Local resident spreading gospel and building homes in Mexico
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.