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Quake Leaves Pastor Homeless

Pastor Rafael and his family lived in a one-room house before an earthquake destroyed his village in Mexico. Living in tents and under tarps, he continued helping others, even as he was struggling himself. Meet Pastor Rafael as he tells you ... ... Read Transcript


- [Narrator] When a seriesof massive earthquakes

hit Mexico, Pastor Rafaeljust wanted to know

his family was safe.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Narrator] I rode my motorcycleto the other side of town.

As I looked for them,there were a lot of people

hurt and bleeding everywhere.

As I went further inside the city,

I got more and more scared for my family

and wondered what had happened to them.

- [Narrator] He eventuallyfound his family.

Everyone was okay, buttheir house had collapsed.

Ever since, they've been livingin tents and under tarps.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Translator] Before theearthquake, we made a great effort

to build one small room to live in.

That was our home, andnow the earthquake left us

with no place to live.

- [Narrator] Even as theywere struggling themselves,

Pastor Rafael reached outto help others in need.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Translator] We workedto help our neighbors,

handing out food andhelping in any way we could.

- [Narrator] When OperationBlessing showed up

in his village, we heardabout this hardworking pastor

who was still servinghis community faithfully.

That's when we decided tobuild the family a new home.

- [Translator] The presence of God

has been shown to us through you.

As your name says, youhave been a blessing to us.

We never could have built ahome like this by ourselves.

We have been blessed greatly.

(sawing)

(hammering)

- These new houses are designedto be earthquake resistant.

The blocks they're using are strong,

yet surprisingly lightweight.

That means families here aregoing to living in bigger,

nicer, safer houses thanthey've ever lived in before.

Their daughter helps out too.

She offers workers bottles of water

and even hauls cement inher little wheelbarrow.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Narrator] I like to givewater to people who are giving.

They are doing a lot for us.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Narrator] This houseis a testament to others.

An non-Christian man came and said,

I have seen them building your house.

After the earthquake,you helped all of us.

Now God is helping you.

Today, that man is a Christian.

- [Narrator] Soon, Rafael and his family

moved in to their new home.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Translator] This newhouse took away the pain

of what we lost. Thankyou Operation Blessing.

- [Translator] Thankyou Operation Blessing

for my new and beautiful home!

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