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Introducing Nations School

Nations Church is Expanding

Success Through a Wide-Angle Lens

LHI From Then 'Til Now

Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: Part 1

Missionary Spotlight: Ely Blanquet

Filling Voids

“It Stirs My Heart…”

From Shovels and Dirt to Ribbons and Cheers

Somewhere To Turn

Missionary Spotlight: Ramón and Dulce Garzón

One God,
Many Ways to Serve

The Littered Path to Our Doorstep

Missionary Spotlight: David and Sandra Acosta

La Viña Ministry Training Center/Fruit of the Vine

Nations Church: Reaching Beyond Our Walls


Letters to My Sponsor

Our World is Shrinking

Missionary Spotlight: Jenny Azuara

Beneath the Surface

Play a Personal Part in Hope and Healing

Reaching New Nations

Marginal Difference

The Story Behind Our Look

Important Projects

20 Years of Living Hope

Q&A With Kids: Malu


Braulio: A Life and Heart Restored

An Open Window: The Huerta Family

From Neglected to Protected

Graciela: Grace of God

Their First Noel

Q&A With Kids: Erika

Q&A With Kids: Ada

A Perfect Match

Hope for Josue

Their Journey Together

Running: Miguel's Transformation

The Story of Luz

Gerardo's Journey


Goats Floats

School Drive

Leastest Outreach

Sweet Dreams



Erika is a natural leader, outgoing and extremely compassionate. She arrived at Esperanza Viva-Matamoros when she was just 9 years old. Erika has grown in immeasurable ways and shares her heart and goals with us…

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Erika America Castañeda. I am 17 years old and I would describe myself as responsible, serious and dedicated.

Of all the things that you have learned, what do you think will be most useful when you are older?

I think that there are three things that stand out the most:

  • I have learned to follow God.
  • The good family values that I have been taught.
  • The formal education I’ve received.

What do you think is the most difficult part of being a kid?

The hardest thing about being a kid is to stop throwing tantrums and learn to obey and understand various aspects of life.

What would you like to do when you graduate from high school?

I want to be a Physical Therapist. I am convinced that I can accomplish this, because I feel and believe that this is part of my purpose on this earth. I will accomplish this by trusting completely in God and working hard in school.

Is there anything else you wish to share?

The best gift that I have received is to be a part of the Living Hope family. It is a special place to me because I have received help for so many areas of my life and that is not something that many people are willing to do.