Dulce Refugio Newsletter January 2015

  Wow, another year gone and we are now in the year of our Lord 2015. 2014 ended with a bang. We had lots of parties for the children. We ended the year with a team from the Chinese Alliance Church of Calgary. We also started the New Year with them. On New Year’s Day they took the children ice skating which was a new experience for many of the children and was enjoyed by all. They worked on the foundation of the school cutting and tying 3 tons of re-bar. They also painted one of the girl’s rooms.   crucero 006 crucero 012                   DSC_0025                   DR Jan15     On January 3 Jesse, Faith and children came back from their Christmas holidays. Esteban(Doug) a new volunteer arrived following them down from the United States. On the 11th his wife Blanca and two daughters will be arriving. They will be a great addition to help with the children. We said good –bye to Christian Grande one of the boys who grew up here at the orphanage and was helping as a volunteer. He went to live with his uncle. We will miss him. He was always willing to help out. We also are preparing to say good bye to Fanny, another person who grew up here in the orphanage and was helping out as a volunteer. She is going to the USA to study. We will miss her as well since she helped out Marce with a million different things. Her sister Alejandra (Guera) will also miss her and is sad to see her leave.   DSC_0052 1030.Christian Angel Díaz                     I would like to thank all those who helped out the orphanage in the past year. There are so many people who help in so many ways to improve the lives of these children. Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. Also I would like to thank those who supported my family and me financially, without this support our work would not be possible. I need a few more monthly supporters for this year, so if you feel God calling you to help out you can look under (Get Involved- support our missionaries) on the childrenofhope.info web site. God bless you in this new year Duane Visscher

Dulce Refugio News

Dulce Refugio News July 16, 2014 I am happy to inform you all that the orphanage Dulce Refugio is doing well. We received great news this month, in that the government has donated the land next to the orphanage so that we can build our own school. The school will be a great benefit for us in that we will be able to instruct the children in a God fearing manner. The children will also benefit from a more personalized education so that those who arrive behind in their studies can advance faster. We at times receive children of the ages 12 or 13 who have never been to school before and are unable to go to a public school because they are so far behind, this affects their self-esteem and leads to behavioral problems. So we praise God for the blessing of this land. Now we just need to raise the funds and build the school. We are currently finishing pouring the basketball court which will be a great place for the children to run off some of their endless energy. This spring we build a castle for the boys to play in. We are working on a play house for the girls. The teams are helping with these projects. We have 4 teams this summer. We also just finished celebrating the orphanage 12th anniversary on the 5th of July with a small party and a number of guests. We are very busy with groups. My family is doing well. Perla is learning to count to ten in English and Spanish. Tricia is crawling and eating whatever she can get her hands on. Maribel is busy preparing school supplies for next year’s classes for all the children. She also is doing the accounting for the receipts for Children of Hope who send money from Canada to help maintain the running of the orphanage. I have been busy building 3 small storage rooms for the children’s toys and sports equipment among other things . We also put up a covering for the girls where they can sit in the shade. welding Duane                 Pouring the roof of the storage rooms Building a canopy for shade from the sun The family services is not happy with the orphanage these days because they started a new program to see if they could match some of the older children with people who want to adopt but are not sure if they want to adopt an older child. The older children on some Saturdays and Sundays go out on visitations. The problem is that the children pray before they eat and some of the potential adoptive parents are catholic and our children have refused to take part in the catholic mass with them. The family services is saying that we are turning the children into radical Christians and are trying to make life difficult for the orphanage one of the social service workers even said that Christian orphanages should be shut down. We pray that these people will see the light of the truth of the Word of God. I, Duane, will be in Langley from the 7th to the 16th of August and will be at church on the 12th to answer any questions you might have. I thank all who support my family financially. Thank you all for keeping us in your prayers. The challenges we face are made easier knowing that God our Father is looking out for all our needs. If you would like more information and pictures there are several options. -E-mail me DuaneVisscher@yahoo.ca -Facebook: Maribelita Silva Jesse Beckett Children of Hope (Pictures but in Spanish )Casa Hogar Dulce Refugio God Bless you all, Maribel, Duane, Perla and Tricia. Duane's family Castle

Faithworks 2013- A bunch of firsts

On November 5, 2013, we welcomed Faithworks team from the greater Toronto, Ontario area (plus 1 from Vancouver, BC). It was an awesome 10 days filled with many firsts. First missions trip, first time trip leading, first team to stay in the dorms with the kids, first time taking the kids to a pro soccer game, first team I have hosted, first time mixing concrete for some… The team was busy all week scraping paint, digging trenches, pouring concrete, bending rebar. Those were the things they did for the kids. What they did with the kids was even more challenging, rewarding, and in my opinion impactful. They took the kids to a nearby mountain for a early morning hike, stoked the fires of futbol dreams by treating them to the local professional futbol (soccer) team- Necaxa, and of course the ever popular Sunday afternoon park trip. Even in their “free time”, the team gave of themselves spending many hours playing futbol, doing hair, and all around loving on the kids and just spending time with them. It was a beautiful thing to watch. They exemplified Christ’s love to the kids by being His hands and feet. By far, it was the best team I have ever hosted…………(and also my first). They are now part of the Dulce Refugio story, and I think and hope that many of them will be back to visit soon. Here’s some of the highlights:  

3 buckets sand, 3 buckets of rock, 1 bucket water 1/2 bag of cement, and what do ya get? concrete pie!

3 buckets sand, 3 buckets of rock, 1 bucket water 1/2 bag of cement, and what do ya get? concrete pie!

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Are we done yet?

No square knots please!!

No square knots please!!

Narrow is the path that leads to non-spillage!!

Narrow is the path that leads to non-spillage!!

Yes sir, I'll have some more concrete please...

Yes sir, I’ll have some more concrete please…

Lookin chido (cool)

Lookin chido (cool)

Drama time!

Drama time!

At the Necaxa futbol game.

At the Necaxa futbol game.

A view from the top of Picacho (dead man mountain)

A view from the top of Picacho (dead man mountain)

no spanish, no problema! food is universal language.

no spanish, no problema! food is universal language.

what's the capacity on that bike? Watch out for the goose!

what’s the capacity on that bike? Watch out for the goose!

Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a kid? No, why do you ask?

Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a kid? No, why do you ask?

Hands of steel, bending and tying rebar for the walls.

Hands of steel, bending and tying rebar for the walls.

So when you add up over 5 tons of cement mixed, 3,000 lbs of rebar, 56 kids, 10 team members, a little sickness, a little soreness, and 10 days of memories… I’d say you’d have a pretty great week. Thanks for reading! Jesse

Pan de Vida update: 15th birthday, Children of Hope conference, Winkler Men of Hope team, and new boys’ dorm updated

On October 27th, two girls from Pan de Vida celebrated their 15th birthday. This is an important milestone for Mexican girls and is celebrated with lots of fan fare! There was a special ceremony prepared for the girls as well as a great meal for everyone afterwards. Many people came to be a part of the event and to share this special time with the girls. A big thank-you goes to all those who helped with buying all the special items to make this event so special for the girls. DSCN4336 DSCN4371 DSCN4382 DSCN4393 DSCN4411 DSCN4505 DSCN4496 DSCN4509 DSCN4639 On October 28 to 30, Children of Hope hosted its yearly leadership conference for its missionaries in the state and city of San Luis Potosi. Pastor Eduardo Paulin, director of the Otomi House, led the conference on the topic, “The necessary ministry of the Holy Spirit”. There were three sessions over two days. It was a great time of spiritual up-building for all involved.   DSCN4747 DSCN4713 DSCN4709 DSCN4707 DSCN4675 DSCN4789   On November 15th, the Men of Hope team from Winkler, Manitoba visited Pan de Vida. This team of 15 men were busy completing some different projects in the new boys’ dorm. A kitchen was made for the directors, window projections for 31 of the 40 windows were welded together, some clothes cabinets were started, and some tile was laid in the different patios around the Pan de Vida property. Most of the vehicles were also checked by two mechanics on the team. The Men of Hope team had the opportunity to visit the Esperanza para Ti orphanage to pour a 80-square-meter concrete pad for a new pig pen. The team also visited the Otomi house in the mountains close to Queretaro to seal and paint the building, install a new sign and give breakfast and donations to the children. DSCF0004 DSCF0017 DSCF0059 DSCF0060 DSCF0066 DSCF0070 DSCF0074 DSCF0086 DSCF0094 DSCF0100 DSCF0109 DSCN5722 DSCN6003 DSCN6022 DSCN6028 DSCN6038 DSCN6588 DSCN6593 DSCN6654 DSCN6658 DSCN6686   The Pan de Vida orphanage was blessed with a new boys’ dorm. This project was started in July of this year and the projected end date is December 7th. A lubricant company from Switzerland called Sika provided three-quarters of the funding, and a Mexican bank called Banamex provided the remainder. At times there are 23 construction workers building this facility. There are three parts to the facility: a dorm for young and medium-aged boys’ dorm as well as the director’s house in one part; an adolescent boys’ dorm in another part; and the last section is a big kitchen /dining room and TV room. There are plans to build a second storey in the not-so-distant-future, funding permitting. DSCN7287 DSCN7288 DSCN7289 DSCN7301 DSCN7291 DSCN7296 DSCN7294 DSCN7300 DSCN7302 DSCN7307 DSCN7308 DSCN7313 DSCN7316                                            

August/September 2013 Nehemiah comes to Dulce Refugio

From left to right: Ella, Jesse, Faith, Rowan, Silas, Quinn

It is a time of transition here at Dulce Refugio. First, let me introduce myself and my family. My name is Jesse Beckett, and here is my family: Wife Faith, and 4 children Silas, Quinn (Alejandro), Ella, and Rowan. We are from Columbus, Ohio in the U.S. and arrived at Dulce Refugio on August 1, 2013. I have been coming to Dulce Refugio since 2008 when there was only the comedor on site. After participating in and leading many short term teams here, I felt God calling our family to come serve at Dulce Refugio back in 2010. We spent the next 2 1/2 years selling our house, most of our possessions, and most importantly were honed by God to prepare us for this next chapter in God’s story. I will be coordinating short term teams and individuals here at Dulce Refugio, as well as being in charge of the boys dormitory. My wife will be in charge of the comedor, and in general we are here to serve any way we can. If you would like to find out more about us, please check out our website at www.thebecxicanwire.wordpress.com.

With no teams scheduled until November, it has been a great time for us here at Dulce Refugio to get caught up on some things, and get ready for the next stage of our lives. The boys will be finally moving into the new dormitory on Saturday September 28! Finally, I can answer the question I get asked on a daily basis by at least half of the boys… “Cuando mudamos?” When are we moving? We had been holding out for the 2 water storage tanks, hot water heaters, and commercial washing machines that are being funded by FondoCanada, but we can’t wait any longer. Hopefully we receive the money from FondoCanada to purchase them in October, to finish off the dorm. What a great blessing God has given us in FondoCanada through the years.

The kids all returned to school on August 19th. Please pray that we can locate the birth certificates of some of the newest children so we can get them started in school with their brothers and sisters. Also, on September 16th we celebrated Independence Day… Mexican style! Viva Mexico! My kids commented they prefer Mexican parties to American parties. The staff went all out here to make this a happy and memorable time for all the kids. Great job everyone!

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It was great to see some old friends of Dulce Refugio as well. Many thanks to Bobbi Seski and Tina Jones for their visits, and hard work. Although, I can attest from personal experience. Dulce Refugio grows on you, and if you visit often enough…you might just stay here! I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of them.

On the construction side of things, Nehemiah has come to Dulce Refugio. Our workers Juan and Santiago completed a wall for the new construction (and future school!) entrance. Also, we have finally cleaned up the worksite (those of you who visit every year will appreciate this more), and laid constructed the walls for the multipurpose field. This field will be home to many joyous memories and epic games of futbol, basketball, hockey, tennis, volleyball, and bike riding… maybe even all at the same time! We will be building a retaining wall next with some storage rooms that will be underneath the main parking lot which will hold up to 30 cars. Don’t worry, Duane is building it so you could park a tank on it if you wanted to! By the end of this week, we will have an excavator come and move the dirt around to make things ready for the teams coming in November to pour the concrete field. I know it breaks their hearts knowing they won’t have to dig in the “soft Mexican dirt”… (does sarcasm come across in my wording:-)?

These are the walls of the future multipurpose field.

These are the walls of the future multipurpose field.

New construction (and future school) entrance.

New construction (and future school) entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed my first post, please let me know if you have any questions, or want to come for a visit. My email is jessebeckett78@gmail.com.

Prayer Requests:

– We receive the deed from the government for the adjacent property before the government changes on January 1st. We need the deed before we can start any work on the school. We have been working on this for 2 years now…

– Pray for some of the older kids struggling in school. For those children that stay with us until they are adults, it is our goal to give them the best possible chance to succeed in the community. That begins with God, and their education is built upon that foundation.

– Pray for additional partners who can help financially in the great work being done at Dulce Refugio. We had to recently lay off our 2 Mexican construction workers due to lack of funding. We know that God will provide, He always has, and always will.

Dulce Refugio boys’ dorm inauguration ceremony

On July 13 Dulce Refugio celebrated the inauguration of the boys’ dormitory. Many people came to be a part of this event, including the representative of the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City, Ginette Martin. A representative from the State government and social services were also present. Brian Heppner also came to the event. He brought a team that was visiting the Pan de Vida orphanage in Queretaro to visit Dulce Refugio and to share a few words in the event and cut the ribbon. A local university called UVM, Mexican Valley university, made 1200 appetizers for the event as well. We give thanks to God for letting this event happen by seeing the completion of the boys’ dormitory. Thanks to all who helped financially support this project over the years as well as to those who physically came down to make concrete and bend rebar!! We couldn’t have done it without you. THANK YOU SAM_1086 SAM_1095 SAM_1102 SAM_1108 SAM_1109 SAM_1111 SAM_1121 SAM_1124 SAM_1127 SAM_1129 SAM_1138 SAM_1152 SAM_1154 SAM_1156 SAM_1164 SAM_1166 SAM_1183 SAM_1206 SAM_1208 SAM_1209 SAM_1213 SAM_1219 SAM_1220 SAM_1226 SAM_1228              

Dulce Refugio update: Painting, Sod, and Boys’ dorm projects

Happy Canada day to you all! We even celebrated in Mexico at Dulce Refugio with poutine, hamburgers and nanaimo bars. What a treat! Thanks Erin!

 

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The work continues to progress at Dulce Refugio, as the inauguration date of the boys’ dorm comes closer and closer. On June 27, Dulce Refugio was blessed with a work team from a local Mexican company that makes steel wire products for Pepsi and the like called De Todo en Alambre. A group of 22 people came including the USA contact, Joel Schwane, and the head of the company in Mexico, Gabriel Vallejo. Joel Schwane came in 2012 to get to know the orphanage and to see what his company could help with.  The volunteers helped lay some new sod for the play area in front of the kitchen/dining room building which was donated by the city of Aguascalientes. They also helped paint the boys’ dorm and gave a new coat of paint on the kitchen/dinning room building. We are very grateful for their help. This company will be making free of charge the shelving units for the new freezer room as well as donating roofing materials, making cloths hangers for the cabinet units in the boys’ dorm and cable for the cloths line. The company will send another 15 people on July 4 to finish the painting project.

The sod project….a huge job! The kids even helped. Some hedging plants were also donated and were getting planted as well.

 


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The painting project…….dining room and boys’ dorm

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The boys’ dorm….

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On June 26, a team of four from Maple Ridge, British Columbia arrived for a two week stay.  The team will be busy with making kitchen cabinets, painting and preparing the boys’ dorm for the inauguration. They have their hands full!

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Some other projects we have been finishing have been the freezer room, tiling, hanging doors, water purification room and painting

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Do you think these two can get themselves into any trouble?

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Canadian Ambassador’s visit to the Dulce Refugio orphanage

On May 30th, the Canadian Ambassador to Mexico, Sara Hradecky, came to visit the orphanage to see the progress of the construction of the boys’ dormitory. It was a short visit but very impacting. The children sang to the Ambassador as the event began. Marce thanked her and Canada for all their help, as well as all the local companies who have been helping the orphanage over the years. We then gave her the grand tour of the new boys’ dorm. Hopefully the Ambassador will be able to come for the inauguration on July 13th. The Canadian Embassy in Mexico city provided $450,000 pesos of funding for the boys’ dorm through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives program, for a total of $600,000 pesos since 2009 for the three projects they have helped support. We will be submitting another project proposal in June, this time for $500,000 pesos. Pray that we will have our project accepted since it is such a huge help for Dulce Refugio! God is good! It was an orphanage affair. The children helped to clean the boys’ dorm. It has never been this clean before! Actually it was the first good cleaning it ever had! It sure was nice to have many hands helping with this. The girls now want to move to this new dormitory!! SAM_0429 SAM_0431 SAM_0433 SAM_0436 SAM_0438   The arrival of the Ambassador. It was a new experience for me, Jeremy Van Beelen, to be in an armed escort, taking the Ambassador from the Marriott hotel to the orphanage. SAM_0443 SAM_0444 SAM_0445 SAM_0454     The event was held on the top floor of the boys’ dorm in the recreation room. SAM_0456 SAM_0457 SAM_0459 SAM_0460 SAM_0461 SAM_0464   Marce personally thanked the Ambassador Sara Hradecky for the help they have given the orphanage over the years. The Governor’s wife was also present, who Marce thanked as well. The orphanage presented two gifts to the Ambassador, one was for her and one was for the organisation Fondo Canada, something for them to remember the orphanage by. SAM_0465 SAM_0466 SAM_0468 SAM_0477 SAM_0478 SAM_0481   Some refreshments were served afterwards. SAM_0483 SAM_0484 SAM_0485 SAM_0486 SAM_0487 SAM_0488 SAM_0489 SAM_0490 SAM_0494

Team Integrity update # 2

The Integrity team did an amazing job of painting one of the boys’ dorm rooms in the theme of Noah’s ark. They worked till 1 am in the morning to get it finished (if not longer!!) before they left.

 

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Thursday praise and worship with the team.

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The team had the opportunity to visit Guanajuato on their tourist day. Here are some shots of the city.

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The goodbye barbeque. What do you get when you mix a Chinese team with 10 cans of sticky string and A Mexican Director and 10 cans of spray foam? Lots of fun!!

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Two magnificent buildings giving testimony to God’s faithfulness and blessings!

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Some random pictures….the new kitchen cabinet donated by Martinrea auto parts company, tiling on the second floor of the boys’ dorm, Perla and Samuel checking out the new chicken coup, and the new door leading into the water room. SAM_0246 SAM_0242 SAM_0129 SAM_0131 SAM_0133 SAM_0111 SAM_0112

 

This past Friday, Bruno de Jesus, a Brazilian now living in the USA, Kevin Walter, an American and Victor Marquez, the brother to Jorge Marquez, came on a reconnaisence trip to look into bringing a soccer team of 9, 10 and 11 year old’s to serve at Dulce Refugio through a soccer ministry call Sports with a Purpose.  It has been a productive weekend trip for them as they meet with Marcela, the directors of the Necaxa sports club and others to organize a tournament. They hope to bring a team down in August 2014.

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This past Sunday, the Equipo Brothers won their first game in the local church soccer league. They won 4 – 2. The team all wears Herbalife jerseys with the number 23.

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Have a great day!

Children of Hope Team Integrity from Calgary, Alberta visiting the Dulce Refugio children’s home

On May 2nd the team Integrity arrived from Calgary, Alberta for a 10 day trip to Dulce Refugio. This team of 18 people happen to be all Chinese Canadians! The team is busy with painting the inside and  outside of the boys’ dorm, preparing and pouring the roof of the water purification room, painting the new bakery located in the storage room adjacent to the boys’ dorm, grouting the bathroom tiles, and other odds and ends.

On Saturday May 4th,  the team had the privilege to take the children to a local water park called Mundo A. In total 67 people went to the water park for about 5 hours. The park was nice to give a 2 for 1 deal to lower the cost a little. Everyone had fun in the sun!

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Since the inauguration of the boys’ dorm is fast approaching, it is good to see all the little details coming together. A team of 18 sure helps to get work done! The third floor of the boys’ dorm is all tiled. There still has to be some painting to be completed but the majority of the work is finished. The second floor is all plastered so there is only the first floor to do now. Here are some pictures of the painting projects that the team is working on…..

The Dulce Refugio bakery…..getting a new door and paint job.

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The outside of the boys’ dorm getting some….a LOT of colour!!

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The inside of the boys’ dorm getting painted…white and blue..

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The water room roof getting poured….all by pour muscle and bucket..it only took an hour and a half!!

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The 10 guys on the team were also busy with digging out a patio area by the girls’ dorm basement. They dug out the hole and poured the floor.

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The team shared a number of songs in the worship service on Sunday as well as played a number of instruments. After the service, the team took the children of a local park call Cedazo.

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P.S: Dulce Refugio is in the process of finalizing the visit of the Canadian Ambassador to Mexico on May 30th. We are all VERY excited to be able to show off to the Ambassador all what God has been accomplishing through the funding received for the building of the boys’ dorm. The Canadian Embassy supported this project with $450,000 pesos so we are eager to show off to her what was all accomplished with the funding received.

P.S.S: I (Jeremy Van Beelen) want to thank the team leader, Dave Ng, for bringing down a new camera. This wasn’t even asked for but as a testament to just how God provides, two weeks earlier my previous water proof camera gave up the ghost when it was discovered it wasn’t waterproof any more after taking a dip in the pool while on holidays. It seems every three years I need a new camera for some reason…not like I take a lot of pictures or anything. Thank you so much! God is good!

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