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PCS Christmas Concert

Jan 11, 2015   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

The last day of school before Christmas break the kids had their annual Christmas Concert at school.  As always they did an amazing job!  We’re continually amazed at how such a small group of kids can sounds so great.

Every year the Jr./Sr. High choir close the concert with the Hallelujah Chorus and it brings tears to your eyes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PCS to EV

Dec 13, 2014   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Last Saturday a small group from our kids’ school, Puebla Christian School, came out to hang out and play with the children of Esperanza Viva.  A Community Service group has formed at PCS and are working at doing service projects at least once a month in the community.  They hope to be able to come to Esperanza Viva once a month for a time of teaching, activities, games, and building relationships.

This last weekend, part of the group came out just to play and hang out with the children for a couple hours.  It was a great success as the 8 kids from school were able to engage with over 60 kids all at once!  It was a time of smiles and lots of giggles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A FABULOUS THANKSGIVING!

Dec 1, 2014   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

We were blessed to be able to host our 4th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at our house again this year!  It was an absolutely wonderful time together, as we ate and laughed and watched football and spent some great time in fellowship!

It is always very difficult to be away from all of our friends and family this time of year!  It is always such a special time of great get-togethers and just being close to our loved ones.

But we are also so grateful to be surrounded by our other family here in Mexico!  We are continually blessed by our friendships and time spent together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 17 TEN YEARS!

Dec 1, 2014   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

TEN years ago today….TEN, we were given news no parents ever thinks they may here…Your son has cancer.

November 17, 2004 Josiah was diagnosed with ALL, or Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, just two weeks before his third birthday.  But we know that is all history because TODAY we celebrate all the God has done in our family and in the life of Josiah!  You can read more of his story if you click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Faces

Nov 10, 2014   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Silvia, 13 years old, and her siblings were abandoned at a early age and was left with her grandmother.  Silvia has experienced emotional issues and this, combined with her grandmother’s advancing age, convinced her grandmother to find a place where Silvia could receive the care she needs, along with a quality education. Silvia came to Esperanza Viva Youth Home in July 2014.

Abigail 10, Erika 7, and Teresa 6 are the oldest of four girls.  They lived in a partially-constructed apartment building, and were often left alone while their family worked.  When it became clear that the circumstances were dangerous for children, their mother began to seek some a place for her children to live.  They were brought to the Home in August 2014.

Cristofer, 6-years-old was abused and neglected at home, and grew to be a very timid, shy little boy. Another family member stepped in and removed him from the home, however, they were unable to continue working and take care of Cristofer.  Cristofer was brought to Esperanza Viva, Puebla in September 2014.

20th Anniversary of Living Hope!

Oct 28, 2014   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

On Saturday we had a great celebration with all the kids and staff of Esperanza Viva, as well as some from church!  This month Living Hope, or Esperanza Viva, is celebrating 20 years of rescuing children and giving them a hope for the future, but more importantly a hope through Jesus!  We are humbled to have been even a small part of what God has done here for the last 11 years,  and we can’t wait to continue to serve along side and see what is next!

It all began through a short conversation with Jerry and a boy on the street, Juan, and his plea for help!  It is amazing what God can do when we make ourselves ready and willing to serve the least of these!  Check out this video of how it all began and what God has done in this ministry in just 20 years!   Living Hope International 20 Year Anniversary Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horse Show and Magazine?

Oct 10, 2014   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

In early September, we heard about a free horse show “National Championship of Pure Breed Spanish Horses” and knowing we have two horse lovers in the family…the girls, we decided to check it out!  We all thoroughly enjoyed our day checking out all the beautiful horses, watching them gallop, trot, dance, and jump.  The girls even enjoyed watching them groom the horses and braid the tails etc.  Also, during the event there were some traditional Flamenco Dances which were absolutely mesmerizing!

Even though we enjoyed our day, we did feel a little out of place as we realized that this was quite the elegant and upper-class event.  We ended up driving through a gated community and had to go through at least 5 more gates and security checks all inside this community just to arrive.  And then as we walked up in our jeans and t-shirts we saw people in almost formal dresses and suit and ties.  Oops!

At one point during the event, some people were going around for a local magazine called “ROSTROS de Puebla”  or “FACES of Puebla.”  We were asked by two different people to have our picture taken and give our names, so we of course allowed them.  We told the girls that even though our picture was taken, there was NO WAY we would actually end up in the magazine because we were clearly not dressed for the event.  Well…we were wrong.  We had a friend who found us in the magazine earlier this week!  :)  Here it is!

Baillie’s Quincinera

Oct 10, 2014   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

In September, Isaiah had the great privilege of being a “Chambelan” in his good friend Baillie’s “Quincinera.” 

Did that sound too “spanglish” for you?

In Mexico, a girl’s 15th (quince) birthday can be quite the big deal, and even though it is typically celebrated among Catholics it has become popular for any 15-year-old girl…even an American living in Mexico!

A Quincinera celebration or ceremony can have several different traditional components such as:

–Changing of the Shoes; where the father changes her dress shoes for her first pair of high heels

–Crowning Ceremony where a close relative places a crown on the girl’s head

–Ceremony of the Last Doll the girls is given a doll dressed very similarly to her to represent her last doll and growing into womanhood

–Father/Daughter dance

–Group Dance in which each person in attendance is welcomed to come and dance with the 15-year-old

–First Waltz in which she dances a choreographed song with several guys she has chosen: the Chambelanes.

–Finally, the PARTY food, dancing, and FUN!

Click here for more pictures

Click here to see the video of the dance on facebook!

 

 

New Families

Sep 3, 2014   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Recently we have received 14 new children at Esperanza Viva, Puebla, and we know that despite their past God has an incredible plan for their lives.

Here are two of the families that recently came:

Azul 9, Italia 7, and twins Iran and Jenny 5, are the oldest of 6 children.  Their home was filled with severe abuse and for a time they found refuge at a neighbor’s home.  However, this provided for a very cramped living arrangements and a financial burden , as the neighbor also had children.  Their mother began to seek help to better provide for her children and brought the four children to Esperanza Viva, Puebla in July 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adriana 10, Satyuri 8, and Ingrid’s 7 parents died when they were quite young leaving them in the hands of the elderly grandma.  Although, the grandma loves them very much and did her best to provide for them, it became too hard for her to care for them full-time.  Seeing there was no other family and hearing of Esperanza Viva, she asked if they could come and recieve the education and care she was unable to provide for them.  The sisters also arrived in July 2014.

June Update

Jun 28, 2014   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

We hope and pray that everything is going well!  We are already four weeks into our summer vacation and enjoying some time just hanging out at home and with friends.

 

  1.  The school year, as always, sped up as it ended with big projects due, Spring Concert, parties, and lots of extra events.  The boys had a graduation ceremony at the end of the year; Josiah graduated from elementary and is now entering 7th grade and Isaiah graduated Jr. High, which means we officially have a FRESHMAN!  Next year, Keziah will be going into 5th grade and Lydiah 3rd.  They all continue to love school and are pretty bummed that most of their friends will be traveling this summer.
  2. The three oldest are still playing flag football with a neighborhood team and really enjoying it.   There have been two teams that have come down through Athletes in Action to help run some extra drills and training on Saturday mornings.  Then in July, there will be a week-long camp that they are already excited about.  The youngest three (and mom) also continue Martial Arts and just had their 6th promotion and are continuing to advance!
  3. Ministry continues to be busy as well!  At the beginning of May, we hosted our second “Es Tiempo” weekend conference through church.  The ministry rented out a large auditorium, had a couple special musical guests, several guest speakers, and had about 2000 people in attendance for the weekend!   Praise God!
  4. This weekend, we will be hosting an Appreciation Dinner for Pastors and Leaders in the Puebla area, with the goal of unifying and connecting all the ministries and churches in the area.  We already have more than 200 people signed up for a great evening of regional dances, fellowship, and great food.
  5. Then next week, the children of Esperanza Viva have their end-of-school program!  This year we had four kids graduate High School and are looking ahead for what God has for them next!
  6. We are also getting very busy with short-term mission teams for the summer.  Once again, there are back-to-back groups all summer!  Our family is especially excited to have teams from our supporting churches come to serve.  A youth team from Woodland Hills coming again this year in July, and for the first time, a family team from North Heights in August.
  7. As we mentioned in our last update, since the beginning of this year we have experienced a drop in support.  We want to praise God and thank those who have responded by monthly or one-time support; we are beginning to see a slow turn-around in this area!  As we continue to move forward in our full-time ministry, we still need to raise $600 of monthly support to provide the stability and consistency in our budget.  We ask that you prayerfully consider partnering with us!
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