Goodbye, Teresa and Luis!

On Thursday, October 27, we had a goodbye party for Teresa Ceneviz–a Lakeside Presbyterian elder who has had an outsize impact on our church. Teresa’s husband, Luis, has already moved. Teresa has started many, many outreach programs. And we’re now challenged to continue them without her.

Teresa discovered two small churches in Mezcala–one led by Pastor Lionel and another by Pastor Reyes–that both needed help. Teresa organized and found the funding to build a new church for Pastor Lionel. Now it’s Pastor Reyes’ turn, and the building is going up now.

Both of these pastors, as well as members of their churches, now attend our Spanish-language Instituto classes on Tuesday evenings. Whole families attend and dinner is served afterward. Twice a week, our church prepares meals to bring to Mezcala to feed the children of the churches there.

About a dozen people from our Lakeside congregations now cook about 250 meals for needy people in Mezcala each week. Two men from the church deliver the meals in our church van.

While parents are in our Bible studies and Instituto classes, anywhere from 30 to 45 children are cared for by teachers–hired by Teresa–who tutor them in reading and math.

On Saturdays, about 10 Mezcala teenagers come to the church to learn computer skills on our 8 computers. (If you have an extra computer, we’d be happy to accept it as a donation!)

Teresa also learned about an orphanage in San Juan Cosala where 25 boys live. They needed a new roof, so Teresa got it replaced. They had no glass in the windows, so Teresa took care of that. They had neither a stove nor a refrigerator. Now they have a kitchen.

Teresa has organized all our clothing donations–and has recruited more people who will continue to sort, package and label clothing every Friday morning. (By the way, we need more children’s clothing for the kids in Mezcala.)

We will surely miss you, Teresa and Luis!

Here are some photos from the goodbye party.
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