Looking to connect with and minister to dozens of peoples in need in a small community on the outskirts of the city of Monterrey, Mexico, members of the Vértice Seventh-day Adventist Church began distributing food baskets and school supplies from the moment that pandemic lockdown began in April of 2020. Nearly a year later, church leaders and members continue to provide outreach activities that promote Christ-like values in children, strengthen families and pursue a better lifestyle.
Nestled between four main streets, the La Realidad Community, with nearly 400 inhabitants, was the target locality that drew young adult church members to get out of their church walls to help many in need.
The first phase of the project began with distributing 10 food baskets to families affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which drew more attention to the needs of the community, said Nilce Coronel, project director of the coined “Padrinos” project. In the months that followed, the food distribution grew to 80 families, thanks to the contributions and donations of the church members.
“One of the goals of the Vértice Church is to establish a friendship that can show the love of God toward children and the community at large,” said Coronel. “The congregation is passionate about having an integral worship experience and live to share the gospel of Christ in a practical way, getting out of their comfort zones to reach others, following the method of Jesus.”
The challenges that the pandemic brought to the members to commit to the project included lockdown restrictions and risks of contamination, said Coronel, but the point was to look beyond and be on the lookout for those in greater need. “The message that we must be prepared in difficult times to serve beyond the four walls and trust that God is present in these months and will provide the necessary resources to cover all the needs, was very clear,” she added. Members and their friends from outside the church collaborated with contributions, purchase of materials, assembly of the school kits and food packages.
The Padrinos project was divided into four phases which included:
- Provide school supplies to 60 boys and girls in the community.
- Meet the community to learn and connect more with the residents and find out specific family needs.
- Hold bi-monthly meetings to involve parents and their children with various activities to help establish emotional ties.
- Establish friendly relationships with the residents and their children to improve their lifestyle and their future.“ since following the example of Jesus to extend a hand to help those in need brings a lot of satisfaction,” said Jorge Dzul, lead pastor of Vértice Adventist Church.
This participation among the members of Vértice during this time of crisis has been such a great blessing for so many families and an example for other members.
The next part of the Padrinos project will focus on providing for the more specific health needs of the residents, hold health brigades, and teaching values to children as well as additional recreational activities.
Vértice Adventist Church has about 120 members between the ages of 20 and 45 and is operated by the Northeast Conference in Monterrey, Mexico.
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