Lo­cal res­i­dent spread­ing gospel and build­ing homes in Mex­ico

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Af­ter 12 years and at least 25 trips to Mex­ico, Emil Hein­rich shows no signs of slow­ing down.

Hein­rich is an ac­tive mem­ber of Christ­like Min­istries. Started in 2002 in War­man, Saskatchewan, the group’s goal is to pro­vide for peo­ple in need in Juarez, Mex­ico. At 87, Hein­rich is get­ting ready to head south again.

“We build houses for the poor peo­ple of Juarez, Mex­ico, we take cloth­ing down, buy food ham­pers and we give the gospel of Je­sus Christ,” said Hein­rich.

“There is a pas­tor in Saskatchewan named Frank Guen­ther, he was do­ing it with an­other Mis­sion. He de­cided to cre­ate their own mis­sion.”

Shortly there­after, Hein­rich joined. He says it is a Chris­tian Or­ga­ni­za­tion, but non­de­nom­i­na­tional. As part of their min­istry, they also visit a fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary in Mex­ico to share the Gospel.

The main thrust is home build­ing. He says they have built 25 homes as well as two churches, with res­i­dences for those who vol­un­teer with the group. He has been down twice this year, and just re­turned in Novem­ber.

The struc­tures are stick-built wood homes with a slab foun­da­tion and steel roofs. Much of the ma­te­ri­als are pur­chased lo­cally. The first few houses they built were small, only 8 feet by 24 feet. Now they build the 20 feet by 24 feet. They work with a lo­cal pas­tor in the area who makes sure the land is se­cured and se­lects the fam­i­lies.

An­other com­po­nent that Hein­rich has been ac­tive with is fundrais­ing. Un­til re­cently, he was a farmer in Hes­keth and he com­bined his hobby with fundrais­ing. He re­stored small an­tique Ford trac­tors and would sell them with pro­ceeds go­ing to the projects. He had com­pleted about 20 trac­tors.

His next trip is planned for early Jan­uary. He re­cently pur­chased a trailer and is hop­ing that a friend will be able to drive. He has all kinds items for those in need in­clud­ing tools and a cou­ple sewing ma­chines to bring down on his next trip.

The project in­spired Hein­rich. He says work­ing with peo­ple he has wit­nessed mir­a­cles and he has seen lives change.

“It gives me a rea­son to live,” he says.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the min­istry and its work, go to www.christ­like-min­istries.org or call Hein­rich at 403-8233321.

For­mer Hes­keth farmer Emil Hein­rich has played a role in the build­ing of 25 homes in Juarez, Mex­ico as part of Christ­like Min­istries. Be­low is church the char­ity helped to build. mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa.

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