Thoughts from Jerry & Susy

Whether it’s been a while, or you’ve never visited Esperanza Viva (EV) in Mexico, one of the things you may quickly notice is an incredible amount of activity. Seeing in person the various and distinct functions of the youth home, the school, the school of ministry, the church, and short-term mission teams can be quite eye-opening.

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Reaching More

In Mexico alone, there are an estimated 100,000 children at risk, teetering on the edge of, or tumbling through, the jagged cracks of a broken system of social work and despair. Together, our ability to intervene and offer hope is on the rise as we expand our capacity to be part of the solution. So, how are we putting to use the experience we’ve gained over the past 25 years and the 500 children we’ve given refuge? What are the keys to the next 500? The next 5,000?

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Choosing Hope

As we face the many daily challenges of raising and inspiring young lives once battling real-life torment, we catch glimpses of hope-filled futures. New smiles are born each day as hearts continue toward the goal of complete healing and joy. Such is the story of a young boy, Angel, at Esperanza Viva…

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The Next Leg

Lately, more so than ever, I am excited about how God has positioned us to be effective for His purposes. For years, I believe we have been in preparation mode: faithful with our present-day but expectant to see God’s plans unfold in front of us. As we now reflect on how we have been prepared and equipped, it’s like all things are coming into focus.

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Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: Part 3

Esperanza Viva was founded in response to the lie “these kids are hopeless.” Many of the children we take in are orphans but not always in the way you would think. Sex trafficking is Mexico’s second most lucrative form of organized crime and according to many sources, only rising and claiming more lives.

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Forgiveness Matters

At some point in our lives, we all come face to face with the choice, or rather need, to grant forgiveness. For Carolina, it was her father… or lack thereof. The echo of his spotty and abusive presence reverberated daily through her heart and mind. In her formative and elementary years, she witnessed her father having only one emotion: anger, and it was always directed towards her and her family…

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Shaken Together

September quakes reunite a family of EV Children
When chaos hits, it is our natural instinct to run, hide, take cover. Such was the case in September of 2017 when a powerful earthquake struck the people of Mexico. All around us there was panic, lines of communication were lost, and the media was flooded with images of destruction. However, we know that God has a way of working things together for good…

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