Annual Mexico Trip
Every year, our church sends a team of volunteers to help construct the largest orphanage in Latin America, Casa de las Gemas, or House of Gems. It is 10 miles south of the Texas Border in the state of Chihuahua, MX, and will house 250+ children upon completion.
To read Mike Linderer's Mexico trip blog, click on this link:
Since our first trip in 2007, we have sent over 100 people as part of our GFMC teams to help build the orphanage.
Tapestries of Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry that serves the poor and needy of Mexico, and is building Casa de Las Gemas for the homeless children of Chihuahua. There are an estimated 7,000 children on the streets with no home in that region of Mexico. For more information on this ministry, see http://www.tapestriesoflife.com
A Diaper Miracle!
1 Grayling Prayer + 1 Amazing God = A Diaper miracle for Mexican babies!
Team members on the very first trip to Mexico came back with pictures of darling babies, and stories about the wet, smelly conditions of those babies, since the parents could not afford diapers and rarely changed them. One Grayling mom was specifically asked to pray for diapers for the babies of Mexico.
She said, "I thought, 'that's an expensive thing to ask me to pray for! I don't have that kind of money!"" Overcome with emotion at the thought of the babies in soggy smelly clothes, the Grayling mom cried out to God and begged him to provide for the babies he made and loves in Mexico. "Immediately, the thought of cloth diapers came to mind. I had never used them, but began to talk to friends who had. I researched online and found one style that works for newborn to 35 pounds. I ordered some to try on my baby, and couldn't wait to see where this was going to go."
That night, she got a more specific answer than she'd expected. God said, "Go to the source." She knew it meant that she needed to find the manufacturer of the diapers she'd found online. As the manufacturer's website appeared on her computer screen, she saw at the bottom of the homepage, an inscription that made her heart jump: "We are proud to donate our seconds to charitable causes. Please call us to have your cause considered for a donation."
"I almost fell off my chair, I was so excited!" she recounts.
When she explained the cause of the soggy Mexican babies to the lady who answered the phone, she had no idea she was speaking with the owner of The Natural Baby Company in Montana, Kim Ormsby. "This is EXACTLY the kind of thing we like to help with," Kim replied. Since that initial phone call, over a million high-quality washable Natural Baby Company diapers have been donated to Tapestries of Life for Mexican babies.
GFM seasmstresses have had some sewing bees to add homemade washable diaper liners to the Natural Baby Company's donation, too.