Dwellings Stories - Steve Critchlow
After raising the first wall from the floor of what would soon be the new home for Osman’s Family we could look south, over the city of Coxen Hole sometimes to see the scarcely visible mainland of Honduras across Caribbean. This begins the story of West Side Church as a team of youth and adults who built two homes in July of 2016. As we worked and enjoyed conversation alongside these families our team quickly discovered what these families had only conceived in their dreams … a new home. The Dwelling’s Crew made it possible for a team from Richland Washington, to be the agents of hope for these two families.
Many months before, the team of young students responded to the desire to serve God by serving others, and our team set about preparing for an adventure. With team building meetings, planning meetings, and fundraising events within the community of a very supportive church family, we prepared for this journey. The result of our obedience; two families now have homes from which to see the future, as they educate their children, live healthy, productive lives, and now are able to serve with in their community… We gained: life long memories and new friends.
Again, early in 2017, as we longed for the end of winter in the Pacific Northwest, (we can’t discount the allure of warm tropical breeze and crystal waters of Roatan), we heard God’s call in response to the Prayers of another family for a home of their own. As we shared the joy of our July trip with friends, we quickly found a team ready for their part in serving the people of Roatan. Off we went in April.
The Rosales family, mom, dad, and three very bright hard-working boys were again blessed to have a home they now call their own. As we entered into the joyful bantering with our team leader Geovanny, a home was constructed in 5 days, we also built new memory’s and new friendships. One of the many Highlights of that trip came as we took time to visit both the Urbina and Osman‘s families in the new (2016) homes. Not surprisingly Mariella (mom) arrived the next day at Rosales work site with the gift of homemade donuts. We commented later that mom clearly looked much more rested than that of our first meeting in July. The Dwellings team coordinator, Lilian, quickly acknowledged this is often true as families move from tin buildings with dirt floors to a home with a foundation and a real floor.
Who knows: we are likely to do it again as this I a great and tangible way share the hope of our savior to give the gift of a home to those ready to receive.