I just came back from a recent visit to Casa Estrella where my daughter is serving there as a missionary along with two other friends from church for 30 days. Casa Estrella is a girls orphanage located in Rosarito, Mexico. Casa Estrella consists of approximately 15-20 girls, ages ranging from 7-18 years old.
Words cannot even begin to describe the overwhelming emotions I felt being there visiting these girls. These girls are extremely intelligent and talented! Not to mention very loving and affectionate as well. The bond that was created between the 3 mission girls and the girls at the orphanage was inevitable and was beautiful to witness!
Joe (87 yrs old) & Esther (mid 60's) Valenzuela run Casa Estrella. They sold their business in La Jolla, CA and answered a call from God.
I happened to sit in on a conversation that Joe was having with a man there taking notes on their orphanage as he was doing a documentary on local orphanages.
In running Casa Estrella, it costs Joe approximately $7-$8,000 a month to run Casa Estrella. Their electric bill alone is approximately $450 a month!
Being a single mother myself I know how it is to support a family but cannot even imagine how it would be to have 15 kids or 20 kids to provide for!
Joe has 2 individuals that contribute consistently on a monthly basis, TWO PEOPLE! 80% of their proceeds are received by non-believers and 20% by Christians. There is not one church that supports or funds this home on a regular basis, not one!
I was absolutely dumb-founded to hear that their support by Christians is only 20%!
James 1:27 ESVEnglish Standard Version says this:
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."
Casa Estrella is extremely blessed in regards to the amount of clothing and school supplies that are donated to them among other things HOWEVER prayer & money is what is needed. Money is needed to financially sustain Casa Estrella by paying the water bill, electric bill, food, etc.
After coming back home and seeing what I saw and hearing what I heard, I cannot just sit back and do NOTHING.
So I am asking you, as my brothers & sisters in Christ to stand with me and help make a difference!!!!
Casa Estrella left a major imprint in my heart.
Now, I'd like to leave one for them as a representative of Christ!
Who's with me? Please, let's help make a difference to the lives of these girls. They may not be in our backyard but they are definitely our neighbors!
Thank you in advance and may God bless you all!
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