For the past decade, missionaries John and Paulina have devoted their lives to the children of Piedras Negras and Morelos, Mexico. They have run children’s homes in these two towns, while also ministering to the communities around them. John and Paulina care for these kids as if they were their own. My wife Maggie and son Levi even went to visit the children’s home a few years ago, she was moved by the fact that two people could love so many children in such a mighty way. It is clear when you visit with these folks that they rely on God for every move. They teach their children to pray when a need arises. The children are faithful to pray, and our God is faithful to answer in times of need.
This is one of those times. The violence and unrest in Mexico has escalated these past few years to the point that church groups, once filing in and out of the children’s homes consistently through the year, now do not feel safe crossing the border. John understands the concern, and he does not blame American groups for not coming down any more, but he is feeling their absence in a serious way. These groups provided funds, food, materials, did work around the property, and did outreach within the community. Without that support, John and Paulina are struggling to take care of their children, and to be able to reach out to their community the way they once did.
Sometime during the month of May (as in, right now) their children’s home will be coming under the review of social services. If they do not own a 15 passenger van that is less than ten years old by the day of their review, they risk all of the children being taken from them and placed in other homes. John and Paulina call their group of 30 a family. They care for these kids and pray for these kids and devote their lives to the well being and salvation of these kids. To risk losing them over a few technicalities is heartbreaking.
We believe there are people out there who can help. We believe someone has a van they are willing to donate, or the funds to buy one. The van would need to be taken to the San Antonio area in order for John to pick it up. Any money donated will go to help their ministries, and to allow them to continue ministering to the community around them. We can assure you that the money will go for nothing more than basic needs and for advancing the kingdom in a dark, and growing darker, place…
Thanks for all prayers and financial help in advance.
**If you or someone you know has a van you’d like to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.