CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IMPACT: LIVING HOPE INTERNATIONAL
Last updated: July 13, 2020
KIDS AND STAFF OF ESPERANZA VIVA:
The kids and staff are doing well.
Limits have been put in place regarding group meetings. Off-campus outings and daily errands have been extremely limited and the campus is well-stocked for food and essential supplies. Some staff missionaries are working remotely as their responsibilities allow. The children and staff are under strict protocols of hygiene and prevention per CDC guidelines.
Like many US churches, Nations Church has suspended in-person gatherings and is now streaming services for the time being. There have been reported cases of Covid among some of our church attendees including serious illness and death. We continue to offer online small groups and online services to remain connected to our church members. We’ve put an emergency food package program in place in order to help a large number of families from Nations Church.
Construction of the Multi-Purpose Building has resumed. Construction workers continue to have no contact with the kids or staff, apart from a single point of contact.
Nations Ministry Institute (La Viña) has been suspended until further notice. A limited session is being evaluated for the fall of 2020.
Nations School hopes to return to fall 2020 classes, however, just recently the Mexican government suspended public schools’ return to classes, and Nations School intends to follow this guide for the time being as it affects the students who attend from the surrounding community.
The United States and Mexico have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across our shared border.
The official date for the US/Mexico border to reopen is July 21st however it may be extended to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Non-essential travel to non-citizens is prohibited. Most flights are canceled.
PROSPECTIVE VISITORS TO ESPERANZA VIVA YOUTH HOMES:
At this time Esperanza Viva Youth Home campuses remain open but under strict protocols of hygiene and prevention. The CDC has issued a number of best practices and steps to take in the prevention of contracting or spreading the virus. Included in their advice are cautions for high-risk individuals to avoid travel. Living Hope International (LHI) agrees with this advice, despite it having the potential impact on our ministry partners and prospective visitors.
It is our position to ask all prospective visitors to postpone their trip at this time. There is still much to learn regarding the virus and we suggest erring on the side of safety and precaution.
All unpurchased flights need to be into the city of Puebla, PUE, Mexico [PBC]. If you already have flights purchased into Mexico City, please contact your airline immediately to change your flights into Puebla if at all possible.
You can contact Esperanza Viva/Living Hope Clinic (LHIClinic@LoveHopeMercy.org or 1-262-381-0121 opt. 1) with specific questions regarding prospective visits. LHI reserves the right to deny any prospective visitor if they feel it is necessary for the safety of children and staff.
ALL prospective visitors are required to complete the M2: Short-Term Missions Medical Online Form. The form was updated on March 3, 2020, and must be resubmitted if completed prior to that date.
Please check back on this page for future updates and developments that may affect your planned visit to Esperanza Viva.