We are immensely grateful for you, our partners, for your faithful prayers and support for the ministries of Living Hope International. This year has brought many good changes and we believe that the coming season will bring further growth, blessings, and opportunities to reach people with the Gospel. Together we are able to reach even further to rescue more children, train more leaders, and impact the world. We thank you for being a part of this mission.
Jerry and Susy McNally
Founders and Directors
Living Hope International
We have begun a training course for caregivers of children and youth, focused on recovery from sexual abuse. The material we are using for the training was written and designed by a Christian organization that has a mission to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help victims to heal from it. Our desire through this training is to facilitate healing and restoration in each boy and girl in our care, by walking alongside them through this program and prayerfully guiding them to freedom in this area.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
September 16th is Mexico’s Independence Day. Our staff and kids gathered for an evening of special festivities complete with traditional Mexican food, music, contests, and lots of laughter. These kinds of events foster the bonds of community at Esperanza Viva and are deeply meaningful for the children and supervisors, as we are one big family. To plan a visit to Esperanza Viva and spend a week with the kids, please contact: STM@LoveHopeMercy.org or call (262) 381-0121 option 3.
ESPERANZA VIVA CLINIC
DENTAL TEAM VISIT
In July, we were blessed to have a team of dental hygienists that came to the clinic for a few days. They performed exams and cleanings on the children, many of whom had never been in a dental chair before. The children and staff are grateful to once again be hosting teams at the Esperanza Viva Campus. To see our calendar with open dates for visiting groups, follow this link: LHI WEBSITE-VISIT or contact STM@LoveHopeMercy.org. For a visit with a medical team, please contact LHIClinic@LoveHopeMercy.org
Starting this school year, our students are using a Christian curriculum from a ministry in Mexico. The material is well-written and has ample teacher resources included. The entire staff at Nations School is enjoying the new materials, and the students are grateful for them as well.
SCHOOL YEAR KICKOFF
The first week of September marked the return to classrooms for Nations School, with in-person and distance learning. The EV children and the staff children are attending five days a week, and the students from the community are connecting via distance learning two days a week and attending in-person, three days a week. The student body and teachers are enthusiastic to be back to some similarity to the pre-pandemic setup.
NATIONS MINISTRY INSTITUTE
In August we began an internship course that will end in mid-December. The young adults in the course come from all across the country and even the US, with a desire to grow in their walk with God and receive training to serve in their unique callings. Through the intensive internship program offered at Nations Ministry Institute, the students are better equipped to go out and make a difference and live lives of radical surrender and service in God’s kingdom. For information about upcoming courses and access to application forms, visit: InstitutoNaciones.org
Since reopening the three church campuses in Puebla this summer, we have witnessed much enthusiasm in people to become involved as volunteers in various areas of service for weekend church meetings as well as participating in ongoing outreach opportunities to local hospitals and other needy areas of the city and surrounding neighborhoods.
Every Friday night, we have a special church service in the Community Center at Esperanza Viva for the children and staff. Since the start of the Covid pandemic, the children and their supervisors have not been able to attend most services at Nations Church and these weekly services at EV have been a great way for everyone to connect in worship and receive an encouraging message.
LIVING HOPE INTERNATIONAL
ANNUAL BENEFIT EVENTS
In September we hosted two benefit events in the US, one in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin, and a 3rd evening that was streamed live online. These were wonderful evenings to share life-changing testimonies and look back in gratitude for all God has done in the lives of the children in our care. We are grateful that we were able to host these events in person again, as well as a virtual event. To see a replay of the program, visit LHI BENEFIT REPLAY
This fall, we are happy to welcome back Dan and Cheryl Wuerch to our Quest program. They are a retired couple who have completed several Quest internships with a primary focus on the English program at Nations School, both in-person and through distance learning. They are a wonderful asset to the school, taking on several grade levels teaching the students the English language and guiding them in practicing speech and pronunciation. To serve with Living Hope International on a short-term basis, you may contact Quest@LoveHopeMercy.org