Charity Hodges, left, a volunteer for Tapestries of Life, stands opposite founder and director, Steve Brewer, as they share a moment showcasing some of the many children who will benefit from the orphanage being built in Guadalupe, Mexico, 14 miles south of Fabens, Texas, and the TOL headquarters. Photo by Clarence Giles, Monitor Staff.
Tapestries of Life Ministries growing
for the children
As one walks through narrowed hallways, into neatly appointed rooms with bunk beds, dressers and closets, of the Tapestries of Life Ministries, in Fabens, Texas, there is a feeling of anticipation that inhabits not only the awaiting dormitories, but the entire organization. Because, the dormitories will house volunteers from all over the United States, who make four visits a year, to donate their time, skills and money for Pastor Steve Brewers’ mission.
Volunteer work crews will occupy the Fabens dormitory. Daily, they will travel south, 14 miles, to Guadalupe, Mexico, to hammer, saw, lay brick and fit windows, into what is described by some to be one of the largest orphanages in Mexico. When finished, it will be home to 400 orphans. That will be 400 less children on the streets of Mexico fending for themselves.
Charity Hodges, spouse of a Fort Bliss Soldier, has been in El Paso only a few months, but heard about Tapestries of Life Ministries, and decided to get involved.
“At my church Tapestries was asked to stand up. They were introduced by members who knew of their work and welcomed them to our congregation,” said Hodges.
Brewer, originally from Mount Clemens, Mich., said through his website “We have all 60,000 square feet of tile ready to be laid, but still we have many more needs to be met before the children have the home that God has commissioned His people to build.
“We are challenging businesses, churches, and individuals to help us raise the two million dollars necessary to get this home completed, because the children can’t wait. They need this home today!”
“I have a burning desire to help orphans, so it piqued my interest,” said Hodges. “I contacted them; then visited the orphanage, and saw their vision. That’s how I got acquainted with Pastor Brewer. I was drawn to their mission because they are helping so many people, especially orphans, and because they are christian-based.”
Hodges said she does not belong to a particular denomination, but has a deep belief in a higher power. She has attended religious services of “many denominations, and the one I attend now is Abundant Living Faith Center.”
Her belief, so strong, she and her husband have also committed to adopting an orphaned child when the project is completed, she said.
“I am a born-again Christian and I love God with all my heart. To me it’s about coming together and doing something great for those in need, no matter what religious background a person may have,” said the mother of two.
“I hope to continue to spread the word about Tapestries of Life. I plan on encouraging people to come help build, donate, or do what they can, because the need is so great, and the mission also does things with excellence.”
For more information, visit www.tapestriesoflife.com/.