Summer Smiles for Children in Mexico

When school let out for summer vacation in Mexico, many families struggled to find activities for their children that will give them joy and keep them away from the trouble gangs might offer to fill their time.  In Anapra outside of Ciudad Juarez, Chih., Mexico the children are especially limited in their abilities to escape the summer heat and enjoy the summer months.

This summer, YLM is once again providing opportunities for fun and learning.  In addition to Vacation Bible School and weekly gatherings for meals, pick-up basketball and soccer, Deaconess Rosy is organizing fun outings with the help of community partners and YLM sponsors.

Sertoma Club Swim Day

On July 8th, children and chaperones from YLM’s mission in Anapra “Iglesia de la Santa Biblia” participated in a swim day that was organized by the Sertoma Club of Juarez.  The club had invited orphanages and also our mission that cares for many children whose parents were killed during the years of cartel violence in Juarez (2008-2012).  A big part of our ministry in Anapra is supportive of grandparents and aunts/uncles who are raising such children.

When Deaconess Rosy mentioned the invitation and also the need for transportation, an appeal was made using Facebook and in just a few hours, funds were donated to cover the cost of a bus rental for the outing.  The children were thrilled to learn their prayers had been answered and they would be able to go swim, eat, and enjoy prizes such as soccer balls, candy, and more.

Additional Activities

The prospect of inserting joy into the lives of children who have faced terrible hardship and tragedy has appealed to many people who have contributed and and encouraged others to give.  As of the date of publication, nineteen people have donated nearly $800 toward the $1,000 goal to fund the swimming and additional activities for children this summer.  See where the giving is at now!  

Some of the comments people have posted with their contributions include:

“Ysleta is the CROSSroads of “Love God” & “Love People”. I have been at the CROSSroads and it as changed my life, like being in the presence of God.”

“I remembered all the fun times I had as a kid and all that I leaned on these type of field trips.”

“Just want these kids to have a fun and memorable day!”

“I know you all will reach your goal to rent a bus for those sweet kids!”

“Sending warm hugs to all the little ones out there!”

“YLM is such a great organization! We love the work they do in the Lord’s name.”

“I hope they have a blast!”

“For the Divine Mercy”

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