Greetings from Puebla
The ministry is in the midst of an exciting time, with many changes and challenges to face, and we are thrilled to be a part of this work the Lord has entrusted to us. We invite you to pray with us, and for us, as we continue to carry out the calling to “the least of these” and train leaders to reach the nations with the message of the Gospel.
Jerry and Susy McNally
On a Quest
This summer we have two interns in the Quest program. Brandon Davis is a young man from Kansas who is helping in the coordination of visitors and missions teams. Jillian Gibson is a nursing student, also from Kansas, and is helping in Nations Clinic. Know anyone who would be interested in an internship at Esperanza Viva? Have them check out the Quest program today!
Save the Date(s)
We are excited to have three evenings planned for our 2018 Dinner for the Kids annual benefit dinners in September. The theme is Taste and See…that the Lord is Good. There are promotional materials and ticket reservation options available on our website. Check it out and help us promote these awesome events! www.LoveHopeMercy.org/Dinners
Eight children from Esperanza Viva-Puebla were recently baptized. It is so exciting for our LHI family to see our youth making this decision.
In May, we received a new teenage girl at our Puebla campus. She is adapting to living in the dormitory and making new friends. Please pray for her emotional healing and an open heart to the love of Jesus.
The spring and summer months bring many visitors, including a few groups who have never visited before. We are thankful for the time the kids can spend with them and the relationships that are built during these trips. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited, we encourage you to learn more about short-term trips.
Gerardo Andrade, a young man who grew up at Esperanza Viva-Puebla, is finishing a three-month internship in the sound department at a church in Wisconsin. We are grateful for the training he’s received and the skills he will use upon his return to Puebla.
On June 9th, we celebrated the graduation of the 20 students in our 28th class in La Viña Ministry Institute. There are 12 students who returned for Level 2 which began in late June.
Our 28th class participated in two missions trips during their course, visiting and serving in two different cities, doing local evangelism, completing work projects, and sharing in the local churches.
There are currently 24 young people signed up for our fall course, which begins August 11th. We have five students coming from the U.S. Pray with us for many more to sign up in the next month, as we hope to have our largest group ever this course.
During the summer we are promoting Nations School at local churches with the goal of enrolling more students and offering partial scholarships. These scholarships are something financial partners can give towards through our Hope of Learning Community Scholarship Program.
The 2018-2019 school year will begin on Aug 20th. Please pray with us for many new enrollments from the church and community. God has provided this incredible tool for reaching the next generation and we’re excited to see just who will come through its doors.
We celebrated the end of the first school year for Nations School on June 20. There were four students who finished preschool, 21 finished elementary school, and six finished middle school. We had a beautiful ceremony, complete with dance and musical recitals, and the kids and families were overjoyed. The 21 students graduating from elementary school is a record high for us, and for many of these kids a first in their families. We are so proud of their efforts and are encouraging them to continue their education to reach even greater goals.
In April, we baptized 69 people in the four weekend services.
April 30th is a holiday in Mexico called Children’s Day. The church put on a special event for the celebration, called Super Kidz, all with the theme of superheroes. The children’s ministry offered a program and presented a gospel message. We had 84 kids attend from the surrounding community for this festive event.
In May, several couples celebrated their vow renewal in an event at the church. This was an important step for them to recommit themselves to each other and their marriages and it has piqued the interest of other couples to do the same in the future.
We are in the midst of a 10-week study called Foundations (Fundamentos). This course is offered on Sundays for the whole church, and is an overview of Christian doctrine and the vision of Nations Church.
In late July we are hosting our annual Es Tiempo (It’s Time) conference, with the theme: Higher/Deeper. Our worship band will be playing at this conference, and we have several guest speakers lined up. We will host a Unity & Friendship Breakfast for pastors during the conference, with a very special guest speaker, Wayne Myers. Wayne has served as a missionary in Mexico for more than 70 years. Pray that this conference will challenge and encourage all who attend.