In Zaachila, on the outskirts of Oaxaca City, Mexico, live many impoverished families who’ve traveled from distant areas in search of more opportunities and a better life…only to find themselves confronted with the same devastating and debilitating effects of poverty: hunger, joblessness, water-borne illness, lack of education, gang violence, drug and alcohol use. Our Mexico children’s program, Trigo y Miel, was placed directly in the middle of this community to be a shining light in the lives of these families.
Owen, Belen, and their two children, Caleb and Hannah, have seen their fair share of struggle, but God has done amazing things in their family through Trigo y Miel and Operation Enduring Homes, our local homebuilding and block-making business/ministry run by missionaries Tom and Wendy Hogan. When they first joined the Trigo y Miel program, the family was in a desperate position. Owen had been disabled from an accident and was unable to work for seven months. At the time, Belen was pregnant and limited in her ability to help provide for the family. They joyfully joined the Trigo y Miel program and God began writing a beautiful story in their family as the years passed.
After Owen recovered, he began working with Tom at Operation Enduring Homes. Their children began to thrive as the family grew holistically through Forward Edge’s programs.
Owen stepped up at work and eventually became Tom’s right-hand man, the one he trusts with the business’ finances and deliveries. Meanwhile, Caleb and Hannah have exceled through the support they receive at the Trigo y Miel program. There they receive nutritious lunches daily to help stretch the family’s finances further, as well as educational support and tutoring to keep them on pace towards graduating. This has been a big challenge for many children in Mexico – and around the world – as COVID-related school closures have set many children back in their education. However, Trigo y Miel staff have worked diligently to make sure children don’t fall behind in their studies.
“Our children have a better future with their studies, and will not lack the opportunity for a profession as we do,” Owen and Belen shared with a deep sense of pride.