UPDATED: Oct. 2018
Greetings from Puebla
We are excited to update you about all the happenings with Living Hope International in the recent weeks and months. We thank you for being a part of the work of God’s kingdom throughout Mexico and in your neighborhood by partnering with this ministry. We cannot accomplish what we are doing without your teamwork, dedication, and most importantly, prayers. Please continue to stand with us as we move forward to fulfill our vision.
Jerry and Susy McNally
Dinner for the Kids
We are excited and amazed at the outcome of our annual Dinner for the Kids events, titled Taste and See. With one evening in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin, we celebrated a record-breaking attendance this year, including a large number of people who came for the first time to an LHI dinner. These three powerful evenings were filled with testimonies of folks who have seen firsthand what God is doing through LHI in Mexico, including staff, kids, and visitors who have been deeply impacted. We are humbled and wowed by the generosity of all who embraced the vision to raise funds in order to expand capacity to reach more young people with the message of Hope.
We are excited to be sending a member of our staff, Vania Hernandez (pictured left), to the International Center at Elmbrook Church in October. Vania has served in our ministry for many years and will take part in workshops and teachings created especially for international ministry workers.
We recently made changes to the phone system for the office phone line. Callers may now choose the extension of the department they need to contact, including our stateside staff. This system allows us to be more efficient in handling the calls we receive. The number remains the same: 1-262-381-0121.
During the summer we had two interns as part of our Quest program. Jillian Gibson (pictured right), a nursing student, helped in the on-site clinic, and Brandon Davis (pictured below) helped coordinate the Short-Term Missions teams. We are taking applications for Quest internships for 2019. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in Quest, visit LoveHopeMercy.org/Quest
17 New Children
In August and September, we took in nine new children at our Puebla campus and eight new children at our Matamoros campus. Of the new children at our Puebla campus, four of them are a group of siblings who previously lived at EV and had returned to their family, but desperately needed shelter and proper care once again. Please continue to pray for all our new children as they adjust to their new surroundings and begin to heal from their difficult pasts.
The Bojórquez siblings were among the children who recently arrived at Esperanza Viva.
In September, we began construction on the Ministry Refuge, an on-site apartment on the Puebla campus. This apartment will host visiting pastors, missionaries in need of a retreat, and couples who visit and prefer this over the gender-separated dormitory. To partner with us in hospitality-related projects similar to this, visit LoveHopeMercy.org/Giving
Record Class Size
Our fall La Viña Level 1 course has the largest group of students in its 15-year history, with 41 students from all over Mexico, the US, and Columbia. We have implemented some changes in the program, in order to improve and enrich the training experience for these young people. The students now have specific weeks dedicated to each of our core focuses, with classes and activities related to that focus. The students are also doing more evangelistic outreaches and will go on three missions trips.
Level 2 and 3
We currently have 15 students in Levels 2 and 3, serving in Nations School, Nations Church, La Viña Ministry Institute, and both Esperanza Viva campuses.
Our 2018–2019 school year kicked off with 48 new students enrolled. There are now 172 students in daycare, preschool, and elementary through high school. We have five new teachers and daycare workers as well. Please continue to pray for all the teachers, leadership, and students.
The youth ministry at Nations Church is making important changes to the overall approach to ministry and follow-up with new attendants. We have an average of 200 young people attending the monthly events at our new church campus.
There has been increased attendance in all four Sunday services at our two campuses. There is a lot to do in order to keep the momentum of growth and care for the congregation. Much of the enthusiasm is due to participation in weekly Connection Groups for families, youth and women that meet in homes.
In August, we received a truck delivery containing 10,0000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment (pictured right). This shipment included everything from OB-GYN and pediatric supplies to disaster relief items, dental chairs plus instruments and supplies, beds, exam tables, as well as diagnostic and treatment supplies for ensuring the health of the children, staff, and visitors. The shipment was a combination of donated and previously funded supplies needed at Nations Clinic.
The summer months brought many Short-Term Missions teams to our Puebla campus, including teams of dental hygienists, dentists, general physicians, and optometrists. The children were able to have their teeth cleaned and fillings done, as well as have vision tests and receive eyeglasses. We are fortunate to have the necessary equipment for the dentists and hygienists to take x-rays and clean and fill teeth.
An optometry team from Illinois did a campaign at both of our Nations Church Puebla campuses, giving free vision exams, eyeglasses, and sunglasses to the public. This was an ideal opportunity to reach out to the community and share the gospel with those who came.