about the ministry

Some say that it is in giving that we receive, and the people that have served through Chirilagua Connections have experienced the truth of this statement.  People have shared everything from their artistic talents to their skills as a dentist.  They have offered the use of buildings for larger groups and spaces in their homes for families.  Some have recognized the simple things they have like time and the ability to read which can be shared with a child who struggles with reading due to the challenges of living in a bi-lingual household.  Others have given of their finances to help share the burden of their brothers and sisters when they hit difficult times.  Local churches have given Bibles to Kids Club.  The local organic market offers nutritious snacks for our students.  Well established individuals have offered work at a fair/generous pay to give others more opportunity and have even mentored young people through the process giving them dignity and purpose.  Those who have language ability have translated documents and have helped a seven-year-old apply for the first US Passport in her family.   When a woman in Mujeres de Virtud with no health insurance was diagnosed with cancer, someone gave of her time advocating for her friend through the difficult health system, took her to doctor’s appointments, and prayed with her in the hospital after her surgeries. People have written checks out of the blue because they desire to see the overall vision of Casa Chirilagua accomplished. Even now, you are reading about these stories and are given the opportunity to join us in relationship because a young couple was willing to donate their time and talent to produce a working and artistically pleasing website.

In each of these scenarios, the givers are never quite sure if they truly are the givers or if they are the receivers.  We would love for you to offer whatever you may have in order to take part in building loving relationships that can help to transform and reconcile the Alexandria community.  We are excited to see what God does with what you have to offer and what you will receive if you are willing to accept the blessing.   Sometimes the blessing comes in the form of a good laugh around the dinner table, a repairman offering to fix a broken cabinet he sees in the kitchen, a crew of men helping some young single women move, a loving mother offering to take care of another person’s child, a group of painters who paint the walls of the church building, or if you’re lucky, a tupperware full of the best homemade ceviche you will ever taste.

wishlist

  • 2016 Partner of the Year: Restoration City Church

    A few years ago, Restoration City Church (RCC) was exploring opportunities to encourage their congregation’s involvement in local service to the community. Not long after reaching out to Casa, they jumped in to building relationships and serving alongside the Casa Chirilagua family. In the past year RCC has sponsored a family dinner night, supported Casa […]

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  • Mayor Silberberg visits family dinner night!

    We had a special visit this week from Alexandria’s mayor! Kids Club students did a fantastic job performing a traditional dance for her. Thank you to the parents who spent many hours preparing their performance! We’d also like to thank the former Kids Club student who volunteered at every practice teaching the younger students this […]

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  • A Cheerful Giver

    It was 5:30 PM on a Friday afternoon when the Kids Club kids boarded my bus after their field trip to the Natural History museum. Ms. Liz stepped aboard to pass out a snack to each of the students: one package of Nature Valley granola bars. As Liz walked away from our bus with the box of granola bars […]

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  • Looking for feedback from the March 15th CCD Workshop

    Thank you to each and every one of you who made the March 15th workshop a success. As a relational ministry, our people are the heart and soul of everything we do and the March 15th 8 Key Components of Christian Community Development Workshop was no exception.   If you attended the event, please click […]

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  • Spring has finally sprung!

    I am happy to report on March 15th, Casa Chirilagua hosted the first ever bilingual 8 Key Components of CCD training and it was a huge success, thanks to the many volunteers and supporters who helped make it happen. Together, we hosted a wonderfully diverse gathering of neighbors, volunteers, and newcomers to the Casa family […]

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news & events

Tomatoes. Tomatoes. Tomatoes. During a recent visit to Illinois, I was overwhelmed by the over abundance of my parents’ Midwestern August garden. At any given time, the eight tomato plants were heavy with over a hundred healthy bright red, juicy tomatoes. I would walk out to the garden to pick a tomato or two for […]

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Change. Some fear it. Some love it. Some embrace it with apprehension. Change is an unavoidable, inevitable reality. At Casa Chirilagua, a few seasons have come and gone and I pray we will celebrate together that which was and is and will come. First, Julio Hernandez has stepped down from his role as Kids Club […]

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Do you love working with youth? Are you passionate about Casa Chirilagua’s mission? Are you looking for a part-time (20 hours per week) position? If so, please consider applying for our part-time Teens Club Director position. We are actively seeking someone who is passionate about working with middle school (6th-8th grade) students and speaks Spanish […]

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It was a little over five years ago when a mentor sat Emily and I down and said, “You need a 5 year vision with 5 goals so you can communicate your calling to the outside world and help others understand.” We prayed about it and then we sat down together to write a 5 year vision complete with […]

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