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Praise God! Funds Raised!

Jun 24, 2013   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

 

We just wanted to post a quick blog and let you all know that we have raised the funds for the importation and immigration!  PRAISE GOD!!! 

We had a couple generous donors that have given specifically towards this large, one-time expense.

Please continue to be in prayer for this process. 

In July, we will be importing our vehicle to change it from a US vehicle to a Mexican car.

Then in September we will be changing our immigration status.

 

Immigration and Importation

Jun 15, 2013   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Several months ago, Mexico had some major changes in their Immigration and Visa laws, which will affect our family! 

For the last five years, we have been serving with Missionaries Visas that needed to be renewed every year.  The cost was fairly minimal at around $250 total each year.  Now, under the new law, it will cost $2000 per year for our family to renew!! 

However, at this point, we can choose to change our immigration status to become “permanent residence,” for a similar, one-time fee.  No, this does NOT change our US Citizenship status at all!

 In September of this year, when our visas expire, we will be making this change, and will cost us a total of $2500.

The only other catch with changing our status, is that we will have to import our truck to make it a Mexican vehicle.  Which will cost another $3,000 and will need to be done before our renewal in September. 

This is a major expense, but this will be our last visa renewal for as long as we stay in Mexico and will end up saving us more than $2000 per year in visas and renewal expenses.

We ask that you prayerfully consider giving towards this expense, and please indicate the dedication of funds when making your donation.

THANKS! 

To make a donation by check send to:

Living Hope International

P.O. Box 116

West Bend, WI 53095-0116 

*with “Ryan and Molly Nielsen” in the memo

 Or click here to make an electronic donation through the Living Hope website, and click on our family photo

Class of 2013!

May 20, 2013   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

 

Last Friday I (Molly) was blessed to go and celebrate four awesome young ladies at the Home.  These girls have overcome MANY obstacles and trials in their lives, and they worked very hard to graduate from High School!!

Luz, Anayeli, Ofelia, and Montse all arrived at the Home when they were very young, and I remember meeting each one of the 11 years ago on our first visit to Esperanza Viva.

Over the years, it has been exciting so to see how each of them have grown and matured into wonderful young ladies in love with the Lord.  On top of working hard at their education, they have also helped out in the dormitories, kitchen, laundry room, and other jobs around the Home.  Not to mention, they have had their hands full babysitting our kids at times too!

These young ladies have continued plans for the future, and know that this is just the beginning of much more!  Two of them plan to continue to go on to College, while the other two are planning on entering our school of ministry, La Viña, in the fall.

Staff Retreat!

May 11, 2013   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

 

Last weekend we enjoyed a great time away from the “Office” as staff.  All 35+ of us, plus another 15 including our kids drove about a half an hour away to a “Vacation Center” called Metepec.  We spent the entire day playing in the pool, going down the slides, playing water volleyball, watching the little kids splash around and fill up buckets. 

We did eventually sit down for a minute to refuel with a great picnic of tortas (sandwiches) and chips together, but were back up again quickly to the pools and more fun.  We kept busy with tournaments of croquet going on all afternoon.    Then we also got in on some sand volleyball, while the kids dug around in the sand behind us.

We only get these awesome opportunities  a couple times a year, when a group from Mexico City blesses us with “running” the Home and keeping all the kids busy for the day.  We are always extremely grateful to be able to get away together, have fun, fellowship, and continue to nurture our friendships!

My Big Bro Jason

Mar 4, 2013   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  2 Comments

For those of you who don’t know, last Wednesday, the 20th of February, I lost my older brother, Jason, unexpectedly.

Jason was a bit of a giant, at 6’3” he stood a foot taller than I.  I’ve said a few times that I think God had to make him that big just to fit all that personality in.

Jason had a HUGE smile.  He had the biggest grin and the biggest dimples.  He would smile so big his eyes would squint.  It was a smile that made you smile, a smile that lit up a room.

Jason also had a HUGE laugh.  It was contagious, and infectious, and boisterous.  My little brother, Matt, and I were remembering times when he would wake us up in the middle of the night laughing so loud at something on TV.  We would start off yelling at Jason to turn down the TV and stop laughing, but without fail we would end up wonder what on earth was so funny.  Soon the three of us were sitting there watching something ridiculous together and laughing all night long.

Jason had a HUGE sense of humor.  He was witty and dry and sarcastic.   I honestly don’t know if there is anyone in this world that could make me laugh as hard as Jason could.  I remember times camping as a family and sitting around the campfire.  Jason always kept us entertained with stories and jokes and stuffing 25 marshmallows in his mouth and still saying “Chubby Bunny” as clear as day.  The Camp Rangers used to come by and tell us to be quiet, and we would do our best… But I remember one time a Ranger came by, and stood there quite a while in the shadows listening and laughing along with us, before he finally told us to settle down.

I also remember golfing as a family!  I am not sure how we ever got that ball in the hole!  It was more like goofing around while possibly getting that little ball in the hole.  Jason always kept us laughing!

Jason also had a HUGE heart, he had an ability to touch and impact everyone he came in contact with.  He had a way of making you feel comfortable and at ease, even if you just met.  He was generous, and caring, and giving.

He was ready to help anyone and everyone.  It didn’t matter who you were, or what you needed or when you needed it, or how you needed it.  He was ready to help and serve.

Jason was just a Giant Teddy Bear who gave giant bear hugs!

Finally, Jason had a HUGE faith.  He had a deep and personal relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He may have, at times, seemed very lost, but deep down I know that he clung on to his Lord.

So today, I see Jason up in heaven.  Cracking jokes with Jesus, making thunder with his laugh, making lightning with that smile, and asking Jesus, “Here I am, what do you need?”

Jason you have left a huge void on this earth and even larger voids in our hearts.  We will miss you dearly, brother!  Rest sweetly in HIS peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PCS at EV- February 2013

Feb 18, 2013   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

The students from the kids’ school, Puebla Christian School, had SO much fun last December coming out to the Home that they couldn’t wait to do it again.  So this last Saturday, we brought out 29 kids and 8 adults from the school for another awesome afternoon hanging out at Esperanza Viva.

We started our time with some silly songs with even sillier actions.  Everyone really got into it and even if they couldn’t keep up with all the actions, we certainly kept up with the laughter.

Since we recently celebrated Valentine’s Day, one of the students did a quick talk on love and friendship.  He reminded the kids that love is an action, not an emotion; that love is about wanting the best for someone, about protecting them, and that God is the perfect example of love.

After that, we split the group in two and while one group played some intense games of Flicker Ball (a game similar to Ultimate Frisbee, but with a football), the other group decorated Valentine’s.  Then we switched.

To close our time together, we gathered again and had a snack and lemonade all together and just took some time to get to know each other a little more.

When our time was up, I had to practically drag the students away, and in the car on the way back to school they were already asking when they can do it again.

It is humbling and awesome to see their servant hearts.

Click here to see the two albums of pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPER BOWL PARTY!

Feb 6, 2013   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

We were excited to host our FIFTH annual Super Bowl Party this last Sunday!  We had about 30 people in our house, including 13 kids.  It was an awesome time of food, fellowship, friends, and FOOTBALL.

Can’t ask for more than that!

 

FIVE YEARS and a CELEBRATION!

Feb 6, 2013   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

On January 25th, we had a great celebration!  It was FIVE years ago this day that Josiah took his LAST pill of Chemotherapy!!

What makes this day so special?

Well, even though Josiah has been healthy for a long time; in the medical world this is an important goal to reach.  When a person has been out of treatment for five years, they are, by medical standards considered “HEALED” or “CURED.”  Praise God!

So in order to celebrate this occasion, we went out to a pizza place, Peter Piper Pizza, which is somewhat similar to Chuck E. Cheese with two other families.  After dinner and games, the families came over for some dessert and little extra visiting.  A great time overall, and a wonderful way to celebrate and praise God for this accomplishment!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PCS at EV

Dec 12, 2012   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

This last Saturday we were able to bring out about 30 kids from Puebla Christian School (PSC) out to the Home, Esperanza Viva (EV), for an afternoon of activities.  We were SUPER excited about this opportunity for the kids from PCS to have a chance to get out and do some ministry together!

The students arrived about 3:00 at the Home and we first started singing some carols.  We weren’t sure how many of the carols the kids would know or how much they would get into it.  But one of the Sr. High students really got the kids interested and engaged with his funny personality!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After singing for about a half an hour, we split the group into two.  One group went to decorate Christmas cookies.  We made it a little more interesting by making it into a competition, and gave prizes to the best decorated cookies in each dorm.  All the kids did an amazing job and worked so hard on their cookies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other group went down to the field for some running and an intense game of Capture the Flag!  It was fun to watch them all run around, screaming and laughing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a while, we swapped the groups so everyone was able to enjoy both activities.

To finish our afternoon, we all gathered together once more, announced the winners of the contest, and then ate the cookies and had some hot chocolate all together.  We were supposed to be out of there by 5:00pm, but we ended up dragging the kids out almost an hour late!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was SO blessed to be able to bring these two ministries together, and I hope to be able to make this a regular event!

 

Jumping Ahead

Oct 25, 2012   //   by molly   //   Blog  //  No Comments

 

You may have noticed on the sidebar that we recently increased our monthly budget to $5400 from $5000.  We had planned on raising our budget to be fully funded the summer of 2013.  However, we have felt led to “Jump Ahead” of our plan for several reasons.

1) First of all, Living Hope International’s recommended level of support for a career missionary couple with four children is $5400.  A couple of years ago, Living Hope (LHI) took a lot of time looking into all the different aspects/expenses of a missionary family, as well as the recommendations of other mission organizations to reach this support level (Click here for a letter of recommendation from Jerry McNally, the founder of LHI)

2) Second, as you probably know, we have decided to send the girls to school this fall, which was not in our original plans.  We had planned on sending them to Puebla Christian School (PCS) with the boys next fall, allowing us to have more time to raise the extra support needed. Unfortunately, not everything goes according to our plans, and it was clear to us that home schooling was not going to work out for them this year for a number of reasons.

3) Third, we have a major increase in our travel expenses this year.  As you know, we come home to MN once a year and it is very important for us to be able to connect with our family, friends, and churches during that time! We want to, in person, share about the past years trials and triumphs.

In years past, we have purchased Frequent Flyer miles from a friend who uses an American Express card for his business.  We usually spent around $2500-$3000 each year for airline tickets to travel; which we save for out of our monthly budget.   Unfortunately, our friend has switched to a different reward system for his business, so we will now need to purchase tickets “normally”.  Tickets to Minnesota are running about $750-$800 per person, which will almost double of travel expense for this year to $4,500-$5,000.

(Note: Driving although would save some money is still is not possible for safety reasons at the US/Mexico border, and we don’t have the extra time to add a week on each end of our normal 3 week trip)

4) Finally, through the last year or so we have had some fluctuation in our monthly support.  Overall, we are amazed and have had many people begin supporting us; however, we also have some people who are unable to continue their support for various reasons.

– Right now, we need to raise an additional $575 of monthly support to be fully funded.   As we promised, we are making our needs known, and we ask that you prayerfully consider supporting our family financially.  And, as always, lift us up in prayer.

Please click here to fill out a quick response card and let us know if you would like to begin support our family or increase your current support.  Or click here to go directly to Living Hope International’s website and click on our family picture to begin supporting monthly or through one-time donation.

-Also let us know if you or someone you know consistently has Airline miles for Delta, United or through American Express each year that they would be willing to sell or donate to us.

 

 

 

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