Dear friends and family,
We hope and pray that you and your families are healthy, peaceful, and hopeful at this time. This year has brought some special challenges, difficulties, and changes for all of our lives. We know that there is much to be learned and that God’s faithfulness and love are carrying us, we can trust Him in all the unknowns and see His goodness displayed for every one of us.
Jerry and Susy McNally
SPIRITUAL GROWTH AT ESPERANZA VIVA – The full-time staff on campus are enjoying special times of spiritual growth. Aside from their Bible-in-one-year reading plan, and a weekly day for fasting, there are evenings each week for worship and a bonfire. These times are for fellowship and hearing an encouraging word from someone on our staff, and singing together. Our children at both campuses gather on Sundays, with their supervisors, to watch Nations Church streaming services. The supervisors are sharing from the Word and leading the kids in prayer in daily devotional times.
FAMILY GATHERING – In June, the staff and children at our Puebla campus came together for an outdoor gathering for the first time since February. It was a special time of worship and prayer for our high school graduates. The evening closed with a pizza and ice cream celebration. This was a meaningful celebration after a long time of seclusion, and everyone was so grateful for the opportunity.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH – COVID-19 has brought difficulties to many families from Nations Church due to the loss of jobs and being quarantined in their homes. Through a special giving campaign with the congregation, we have been distributing basic pantry items to struggling families. Our Small Group teams have been organizing the collection and purchasing, as well as regularly distributing these items to families. We have given almost 3,000 meals to families in Puebla and the surrounding communities since early April.
VILLAGE MISSION – We have been moved to share with the extremely poor families in the village of San Martín Esperilla, located about 2 hours from our Puebla campus. The love of God is not the only thing being given freely to the 100+ children and their parents; we are also able to take clothing, shoes, hygiene items, and non-perishable food to this community.
MULTIPLICATION – With the regular in-person small groups being suspended for a time, we have switched to video conferencing for small groups on all levels: men, women, couples, general, and youth of different age categories. The ease and flexibility of online meetings has allowed for a significant increase in numbers of groups as well as numbers of people participating. We have gone from 33 groups meeting weekly to 72. The topics of the studies have been quite encouraging to everyone, and we eagerly anticipate that these groups will continue to grow even when we return to in-person gatherings.
MATAMOROS YOUTH HOME – After prayerful consideration, we have decided to consolidate our two youth homes and transfer the children and staff from EV-Matamoros to our Puebla campus. We are open to the possibility of reopening that location at some point in the future, however, at this time, we see the wisdom in taking this step for the well-being and safety of everyone. The children and staff and their belongings will be moving to Puebla in mid-July, in time for the start of the coming school year. It is our hope to move the majority of the children to our Puebla campus. To donate toward the cost of this consolidation, go to www.LoveHopeMercy.org/Matamoros.
LIVING HOPE BENEFIT EVENTS – Due to the uncertainty of large gatherings this year, we have opted to go virtual! This year, two evenings are planned for the LHI Benefit “Live from Mexico” virtual events. We are excited to expand our reach beyond the customary locations, and allow people across the nation to participate in an interactive and unforgettable event that will benefit our mission of rescuing at-risk children and offering them a hopeful future. To get involved by hosting a Public or Private Watch Party, visit www.LHIBenefit.org