Living Hope International has been a partner ministry of our church since 1998, and the Nielsen family from Woodland has served as missionaries there for the last 12 years. Their Esperanza Viva youth home in Puebla, Mexico has been the site of 18 Woodland Hills mission teams. It’s at this facility where Living Hope works to rescue, train, nurture, and rehabilitate underprivileged, orphaned, abandoned, and street children and youth whose families are unable or unwilling to provide for them.
Their current project is building a school building that will not only serve their kids, but also families from the community hungry for a quality faith-based education. Many children who arrive at Esperanza Viva Youth Homes are several grades behind their peers, or have never attended school at all. The need to overcome this obstacle is crucial for these kids to thrive as adults. Living Hope already provides an education for their kids, but they hold classes in canvas tents. Once they have a physical building, they’ll be able to have a school that is recognized and accredited in the Mexican education system, and the kids will be able to attend classes out of the heat, cold, dust, wind and rain.
We want to raise $10,000 to help support Living Hope’s school building project this Christmas season. Through this work, we can help to empower and impact generations of young people in Mexico and provide them with the training and life skills they’ll need to be world changers.