Dear friends and family,
Greetings from Puebla! We are in the middle of lots of activities, many visits, and great things happening in every area of the ministry. In this important 25th anniversary year, we are more grateful than ever to the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness to us as we rescue children and train leaders. Through your visits, giving, and prayers, you are an integral part of this mission; we are extremely blessed by your partnership.
Jerry and Susy McNally
QUEST INTERNS – The summer months brought us several interns through our Quest Program. Taylor, from Wisconsin, is with us for a 6-month internship, helping our grounds manager and maintenance team. Samantha and Katie, from Iowa, along with Dan and Cheryl Wuerch, from Minnesota, are at Nations School working in the English department. For more information about Quest, visit: www.LoveHopeMercy.org/Quest
25TH-ANNIVERSARY GALA BENEFIT DINNERS – Our 25th anniversary Gala 25 benefit dinners in Minnesota and Wisconsin were a tremendous success. The three evenings were filled with memorable presentations and testimonies, great food, fellowship, worship, and meeting new people. We reached our fundraising goal for the multi-purpose building at our Puebla campus, and we are finalizing budgets to officially sign with the construction company that will head up the project.
Worship, testimonials, traditional Mexican dances, and more were the highlights of the Gala 25 events.
COLLEGE GRADUATES – This summer, two of our girls celebrated graduation from college. Ana Luisa, age 25, graduated as a nurse and now has an internship at a local hospital. Rosa obtained her preschool teaching license and began teaching at Nations School this fall. We are so proud of both girls for these accomplishments. We rely heavily on the Lasting Hope Scholarship Fund to pay for the expenses of these young adults pursuing further education. To learn more or donate towards this important program, visit: LoveHopeMercy.org/LastingHope
SUMMER VISITORS – The summer months brought many short-term missions teams, visiting the children and seeing the ministry at work, many for the very first time. Hosting these teams is a major part of our focus as a ministry, and each Week of Hope has a lasting effect on everyone. To plan a visit with a team or for an individual visit, go to: LoveHopeMercy.org/VisitUs or email STM@LoveHopeMercy.org
Having fun together while building relationships.
LARGE LEVEL 1 CLASS – Our current level 1 course is the second largest in our history, with 35 students. (The women’s dormitory is at full capacity!) We are excited to see all the Lord has for these students as they grow in their intimacy with the Lord while serving at Esperanza Viva and Nations Church through evangelism, mission trips, and classes. If you are interested in enrolling in Nations Ministry Institute (La Viña), visit: www.LoveHopeMercy.org/NationsInstitute
INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS TRIPS – We are excited to start offering international missions trips to areas in Latin America that are unreached to our institute students, leaders, and alumni who are now serving full-time in churches across Mexico.
QUEST INTERNS – As mentioned above, several Quest interns are helping as English teachers at Nations School. It is a huge plus to have native English speakers teaching our students and helping our full-time faculty develop ways to improve the English program in all levels of education. If you are interested in a Quest internship at Nations School, email: LTM@LoveHopeMercy.org
NEW WORKSHOPS – This school year, the children have new workshops on Fridays including theatre, drawing, sports, folkloric dance, cooking, and more. The students are enjoying the variety of these elective classes.
TELEMEDICINE – We are excited to have obtained equipment and training for Telemedicine at our clinic in Puebla. With this technology, we will have opportunities for consulting multiple healthcare professionals and specialists throughout the United States. Using this program, we will be able to offer quality health and wellness care and follow-up to our children and the surrounding community.
VISITING SPECIALISTS – This fall we hosted several healthcare teams including orthopedic, chiropractic, ophthalmology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
OPTOMETRIST VISIT – We were blessed to host a team of optometrists who treated all of the children and staff. This team was also able to do an optometry campaign at both of our Nations Church campuses treating 472 people, and providing reading glasses, prescription glasses, and sunglasses. Visits from medical teams are an important part of our care for the children. If you are interested in planning a healthcare-focused visit, please contact: LHIClinic@LoveHopeMercy.org
CONNECTION GROUPS – After a brief hiatus for the summer, our connection groups for youth, women, and families have had a great start. We currently have 20 groups for adults and six groups for youth that meet each week, digging into themes like Fear, Women of the Bible, Dating and Relationships, and many others. Participation in connection groups has brought about greater spiritual growth and commitment to the people of Nations Church.
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION – In September, Mexico celebrated its independence as a nation. Nations Church hosted an evening of fun, food, and fellowship for the holiday, complete with music, costume contests, and a gospel message.
DISCIPLESHIP/ENCOUNTER WITH THE CROSS – The congregation is moving forward with taking discipleship courses, each level focusing on important principles for Christian living. In September, we hosted our third Encounter with the Cross, an all-day retreat for those who completed the first level of discipleship. These courses and retreats are making an important difference for the culture of Nations Church and the overall growth of its congregants, and help to strengthen relationships with leadership and among those who attend.
Encounter with the Cross event held at Esperanza Viva