Kevin From Juarez
Isaiah 58:10–11 “and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
This is Kevin. I met him the first year we went on our missions trip to Juarez which was December of 2015. We were throwing a huge Christmas party for all the children that go to our carepoints. Around 300 kids were going to be a part of the party and this was going to be their Christmas because most of them don’t get one at home. During the preparation for the party we went to many of the houses in the communities to make sure the kids knew about the party and that they were invited. It was a great time of outreach visiting the families at their home, but also a time of seeing first hand what these families lives at home were like.
Many of the families had homes that were around 2 rooms, one was a kitchen type room with maybe some shelves, and the other was a room with maybe two beds in it. Most of these homes had families made up of 2 parents and 4-6 kids living in them. Just about every home we visited had no floor, holes in the roof, no windows, and holes in the walls. It was eye opening for sure. These families rely on the carepoints and the help they receive there for their children.
One house that our team visited was Kevin’s house and it was by far the worst we had seen. It looked like a small abandoned one room house. It smelt like sewage. During the time we were there it was getting down below 20 degrees at night. Kevin’s home had no windows, doors, or anything like that. There was a bathtub filled with trash, a table with food that looked like it was a year old, and a bedroom with one bed and no blankets. Just a sheet. Kevin has three siblings and two parents and all of them were living there and sleeping in the same bed.
When we were talking to them and making sure they knew about the Christmas party and how much we wanted them there, Kevin couldn’t keep his head up. He looked down in shame. After we told them all about the party Kevin said that he couldn’t go. We a asked him why and his only reply “I don’t have any shoes”. He was so ashamed of not having any shoes and then told us they didn’t have any jackets either. He knew how bad his family had it. This little four year old was distraught and ashamed because he did not have the shoes and jackets some some of the other kids had. I hope that hits you as hard as it hit me.
This broke our hearts. We went to the store and bought jackets, blankets, and shoes and made sure they had what they needed and made sure they came to the Christmas party. Oh how they enjoyed that party. They had a blast and it made those children and especially Kevin feel so special and appreciated.
Kevin with his new jacket at the Christmas party.
The next year I went back to Juarez we visited Kevin’s house again and they have been going to the carepoint every day since. They are so thankful for the carepoint and all it has to offer for the kids. We learned that Kevin and his family were actually homeless and found that abandoned house and just moved in. They don’t own the house, they just live there so that they aren’t out on the streets.
Kevin and his family are still today a major part of the carepoint near their home. They rely on it and they are extremely thankful for it because of how much it helps their family. Kevin is one of the reasons I am going to do full time missions work in Juarez to help run these carepoints. We are going for the many more Kevins in Juarez. We are going to make sure no child like Kevin is forgotten. We are going so that we can bring hope to the children living in these hopeless situations. We are praying everyday that God would allow us to reach, love, and bring hope to many more children in Juarez that are not reached yet. Jesus calls the poor and oppressed the “least of these” because they are often considered unimportant or outcasts. But not in my Jesus' eyes. He loves them and cares for them deeply. And He calls us to go after the least of these. “And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
Matthew 25:40 ESV He says when we feed, clothe, or give to the least of these, we are actually doing that for Him!
I pray and hope that whoever reads this would get behind us and help us make this possible. We are in need of support and prayer. Your support will enable us to continue with the carepoints and continue to reach more children living in these conditions. Your prayer will strengthen and encourage us to not give up no matter how hard it will be. The Kevins of Mexico need the hope of Jesus and the beauty of the gospel.
If you would like to support our work in Mexico, our website is www.gcn.world/efferson. We rely on support from people like you to be able to continue to do this work. Any donation and any prayer is appreciated more than you know!