Iglesia Presbiteriana Bethesda
Reverend: Dr. F. Martinez
14404 South Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena CA 90249
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Visita a el Orfanatorio Buena Vida
Buena Vida Orphanage Site Visit (05/30/15)"On May 30, 2015 my daughter Maria Fuentes, her friend Marcela Martinez - from Bethesda Presbyterian Church youth group - and I traveled to the BV Orphanage. Below is our trip report:
Our Mission: To preach the Word of God to the 29 children at the BV orphanage and deliver monetary (funds raised) and non-financial goods to support the children living there.
Background: Although the Buena Vida Orphanage receives no financial support from the Mexican government, Gabriel and Meche Diego do work closely with its child protective agencies. 90% of the children that they care for are brought to BV by Mexican Social Services. The orphanage has very few true orphans. Many of the BV kids have been abandoned or come from abusive homes; some live at the BV orphanage because their parents simply can no longer care for them. The children receive all their support from donations from God-fearing people and non-profit organizations and churches like Iglesia Presbiteriana Bethesda, Anza Baptist and others
On this trip we fellowship we spent most of our time with the recently baptized children. You can learn more using their facebook page
Maria asked Carlos, Diane, Brenda, Elizabeth and Diana about their baptism experience, specifically about their desire to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and they provided their testimony to us. Last year, Jaquelin, Lupita and Karina were baptized by Pastor Tomas Guerrero - each girl had asked for permission to be baptized and after several months their baptism took place.
The time spent with the children is truly a blessing and I encourage you to find ways to support this ongoing ministry by praying for our work to continue and to consider doing the following:
-- Pray for Maria and Luis Fuentes and members of the Anza Baptist church for their continued support and for Pastor Tomas Guerrero to continue to conduct weekly Bible Studies at the orphanage The bible studies take place at the orphanage or at the New Life Baptist Church shown in the attached picture
-- Make financial and non financial donations so we can continue our mission trips at least once a quarter or every two months
--Make your check payable to Iglesia Presbiteriana Bethesda and note on memo "Orphanage Mission"
Non financial items that are truly needed include food (rice, pasta, beans, corn, sugar, etc.) and personal care supplies such as shampoo, toothpaste, soap and cleaning supplies
Consider sponsoring a child -- read the information on each kid that needs your help
Plan to volunteer your time to visit the orphanage -- each trip usually takes between 14 -18 hours on a given day.
Finally, please look again at the pictures above:
-- they include the new plot of land for the new site; they lost their lease the orphanage has acquired 800 square meters of land to build new dormitories, a kitchen, bathrooms and space
-- they have been very busy and have completed about 10% of the construction
-- note: some of the manual labor is provided by the some of the older children.
If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact me directly... Para mas informacion escriban
Thank you. - Luis Fuentes