Mission Trip To PeruJune 2005 Living Word Evangelical Lutheran Church Living Word 6.5 hrs Luz Divina
Pacific Ocean Is Just Beyond This Field At The Edge of Marquez, A Short Walk From Luz Divina. This Field Is A Former Landfill. Note Mounds of Garbage on Right Horizon
Van is Parked in Front of Education Building View From 3rd Floor of Luz Divina
Ministries de Luz Divina • Wellness and Family Counseling • How to care of one’s body • Teaches how to make crafts, how to work, and support one’s family • Counsels broken families
Ministries de Luz Divina • Music • Helps children at risk • Wants to develop choir & groups of choirs with other area churches • Youth recorded CD with 6 folkloric songs • Can order your copy through Living Word via the Youth Music page of Luz Divina’s website at www.luzdivina.org/ -- then button entitled “Youth Music”
Ministries de Luz Divina • Caring Cabbies • Few people can afford medical care or the cost of transportation to the local clinic • This ministry provides transportation to those in need
Ministries de Luz Divina • “Solidarity” Ministry • A community action group formed to address the problem of AIDS and HIV • Tim Warner is working with Luz Divina Ministry & Dr’s at M.D. Anderson. • have plans to make a VCR in Spanish to educate the Luz Divina Youth about Aids and HIV.
Ministries de Luz Divina • Youth • After school tutoring & counseling • Many families can’t afford the cost of school supplies and uniforms (about $35 per month) so children begin dropping out of school after 8th grade • We are now working on a program for us in the USA to sponsor a child for a year of education.
Luz Divina ObjectivesJuly 2005 – June 2006 • Develop skills in children for dancing, singing, and acting • Increase children from 50 to 100 • Develop the children into leaders • Get at least 50% of the parents to attend church
Luz Divina ObjectivesJuly 2005 – June 2006 • Get 70 children into Sunday school • Feb 2006: Vacation Bible School • April 2006: Field trip for children with their parents • June 2006: Program showcasing children’s talents
The Cycle of Poverty • Children quit school after 8th grade because their families can’t afford the registration, uniforms, supplies & meals • Leaves children with nothing to do and no employable skills • Idle time leads to crime and children having children • Children grow up not knowing their father
The Cycle of Poverty • Mothers raise children and have no income • Some mothers sell merchandise on street corners while children stay home alone • Mother can’t afford education for her children when they approach high school • It starts over again
Break The Cycle of Poverty • Completing an education is the key to getting a child out of the cycle • Families need financial assistance • Luz Divina has proposed an “Adopt A Grandchild” program • Children apply to ILEP to be put on “adoption list” • Person from TX-LA Synod adopts an ILEP student and funds his/her education • $100 per year + $35 per month x 9 months = $415/yr