Posts Tagged ‘Juarez’

  • It’s almost time for our trip to Juarez!

    Date: 2014.10.25 | Category: faith, parenting | Response: 0

    It’s almost time!  Our family will be heading down to Juarez again this year to serve at the Arbol de Vida orphanage with five other families during the week leading up to Thanksgiving.  Our plan is to start the drive Friday, November 21 and stay at the orphanage until Wednesday, Nov 26.  We hope to arrive home in time for Thanksgiving dinner with friends.

    Our entire family looks forward to returning to Arbol de Vida to continue building relationships with the students and staff who live there year round.  We are looking forward to seeing our friends there, and our kids are excited about all sleeping in a dorm room with bunk beds again!   We are expanding our focus this year and we also have several projects planned to help a local church in the area.

    As always, we appreciate your prayers for our trip.  We ask that you would pray for safe travel, smart planning, safety as we cross the border, wisdom as we spend time with the students at the orphanage, an abundance of energy, and mostly, that our hearts will be receptive to what God wants us to do every step of the way.

    This year we are attempting to raise funds a little differently than in the past.  Cherry Hills Christian Middle School has offered to help support us on our trip this year, at this point they are planning a few “break dress code” days and other fundraisers to involve the middle school students in our trip.  We are also putting together a concert at the Rock House at South Fellowship Church to raise additional support.  Finally, we are counting on the support of our friends and family to help us make this trip possible.  We need to raise funds to pay for fuel, two nights in a motel, meals on the road, craft supplies, goodies and toiletries for the kids there, a Thanksgiving dinner, building/repair materials, and enough money to pay the orphanage director to cover the costs of our stay and meals.  Any extra funds always go straight to the director for other needs their students have.

    Thank you for supporting us through your prayers, financial contributions, and donations of material goods.  We appreciate you and couldn’t do it without you!

    We can accept checks made out to us personally, or you can contribute through this website…

    If you’d like more information on Arbol de Vida/Tree of Life orphanage, please check our their facebook page and website-

    With thanks,

    Chris, Melody, JT, Katie, and James Benschoter

  • We’re making it an annual tradition!

    Date: 2013.11.04 | Category: faith | Response: 0

    Last year our family had such a great trip to Arbol de Vida, that we decided to do it again!  We will be driving down on Nov 22 and returning on Nov 28, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.  We are so excited that most of the families who joined us last year are returning this year, and we are excited to welcome at least one new family on our adventure. Our kids have talked nonstop about returning to Juarez since our last trip- and they’ve had a countdown going for months!  It was one of the highlights of last year, and we are so glad that we will be able to do it again.

    We are humbly asking for donations to help us cover the cost of our trip, and to provide for some of the needs at the orphanage.  As we did last year, we plan to bring a complete Thanksgiving dinner to share with everyone at the orphanage.  Our out of pocket expenses will include gas and two night’s motel stay.  We have a pretty extensive list of items that we’d like to provide for the orphanage (kitchen utensils, window and shower curtains and rods, toiletries and clothes for the kids) and we would like to bring a van full of supplies down with us again.  While we are there, we have several construction projects on our list, and I’m also planning a few crafts, including pillowcases that each student can decorate, desk organizers, and some type of chalk/bulletin board (since the walls are all cinderblock and hard to personalize!). We also always want to be sure that we leave enough money at the orphanage to cover our food and other expenses while we stay with them.

    In addition to bringing items that the orphanage needs with us, this year we plan to interview each student and put together personal Christmas wish lists.  Our hope is to then pair each student from Arbol de Vida with a student from South Fellowship Church, who can pray for that student and provide some of the requested items to him or her for Christmas.  A group from South Fellowship will be visiting Arbol de Vida the week after Christmas and will hand deliver the gifts.

    As was the case last year, safety is always a factor, and we appreciate your prayers for the long drive and for our time in Mexico.  While we were there last year we stayed within the compound for our entire visit and never felt unsafe, but it is always a concern.  We also ask for prayers for our time with the students, that they would know God’s love through us and that we would quickly connect with them and build relationships with them.  We hope to be an encouragement to them and to remind them that they are not forgotten and that their lives matter!

    In addition to monetary donations, we are collecting donations of new socks and underclothes in sizes appropriate for teenagers, full size toiletries, and rugs and floor mats.  All donations can be sent directly to us.  We hope to receive all donations prior to Nov 15-

    Chris or Melody Benschoter

    2285 Wynterbrook Dr.

    Highlands Ranch CO  80126

    For more information about Arbol de Vida or to partner in supporting them directly, please check their facebook page at or their website at

    Please let us know if you will be praying for us.  We appreciate every one of you who supports us!

    With the love of Christ,

    Chris, Melody, JT, Kate and James

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