Community members, Valley Ranch Baptist Church build new home for Peñitas family

Valley Ranch Baptist Church donates a home to a Peñitas family with Buckner Rio Grande Valley. Image: Annie Gray|Unsplash

Community members and volunteers from Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell and First Baptist Church of Garland to build a new home for a family from Peñitas. reported that the home was built on the church's parking lot two months ago before being transported to Rio Grande Valley, Texas. 

Donating New Home for Peñitas Family

Over Spring Break, about 35 people from Valley Ranch Baptist Church and a handful from First Baptist Church of Garland came down to help construct the house for Rosaura Juarez from Rio Grande Valley. 

According to, Buckner Rio Grande Valley, a faith-based organization in Mission that helps underprivileged kids, families, and the elderly, is partnering with the church to give Juarez the house.

Valley Ranch Baptist Church's adult pastor, Arthur Mendes, stated that the church has been partnering with Buckner for about 15 years to assist the neighborhood. 

Mendes also mentioned that this is the first time they have built a house outside and then moved it to its permanent position. When the exterior work is done, Buckner plans to have a different group of volunteers renovate the interior.

Getting a Free New House

Juarez first attended the Buckner Family Hope Center in Peñitas about a year ago. The course curriculum provided financial and family stability coaching for participants. 

After finishing the classes, she was qualified for a free new house. Nevertheless, per the report, just because a family participates in the program does not guarantee that they will give them a free home. 

According to Gabriel Flores, manager of missions and humanitarian aid at Buckner Rio Grande Valley, several moving parts are involved in helping someone qualify for a home, including introducing them to the correct church, volunteers, and benefactors.

Aside from that, they also consider the safety of the children, and Juarez has four children. Her two youngest children, ages 14 and 8, are the only ones living with her, aside from her partner. 

About Valley Ranch Baptist Church

The Valley Ranch Baptist Church members are thankful that God has placed them in such a culturally rich area. People from all walks of life, economic levels, political ideologies, and religious backgrounds congregate in and around the church.

They believe God put them where they are so they might help people from different walks of life and, with no common ground, come together to follow Jesus with all their hearts.

According to the website, the congregation of VRBC is based on the conviction that everyone who follows Jesus into God's Kingdom finds a family of friends and fellow believers who become their true spiritual home. 

The church exists to carry on Jesus' mission of loving all people and leading them to God. They also consider the Bible to be the holy scriptures, divinely inspired, final authority on all matters of religion and conduct, including the story of God and his creation.

Dr. Larry Parsley is the senior pastor of the Valley Ranch Baptist Church. He was born and raised in Corpus Christi. He completed his bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees at Baylor University and Southwestern Seminary. 

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