Jalapa, Mexico, ministry update

November 20, 2017 at 6:00 AM

jalapa-soup-kitchen.jpgKids come to three Jalapa-area kitchens for breakfast and lunch at minimal cost through Vida en Abundancia de Mexico. (Photos submitted)

(Editor’s note: Dr. Richard DeJong is from Orland Park, Ill., and is a member of a Partnership Ministry Team to Jalapa, Mexico.)

Jalapa, Mexico, ministry update

By Dr. Richard DeJong

Members of the Partnership Ministry Team for the Luke Society’s ministry in Jalapa, Mexico, visited the ministry at the end of October. We continue to be amazed at how God is using these dedicated folks to further Christ’s Kingdom.

Here are some highlights:

  • Dr. Jose Luis Guerrero sees patients at the medical clinic; supervises 10 other Luke Society Central American Ministries as Regional Coordinator; and now is pastoring a new church (Iglesia Fuente De Vida) which is meeting at the ministry center in El Por Venir.
  • Nutritionist, Miriam, oversees three soup kitchens in the Jalapa area. These kitchens feed hundreds of children both breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. The food is largely locally donated, and this is the seventh year a grant to fund this effort has been awarded to the ministry.
  • Miriam has started a home garden program which teaches families how to grow their own food.
  • The ministry center is now topped with razor wire serving as a physical barrier to frequent break-ins and robberies.
  • Doctors and dentists see patients at the medical clinic on a daily basis. The ministry is looking into purchasing a new dental chair, colposcopy equipment and technology upgrades.
  • A baking ministry has emerged as part of vocational instruction for local residents of El Por Venir. Income has been generated by baking for events and weddings. Our PMT was humbled to be presented a cake in our honor, complete with our likenesses drawn on top of the cake.
  • A sewing ministry teaches women how to make clothes for their families and also to sell for income.
  • Struggling primary school students have their education supplemented by a teacher, Cecelia, from the ministry in after school instructional classes. Adults who never completed their high school education are able to attend classes to further their studies.
  • 75 children meet for Bible school at the ministry every Saturday morning. During this time, Terry leads them in singing and Bible stories and feeds them lots of sugar.
  • The ministry runs on a shoe string. A yearly budget of $100,000 covers expenses and salaries for 17 employees. Luke Society contributes 37 percent of the budget. The rest is funded from income generated from the clinic and by local donations.

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