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Mexico Staff

Ismaschias

Mexico Team

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Jesús Gómez Castro

Jesús is the Director of Eli House in Mexico. He is also the pastor at the local church (Ismaschias) Eli House partners with in San Luis RC for the before/after school program. He lives on the church grounds with his family. A fun-loving person with a heart for kids, he can often be found playing soccer with them! He has worked with Eli House since its founding and has been an essential part of our growth. 

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Jovita López López

Jovita is the school principal, as well as the Bible teacher for Eli House. She has worked with Eli House since its founding and is instrumental in keeping the day-to-day happenings of the school running smooth. Oftentimes she can be found helping in the kitchen, playing hide and seek with the students at recess, or working in her office. She loves to work with kids, and she impacts their lives daily. 

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Myrna Solano

Myrna is our English teacher at Eli House. She also helps the children with homework, she helps cook, and she helps drive the children to and from Eli House. She is the wife to Pastor Jesús who also works at the school, and she is a mother of two. In August 2019 she started working for Eli House. 

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Julietta Reynosa

Julietta handles a variety of tasks on a daily basis for Eli House. A few of the tasks she does are: takes pictures and videos for social media, sends and receives mail and gifts for the children. In addition, she also helps out with cooking, homework, driving students to and from their houses, and any other need that arises at the school. When she was younger, she was in our high school program. Since September 2019, she has been employed by Eli House. 

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Leticia Pérez

Leticia or "Lety" is the cook for Eli House! She has been with us since the start of the 2022-2023 school year. The food she makes is delicious and also nutritious for the children. She has a sweet personality and has played games like uno with the children during free time. All four of her children are in the elementary/junior high program.

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Emma Lerma Fuentes

Emma is a very valuable asset for Eli House! She crosses the border every week and goes to the post office, picking up packages and letters that sponsors have sent and then mails outgoing thank you cards. Before teams come to stay at our dorms, she cleans them and helps make the beds as well. In addition, whenever we have a medical or dental clinic, she serves as an interpreter. 

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Jesús Gómez Solano

Jesús is the most recent addition to the school staff and started working for Eli House in fall of 2023 after graduating with a degree in teaching. He was sponsored by a USA family through Eli House to go to high school and college in Mexico, and in turn was a helper at the before/after school program at Ismaschias. Jesús currently is our music teacher, helps tutor the students, and loves playing with the kids.   

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Betina Ramírez

Betina is the cook for all of our mission teams! Before mission teams arrive in Mexico, she also helps clean the dormitories. Betina is known for making incredible food and aguas frescas, such as chimichangas, tostadas, and horchata. Her hard-working attitude and desire to do things with excellence is something Eli House Mission is grateful for!

USA Staff

USA Team

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David Castillo

Child Sponsorship Director

David is a foster and adoptive parent who has served in ministries in Korea, Peru, Ecuador and the United States, focusing on child sponsorship programs. Following a 27-year career in the military, he served full-time as a Children’s Pastor for 7 years and now continues his child advocacy ministry with Eli House Mission. He attends Grace Point Church Medical Center. David owns a photography business specializing in kid’s sports and astro-photography. He and his wife, Dorothy, and their children live in San Antonio, Texas.

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Melodie Sommers

Trip Coordinator, Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant

Melodie is from Hartville, Ohio.  She has been involved with facilitating short-term teams to Eli House for over seven years and also helps with administrative duties, including bookkeeping. She enjoys reading, cooking and being outdoors.

Brianna Sommers

Administrative & Sponsorship Assistant

Brianna is from Hartville, Ohio and a 2018 graduate from Lake Center Christian School. She helps with communication, translation, and child sponsorship. She also helps facilitate short-term mission teams, among various other duties. Brianna enjoys reading, playing sports, and baking.

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