Our Samaria – different culture, same place
Casa Chirilagua is a local ministry who is developing relationships with families to see the Chirilagua neighborhood transformed by Christ. Begun in 2007, Casa Chirilagua is headed by Executive Director Dawnielle Miller who with three other women moved into the neighborhood of Arlandria (in Alexandria, VA, nestled between Potomac Yard and South Arlington) to minister to the growing Hispanic community. In the nearly 10 years of existence, the organization has grown to include an after school kids and middle school program, a parent’s group, special community events and several Bible Studies and fellowship groups. Its staff consists of nearly 10 people including full- and part-time workers as well as community interns.
Casa Chirilagua is Great Commission Community Church’s primary local mission partner. It seeks to make disciples among a less reached people group in the DMV area. It also offers tangible educational and physical support for a vulnerable, migrant population (the foreigner) that often includes children with only one or no parents (the fatherless) in the United States as well as struggling single parents (the widow) trying to make ends meet.
PRAY – We frequently pray for Casa Chirilagua’s work during monthly missions prayer meeting (usually the first Tuesday of the month).
GIVE – We give a portion of our annual budget to Casa Chirilagua’s work. We also actively participate in two fundraisers – the annual 5K and Spring2Action.
GO – Several GCCC members serve as mentors to children in the community, lead Bible Studies and mentor parents. Many GCCC small groups volunteer for Casa Chirilagua events. In particular, several small groups have served Casa Chirilagua families dinner for their monthly family nights.
ENCOURAGE – Members of GCCC have served and continue to serve on the organization’s board of directors and staff. This is a tangible way we as a church can encourage the greater work and staff serving in this community.