During March, over 40 SJV Volunteers participated in two mission trips to Eagle Pass, Texas (on the border of Mexico). Both Mission Teams completed a great deal of work. They re-roofed 3 houses, painted 2 houses, and completed an addition to one home. All owners were very poor, elderly, and disabled. With good roofs, they will all have a decent place to live the remainder of their time here on earth. The Mission Teams also continue to maintain relationships with the homebound whom we have assisted in the past, visiting them, offering them support and praying with them.
In addition to the work mentioned above, the mission teams also built a new house for a family of 5 who had lost their trailer home in a tornado. No one was injured, but they were left homeless with no insurance. On Day 1, the Mission Teams began work with just a concrete slab. By Day 5 of the 2nd Mission Trip (or Day 9 altogether), they had completed the construction on the house as shown in the middle photo below. Other mission teams will finish up the house and make it ready for the family to move in.
Maryknoll Missionary Fr. Gerry Kelly accompanied our teams. He led our teams in Mission Nights of presentation, prayer, and reflection. Our parishioners were also joined on the mission by Seminarians from St. Mary’s. On Sunday, our Mission Teams celebrated Mass together at a local parish where they were welcomed with a celebration and wonderful lunch made for the team.
Congratulations to both of our Mission Teams! We thank you for all of your hard work and generosity of spirit. “And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me’”(Matthew 25: 35-36:40).
Congratulations to both of our Eagle Pass Mission Teams! You all did some amazing work.