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 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 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 Orozco Rodriguez Family

Guillermo (Guille) Orozco and Valeria Rodriguez have a young daughter named Kathy. Guille is from Cofradía, and Valeria is from the nearby town Paso Real.  


The couple shares a deep sense of responsibility before God to care for their family.  They currently live in the house that belonged to Guille’s great-grandmother. Guille’s grandfather gave them some land as a gift, but Guille wants to save up the money to pay him for it.  Guille does everything he can to earn money: he helps with construction projects, repairs electrical items, and works in the fields. Sometimes, he works in the state capital, Tepic—about an hour and a half from Cofradia—helping with construction projects and selling fish and shrimp. Valeria stays home and takes care of Kathy. The family’s income still is not enough to pay for a house.   


Valeria and Guille agree that if they were selected to receive a house, it would truly be a blessing from God.


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 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 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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