Church Based Humanitarian Assistance Journal


Every Christian should be involved in making the world a better place. But our efforts must be sustainable. That’s why The Brook Ministries works with local churches on projects to reach their communities. The projects are funded by donors, but maintained and grown by the host church. If you are interested in sponsoring a humanitarian relief or training program, you can read more here.

Casa de la Cultura Youth Center
8/5/2011

The Brook Ministries is proud to announce we will be partnering with Matrix Ministries and Iglesia Biblica El Cordero de Dios to construct the Casa de la Cultura (CDLC).

The CDLC is the vision of Pastor Oldemar Artavia of Iglesia Biblica in Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica. Once completed, it will be a safe place for the young people of Atenas to come to work on their homework, access the Internet, receiving counseling and mentoring, and just hang out with friends. It is a gift to the community, and a place for future evangelism and discipleship.

Update on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 9:33AM

Work began today on the CDLC when Austin Caskey and Cristopher Hernandez began work to remove a massive stump from the lot that will become the home of the Casa de la Cultura. They worked hard to clear the stump from nearby the existing foundation of the rancho. Later in the day, two backhoes were brought in to pull the stump clear and load it on a truck. The land is now ready.

Update on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 9:36AM

A local crew lead by church member Luis Nunez began laying out the foundation. Austin Caskey from Dallas was there to help. By the time his work was done, his hands were beat up pretty bad. Great work. The vision is becoming a reality.

Update on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 9:38AM

The walls and roof have been added to the Casa de la Cultura. There is still al lot of work to be done, but things are happening quickly. The community is starting to talk about the activity going on behind the church. Just wait until they understand who it is for!

Update on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 9:42AM

A team from Matrix Ministries came to Costa Rica to work on the project . The guys received a crash course in stucco, and have learned what it means to shovel in high humidity.

Update on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 9:52AM

The Matrix team finished their final day of work on the Casa de la Cultura. And they finished well.

The building is not quite done, but much closer than it was just a few weeks ago. I can’t express enough my gratitude for Ray Young and his team. Ray worked with me in the are of missions back in my days at Grace Community Church. It was there that we built a friendship. We have a shared disposition for getting stuff done and the unwavering belief that people can still make a difference in this world.

Of course, no one works alone. Ray brought two great teams to Costa Rica to work. In addition, many generous donors have provided the funds for the materials used in construction.

We’re going to need about 10 laptops and a few desks, but I have a feeling God will provide.

He always does.

Entre Tus Brazos by Proyecto Voces
5/2/2011
An attendee at our El Pastor Pacificador conference in April 2011, presented the ministry with a gift copy of a CD she made with three women from her church. When we followed up to find our more about the CD, we discovered she and her fellow singers worked three years baking and making jewelry to sell to raise money for the CD.

What's more, one of the women on the album had been rescued out of prostitution, and all of them came from very poor homes. The CD project was a means to make some extra income and bring glory to God.

As part of our Church Based Humanitarian Assistance program, The Brook helped get the CD on iTunes and Amazon.com. Every dollar raised from the online sales goes directly to the women who worked hard to make the project happen.

Mujer a Mujer Women's Training Center
12/19/2010

The vision of Iglesia Biblica Hogar de Fe (House of Faith Bible Church) has always been to make an impact on the community of Desamparados, a poor suburb of San Jose, Costa Rica. But it required great faith and a powerful vision to step out and ask The Brook Ministries for assistance in launching their latest venture.

While attending an El Pastor Pacificador training conference in October 2010, pastors Eli and Marta Solis shared their vision with our leaders for a women's training center that would equip women to move out of poverty by training them to sew clothes that they could sell.

The church had the space, and professional seamstresses to train the women, and a strong leadership model that included discipleship and coaching. The only real obstacle was the lack of sewing machines. Marta asked, "Is there anything you can do to help us?"

The Brook Ministries executive director, Steve Lucas, said, "No. We don't have the funds. But let's pray, and and I'll ask my donors if they can help." And after posting the need on Facebook, and sending out a few e-mails, the funds came in quickly to provide 30 sewing machines, including two high-end industrial machines.

The first 10 sewing machines were delivered a month after the initial meeting, and the remainder came just before Christmas.

Update on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 2:00PM

We are pleased to announce that the final two industrial grade sewing machines have been delivered to Mujer a Mujer. The women's training center is already up and running, offering classes to 30 women, with 30 more waiting for the next opportunity. Praise God for this important program.

Update on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 2:00PM

A partnership has been formed with AdamsCreation women's conferences in Texas. Under this new agreement, Mujer a Mujer will provide finished product, sewn by women in the program, that will be sold at conferences in the United States. The Brook Ministries is pleased to have made the introduction between these two ministries, and look forward to hosting Angela Adams on her first visit to Costa Rica in the near future.

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