The Romero Carrillo Family - Cofradia
Alonso is a very hard worker and dedicated many, many hours to help with his new house. It was very exciting to see his enthusiasm and gratitude for this gift.
Ephesians 2:8-10 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
This family received a free material gift that is only to last them a time here on earth. The spiritual gift of salvation from God is eternal; it lasts much longer that the earth! What we witnessed in the physical material world these past few weeks is a picture of what spiritual salvation is...a free gift. All we need to do is RECEIVE the gift God has provided for us--SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. Jesus paid for our sins when he died on the cross and rose from the grave, making it possible for us to be saved.
Much like what verse 10 says, "...we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works...", is the example that we saw in Alonso. He already had received the gift (even though it was not yet completed) and worked really hard (not to EARN the gift, but because he had already RECEIVED the gift).
It was an exciting time. Thank you so much to Marion and Loretta Sluys for their generosity and making God's love visible.
You can do this, too, by forming a team and coming down to build someone a house. Here are some people who are waiting. The only thing we require of them is that they have their own land to build on.