New Mariachi Suits on time for Independence Day Parade

Mariachi San Pablo’s director, Miguel Muñoz, was thrilled to hear from the sastre (the tailor) in Juarez that the new mariachi suits were ready.  Black with the same Luther Seal botonadura (decorative buttons) transferred from the old light blue suits, “We can have them in time to perform in them in Las Cruces!” Miguel was excited.

On the evening of July 3rd Faith Lutheran Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico, was serving free hot dogs, chips, and cold water as hundreds of families gathered in front of their church for the annual Independence Day Electric Light Parade that passes on their street.  They invited Mariachi San Pablo to perform for the people as they waited for the parade to begin.

People were surprised by the pre-parade event hosted by the church in their parking lot and expressed their gratitude for the food, music, and free use of the church bathroom.  Mariachi San Pablo performed Christian songs such as Alabaré, Vamos a Alabar al Rey, Lord I Lift Your Name on High, and popular mariachi songs such as Hermoso Cariño, El Replampago, and more.  Children danced and played with sparklers in front of the group as they sang.  With announcements from the microphone, Pastor Stephen brought attention to Faith Lutheran Church, letting people know that it is the church that was sponsoring the performance and providing friendly hospitality.

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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”

A Home at Easter Time

Trinity Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska – April 14-21

Presentation of Keys

Our first group in this year’s Easter season, Trinity Lutheran’s team was filled with men and women who have come to YLM every year since 2001 (18 trips!) to help our missions and families in need.  This year they spent the week building a home for the Villegas-Perez Family in Anapra, Mexico, just outside Ciudad Juarez.

 

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Mother’s Day Food, Clinic, Radio, Worship, Serenades

It was an exciting Mother’s Day weekend at YLM with hundreds of people receiving help and some extra love and encouragement given to moms.

Food baskets made it into the hands of 150 families; Mariachi San Pablo serenaded moms throughout El Paso County with music and flowers; the RotaCare clinic provided free medical care; YLM Radio invited onto the program moms and children; San Pablo Lutheran Church adorned moms with flower corsages during its Sunday worship service, with Mariachi San Pablo accompanying worship and serenading the mom’s after each service.

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Baptisms and Confirmations in Juarez on Easter

On Easter Sunday, the Juarez, Mexico, church “Santisima Trinidad” (Holy Trinity) was overjoyed to baptize thirteen children and youth as well as confirm six teenagers!

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