Dear friends and family,
As we enter 2020, we look at everything the Lord has done in the past year and are so amazed and grateful. This season we are contemplating everything that has been accomplished and looking ahead to the new year, which promises to be the best year yet for Living Hope. As you partner with Living Hope International with your generous giving, visits, advocacy, and prayers, your role is critical in carrying out this mission of rescuing children, reaching the lost, and training leaders. We pray that you and your family will be blessed far beyond your expectations in 2020.
Jerry and Susy McNally
MULTIPURPOSE BUILDING Thanks to the overwhelming response from those who attended our Gala 25 benefit dinners in September, along with many other generous donors, we were able to reach the goal for building a multipurpose building at our Esperanza Viva campus in Puebla. This building will help us to expand our capacity for hosting Short-Term Missions teams, provide ministry institute classroom space, and serve as dormitories for people in training for full-time service. We plan to break ground early in 2020.
QUEST INTERNS This fall and winter, three young people from the United States and one retired couple served in the Quest internship program. These internships resulted in an application to Nations Ministry Institute (La Viña) and also a long-term commitment in the English department at Nations School. We are taking applications year-round for interns with a variety of skills and callings. For more information, visit LoveHopeMercy.org/Quest
VIP SPONSORSHIP WEEKEND We had the privilege of hosting several child sponsors at EV-Puebla for a wonderful long weekend. The VIP-sponsor trip featured ice skating, rock climbing, and shopping for the sponsors along with those they sponsor, which was a special time to get to know each other better in each activity. Nations School gave a presentation showing an overview of the rich Mexican culture they were visiting. The time together ended with a candle-lit dinner for the children and the VIP guests; the perfect ending to a memorable weekend. For dates and information about the 2020 VIP weekend, visit LoveHopeMercy.org/SponsorVIP
Visiting VIP sponsors and their kids/missionaries getting to know each other.
STUDENTS – One of our high school graduates from Matamoros was part of the Nations Ministry Institute (La Viña) fall course.
REUNITED – We had multiple sibling groups reunited that have been rescued and now are in the care of our faithful staff there.
PARTNERSHIPS – Relationships with local ministries and churches have been growing, and this has brought in more regional Mexican visitors to the Matamoros campus.
MISSIONS TRIP In late October, the students and leaders went on a missions trip to the neighboring state of Veracruz. They went in two separate teams, to visit villages and also a church in the city of Jalapa, presenting several skits, followed by one-on-one evangelism. The teams witnessed many people receiving Christ as their savior and people from the local churches were encouraged in their faith and service to their cities.
GRADUATION With great celebration, we witnessed the graduation of 47 students from the three levels of training in December. As several students shared in their speeches, this season has marked their lives forever–they will never be the same after a profound encounter with God that is changing the course of their lives. Family members, friends, and church leaders joined the student body and our full-time staff in worship and gratitude to our great God for His faithfulness. For information and to apply, visit LoveHopeMercy.org/NationsInstitute
CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION The students of Nations School prepared a special program for their families and the congregants of Nations Church. The special evening featured dance routines, special Christmas music, and a play entitled “What is Christmas?” The play was designed to show the importance of the real reason for Christmas and shared the Gospel message.
The students of Nations School performing in the Christmas presentation.
HIGH SCHOOL We are proud to have had several students graduate this school year. The education provided to these students from the Tecnologico de Monterrey, one of the most prestigious high schools in Mexico, will give them a great advantage in their college careers and vocational studies. To learn more about Nations School and ways you can help our students reach their goals and dreams, visit LoveHopeMercy.org/NationsSchool
OUTREACH This fall we had an excellent opportunity to share the gospel with many people while providing them with medical and personal hygiene kits and giving basic first-aid and hygiene training. Three separate areas of the community were impacted by these outreaches, and the teams that participated were inspired to continue planning for similar endeavors in the future. To see how you can become involved in an outreach, visit LoveHopeMercy.org/Clinic
HEALTH AND WELLNESS CAMPAIGNS The clinic was blessed to host several teams of medical professionals whose main focus was to provide quality health care to the children and full-time staff. These teams performed wellness check-ups and dedicated long hours of therapy with the children, giving practical training to the supervisors and clinic volunteers for follow-up. Dental professionals performed cleanings and fillings. If you would like to form a team of medical professionals for a Health and Wellness Week, please email LHIClinic@lovehopemercy.org
BAPTISMS With weekly attendance to discipleship courses on the rise and many new people visiting our small groups, we have had an influx of people who desire to be baptized. Early in December, there were a total of 43 people baptized at our three Sunday services. Much of the growth and new people attending the church is due to the increase in Small Groups for women, families, and youth.
One of the 43 people baptized at Nations Church by David and Sandra Acosta.
VOLUNTEERS There is a growing excitement among the congregation to serve as volunteers in the many areas within the church. We are believing for greater expansion in the next year, and with this a larger volunteer community. We have observed that the growth of people in their Christian walk is largely in proportion to their level of commitment to service. We are blessed to have more than 250 volunteers serving at our weekend services.
TRAINING WORKSHOP Nations Church had the honor of hosting a training workshop specifically for pastors and church leaders, called Haciendo Iglesia (Doing Church). A group of local pastors and leaders, and some of our staff were in attendance at this one-day event that featured a Q&A session, teaching sessions, and times of fellowship. This was the first of several workshops that we will be hosting, with the unified goal of equipping church leaders to impact and encourage growth in the congregations where they serve.
LADIES EVENT In late November, we hosted the annual ladies event, Valiosa (Valuable). This event had an awesome attendance of 370 women. We had a special dinner, completely free of charge served by the men of the church, a powerful time of worship, fun games, and a challenging message shared by one of the women from our own leadership team.
Susy McNally (center in black) and others at Valiosa 2019.