WAYS TO HELP

WAYS TO HELP

Over the years

La Casa de mi Padre seeks to partner with others to be God’s hands and feet in El Salvador. We have been blessed with many teams, visitors and volunteers over the years that have worked on projects within La Casa, the Bridge, our land, our families’ homes and their communities. We have also hosted medical mission teams. Without many people joining our mission, we could not accomplish restoration in the lives of the children. We encourage you to consider partnering with us in God’s work.

Prayer Partners

Prayer is the heart of who we are. One of the most important ways to partner with us is through prayer.  In addition to praying  for God’s wisdom, provision, direction of the ministry and the children we serve, below are some specific ways to pray for us this month:

SEPTEMBER:

  • Continue to pray for our counselors and their time with Tiffany, a licensed counselor from California who visits a couple of times a year to help provide training. Our counselors have just finished being certified in EMDR, a technique used with those who have experienced trauma. Tiffany is quite experienced in using this technique, and we are blessed to have her come alongside our counselors to reinforce their training.
  • Pray for El Salvador. We celebrate Independence Day this month. Pray for wisdom of our leaders who are making decisions that impact this country for a lifetime.
  • Pray for Daniela and Rut. We will be celebrating their 15th birthday this month. This is a very special day for girls here in El Salvador. May they know just how precious they are.
  • Pray for our teachers in our on-site schooling program as they enter the last couple of months for the school year. May they have the energy, enthusiasm and love of teaching to carry them through.
  • Pray for the biological families of the children whom we work with. We are finally able to host our on-site family visitation times. The children are so eager to see their families after only talking via phone for the past year and a half. May these reunions be positive, and may it be a time for families to recommit to doing the hard it takes to work towards restoration.
  • Pray for the rise of COVID world-wide. We continue to experience increased cases here in El Salvador.  Pray for the doctors and all those working on the front lines for so long now as well as leaders who have to make decisions that aren’t easy in how to manage the pandemic.
  • Wisdom as we lead the ministry.

Sponsorship Program

 

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One specific way people choose to be a part of the work is by sponsoring a home. Our  sponsorship program allows you to be a part of a village that supports the needs of taking care of a group of children full-time in a loving, Christian home environment where each child is nurtured and loved so that they may heal, grow and dream of a brighter tomorrow.

By joining others, your donation of $40 a month helps to provided, food, housing, schooling, clothing, transportation, recreation, healthcare, counseling and intentional reconnecting back with their biological family when possible and safe to do so.

For more information, contact communications@mfh-elsalvador.org.

Mission Trips

Short-term mission teams are a tremendous blessing to our ministry, and we look forward to each group that comes. A typical team flies in on a Saturday afternoon and spends the evening meeting our directors, hearing about the mission and vision of La Casa de mi Padre, learning a little about El Salvador and enjoying some typical food together.

Sunday is spent attending church in the morning and then meeting and playing with our kids in the afternoon. This time is usually spent in a large outdoor space with a mixture of soccer, volleyball and other sports activities or crafts your team may choose to bring. It is not a programmed time, but just a time to play, hang out and get to know our kids as they get to know you. However, if your group feels called to plan something more structured, we’d be happy to work with your group on this.

Monday through Friday are spent on a variety of experiences, with emphasis on your project for the week. Your project could include any of the following, or a combination, depending on our needs at the time of your visit: painting, mixing and pouring cement, cleaning and organizing, working with one our families, landscaping, repairs, construction, room design, preparing for the new school year, community outreach, etc. Teams will also have the opportunity to help us be good neighbors by visiting and praying with many of the widows and other families in the community around our farm.

Some time during the week, your teams will have a free afternoon to experience the culture of El Salvador. As we work with your group to plan your visit, we will let you know your schedule in a more defined way and provide you with a list of options that we would recommend for your free time.

The week ends Friday afternoon with a cookout with our staff and children and another chance to play and connect with our children within La Casa. You can play soccer or basketball, play games, or perhaps more crafts. You can design this time to be whatever you want it to be. You will leave early on Saturday morning, having made new relationships that will have challenged your heart for a lifetime. Cost, including airfare, hotel, transportation, meals and projects money average around $1900. These prices can vary depending on airfare and where you stay.

For more information email us communications@mfh-elsalvador.org

Needs List for Teams:

These are items that you may choose to collect and bring down with you that would serve as a huge help to our program.
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brushes
  •  Razors (for girls and boys)
  • Deodorant
  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Bandaids (a variety of sizes)
  • Maxi Pads (for day and night)
  • Hair ties for our girls
  • Gently used shoes or clothing (contact us for sizes) This is a tremendous help in keeping the cost of clothes and even shoes down. Your team might want to collect gently used clothing to bring down!
  • Solid color T-shirts for both boys and girls
  • Flip flops for both girls and boys (contact us for sizes)
  • Tennis Shoes (contact us for sizes)
  • Twin size sheet sets
  • Towels
  • Socks
  • New underclothes for both girls and boys (contact communications@mfh-elsalvador.org for sizes)

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Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in partnering with us!

La Casa de mi Padre is a Children’s Home located in Santo Tomas, El Salvador (about a 20 minute drive outside the city). We are unique in that we embrace family care practices where the children that we serve are placed in a family setting with a foster family who opens their arms to embrace a small group of children during the period of time we have each child under our care. Our ministry then provides a full circle of support around our foster families, the children and their families to move towards healing, healthy relationships and reunification where possible. We also have a transition home program where those young adults who have aged out of foster care can choose to live as they finish their schooling, attend college or job training and begin independent life. We do accept volunteers/interns who have a skill set that supports our Vision (To heal hearts, restore families and bring hope of a better future to children in crisis in El Salvador) and our Mission (To model a healthy home life and providing Christ-centered counseling, education, life planning, and family support). If interested in partnering with us as a volunteer, please complete the following.

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