This year has started off with lots of activity and several changes in the ministry, and we are so blessed to be a part of all that God has done and will continue to do. We hope you are encouraged and inspired to pray as you read about the current happenings in Puebla and beyond through the ministry of Living Hope International.
Jerry and Susy McNally
In the month of March we had several visiting teams come to spend a week at Esperanza Viva (EV)- many of them new to the ministry! We are so grateful that people like you continue to spread the word about opportunities to serve at Esperanza Viva.
In February we had a group from a YMCA in WI with people from all different walks of life and faith backgrounds. It was a truly impacting and unforgettable week for everyone and we are so grateful to God for what He does in the lives of each group member that comes! This group broke the mold of a typical church or family group and the results were great!
Some of our long-term staff families are transitioning out of Puebla.
- Dave and Alissa Wied and their family moved to the US in March to continue LHI missions work state-side. We are excited for the new outreach opportunities this will open for LHI!
- Ryan and Molly Nielsen and their family will also be moving to the US in June, closing their service with LHI and moving on to the next chapter in their lives. Join us in praying for them and for all God has in store for them!
We currently have three Quest interns: Dan and Cheryl Wuerch, a retired couple who are in Puebla, helping with English classes at Nations School; and Leah Lee, a young medical student, helping in Nations Clinic. We are so grateful for the Quest interns and all they offer!
Gerardo Andrade, a young man from our team (who grew up in Esperanza Viva), will be in a church in Wisconsin for 3 months as an intern with their sound technicians. We are grateful for the opportunity for him to learn more in his area of service.
Our kids enjoyed their Easter break from school, which was two weeks long. There have been several short-term missions teams visiting, and the kids had a great time connecting with them during this time off.
Three young people from our Puebla staff will join our Matamoros team in April. One young lady from our Matamoros team will be leaving the ministry, and one of our Puebla teenage boys is making a similar transition. We appreciate prayer for all the changes and adjustments for these young people.
Jerry will be visiting the Matamoros campus for several days and meeting with leaders from churches in the area. Please be praying for relationships with our ministry there with local churches and individuals.
On February 10th, 20 students embarked on the first step of their La Viña journey: La Viña Level 1, an 18-week course designed to help them discover their calling. In this 28th class, we have students from all over Mexico, as well as the United States, and Colombia. We are excited to see what God has in store for them and how He will prepare the students for what lies ahead in their lives!
Fifteen new Level 2 interns just began their six-month internship in January, placed in areas such as dormitory supervisors, administration, visitors and groups, graphic design, nursery, and more. We also have 6 Level 3 students continuing their service in several areas in the church and orphanage. We are so glad to have them serving alongside us at Esperanza Viva, Nations School, and Nations Church.
La Viña took a missions trip the first week in April to two neighboring states. Students from all three levels participated in two teams, doing local evangelism and helping churches with work projects. Training the students in missions is an important part of their experience.
Nations School was officially dedicated on February 24th with more than 350 people in attendance to witness the historic event. Groups of students from each age group within the school gave presentations in both English and Spanish, highlighting what they are currently learning. There were also regional dances performed by the children, which were a highlight for everyone.
As an important part of the dedication weekend, Jerry unveiled several important plaques honoring people and organizations for their generous gifts which contributed to the Nations School project, as well as the newly installed memorial walls in the Garden of Hope, covered with 100’s of names and messages spanning the entire phase of production.
Our weekly small groups, called Conexion (Connection in English), have been studying The Habits of Jesus, and are currently in a study that focuses on relationships. Since the beginning of 2018, we have opened new groups in 5 different homes.
In February and March, the youth ministry had two events with attendance of more than 200. These monthly events are crucial for reaching out to new teenagers and young adults in an engaging, fun way, and connecting them to the church.
New Campus Update
Our new campus in Puebla has been growing, slowly but steadily.