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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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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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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Missionary Spotlight: David & Sandra Acosta

David and Sandra Acosta are a valuable part of the team of National Missionaries currently serving with Living Hope International. David and Sandra met while they were serving as dorm supervisors at Esperanza Viva Youth Home-Puebla. They were married in 2011 and together they are a dynamic team in all they do–directing La Viña Ministry Institute, coordinating outreaches with Nations Church, leading missions trips to remote areas and forming part of the ministry’s leadership team. They bring wisdom and passion to all they do. They have two small daughters: Shekina (2) and Hefziba (1 month).

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Missionary Spotlight: Jenny Azuara

When you think of Esperanza Viva Youth Home in Puebla, you probably don’t think of Jenny Azuara. A national missionary who has served alongside the McNallys since the founding of Living Hope, Jenny stays out of the spotlight but keeps the ministry running. Skillfully handling the administration of multiple ministries, Jenny tirelessly serves the children, staff, church, and visitors with passion. Jenny looks back on her 21 years in the ministry: “There is nothing better than to spend your life totally sold out, serving God.” Sold-out people like Jenny are part of our team of National missionaries who benefit from the Hope 24/7 sponsorship program.

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