The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Building hope in Agua Prieta

Lutherans provide shelter in Mexico

You don't need to travel far into Mexico to see the poverty and substandard housing that exists throughout much of the country.

It can plainly be seen in Agua Prieta (Dark Water), in the state of Sonora, just a stone's throw from Douglas, Ariz. Here people live in shanties made of scrap wood, discarded sheets of tin, metal or whatever extra material happens to be available.

While the two towns are separated by mere yards of desert, their economies and living conditions couldn't be further apart. But there is hope in Agua Prieta. Thanks to a stream of volunteers from Grand Canyon Synod congregations, together with other churches, businesses and nonprofit groups, who've worked since 1991 to construct basic shelters for the poor of Agua Prieta.

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