Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Clayton's week of giving

This summer my nephew Clayton, has dedicated a whole week of giving back! Clayton is member of "The Catholic Youth Renovation Project" of St Paul's Catholic Church in Mission. Their goal is to help the poorest of the poor live a better quality life, by improving their everyday living conditions. Some of their tasks include room additions, roofing repairs, sheetrock installation, insulating walls, leveling, installing siding and painting. Not only, are they learning carpentry skills, they are learning real life lessons of compassion, caring, and humility. Here is the shed he helped build for the water heater.. Most of these families suffer in harsh living conditions sometimes without basic water and sewer services. Many of these homes, are small one room shacks that have broken windows or sometimes no windows at all.. Kids run around shoeless in unpaved roads covered in caliche. In this picture, an addition is being build to cover their small mobile home. Here is the humble family that will live in this home.. Its awesome seeing clay having a great time working, and enjoying helping this family! I feel all teens need to understand what it means to be without. Too many teens feel entitled to material things and demand it, If every teen had the opportunity to have a glimpse inside the lives of these humble people they would appreciate their blessings more.
Great job Clay so proud of you!

Isaiah 58:10-11 if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.


  1. Marissa,
    What a great lesson your nephew is getting and what a great job his parents have done. He will remember this always!

    Great job Clayton!

  2. Great job, Clay!!

  3. Big hand for Clay , so proud of him!

  4. Marissa what a beautiful table setting how nice u & your family & your in laws will enjoy sitting down to have such a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. wish i i was there too


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