Sunday, November 22, 2009

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Casa Hogar La Familia November Report

From November 4 to 10, 2009, Ted Sanders of Greenville, SC, Ruth Irvine of Willowbrook, IL, Marshall Sansbury of Fort Worth, TX and Bill Lee of Greenville visited the new casa hogar in Palmarito, Puebla, Mexico.

La Familia is currently home to 28 children, two directors and five volunteers. We need at least one additional volunteer since Karly is leaving for college in January. The good news is that Murial (NY) is back and is semi permanent and is working with Alucy and Fremin from Colima and America, an 18-year-old single mother.

One of the challenges we face at La Familia is that many of the children come to the home never having attended school, so these children are behind their peers. In the town of Quecholac, where the children attend school, the directors are enrolling these students in an "Open School" that concentrates on bringing the children up to the grade level of their age group.


The directors, volunteers and children moved into their new home in August, but there is still a lot of work to do to outfit the home and make it suitable for more than just eating and sleeping. Our two top priorities are light fixtures for the living room ($800) and living room furniture ($3,000). A lower priority, but still needed is another refrigerator ($1,200).

To repay our loans and to complete construction on the first phase on the Palmarito campus, we need to raise the following:

Interior and exterior doors: $3,600
Plumbing and electrical work: 2,000
Additional tile: 5,000
Repay loan to Colima Church: 18,300
Repay loan to Colima orphanage: 3,960
Run water line from nearby well:2,000


Worship Services led by Juan Francisco Hernandez Garcia, Pastor & Director



Juan Pablo (4) newest child at La Familia


Arturo (14)(Oldest boy at La Familia) (Below Right)


Dylan (6)gets a pony ride


Missioner, Ruth Irvine, sews curtains in new casa hogar

JANUARY 2010 - A mission team from Church of the Redeemer, Greenville, SC wil travel to Palmarito, arriving January 14 and departing January 21, 2010. Thus far, ten missioners are firm.

Roundtrip airfare from Charlotte to Mexico City with a stop in Houston ran $405 for January. Future teams may wish to keep this airfare in mind as you raise funds for mission trips in 2010.

We need all the help we can get in fundraising. As you can see above, we still owe $34,860 to fully fund the first phase at Palmarito. St. Andrews Episcopal in Downers Grove, IL has committed $3,500 to assist with construction costs, so this makes a nice dint in our attempt to finish paying our bills.

If you have any funds left in your giving account in 2009, please make your check payable to Embrace the Dream Foundation, Inc., PO Box 5558, Greenville, SC 29606. All donors will receive a "tax letter" from Embrace the Dream, a 501 (c)(3)non profit organization. If not, please remember La Familia in 2010.

CREDIT CARD DONATIONS - On our Website:, you may click on Donate Now and make donations by credit card.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the good friends of La Familia. God Bless.

Monday, October 5, 2009

November 4 - 10, 2009 Mission Trip to La Familia

Murial painted on girls new dorm room at La Familia in Palmarito.

Several of us are putting together a small mission team to travel to Palmarito in the State of Puebla in Mexico to help the directors and staff complete the final details that will complete the move into the new orphanage.

Based on current airfares, we estimate the cost of the trip to be approximately $800.

Please contact Bill Lee at or give me a call at 864-303-8366 (Mobile) or 864-288-0534 (H) if you are interested in joining us in November.

Visit our new Web site:

Bill Lee
Embrace the Dream Foundation, Inc.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Nine Missioners Signed Up for July 9 - 16, 2009

After send out an appeal to everyone in our database, the Lord has blessed us thus far with a commitment from nine missioners to travel with us to get the new Casa Hogar La Familia in Palmarito ready for the children to move into their new home.

Praise the Lord for this blessing. What appeared at first to be a disaster is now only a bump in the road we had to navagate around.

While the airfares have increased to $435 roundtrip, we still have time to make air reservations for anyone who would like to travel with us to Mexico in July.

For more information, please telephone Bill Lee: 864-303-8366 (Mobile) or email

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Call for Missioners: July 9 - 16, 2009

The US New Media has dealt a solid blow to our mission trips to Mexico scheduled for this summer.

1. Swine Flu was blown completely out of proportion to sell newspapers, but in doing so the media did a good enough job of spreading fear of death for anyone traveling to Mexico that 100% of our mission teams were motivated to cancel for this summer.

FACT: My contacts in Mexico report that there's not been one case of Swine Flu in the State of Puebla where we travel to work at La Familia.

FACT: I have consulted with physicians in both the US and Canada and they have told me that they are not even testing for Swine Flu any more unless a person is really badly sick.

FACT: A physician from Greenville has volunteered to join our team in July.

FACT: 36,000 Americans die annually from the flu in the US.

2. The news media is also reporting widely that the drug cartels have taken over Mexico to the point that the Mexican Government is close to collapse.

FACT: While the border regions between the US and Mexico are definitely dangerous, the towns we travel to are as safe as towns in the US. I am in Mexico 6 to 8 times a year and have never once experienced any fear nor have any members of our teams.

Emergency Mission Team
July 9 - 16, 2009

The construction of the new casa hogar in Palmarito is on schedule for completion in late June and will ready for occupancy in early July. We desperately need to put together a team to travel to Palmarito on July 9 to assist with the move. We will spend evenings in a nice hotel in Tacamachalco, a 20-minute drive from Palmarito.

The decision has been made to add a second floor to the main building. There are two reasons for this decision:
First, it is more cost effective than building a second building which we don't have the funds for right now.

Secondly, the second floor will enable us to accept an additional 15 orphaned and abandoned children almost immediately after things settle down following the move.

*** We need additional capital funds for this unanticipated expense. If anyone has any money left in their giving account, please send a check to Embrace the Dream Foundation, Inc. and designate the funds for the La Familia Project. All donations are tax deductable.


Call Bill Lee at 864-303-8366 or send me an email.

In Christ,

Bill Lee

Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine Flu Avoids La Familia Thus Far

The Swine Flu the US press is covering so broadly has thus far avoided Casa Hogar La Familia in Tehuacan. Please pray that the Lord will continue to protect the children there.

Keep in mind also, that as of Thursday of this week, April 30, the World Health Organization has confirmed only 97 cases in the entire country of Mexico where approximately 106 million people live.

I spoke with Robert Sawyer today and he reported that there have only been four cases reported in Colima and all four have been released from the hospital.

I will keep everyone posted each time I speak with someone who is in communication with La Familia.

Several mission teams have canceled their planned mission trips to La Familia. Just two days ago, a large team of 30 missioners postponed their trip to La Familia until 2010.

While the odds are quite low that anyone would be infected, I can totally understand why teams are erring on the side of caution.

With so few mission teams, La Familia is going to be sorely lacking in both workers to help put the finishing touches on the new hogar in Palmarito as well as love offerings for the directors and staff. Please pray that this health scare will end soon and that the children and the home itself will not be too adversly affected as a result of so few mission teams.