As 2017 draws to a close, there is one word that resonates as we look back on everything God has done this year: gratefulness. Gratefulness for protection during the earthquakes. Gratefulness for our new school, and being able to teach children from the community with a Christian education. Gratefulness for new interns and staff members who share the same vision and always give 100%. Gratefulness to have such amazing friends like you who believe in this ministry and support it. Thank you for making this year one to remember!
Jerry and Susy McNally
For the second year in a row, Esperanza Viva-Puebla hosted a VIP Sponsorship Weekend. Seventeen sponsors came to spend quality time with their sponsored children and staff. Together they enjoyed outings to local attractions, including a large interactive safari zoo an interactive pizza place similar to Chuck-E-Cheese, as well as a special formal dinner for their last evening. The children truly enjoyed this incredible experience with their sponsors!
The new school will be completely equipped by the end of December! Our clinic will be completely equipped during the 1st quarter of 2018; thank you! Your generous giving once again impacts children and families for generations.
Our office hours for answering the phone have changed. If you need to reach us during the week, we are available from 8am to 5pm Monday–Friday CST at 1-262-381-0121.
This September we welcomed a new one-year Quest intern, Susan Gorski, from Wisconsin. She has been helping in the general offices and in the school. We are grateful to have her on board! If you, or someone you know, would be interested in learning more about our Quest Internship Program, please give us a call or contact us via our website.
The Nations School dedication will be held February 23rd-26th, 2018, and you are invited!! It is going to be a grand celebration including tours, testimonies, regional dances, tourism activities, and time with the children and staff. For more information, please visit our website or give us a call.
Two of our national missionaries from Esperanza Viva-Puebla, Anayeli and Pepe, recently took a step of faith to go and serve at Esperanza Viva-Matamoros for a period of six months. Our prayers cover them as they learn and invest in the ever-growing Matamoros campus.
Vania Hernandez, has served at Esperanza Viva-Matamoros for eleven years. She relocated to Esperanza Viva-Puebla this December. She is taking some time to refocus and be strengthened while continuing to serve full-time.
As we do every year, we will be celebrating both Christmas and New Year’s Day on each campus with all the children and staff, including staff families. We look forward to enjoying the holidays amongst family (both biological family and spiritual family), remembering the true reason behind why we come together: Jesus’ life that brings us life!
Emma, our beloved resident dog, passed away in October, after living at Esperanza Viva-Puebla for 13 years. She will be missed by many!
The current Level 1 La Viña class will be graduating on December 20th, with 32 students total. Thirteen of these students are interested in serving at EV through a Level 2 internship and will be submitting their application soon. We are excited for the next steps of these ministry students!
Eight Level 2 interns will be finishing their 6-month internship in December and six of them have decided to stay on for another 6-months, continuing on to Level 3. We are excited for them and how God will continue molding them and using them for His Kingdom.
Ten Level 3 interns will be graduating from their additional six month internship (1 year total) this December. ALL of them will be staying on as staff! We’re very proud of the people they are becoming and how God will bless the ministry with their service.
In mid-November, La Viña took a trip to the state of Tabasco (8 hours from Puebla), and divided up into two separate groups to minister in different ways. The first group visited the home church of a graduate from La Viña-Generation 10, who is now helping lead the church after his dad passed away 3 years ago. The second group visited and blessed five different churches. Each of the students got to perform in plays and preach at these churches as well as gain important ministry experience with evangelism and other church activities. On the way back to Puebla, they were able to make a short stop at the ocean for some fun!
The students of Nations School put on an exhibition during the VIP Sponsorship weekend, with presentations in English, regional dances, special workshops, video presentations, and a culinary table.
All of the children are participating in weekly workshops of their choice to develop their creative skills, such as art and drawing, regional dance, knitting, jewelry making, cosmetology, and sports.
Since we have open enrollment all year round, we have added more new students to almost every grade in the last few months. Many of these children are enrolling because the parents of another student (or the student themselves) recommended Nations School as a great education environment.
Making an Impact
We have been able to see very clearly how God is moving in the hearts of our youth. During parent-teacher conferences, several of the parents have commented how their children are coming home with a different and better attitude. Several of the middle and high schoolers have begun attending our monthly youth event at church, and even some of the families are now going to Nations Church because of their children attending Nations School! We are so amazed to see fruit already coming from this endeavor.
On December 8th, the children had a time of fellowship and games in each classroom to celebrate Christmas. One of the most exciting things, as usual, was the breaking of the piñatas!
New uniforms have arrived for all the children! We are so grateful to have school uniforms with the Nations School logo on them, so the children can proudly wear and represent our new school.
New Campus Update
On November 21st, we held a special Worship Evening at the new Nations Church campus, where more than 300 were in attendance and one of our visiting STM groups from WI was able to participate.
On Saturday, November 11th, we held a day-long men’s retreat at the Esperanza Viva campus. We were blessed to have a long-time local missionary share with more than 125 men about family, children, and ministry, amongst other topics. The lives of many men were touched and transformed as they were challenged to grow even closer to God. These retreats are so important for our men to unplug from their daily routine and recharge themselves, alongside other godly men, in God’s Word!
To celebrate Christmas this year, and as part of an evangelistic outreach, Nations Church on National Avenue will be hosting a Christmas play December 23rd. We are hoping for a great turnout and for hearts to be encouraged and drawn closer to their Savior this season! Please pray for the actors and directors, that they could convey what God is pressing on their hearts.
Our annual Es Tiempo – De Creer (It’s Time – To Believe) Conference was held on December 15-16. This year we hosted it at our newest church campus on National Avenue. As you can imagine, we were beyond excited to have a bigger venue to accommodate the numbers we expected (450). We invited several pastors from well-known churches around Mexico to speak, as well as our own Nations pastors, and we were delighted to have Jason Upton sharing his music and insights with us again this year.