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Ensenada | Mexico

Casa Esther

Casa Esther - Ensenada - Mexico
In progress
Project Status
In progress

The primary ministry is Casa Esther; a girls safe house in a family setting located on the premise of El Refugio, for teens and pre-teens who have been rescued from situations of violence, abuse, neglect, and/or prostitution/trafficking.

At Casa Esther the desire is to provide a safe, supportive, and loving environment where abandoned and at-risk children and teens are given the opportunity to get an education, receive counseling to resolve the pain they have suffered, learn invaluable life skills, and receive biblical training to help each individual grow and develop towards their full potential physically, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually. Equipping them to become upstanding citizens who love God and can affect change in their communities!

The project is to provide the girls with a large classroom upstairs to do their homework and tutoring. A conference rooms, a small chapel/counseling room, a physical education room, and offices are also a part of the expansion project. The downstairs will have a large kitchen divided in two so the girls can be taught cooking and baking skills.

Latest update

Fire in Education Building

Unfortunately on September 3 there was a fire in the newest area of El Refugio. Praise be to God that everyone was safe. However, the educational room and two bedrooms used for groups were damaged by the fire. As well, the new dining hall has water damage from the fire fighters. It is unlikely that the insurance will cover everything as it is difficult to insure wooden structures in Mexico.

The evening of the fire God gave the staff at El Refugio a beautiful rainbow and sunset. A reminder that he is constant even when we don’t understand. He calms the storm.

Before El Refugio can be rebuilt permits must be granted by the local fire department. After three months these permits have still not been granted and Randy and Sandy are struggling to even get an appointment with the fire department.

Thankfully, it looks like insurance is going to cover all items lost in the fire as well as the wood, paint, and other materials needed. This is wonderful news however insurance will not cover the cost of hiring workers to complete the repairs. This is no small job! The roof needs to be torn off, old insulation replaced, a third of the rafters and ceiling joists need repair. Once this is complete they will still need to re-sheet and re-shingle the whole roof.

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