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Gift for a Fellow Classmate in Nicaragua

Gift for a Fellow Classmate in Nicaragua

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Small Beginnings in Playa Laguna, Dominican Republic

Small Beginnings in Playa Laguna, Dominican Republic

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A “Rug Shop” With Great Potential to Help Needy Mothers in Mactan Island, Cebu Philippines

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Opportune Moment to Give to Birth Center in Mexico

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico

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“If you were looking for the opportune moment… that was it.”

This quote by the esteemed Captain Jack Sparrow from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean has been running through my brain all week. I keep thinking how maybe somebody has been wanting to donate funds to Casa Compasiva, but has delayed, thinking that maybe we don’t have any critical needs right now. How wrong they would be! And what an opportune moment this is to contribute to a worthy cause!

In the last two weeks our clients have birthed five babies— three in Casa Compasiva, one a planned hospital birth with our staff, and one a Caesarean after a previous Caesarean. We are so proud of each one of these amazing ladies, ranging in age from sixteen to forty-two, who summoned up the strength and courage to bring new life into the world. And we are so privileged to be able to participate in their pregnancies– providing quality prenatal care, praying and supporting them in their spiritual journeys, and being at their sides as their babies are born. Every one of our staff members is loving the challenge!

However, it is not without its cost. Although our staff considers what they do to be ministry at its finest, and they serve as a labour of love (pun intended…get it?) they still need to receive something for their time. Salaries, though very modest, must still be paid, and the obligatory government fees and taxes must be allotted. As it says in the Bible, “The labourer is worthy of his hire.”

We cannot ask our doctor and midwives to make their way to Casa Compasiva in the middle of the night to meet a mama in labour. And then expect them to stay up all night with her, attend her baby’s birth in the wee small hours of the morning, and then take care of mama and babe post-partum—dealing with the placenta, eye drops, Vitamin K injections, weighing, bathing, helping get nursing off to a good start, filling out charts and birth certificates, and serving breakfast to the happy family. Then after that to have a quick shower, report for their shift attending all the day-clients that arrive for their scheduled prenatal visits, teach a prenatal class, sterilize the instruments used the night before, disinfect and clean the birth room making it ready for the next mama who may arrive at any time, and then go home and make supper and care for their for their family’s needs, while preparing for the possibility of a repeat performance the next night. All of that is too much for us to ask of them, yet that kind of heroic dedication is exactly what each one of our staff members displays on a regular basis— for an average of $3.00 US per hour! Would you do the same? Could you?

Even though our doctor and midwives serve so sacrificially, at the tiniest fraction of what they are worth, it still adds up. The payment that we receive for birth and prenatal services does not begin to cover the actual cost of providing and maintaining those excellent services. I was reminded of that yesterday as I went on a post-partum visit to sixteen-year-old Diana’s house. Our midwives had spent the night with her in labour, and then she had her beautiful baby girl on Friday. Her nineteen year old husband is just beginning to get his feet under him in terms of dealing with responsibility, and he and Diana live in one room of her parents’ house with all her younger brothers and sisters there, too. They literally have nothing—except a lot of love and gratitude for the loving care they received at Casa Compasiva. They realize that if they had gone to any government hospital it would have been an automatic Caesarean because of her age. And three months ago we realized that they had no ability to pay our regular birth fee, so we had awarded them the “Mother’s Day” free birth “scholarship”. Some of you have contributed to that “birth scholarship” fund—thank you so much! Your investment paid huge dividends in a very precious and contented little family. Now we look forward to providing all their postpartum care, continuing in relationship with them, and building on the message of God’s love for them through Jesus Christ!

Quality care costs money—it just does. And our funds are now completely depleted. I do not say that in despair, but in faith that God has gone ahead of us to provide the funds needed to pay this week’s salaries and other expenses. God has been faithful in the past, is faithful today, and will be faithful tomorrow—we know that. And perhaps He wants to use you to show His faithfulness. So, to paraphrase Captain Jack Sparrow, “If you were looking for the opportune moment to give to Casa Compasiva …this is it!”

Typical Week in Birthing Center in Mexico

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico

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What is a week at Casa Compasiva like? Well, on a typical Monday I might walk in and find the midwives teaching a prenatal education class to six or eight women and some husbands/boyfriends. One midwife is leading everyone in exercises, another shares the gospel in a devotional “chat,” one might demonstrate bathing and caring for a newborn, someone will show a birth video emphasizing breathing and a variety of positions, and finally one midwife will lead a “nutritional focus” awarding prizes for the mama with the healthiest diet or perhaps the most pure water consumed the day before. After class, the pregnant ladies disperse to different rooms all over Casa for their prenatal check-ups with the different midwives and usually a final once-over-the-chart with Doctora Donaji.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are quieter, with the midwives attending a handful of clients—many of whom are “walk-ins.” They can also be found working on promotional materials, preparing classes for the next week, going out on postpartum visits, sterilizing instruments, organizing inventory, etc. I am always impressed by their diligence, responsibility, and creativity in approaching each task! Fridays are taken up with staff Bible-study, staff meetings, and lots of client consultations.

And of course, any moment of any day or night the team could spring into action when a mama arrives in labour. Setting up the birth pool, getting mama (and dad) comfortable, and preparing for labour and birth are fun and rewarding activities, but also represent hard work. It is so wonderful to observe the growing confidence of the midwives as each one knows and executes well her area of responsibility on the birth team– supporting the mama in labour, monitoring fetal heart and mama’s vital signs, receiving the baby, newborn exam, lactation support, post-partum care, —in short, all the different aspects involved in labour and delivery. So I just want to take a moment to say how proud I am of our staff. They are truly an amazing team!

Casa Compasiva – Birthing Center in Mexico

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico

latest-news-mexico-031213What is Casa Compasiva, or “Compassion House”? It is a Christian birth center and midwifery training school in Oaxaca, Mexico. Here pregnant women and their families experience the love of Christ at a very vulnerable time in their lives. From pre-natal care, through labor, delivery, and the post-partum period, women and their families are given love, support, and biblically-based education. Besides serving the women and families of Oaxaca with excellent maternity care, the other main purpose of Casa Compasiva is to train missionary midwives. Casa Compasiva provides ideal schooling for Mexican women desiring to learn midwifery in a Christian context. Right now our Mexican midwifery students are being trained using a physician-taught, hands-on apprenticeship model. Our goal is to develop not just excellent midwives, but excellent disciples of Jesus Christ! These students are becoming well-equipped to serve their communities as midwives providing competent, compassionate, Christ-centered care.

Oracio and Veronica

Oracio and Veronica are two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Kind and gentle, exemplary parents to their other two children, they were overjoyed to learn they were pregnant again. They literally soaked up every bit of educational information from every Casa Compasiva childbirth class . . . But their thirst for knowledge was for more than just pre-natal information. They were so impressed by the love and compassion of the Casa Compasiva staff, and wanted to know more about the Source of that love. One evening when all the other clients skipped class due to a torrential downpour, Oracio and Veronica learned that they must be born again. That rainy night they eagerly put their trust in Christ. Two days later their beautiful baby girl was born at Casa Compasiva! But that’s not the end of the story. One month after their baby’s birth, Oracio and Veronica took their baby to a government health center for her vaccination. Hours later she lapsed into a semi-conscious state. The distraught parents brought her back to Casa Compasiva for evaluation. We had no choice but to send her to the hospital where she subsequently underwent an operation on her brain. Together with her parents, for days afterwards, Casa Compasiva staff took turns holding vigil on the sidewalk outside the hospital with Oracio and Veronica (for that is where all visitors must stay, even worried parents). Would their baby live or die? We shared food, blankets, and the Word of God with these terrified parents who were now facing such an extreme test of their newfound faith.

Forever Grateful

I think that God used our prayers and our tears to water the seed of the gospel in them, because throughout that long ordeal they continued to trust in the Savior. Thankfully, their baby lived and today is a beautiful, thriving, little miracle baby with very happy parents! The whole family remains forever grateful for Casa Compasiva’s ministry to them on so many levels. And we will always hold a special place in our hearts for that precious family!

Katrina

Eighteen-year-old Katrina is a Christian but has not always been strong. She became pregnant before her marriage to Juan, a nineteen-year-old taxi driver. From the first time she came to Casa Compasiva, she demonstrated great interest and responsibility in all her pre-natal care and education. She and her new young husband faced tremendous obstacles in adjusting to married life under less than ideal circumstances – especially the strong disapproval and condemnation of both sets of parents. The Casa Compasiva staff midwives faithfully encouraged Katrina and Juan’s attempts to be responsible parents to their baby. When it came time for Katrina to give birth, she labored in the most beautiful way any of us have ever seen—walking back and forth
holding her tummy and singing praises to God through each painful contraction!

Courage, Hope, Forgiveness

Instead of fear and condemnation, our staff had instilled in Katrina courage, hope, and the assurance of Christ’s forgiveness. After the wonderful birth of their baby girl, relationships with their parents improved somewhat and this sweet young couple very happily returned to their home to learn how to be parents to God’s precious gift.
With your help, Casa Compasiva supports young girls who choose life for their babies even when they find themselves rejected and censured for their mistakes!

Your Gift Makes a Difference

Your monthly or one-time gift makes a difference in each woman’s life that Casa Compasiva serves. Your example of love communicates to Oaxacan women that Jesus loves them, in spite of whatever they might have done.

Introducing Donaji

Monday, February 11th, 2013
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Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico

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Here is our dear friend and doctora in her own words, translated for your benefit:

My name is Donaji Barahona, and I am a general physician with 28 years of experience. I was born in the small town/village of Mitla, Oaxaca, and I grew up watching my mom attend births in a natural and respectful way.  Her name is Rosa, and she is an obstetric nurse/midwife.  My father was also the town physician.

During my professional studies, I learned another method of attending women in labor that was very different from the approach with which I had become accustomed.  It appeared that science was very far removed from feelings.
When I began to work with Casa Compasiva, I discovered what I had always wanted for women and their babies: respectful care and attention, with love and with scientific and cultural knowledge.  But above all I never fail to marvel at the power of prayer and faith in accomplishing our goals and objectives with women and their babies.

At Casa Compasiva, I found a great team of marvelous women with a strong will to work, but even more a desire to serve.  I want to pass on to them my experience as a doctor and midwife for the benefit of humanity. I now believe that if we can bring happy babies into the world and raise them in the fear of God, we will achieve many good things.

I give thanks to God and to Lila, too, for her friendship and the trust she had in me to invite me to be part of this marvelous and blessed project.  And I give thanks to all the team: Melvis, Estela, Lety, Elsa, Mirna, and Lila—for their friendship and teachings.

We all have different gifts that we want to use in Casa Compasiva.  (Romans 12:6-8) I want to offer these gifts in service to the Lord.  “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1Peter 4:10)

What is God Thinking?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico

I am constantly amazed by the dedication, innovation, and energy of our Casa Compasiva staff. Under the loving and patient guidance of our beloved Doctor Donaji, our midwife, monitrices, and doulas devote such energy to caring for mamas and babies. I am awed and humbled to observe their skillful enthusiasm. These wonderful servants of God love Jesus with all their hearts—and they love the women and babies of Oaxaca!

With compassionate, quality maternity care, these Casa Compasiva staff members are changing birth outcomes in Oaxaca for the better. Through their love and dedication, they are pointing people to Jesus. Now, instead of being traumatized by indifferent or negligent hospital staff, Casa Compasiva clients are experiencing the affirmation of personalized attention and concern for every aspect of their health—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Marvelous things are happening here in Oaxaca!

Which leads me to wonder: what is God thinking?

With all of these advances and all of this success, why have we this week come to the very end of our financial resources? Why have we drained our bank account and still come up short for this week’s bills? Living close to the edge is nothing new for us at Casa—we know that God gets glory by granting miraculous answers to prayer for financial provision. And when we started on this adventure of launching Casa Compasiva, we were given reassurance that God would always supply all of our needs—but it would never be early. :) God seems to like eleventh-hour answers. And we’re okay with that. However, given the fact that today Casa Compasiva is completely out of funds, I have to wonder what God is thinking.

In a moment of financial discouragement back in August, my new friend Temi shared with me these words: “Anything and everything God calls us to do, He has already gone ahead and made provision for.” So my question is: where is the provision for next week? Did God go ahead and make provision for Casa Compasiva for October of 2012, yet someone whom He designated to provide for this month’s needs

But if –during the summer or at any other time– if God spoke to your heart convincing you of the value of this ministry, then maybe now would be a good time to respond. Maybe you’re up on deck for next week’s or next month’s provision! Maybe that’s what God is thinking! :)

We look forward to finding out.

Day of the Dead in Mitla, Mexico

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico

Day of the Dead, Mitla Mexico

Last week was the week of the Day of the Dead here in our town of Mitla, the “Place of the Dead.” If you are the typical Mitleno, you were very busy all week preparing an enormous altar in your home on which to offer sacrifices to all your dead family members. From the market stalls lining the streets, you bought flowers, incense, candles, mescal whisky, cigarettes, toilet paper, and anything else you think your relatives’ spirits might need in the coming year. You bought and gave away many huge loaves of “Dead Bread” with frosting skulls painted on them.

You prepared special hot dishes of the best food to offer to your family members’ departed spirits as they dropped in to eat on certain days. The spirits of babies who died before being baptized showed up on one day, dead baptized children on the next, and dead adults on the following day. The church bells rang and fireworks exploded all over town at twelve noon, signaling the arrival of the spirits for their meals.

You probably also spent at least one all-night vigil in the cemetery last week, watching over the candle- lit, flower-festooned graves of your dear, departed loved ones. All of this ritual cost you big bucks— maybe even hundreds of dollars—for which you may have had to plunge deeply into debt. It is costly, but you fear that failing to sacrifice will cost you even more in reprisals from the spirit world—your life or that of a family member within the next year. How can you take the chance?

This is the cultural climate of our town and the state of Oaxaca around All-Saints’ Day. The supposed veneration of the saints is really an attempt to appease the spirits, and behind all the festivities, it is actually dark and fearful. Amidst all of this preoccupation with death, we are so privileged to be focused on running a birth center.

Last night I went to do a post-partum check on a three-day-old baby and her mama. The altar to the dead was featured in a prominent location in the family home where the young couple have a room,and though she cannot change her extended family, this baby’s mama has been introduced to Jesus. All of her prior exposure to the gospel has been reinforced through the wonderful pre-natal care and birth that she experienced at Casa Compasiva Birth Center. As I prayed with her last night, we rejoiced in the blessing of a new little life. She said that she is so happy she often wants to cry! I am praying for that beautiful young woman to find the strength to reject the traditions of death and strongly embrace new life in Jesus.

So although we may be surrounded by spiritual darkness and death, Casa Compasiva Birth Center is all about life! It is from here that the light of God’s love is penetrating the spiritual darkness for many women and their families, dispelling the darkness of sin and death.

If you are not yet involved, but would like to share in the thrill of birthing new believers for God’s kingdom, please let us know. Confronting the stranglehold of death on an entire culture is not an easy thing to do or to finance. To effectively challenge the dearth of healthy maternal and infant care, as well as the spiritual ignorance, Casa Compasiva needs your help! Please consider becoming a monthly financial sponsor or sending a one-time gift. If you are already supporting this ministry, know that your faithfulness and generosity are helping to transform a place of death into a bustling spiritual maternity ward!

On behalf of all the newborns and those who have been re-born, we thank you!

Looking for Prayer Sponsors for Casa Compasiva

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico

An integral aspect of the ministry of Casa Compasiva is PRAYER! We believe in the power of prayer, depend on it, and trust in the God who hears it.

Without prayer, our ministry is ineffective, our relationships are subject to being sabotaged, and our pregnant mamas are vulnerable.  Without prayer, we may as well pack up and go home! It’s that important!

Some of you already consider yourself part of the Casa Compasiva prayer team. You are lifting up our needs to God’s throne on a regular—daily or weekly—basis.  Thank you for your faithfulness!

Others of you are serving as warriors on the emergency prayer team.  You’re the ones who get the calls in the middle of the night on behalf of a woman struggling in labour or a baby not doing well.  Thanks for being willing to pray at all hours!

And still others of you have been prayer-sponsoring a particular mama throughout her pregnancy, birth, and for six weeks post-partum.  We so appreciate your dedication to our individual mamas…thank you!

However, we have a confession to make:  our organization of the sponsor-a-pregnant-mama-prayer-program has not always been what it should.  Not anybody’s fault—just the reality of so much to do in so little time. Unfortunately, as a result, some of you have been disappointed in your experience of sponsoring a mama, since you maybe did not receive timely informational updates, etc.  We are so sorry…please forgive us!

And having forgiven us, would you be willing to try again?  Or, if you are new to the idea, would you begin to sponsor a pregnant mama in prayer for the first time? Because we still really believe in the value of this program and the power of strategic prayer! And we currently have nineteen (19!!) pregnant ladies (and their babies) who are not yet being covered in prayer.

If you would be willing to serve with us in this way, please write to us ASAP.  These mamas and their little ones cannot wait! Simply click here to send us an email.

One of our staff, Jenny Norris, who is far more organized than I, will take it from there! And please continue to be patient with us as we struggle to put a workable system of timely communication in place for this program.

To those of you praying on one of the other teams, thank you again! And keep up the good work!

So What Have We Been Up to Lately at Casa Compasiva?

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico

Our first baby born in Casa Compasiva. Little Lila just turned one year old last week!

In February, besides celebrating our anniversary, Casa Compasiva sent a delegation to San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato state to visit the only nationally accredited midwifery training school in Mexico. We had a good visit, gathered lots of invaluable information (and got sick), and came home to Oaxaca convinced that we are on the right track in the direction that we are going as an organization. While our outfit is not now, and never will be, as vast and all-encompassing as that of San Miguel, nevertheless we know who we are and what we are about. We have a very specific God-given focus and reason for being– using the tool of midwifery to reach families with the love of Christ. Our trip served to confirm and clarify that vision.

We have also been hard at work developing our Traditional Birth Attendant training program for our Casa Compasiva staff who are now advancing to the status of midwifery apprentices. It is an exciting time for everyone—but not without the occasional growing pains and the confusion of transition. God is giving us all daily grace to deal with the shifting roles and responsibilities!

We have been gifted with the recent arrival of a young midwife from Idaho who is here as a guest helper for at least three months while seeking direction for the next step in her future. Lizzie is a Certified Professional Midwife who brings lots of passion and enthusiasm along with her. She also brings a wealth of experience, having served two years at a very high-volume birth center in the Philippines.

Yesterday we hosted a wonderful brunch meeting with other midwives here in Oaxaca—both foreign and traditional indigenous. Together with them we are exploring ways to create more credibility as Mexican midwives, along with official government recognition and support. We hope to be a blessing to the fledgling Mexican midwifery association that they have invited us to join.

Finding our way through the maze of government Secretary of Health expectations continues to be an adventure. Last week we were convinced that Plan ABC is definitely the way to go, but then this week we were presented with new information from another government official that perhaps Plan XYZ would be a better approach. So we continue to investigate and research our options, while enjoying our expanding network of government contacts and well-wishers.

This month is the time for our first annual Casa Compasiva staff retreat! Preparations are now under way for a two-day retreat to take place next week. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, we are not able to have it at a pretty little local hotel which was our first choice. Nothing daunted, however, we are making to plans to enjoy a very economical, home-grown retreat here in our own town at a local mission center.

Growing Pains at Birthing Center in Oaxaca, Mexico

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico

Here at Casa Compasiva we are experiencing our own version of growing pains.  Things are going so well on so many levels (God has done a beautiful work!), but at the same time we are being forced to grow and stretch in so many areas at the same time. It is good growth, but it is so rapid that it is sometimes exhausting, and we don’t even have the option of stopping.

For example, in order to achieve compliance with such-and-such government regulation, we must develop such-and-such a system first, which requires the implementation of such-and-such a program, which is dependent on such-and-such a project already being in place.  You get the picture?

We don’t have the luxury of growing slowly; we must advance on many fronts all at the same time!

The result? Casa Compasiva staff members currently have “aching bones” as we all try to make sense out of our shifting roles and struggle to catch up with new requirements and systems.  It hurts the most “when it’s raining”– when misunderstandings and relational strains occur from lack of time to communicate and process all the changes.

So all of this is to say: we need your prayers!  Please hold us before the throne and ask for God’s peace and comfort as we go through these growing pains.

Occupy Till I Come

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article submitted by Lila Quezada, Field Coordinator in Mexico

What does that really mean? My Bible version states it as: “Engage in business till I come”.  Given the imminent return of Christ, how should we at Casa Compasiva be “engaged in business” till He comes?  Let me answer that by recapping some of this past month’s activities:

Sherry Bushnell, our long-distance midwife mentor and teacher, came for a visit and worked with our doulas in hands-on sessions attending patients, as well as informal teaching sessions.  As always when Sherry visits, everyone learned a lot, taking their knowledge of birth and midwifery up several notches. We are grateful for Sherry’s investment in Casa Compasiva!

Three of our doulas were promoted to “monitrice” status, having shown great initiative and responsibility in their work, and having mastered sufficient medical skills to be competent birth assistants to any doctor or midwife. We are very proud of these ladies!

These same three women began their preparations for the midwifery course which is to start in January, Lord-willing.  Two of them will be studying in a distance-ed format in English through the U.S-based National College of Midwifery, while doing their clinical work through Casa Compasiva. Upon completion of their work (in approximately two years), they will receive Associate’s Degrees in Midwifery.

The other monitrice will study in Spanish, following our own Casa Compasiva track to certification as a fully-qualified midwife.  Our Casa course will, of necessity, be slightly less intensive than the English course, although no less excellent. (We face a lack of midwifery textbooks in Spanish and are having to develop many of our own materials. Please let us know if you encounter good-quality birth texts in Spanish!)

Greg and Jenny Norris made huge strides forward in their cross-cultural adjustment to Oaxaca by attending Spanish school, visiting friends in a remote village, and supporting other missionaries by providing childcare at a spiritual retreat. Jenny was also called upon frequently to do lactation consultation for our postpartum mamas. They are proving to be invaluable members of our team here!

We had our usual line-up of prenatal and postpartum clients, along with the normal births on the docket.  However, in November we sent an unusual number of high-risk patients to the hospital for C-sections. (Three!) The most dramatic case was a mama with a breech baby whose water broke four-to-five weeks early, and whose entire cord was wrapped tightly four times around his neck.  We praise the Lord for sparing his life and for giving us good relationships with the operating gynaecologist and hospital so that one of our doulas could accompany her in the operation.

Those parents are so very grateful for Casa Compasiva’s ministry to them throughout their pregnancy and now postpartum, even though they did not end up with a cozy Casa Compasiva birth. We are encouraged to see their spiritual growth as the mama gave her life to Jesus with us several months ago. It is a good reminder to us that the goal is not to ensure a natural birth for each client at all costs, but to support the family in whatever situation God ordains as best for their baby.

We continued to provide prenatal classes each week this past month, including snacks, crafts, and a devotional/gospel presentation.  Every Wednesday we also sent two of our doulas to do volounteer service as labour attendants at the local government hospital.

All in all, each of us as members of the Casa Compasiva team explore more fully what it means to “occupy till He comes.” Study. Service. Sacrifice. Smiles. Engaging in kingdom business by cheerfully serving the women and families of Oaxaca with the love of Christ.