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Central Illinois Churches Build Homes for Mexico

Sophie Nielsen-Kolding - WMBD/WYZZ-TV
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June 3, 2013

Missions Ministries serves the people of the Colonias outside of Juarez, Mexico with home construction, food & clothing outreach, and a medical clinic. (MissionsMinistries92)

The sounds of saws and hammers filled a Central Illinois warehouse this weekend as nearly 150 volunteers came together to build houses on a mission for Mexico.

A number of Peoria area churches pitched in to help Missions Ministries, a Mexico-based organization that helps people who have been stranded after failing to cross the border.

"There's just a lot of needs there, we're talking 4,000 feet of desert, it's not like there's trees you can cut down not like there's things you can grow," said Executive Director Chris Henshaw.

Henshaw said many of those people live in shacks made of cardboard and sheets of plastic. The new homes make life more spacious.

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Founded in 1992 by Ed Bullis, Missions Ministries is committed to seeing the lives of those in the communities of northern Mexico transformed and changed.  Through constructing homes, hosting medical/dental clinics, educating students, supporting local entrepreneurs, and conducting food outreaches we are seeing the communities surrounding Juarez, Mexico grow and improve.  We welcome all willing and passionate volunteers who want to come alongside us and serve in Mexico or serve with us in the U.S. through our Raising the Walls program.

For more info visit the website at Missions Ministries

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