A young family in a Mexican border town will be getting a new home and a few new friends this July thanks to a group of teens from the North Shore. The team is made up of ten youth and four adults from the First Baptist Church youth group. They are going through an organization called Casas por Cristo which builds homes in two locations in Mexico and one in Guatemala.

The team will complete the entire construction, all the way from the foundation to the roof, starting Monday, July 9th and finishing Friday, July 13th. The house will consist of two rooms and will have electricity. This will be the third house that teams from First Baptist have built with Casas por Cristo.

Top Row: Sarah Sergeant, Alyssa Reeves 3rd Row: Nikita McElwee, Dan Carpenter, Chris Yee, Matt Carpenter, Melissa Murphy 2nd Row: Eric Dokken, Glen McElwee, Alex Walder, Dylan Aptt, Amanda Gilson Bottom: Phebe Biggar, Tania Dokken

The team is looking forward to building more than a house though. Their ultimate purpose is to build relationships with the Mexican family, with each other, and with God. Team member, Alyssa Reeves, says she is looking forward to building relationships with the children in the neighborhood while helping a family in need. Amanda Gilson says she is looking forward to the trip because “it’s a great way to show people how great God’s love really is.”

The team will need to raise about $14,000 to cover the cost of building materials for the home, their plane tickets, and room and board in Mexico. To raise the money, they will be having a yard sale and car wash on June 30th in the parking lot at Sacred Heart Church. Donations for the yard sale are being collected at First Baptist Church during normal business hours. For more information on how to get involved, you may visit the team’s page at www.manchesterfbc.org or call the church at 978.526.4283.