a great blessing as it would provide security and comfort against the rains, as well as in many other aspects of life.

The Lopez Carrillo Family
(Completed by His Place in February 2020)

Zeferino Carillo-Matías and Jesús Lopez-Vázquez have four children and currently work as field hands only for two or three months every year in order to support their children. When they travel to find work, the children have to stay with Jesús’s mother. This is because the children are young, and the home where they currently live is unsafe.  They don’t want to risk anything happening to the children. In addition, Zeferino works in Tepic (about an hour and a half from Cofradia) when he can, helping with construction.  This kind of work does not provide sufficent income to make improvements on their home.  During the rainy season, they have to find somewhere else to stay because their roof leaks so badly. They are seeking God’s provision of much more work in order to provide a better living situation for their family. In other words, they are waiting on a miracle.

The Martinez Partida Family

Diego Martinez from Las Pilas and Sandy Partida from Cofradía live in a borrowed house in Las Pilas.  This young couple has been together for 11 years.  They met while working in the fields planting melons.  Sandy was interested in Diego and wanted him to ask her out.  She remembers watching other young ladies flirt with Diego, so she decided not to wait and asked him out, instead.  The couple dated for four months before moving in together.  Now, Diego cares for cows and repairs fences, and Sandy makes and sells cheese during the rainy season.  They really want to have children and are seeing a doctor who is helping them with their fertility struggles.

The couple has lived in the borrowed house for five years, and they are ready to feel the security that comes with knowing they are in a home of their own.  This home would also be a place where they would start their family and raise their children.

The Parra Oronia Family

Rolando Parra Rojo and Zoica Oronia Galicia met while working in the fields. They are both very shy, and for many years neither of them could work up the courage to talk to the other. After five years, Rolando worked up the courage to ask Zoica out on a date. They dated for one year and then decided to get married. They have been married for four years and continue to hope and pray the Lord will bless them with a child.

Rolando works in the fields or in construction. Although they not have the expenses that children incur, their savings have not been sufficient to afford the cost of building their own home. Through great sacrifice, they were able to build a shack made of sticks and mud on a plot given to them by Zoica’s mother in Cofradía. Having their own cement-block home would, for them, mean security from the threat of animals in the area and protection from the rain.

The Salvador Flores Family

María Santos Salvador Flores is a single mother to her youngest son, Francisco Javier Gonzales Salvador. María was born in the state of Durango, Mexico. When she was fourteen, she was raped by her brother-in-law; her parents sought help from the authorities, but they were also beaten by Maria’s abuser. This “forced” Maria to find a “husband” that could care for her. She married and had three sons. Her husband, however, got involved with shady characters and ended up being killed. Because of the danger facing her and her children, Maria fled Durango, leaving her home and all her possessions, and ended up in Cofradía, a town she remembered visiting as a child with her parents.

After being widowed, she endured a very difficult season of life, during which, she says, she made some poor decisions that she takes full responsibility for. During that time, she had three more sons outside of marriage.

Since leaving her home in Durango, she has lived in borrowed house after borrowed house, even moving to other locales in order to find work to provide for her children. She says that having their own home would finally provide her and her family a place of refuge.

The Solis Huizar Family
(Completed by The Well in November 2019)

Gregorio (Goyo), of Cofradía, and Rafaela, of Rosarito (a small community in the mountains of Nayarit), are a young couple with two daughters, Mairani and Karla. Goyo’s mother, Modesta, and her grandson Luis also live with them. (It is very common for indigenous families to live together.)

Modesta has no husband, so Goyo has taken on the responsibility of caring for his mother and nephew in addition to his own family.  At this time, he works as a brick layer, earning enough to cover the cost of food and some of their necessary expenses, but that is insufficient for building a house.  After expenses, they have only been able to save enough to purchase just half of the parcel of land where they one day hope to build a house.

They currently live in a borrowed house. Rafaela says it is difficult knowing that at any moment the owners could require the house again, leaving them without a place to live. Having their own home would provide a long-desired sense of stability for their family.

The Urenda Betancourt Family

José Adrian Urenda, of Santa Fe, and Monica Betancourt, of Cofradía, live in the small town of Santa Fe. They have lived in borrowed houses the entire four years they have been together. Monia comments that it is very difficult to be there because on various occasions, the owners have asked them to move out with only one day’s notice.

Adrian works as a day laborer and his income is not enough to cover the cost of building a house. In addition, since birth, their daughter has had ongoing health problems, which puts even greater demand on their finances. For them, having their own home would be an unreachable dream come true. Adrian says it would be a place where he can plant a tree and feel a sense of ownership, and Monica says it would be a place where they can settle and no longer worry about someone kicking them out on the spot.

The Vázquez Family

María Vázquez is a hard working single mother raising her young son, Eric in the nearby town of Santa Fe.  When she was younger, María worked in Ruiz where she met Eric’s dad.  He moved to the United States, and later María and Eric moved there to be with him.  It didn’t work out for them, so María and Eric moved back to Mexico and stayed with her sister.  However, when her sister’s husband returned home, they had to move out.  She rented a house for a while, but it was very difficult for her to make the payments with money she earned selling meals.  When her brother and his family moved to Cofradía, they loaned María their house in Santa Fe.  Everyday, she worries that her brother will need his house again, and she and Eric will be asked to move.  For her, having a home would mean happiness, peace and the security of having a place of her own where she knows she would never be asked to leave.


The Vázquez Martinez Family

José Vázquez and Silvia Martinez are raising their young son, José Alexis in the nearby town of Santa Fe.  The couple met in Chihuahua where José was working in orchards picking apples and peaches.  Two years later, Silvia came to work in the same fields, and José fell for her right away.  After dating for five months, the couple moved to Santa Fe where José now works in the nearby fields, and Silvia cares for José Alexis.   

The family lives in a home they are borrowing from José’s parents.  The house floods during the rainy season.  The couple remembers a particular rainy season two years ago.  Their son was sick and after being exhausted from caring for him all through the night and taking him to the doctor the next day, they were so tired that they slept through the rain and didn’t notice the water coming into the house.  When the neighbors came to wake them, their clothing, furniture, bed and other household items were soaked.  For this family, having a house would mean having the security of being in a home of their own on their land.  It would also be a safe place for them to live that wouldn’t flood every year.


The Verdin Carrillo Family

Juan Ayala Verdin and Zulema Mariscal Carrillo have been married seven years and live in Cofradía. They have one son, Victor, who will turn three August. Juan suffers from Sciatica, which has made it difficult for him to work, so Zulema has taken on the responsibility of working and providing for their family’s needs.

They live in the home of Juan’s grandfather, who is alone and sick, but Zulema’s income is not sufficient to save for their own home. However, Juan’s family has recently informed them that they want to evict the young family from the grandfather’s house, potentially to claim the house for themselves once the grandfather passes away. Both Zulema and young Victor have been beaten up, both physically and verbally, by extended family members in order to intimidate them into vacating the house. They comment that it has been extremely difficult to endure such mistreatment and that having their own home would provide them a refuge where they can raise their son in security and peace.

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