In 1999, the Lord impressed on my heart the need to get properties for the ministry. At that time, we were still running the ministry in a rental house, a four-bedroom house that used to be our house, the church building, the children’s home and the ministry office. We did find the land for the Nuevo Reto building but we did not have the money to purchase it.
I remember the day I went to talk with the owner of the land and agreed to buy the property from her. I did not have any money in my pocket or in our bank account. The owner wanted the money within a week and I promised to get the money for her. The day came when we had to finalize the deal and we still did not have the $5,200.00. I prayed and said: “Lord, you do not make any mistakes. I did by promising to buy with no money, just give me grace before this lady that she may understand I was walking by faith. I decided to meet with her, take her for lunch and explain her I was giving steps of faith when I promised to purchase the land from her. The problem was, she was not a believer and I felt kind of embarrassed. Four hours before I met with her that day, I friend of mine, another minister who was also in the process of saving some money to buy a property for his own ministry heard of our situation and with no documents to sign, lent me the money with no interests and with six months of grace.
That was the first of many miracles. Six months later, the Lord provided the money to pay the property in full. In 2001, we were challenged to start building since the first building team would arrive during the summer to help with the construction. We launched on a project of $150,000.00, by faith. No savings, no pledges, only the promise of God who gave us the assurance of his provision. All we dared was to provide a house that will dignify the street kids. A place to be called “home”.
An architect friend warned us: “Do not start building unless you have 60% of the budget”. We did start in June 2001 with only 7% of the budget. Five years later, actually in November 2006, by the grace of God and after many, many “special provisions from the Lord” and his people; the Lord brought to completion the dream of having a beautiful building worth $200,000.00 with enough room to house at least 40 kids under the age of twelve, room for staff and all of the commodities needed.
In April 2006, the Lord blessed us with a second property for Nuevo Reto to build the second phase, a house for boys older than twelve (which was required by the government). Through this expansion, it has allowed the boys to be able to learn life skills like carpentry, accounting and auto mechanics.