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Mexico Mercy

Posted December 12, 2012 in Community Featured, Norwalk

Members of Fellowship Community Church are holding a pop can drive to help build shelters like this one in Mexico.

Every summer, Fellowship Community Church, 225 North Ave., sends a team of youth and adults to work with Mexico Caravan Ministries to build houses for local people who need shelter.

Mexico Caravan Ministries — dubbed Mexico Mercy — is a missions mobilization organization hosting short-term, home-building mission trips to Tijuana, Mexico. The shelter pictured is the same kind of home that volunteers from Fellowship Christian Church build during their week in Mexico. Built for those who have very little, these basic structures mean shelter to a needy family. Each summer the FCC crew builds from four to six homes, but there is still a great need, and they desire to build more.

In 2013, Fellowship Community Church wants to build more houses than ever — 16. Every Mexico Caravan Ministries team pays for the materials to build these houses, which cost $800 per house. Fellowship Community Church’s goal is to raise the $12,800 needed to build 16 houses, and is reaching out to the community of Norwalk to help meet that goal.

An empty replica of the type of homes built in Mexico sits on the west end of the parking lot of FCC. They are asking for households in Norwalk to donate empty pop cans and bottles to the project by dropping them off at the church. Donors are asked to drop empty cans and bottles in the the opening in the house. Each time the house is filled, it will be emptied, and the cans will be cashed in to support the cause. The $12,800 goal will be met with 256,000 cans. The can drive will continue through the holidays and into spring and summer until the goal has been met. Cash donations are also being taken for this non-denominational housing project.

To donate, or for more informatio about Mexico Mercy and the Mexico Caravan Ministries project, email Janice Gutknecht, coordinator of the Mexico Mercy pop can project at, call the church office at 515-981-0699 or go online at

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