It is that time again to send an update from the “field”. It seems time is just flying by! I hope you are all having a great start to 2014. Pan de Vida sure is! On January 10th the Sika Lubricant company and Banamex officially handed over the keys to the new boys’ dorm and Pan de Vida took possession of the building. The representatives of the respective companies were present as well as the mayor to make the event official. Even though this facility is all built, there are still a number of big projects that need to get finished before the boys could move in. The biggest project is a septic field since the current field is too small to incorporate another building. This project just commenced on February 6th and will take a month to complete. Pan de Vida also needs to hook up the electricity to this new building. A temporary extension line is being used at the moment. The propane gas lines are needed to be installed and will be in place soon. All in all, we are very grateful to God for providing this building. What a blessing to have this building completed in just eight months! This property will provide many new work projects for the mission teams that will be coming to serve at Pan de Vida in the coming years! Speaking of teams, on January 16 a Children of Hope team from Winkler, Manitoba arrived for two weeks of service. This team accomplished alot. There was only a list of 31 items to complete in their two weeks here! This included installing 40 window protections, clothes lines, kitchen for Javi, master bedroom for Javi, new front fence with gate and concrete ramp in the new boys’ dorm, painting the school, holiday inn, and racks for the trucks, fixing the vehicles, welding shelving unites, a gate, stands and window protections and much more! The team did a great job and served willingly in all the work that we placed before them. May God bless each and every one of them for their service at Pan de Vida. It was a pleasure getting to know you and to work beside everyone of you. Here are some pictures of the work on the new septic tank…..We hope to have this done in a month, with 5 guys working on it. There will be one cistern for the sewer water of 4 by 6 meters and another cistern to capture the rain and road runsoff of 3 by 5 meters. Both will be about 2.5 to 3 meters deep…
On November 5, 2013, we welcomed Faithworks team from the greater Toronto, Ontario area (plus 1 from Vancouver, BC). It was an awesome 10 days filled with many firsts. First missions trip, first time trip leading, first team to stay in the dorms with the kids, first time taking the kids to a pro soccer game, first team I have hosted, first time mixing concrete for some… The team was busy all week scraping paint, digging trenches, pouring concrete, bending rebar. Those were the things they did for the kids. What they did with the kids was even more challenging, rewarding, and in my opinion impactful. They took the kids to a nearby mountain for a early morning hike, stoked the fires of futbol dreams by treating them to the local professional futbol (soccer) team- Necaxa, and of course the ever popular Sunday afternoon park trip. Even in their “free time”, the team gave of themselves spending many hours playing futbol, doing hair, and all around loving on the kids and just spending time with them. It was a beautiful thing to watch. They exemplified Christ’s love to the kids by being His hands and feet. By far, it was the best team I have ever hosted…………(and also my first). They are now part of the Dulce Refugio story, and I think and hope that many of them will be back to visit soon. Here’s some of the highlights:So when you add up over 5 tons of cement mixed, 3,000 lbs of rebar, 56 kids, 10 team members, a little sickness, a little soreness, and 10 days of memories… I’d say you’d have a pretty great week. Thanks for reading! Jesse
On October 27th, two girls from Pan de Vida celebrated their 15th birthday. This is an important milestone for Mexican girls and is celebrated with lots of fan fare! There was a special ceremony prepared for the girls as well as a great meal for everyone afterwards. Many people came to be a part of the event and to share this special time with the girls. A big thank-you goes to all those who helped with buying all the special items to make this event so special for the girls. On October 28 to 30, Children of Hope hosted its yearly leadership conference for its missionaries in the state and city of San Luis Potosi. Pastor Eduardo Paulin, director of the Otomi House, led the conference on the topic, “The necessary ministry of the Holy Spirit”. There were three sessions over two days. It was a great time of spiritual up-building for all involved. On November 15th, the Men of Hope team from Winkler, Manitoba visited Pan de Vida. This team of 15 men were busy completing some different projects in the new boys’ dorm. A kitchen was made for the directors, window projections for 31 of the 40 windows were welded together, some clothes cabinets were started, and some tile was laid in the different patios around the Pan de Vida property. Most of the vehicles were also checked by two mechanics on the team. The Men of Hope team had the opportunity to visit the Esperanza para Ti orphanage to pour a 80-square-meter concrete pad for a new pig pen. The team also visited the Otomi house in the mountains close to Queretaro to seal and paint the building, install a new sign and give breakfast and donations to the children. The Pan de Vida orphanage was blessed with a new boys’ dorm. This project was started in July of this year and the projected end date is December 7th. A lubricant company from Switzerland called Sika provided three-quarters of the funding, and a Mexican bank called Banamex provided the remainder. At times there are 23 construction workers building this facility. There are three parts to the facility: a dorm for young and medium-aged boys’ dorm as well as the director’s house in one part; an adolescent boys’ dorm in another part; and the last section is a big kitchen /dining room and TV room. There are plans to build a second storey in the not-so-distant-future, funding permitting.
It is a time of transition here at Dulce Refugio. First, let me introduce myself and my family. My name is Jesse Beckett, and here is my family: Wife Faith, and 4 children Silas, Quinn (Alejandro), Ella, and Rowan. We are from Columbus, Ohio in the U.S. and arrived at Dulce Refugio on August 1, 2013. I have been coming to Dulce Refugio since 2008 when there was only the comedor on site. After participating in and leading many short term teams here, I felt God calling our family to come serve at Dulce Refugio back in 2010. We spent the next 2 1/2 years selling our house, most of our possessions, and most importantly were honed by God to prepare us for this next chapter in God’s story. I will be coordinating short term teams and individuals here at Dulce Refugio, as well as being in charge of the boys dormitory. My wife will be in charge of the comedor, and in general we are here to serve any way we can. If you would like to find out more about us, please check out our website at www.thebecxicanwire.wordpress.com.
With no teams scheduled until November, it has been a great time for us here at Dulce Refugio to get caught up on some things, and get ready for the next stage of our lives. The boys will be finally moving into the new dormitory on Saturday September 28! Finally, I can answer the question I get asked on a daily basis by at least half of the boys… “Cuando mudamos?” When are we moving? We had been holding out for the 2 water storage tanks, hot water heaters, and commercial washing machines that are being funded by FondoCanada, but we can’t wait any longer. Hopefully we receive the money from FondoCanada to purchase them in October, to finish off the dorm. What a great blessing God has given us in FondoCanada through the years.
The kids all returned to school on August 19th. Please pray that we can locate the birth certificates of some of the newest children so we can get them started in school with their brothers and sisters. Also, on September 16th we celebrated Independence Day… Mexican style! Viva Mexico! My kids commented they prefer Mexican parties to American parties. The staff went all out here to make this a happy and memorable time for all the kids. Great job everyone!
It was great to see some old friends of Dulce Refugio as well. Many thanks to Bobbi Seski and Tina Jones for their visits, and hard work. Although, I can attest from personal experience. Dulce Refugio grows on you, and if you visit often enough…you might just stay here! I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of them.
On the construction side of things, Nehemiah has come to Dulce Refugio. Our workers Juan and Santiago completed a wall for the new construction (and future school!) entrance. Also, we have finally cleaned up the worksite (those of you who visit every year will appreciate this more), and laid constructed the walls for the multipurpose field. This field will be home to many joyous memories and epic games of futbol, basketball, hockey, tennis, volleyball, and bike riding… maybe even all at the same time! We will be building a retaining wall next with some storage rooms that will be underneath the main parking lot which will hold up to 30 cars. Don’t worry, Duane is building it so you could park a tank on it if you wanted to! By the end of this week, we will have an excavator come and move the dirt around to make things ready for the teams coming in November to pour the concrete field. I know it breaks their hearts knowing they won’t have to dig in the “soft Mexican dirt”… (does sarcasm come across in my wording:-)?
I hope you have enjoyed my first post, please let me know if you have any questions, or want to come for a visit. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
– We receive the deed from the government for the adjacent property before the government changes on January 1st. We need the deed before we can start any work on the school. We have been working on this for 2 years now…
– Pray for some of the older kids struggling in school. For those children that stay with us until they are adults, it is our goal to give them the best possible chance to succeed in the community. That begins with God, and their education is built upon that foundation.
– Pray for additional partners who can help financially in the great work being done at Dulce Refugio. We had to recently lay off our 2 Mexican construction workers due to lack of funding. We know that God will provide, He always has, and always will.
The summer is over and now it is time to hit the books. All the orphanages in Mexico have now started their school program, some as early as August 19th. Children of Hope would like to wish all the children a blessed 2013/2014 school year!
Fanny or Rubi Estefania, arrived at the orphanage about 9 years ago with her younger sister, Alejandra. She was 9 years old at the time and her sister was 7. Her mother abandoned her and her sister when they were younger and has never shown an interest in visiting them. She is a bright, ambitious young lady. She is very responsible and helps take care of the younger girls. She is an amazing hairdresser and all the little girls in her care always have elaborate hairdos. She recently graduated from high school and would like to continue her education. She would like to study many careers including graphic design and chef school. She has earned a partial 3 year scholarship at one of the local universities, El Instituto Superior Lincoln (The Superior Lincoln Institute), to become a chef. Unfortunately, the scholarship covers only 50% of her tuition. Through Children of Hope´s scholarship program you can donate $50, $75, $100, $200 or whatever you feel God calling you to give to help Fanny go to school. Her dream is to one day open her own restaurant and give back to the orphanage where she grew up. Would you pray about how you can help Fanny realize her dream? And pray for her as she begins her studies this fall. Thank you all for your love and support for all the children.
Update from Pan de Vida
On July 5, fifteen Canadians arrived from various provinces in Canada. They came to help paint classrooms and apartments of the volunteers, making steel railings, fixing vehicles, and hosting a community outreach. We are very fortunate to have groups of missionaries come who give of their time and money, and to serve and have a fun time with children of the orphanage.
Camp Radicals brought their youth group to host a Vacation Bible School, collects donations for needy children. The children had a blast but most importantly learned more about who God is and what he asks of each of His children.
Pan de Vida welcomed home Maria de Luz, Irma Rosales and Atzimba Rubio, after having been nearly two years in Nicaragua studying their last years of their teaching degree. Besides studying they also were a blessing by being teachers and coordinators at their school. We are very proud of them for having been patient, obedient and diligent in God’s call. God used them in a wonderful way. They expanded their vision and are now returning with much enthusiasm to work at Pan de Vida`s school. In this new school year they will be helping once again through giving a new perspective and a lot of new ideas to share with their students.We thank all the donors that supported the Scholarship program to make possible post-secondary education.
Update from Dulce Refugio
(written by: Jesse Beckett)
On August 1st, the Beckett family from Ohio USA arrived. Jesse will be dorm guardian of the boys’ dorm, coordinating short term teams from Canada and the USA, and assisting Duane with the construction project. Faith will be in charge of the dining hall. They have been married 13 years and have 4 children: Silas, Quinn, Ella and Rowan. Jeremy and his family have now moved to Pan de Vida and are taking up their call at that ministry.
We give thanks to God for receiving approval from the Canada fund for the hot water heaters, commercial grade clothe washers, and storage tanks for the boys dormitory. We hope to get the funds soon so the boys can officially move into their new place, since these are the only things that need to be installed.
In regards to the construction project, a new security wall and gate entrance on the North side of the property is being built. Unfortunately the Canada fund did not fund this part of the proposal but we are continuing on with this project with funds from our donors through Children of Hope.
We are also digging the foundations and pouring the wall for the multi-purpose field. The hope is to be ready to pour the concrete field when two teams come for the month of November.
Update from Esperanza para Ti
(written by: Dionisio Mares)
On June 27, The Desire to Study foundation visited the orphanage to give to every child a new backpack along with school supplies. The foundation also recognized Esperanza para ti with the best grade point average for elementary and middle school, giving extra recognition to Noelia Alba Vega, age 9, who got a new computer for her efforts in her school work. Thank you for your help!
On July 11 and 12, the orphanage received a pleasant visit from a Children of Hope team, who came to get to know the ministry and to help with some projects around the property. It is a great blessing to have people come who are interested in this work and to serve. Thank you!
On August 2nd, everyone from the orphanage left bright and early for a road trip to the town of Catemaco, Veracruz, where the children enjoyed a wonderful vacation. The children enjoyed the pool the most! From morning till evening they were swimming with just enough time to eat between all the playing. We thank God that we had no mishaps during the trip or at the ranch facilities where we were invited to stay. Most of the children have never been to the ocean so they got to enjoy half a day at the beach. Thank you God for this blessing!
Update from Children of Hope office
hildren of Hope has been blessed with a donation of a house in Abbotsford which can serve at the offices of Children of Hope for years to come. The house is 37 years old and needs some TLC. So if you live in the Fraser Valley and can help us physically with the renovations or can help out financially it would be greatly appreciated. Phone Brian at 778 241 1433 or email me at email@example.com we welcome anything you can help with.
Children of Hope would like to remind you that they have updated their website. It has a lot of fresh new features, one of which is the blog. We will be posting all blog and newsletter updates relating to the orphanages and missionaries on this website. Please take the time to check out what is new on this site. Thanks!
- · 4.5 million Mexican children between the ages of 5 and 11 are already overweight. Source CNN
- · The official name of Mexico is United Mexican States (Estados Unidos Mexicanos)
- · Mexico total population is 121,000,000. Source: World Health Organization
- Please pray that God will continue to provide the bodily needs of the children through providing faithful donors, in Mexico and in Canada, since it takes a lot of food to feed 25, 50 or 80 children on a limited budget. We know that God always provides and we give him the glory for taking care of us so well!
- Pray for all the volunteers in the children’s homes in Mexico who give up so much personally to be a part of these children’s lives. Pray that God will bless them richly for their service and dedication.
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James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after orphans and widows in their distress.
On September 1st, 2013 the Pan de Vida church celebrated its 19th anniversary. This happened to be a Sunday as well so this celebration was incorporated into the worship service. Dario shared the message and a Sunday school class shared a song. We give thanks to God for his faithfulness in taking care of this church for so many years. After the service everyone was invited to share a lunch of posole together. You can’t have a celebration with out a good meal to come with it! For your information, the Pan de Vida orphanage was started by another couple other then Dario and Elena about two years earlier before they opened the church. So the orphanage is actually older then the church. The new boys’ dormitory is coming along really well. The first phase will hopefully be completed by this December, which will include a dinning room and kitchen, dormitories for the younger and older boys, a water cistern, and suite for the dorm parents. This building is being built by Sika, a lubricant company, fully independent from Pan de Vida. Sika is providing most of the funding and a contractor is doing the building. There will be work for the teams on this building such as landscaping and the like when the building phase comes to a close. We will keep you posted!
On September 15 Mexico celebrated its independence day. There was a lot of red, white and green to be seen everywhere, the colors of the Mexican flag. The volunteers brought different food to share with everyone as well as games were organised for the kids. Some of the children shared a number of Mexican dances and a skit about how the independence movement started in Mexico. Everyone had a great time enjoying the festivities.
We had a team of 14 people head down to Queretaro from the 5th to the 15th of July. We arrived on a Friday and first thing Saturday morning we were off to the Casa Otomi for a great day connecting with many children and even a little time for clowning around. Lots of great things happening and we are seeing many lives being changed. This place is up in mountains a good hour out of the city of Queretaro.
We were able to be involved in a number of work projects at two of the children’s homes of Pan de Vida (bread of life) and Esperanza para Ti (hope for you) which involved welding, painting, digging and always some concrete work. Of course always time for getting to know the children.
We were also able able to be part of the inauguration of the new boy’s dorm at Dulce Refugio (sweet refuge) which was very special for the whole team. These buildings are beautiful inside and out.
We even were able to catch the final football game for the Bufalos which is the Pan de Vida mixed football team. Great game that ended tied so they went to sudden death overtime very exciting finish. And a couple of shots just hanging out with the kids. Thanks so much for this team that took of their time and resources to be part of these children’s lives.
On July 13 Dulce Refugio celebrated the inauguration of the boys’ dormitory. Many people came to be a part of this event, including the representative of the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City, Ginette Martin. A representative from the State government and social services were also present. Brian Heppner also came to the event. He brought a team that was visiting the Pan de Vida orphanage in Queretaro to visit Dulce Refugio and to share a few words in the event and cut the ribbon. A local university called UVM, Mexican Valley university, made 1200 appetizers for the event as well. We give thanks to God for letting this event happen by seeing the completion of the boys’ dormitory. Thanks to all who helped financially support this project over the years as well as to those who physically came down to make concrete and bend rebar!! We couldn’t have done it without you. THANK YOU
Happy Canada day to you all! We even celebrated in Mexico at Dulce Refugio with poutine, hamburgers and nanaimo bars. What a treat! Thanks Erin!
The work continues to progress at Dulce Refugio, as the inauguration date of the boys’ dorm comes closer and closer. On June 27, Dulce Refugio was blessed with a work team from a local Mexican company that makes steel wire products for Pepsi and the like called De Todo en Alambre. A group of 22 people came including the USA contact, Joel Schwane, and the head of the company in Mexico, Gabriel Vallejo. Joel Schwane came in 2012 to get to know the orphanage and to see what his company could help with. The volunteers helped lay some new sod for the play area in front of the kitchen/dining room building which was donated by the city of Aguascalientes. They also helped paint the boys’ dorm and gave a new coat of paint on the kitchen/dinning room building. We are very grateful for their help. This company will be making free of charge the shelving units for the new freezer room as well as donating roofing materials, making cloths hangers for the cabinet units in the boys’ dorm and cable for the cloths line. The company will send another 15 people on July 4 to finish the painting project.
The sod project….a huge job! The kids even helped. Some hedging plants were also donated and were getting planted as well.
The painting project…….dining room and boys’ dorm
On June 26, a team of four from Maple Ridge, British Columbia arrived for a two week stay. The team will be busy with making kitchen cabinets, painting and preparing the boys’ dorm for the inauguration. They have their hands full!
Some other projects we have been finishing have been the freezer room, tiling, hanging doors, water purification room and painting
Do you think these two can get themselves into any trouble?
I thank each one of you who partnered with the team praying and helping with financial support. God’s will was accomplished.
The Lord gave me the opportunity to go on a women’s Mission’s trip in April. I prayed before the trip, so that I would be ready to be stretched by him. It wasn’t my first or second trip, I have been in various and every time I realize that the Lord has taught me something. This time I was able to experience His teaching before the trip, for the first time I sowed some bags that the team was taking for the girls at the orphanage. Also before the trip the Lord taught me how to drive a 15 passenger van. To be honest sowing and driving a big van hasn’t been my gifting but I know that the Lord works through our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
The team held a conference for the teen girls called “New Creation in Christ” 2 Corinthians 5:17, where some of the girls committed their purity to the Lord. It was amazing to see those girls very comforted and feel pure and new, with so much courage and hope in Christ.
During the trip I was taught many new things. I experienced the love of God in a new way and I wasn’t expecting to have such a close relationship with teen girls. I’m thankful for that.
The volunteers at the orphanage one more time taught me how to serve whole hearted, without hesitation. One of the teens taught me what forgiveness means when she asked prayer for her family and said that even though they don’t love me, I want them to be saved.
The Lord called on one of the teens and she became a Christian and other girl re-committed her life to the Lord.
The team was able to accomplish painting, sowing, clean up a storage room, host a volunteers tea to be grateful for their commitment to the orphanage and to the Lord, took the girls to buy undergarments that properly fit them, outreaches to the Otomi Community (Otomi House), Esperanza para ti orphanage (Hope for you), spent a wonderful evening of fellowship with the girls that live on the transition house; praying, sharing testimonies and worshiping our Lord. The team also was able to purchase kitchen supplies, Sunday School supplies, Fans for the hot season, water dispenser, boys undergarments, supported financially for the Youth summer camp.
On my way home the Lord gave me instructions to make amends with some very dear people, as well as He showed me how I can be a better wife for my husband.
I thank the Lord for the privilege to go in this mission. He didn’t need me, but He gave me the opportunity to be part of this team.
I encourage you to be part of a team: women’s team, men’s team, mixed team, doesn’t matter your age, skills or finances, because the Lord provides and uses us all.