Casa de Luz, or House of Light, is the Hispanic congregation of Willow Creek Community Church. Each Sunday morning at 9 and 11:15am, Pastor Juan Guillen and his team welcome local Spanish-speaking families into a vibrant community of faith.
The natural disasters of recent weeks have hit very close to home for many in this close-knit congregation. One Casa lay leader lost three family members in the recent earthquake in Mexico. Other Casa families still await word about loved ones in Puerto Rico.
Despite their own grief and fear, the Casa community is committed to being the light that is their namesake, as they pray and take action on behalf of our brothers and sisters who are suffering.
For nearly a decade, Casa de Luz has brought a beautiful cultural and spiritual dynamic to our church life–and to my life personally.
Not being a Spanish-speaker, I’ve enjoyed the music of the Casa worship team and the preaching of Pastor Guillen via translation headset.
I’ve felt the heartache and fear of Casa members as I’ve joined them in workshops on DACA and comprehensive immigration reform as part of their ongoing immigration ministry.
I’ve been inspired by their commitment to Love Everyone Always. Ama a todos siempre.
And now I join them in grieving and taking action on behalf of the people and countries they love.
Working through a network of like-minded churches and respected NGOs, Casa de Luz is raising funds for rescue and restoration in Puerto Rico and Mexico. We can join them in prayer and giving:
Prayer: Saturday, September 30, 7-8:30am. Willow Creek Guest Central Lounge (South Barrington campus, entrance D or E, check screens for more information or changes).
Giving: Write checks to Willow Creek Casa de Luz. Memo: Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Willow Creek Casa de Luz
Willow Creek Community Church
67 E. Algonquin Rd.
South Barrington, IL 60010
If you have a favorite church or organization responding to the crises in Puerto Rico and Mexico, please donate to them. But if not, we welcome your donations to Casa de Luz. The needs are so great. Let’s join this House of Light and show up together for the sake of those who are suffering.