Greetings from Puebla!
We are happy to update you on the recent happenings of Living Hope International. We are in a season of growth and flexibility, and through all of it, we are learning to trust God like never before. We hope and pray that in this time, each of you will draw closer to Him too. As the Esperanza Viva family, we are embracing the changes God is bringing to us, knowing that His plans are good and will lead us to His calling and purpose, as we trust His guidance.
God bless you,
Jerry and Susy McNally Founders and Directors Living Hope International
MORE RESCUED KIDS
This season of Covid has brought even more-than-normal homelessness, extreme poverty, and abandonment for children in Mexico. We have taken in several new children at Esperanza Viva. The newest children are a family of five siblings as well as two brothers. It is wonderful to see the joy on their faces as they receive healing from their difficult past and make new friends with the other children. Several more children will be arriving within the next few weeks. If you would like to impact the lives of these children, please consider sponsoring a child. Visit our website:
As the Esperanza Viva family grows, there have been changes in the children’s dormitories and staff, such as supervisors moving to new areas of service, new children arriving, as well as children moving to different dormitories. We are excited to have several new young men and women starting to serve as child supervisors, giving selflessly of their time to care for the children. We also welcomed a new staff family from the state of Hidalgo. They are serving in the multimedia department and the kitchen. We are grateful to have them all on the team, offering their time and talents in many ways and allowing us to better serve the children we are rescuing.
ESPERANZA VIVA CLINIC
In April, we were blessed to have a visit from Dr. Lee and his son Jonathan, who is currently in med school. During the week of their visit, they performed a total of 210 appointments for our children, supervisors, and other full-time staff members. We are so grateful for the opportunity to host medical professionals who have a heart for caring for the health of our children. If you would like to schedule a visit to serve in our clinic, please email us at LHIClinic@LoveHopeMercy.org or call (262) 381-0121 extension 7.
After a school year that was far different than any of the previous ones, with smaller groups in the classrooms and adjusting to distance learning methods for off-campus students, it is exciting to open enrollment up for students from the church and community once again. The EV children and on-campus teachers will once again join with community students for classes, workshops, and activities after 18 months of being apart. You can help provide a Christ-centered, quality education for more students at Nations School, by visiting: LoveHopeMercy.org/HopeofLearning
NATIONS MINISTRY INSTITUTE – LA VIÑA
Our Nations Ministry Institute online students graduated from their spring course in May. These courses, with students from all over the country participating in eight levels of systematic Bible study, are complete with Scripture memorization, live classes, Q and A sessions, and a variety of teachers. The students who were a part of our on-campus internship had a formal graduation ceremony in late June, where we celebrated the previous two graduating classes. Fourteen young men and women completed intensive internships and are excited to continue growing in their pursuit of God as they serve. For information to apply, visit: InstitutoNaciones.org
After a long season of exclusively hosting online services, small groups, classes, and other meetings, we were able to reopen in-person services at our Puebla and Huejotzingo campuses in late May and early June. The congregation has been overjoyed to begin meeting again in person and are willingly getting back into their volunteer duties to serve everyone in attendance at multiple services and campuses.
The youth from Nations Ministry Institute, as well as our full-time staff, and volunteers from Nations Church have been taking trips to several poverty-stricken villages–including San Martin Esperilla–to take food, clothing, hygiene supplies, and the Gospel message to the many families there. These have been amazing opportunities to meet the needs of these families, who are primarily single mothers and children. There are plans to continue reaching out to these communities and pray to be a beacon of hope to all we encounter there. To contribute to the mission in the mountain villages, visit: LoveHopeMercy.org/SanMartinEsperilla
LIVING HOPE INTERNATIONAL
We are excited to have two interns in the Quest program this summer. Kaleb, a young man who participated in a Short-Term-Missions trip when he was a teenager, has joined us for several weeks during the summer. His family became acquainted with LHI through missionaries from their local church. Kaleb is getting to know our kids and staff and helping out with the grounds maintenance team. He is bilingual, which allows him to connect with everyone on campus. There is also a young woman, Giovana, from northern Mexico, who is interning for the summer, and is working with the younger boys and girls dormitories. We take applications year-round for this unique program, which gives people of all ages the opportunity to put their skills to use in the ministry on a short-term basis. For more information, visit LoveHopeMercy.org/Quest
LHI BENEFIT EVENTS
This fall, we hosted two in-person dinners with the theme Born with a Purpose; one in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin. We also live-streamed a virtual event directly from Puebla! If you missed any of them, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to relive the virtual event at LHIBenefit.org