Greetings from Puebla
Thank you for your faithful partnership with the ministries of Living Hope International. This 25th anniversary year has started out with a lot of momentum, exciting changes, and a few challenges before us. We are grateful to each of you for being along with us on this wild adventure as we seek the Lord for the grace and guidance to continue His work with the children and youth of Mexico and spread the Gospel in Puebla and beyond.
Jerry and Susy McNally
25TH ANNIVERSARY – 2019 marks the 25th anniversary for Living Hope International as a ministry. Since 1994, we have witnessed the faithfulness and grace of God over the lives of the children and staff. We have plans for three special 25th-anniversary gala events, in Minnesota and Wisconsin. These events promise to be memorable and inspiring for everyone who attends and provide the opportunity to partner with the ministry in fulfilling the vision to rescue children and train leaders to impact the nations. If you live in the area, we hope to see you there! For more info, visit LoveHopeMercy.org/Dinners
URBANA CONFERENCE – Dec 27-31, LHI had a booth at the Urbana Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The event is held every three years for college students and had 11,000 youth in attendance. Many students showed an interest in the work taking place in Mexico, including some who visited Esperanza Viva early in the year, and many more who are planning to visit in May and August during weeks set aside specifically for Urbana students to experience what LHI has to offer. We are excited for students all across the nation to experience a Week of Hope on the Esperanza Viva campus while also giving them an in-depth look at the many ways to serve.
NEW OPPORTUNITIES – In February, Jerry McNally along with Luis and Alejandra Aguilar (the Matamoros campus directors) had the opportunity to present the Gift of Hope Child Sponsorship Program at a leadership conference in southern Texas and share about the ministry to approximately 1,000 pastors and leaders. There was a great response, as well as new relationships formed with pastors in the area. In April, LHI will present and have a Child Sponsorship booth at another large conference in Texas. Our stateside advocates have been visiting churches in their regions to present the sponsorship program and short-term missions. If you are interested in representing Living Hope at a church or other event, please contact us or visit, LoveHopeMercy.org/Advocate
NEW CHILDREN – We have taken in several new children at our Puebla and Matamoros campuses. When they arrive, children always need prayer for a smooth adjustment to their new surroundings and healing from the emotional wounds they have. Before new arrivals are eligible for sponsorship we often have a waiting period while they get acclimated. You can find many children waiting for a sponsor at: LoveHopeMercy.org/Sponsor
RETURNING CHILDREN – Three children recently returned to the care of Esperanza Viva and we are grateful the Lord is allowing us to care for them and sow a new hope in them.
SPONSORSHIP CORRESPONDENCE – We’ve created a more streamlined process for writing to the child or Mexican missionary that you sponsor. Please make a note of the new email address: WriteMe@LoveHopeMercy.org
CHANGES – La Viña is making changes in the curriculum and the program in general. One important change is the name: We are now transitioning to the name Instituto Naciones-La Viña (Nations Institute-La Viña).
RECORD SPRING CLASS – 25 students are enrolled in the spring Level 1 course. This is a record high for a spring session and includes students from all across Mexico and a few from the United States. For more information about La Viña, visit LoveHopeMercy.org/LaVina
GROWING INTEREST – There is growing interest in the institute as a prime opportunity for young adults to receive not only biblical teaching but hands-on intensive training in full-time ministry through the three levels offered. If you know someone who may be interested in enrolling, please have them visit,
MINISTRY INFLUENCE – Through Nations School, doors have opened to share the gospel with local students and their families. Since opening the doors to the community in the last two school years, we have seen the middle- and high-school students become involved in the Nations Church youth group and weekly small groups that meet in a nearby neighborhood. Lives are being changed as they begin to experience the love of God.
NEW ENROLLMENTS – Several new students have enrolled in Nations School recently since enrollment is open year round. We are so grateful to have this Christ-centered school not only for the children and staff of Esperanza Viva but also for Nations Church families and the community.
SPECIALIZED EDUCATION – The administrators of Nations School have created a special course designed to help the elementary students who have had little to no schooling. By identifying their varying learning styles and then applying techniques to better prepare them for success in their education, the educators are better able to meet the personal learning needs of each student.
PARTNERSHIPS – We are currently partnering with Manna Relief and Project Cure to expand outreach in providing wellness and nutritional care to the EV kids and the community.
WOMEN’S HEALTH – We are excited to have a women’s health program underway and will begin classes, checkups, screening and follow-up in April.
RECENT VISIT – Living Hope Clinic hosted a doctor who specializes in spine health and a variety of other treatments. He was able to treat many of our young people and staff who have medical needs. His wife, a dentist, did dental work on the children while their daughter and son assisted with check-ups and charts.
MEDICAL MISSION TRIPS – We are grateful for the increase in medical mission teams interested in coming to the clinic to offer their professional services for everyone at the Esperanza Viva-Puebla campus. The children have been able to get the dental care they desperately need, as well as wellness checkups and other treatments otherwise unavailable to them. The coming months will bring several more teams to help in the clinic. If you are interested in being part of a medical missions trip, contact us or visit
DISCIPLESHIP – New discipleship courses began in January and the congregation has responded with much enthusiasm. The first course is called “Grow.” The second course is a 12-week discipleship course. Many continue to sign up each Sunday and we are expectant to see all that God has in store.
ENCOUNTER WITH THE CROSS – In February, the Esperanza Viva-Puebla campus hosted a one-day retreat called Encounter with the Cross. The retreat was focused on emotional healing and included times of worship, sermons, and workshops. The day concluded with 20 people taking a step in faith by being baptized; several of them were Esperanza Viva children. There are plans to host similar retreats 3–4 times a year.
RECENT AUDITIONS – Our worship team held auditions in February to recruit new musicians, vocalists, and sound technicians. There was a good turnout and the new musicians and singers are now beginning to participate on the worship team.
CONFERENCE – Tickets are now on sale for the annual conference formerly known as Es Tiempo, but now called Conferencia Naciones (Nations Conference). This conference will be held at the newer Nations Church campus July 3-5. We are expecting 800 in attendance.