Church-supported ministry opens second children’s home in Mexico
One of the children served by Ciudad de Angeles models traditional Mayan clothing during a community event. (PHOTO PROVIDED)
Ciudad de Angeles , or City of Angels, a church-supported children’s ministry in Cozumel, Mexico, recently announced plans to open a second children’s home in 2014.
The new home is slated to open in Cuernavaca, about an hour south of Mexico City.
The ministry launched its first children’s home in Cozumel 11 years ago. The facility currently is home to 44 children, and the ministry plans to expand and house up to 80 children in Cozumel. The home accepts young children who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused and gives them a home on the Ciudad de Angeles campus, according to the ministry’s website.
Associated with Churches of Christ, the ministry receives support from congregations, schools, foundations, corporations and individuals.
Here’s a bit more about Cuernavaca from a Ciudad de Angeles news release:
Cuernavaca has a population of one million people, and three vibrant church of Christ congregations. The city of Cuernavaca is located about one hour south of Mexico City and provides the essential elements that have been keys to the success in Cozumel. These include: maturing local congregations that have a heart for children; convenient and safe access for Americans to visit; and an infrastructure to support adequate housing and transportation for mission teams.
Three American missionary families are presently serving in the region.
Doug Holcomb, a missionary for 16 years in Cuernavaca, said “there is a great need to support orphaned children in Cuernavaca, and the local congregations and missionaries are eager to collaborate with Ciudad de Ángeles to meet those needs and grow the church.”
Ciudad de Ángeles provides for the total care of the children they serve – physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. The children are raised to become Christian adults who are responsible citizens in their local communities.
Ciudad de Ángeles has developed a five-year plan for the expansion to Cuernevaca. This plan includes several key milestones; one of the most important is to identify at least three U.S. congregations of the churches of Christ with whom to partner. Members from these congregations will help fill key volunteer roles, such as: mission and construction team leaders and participants, child sponsors, and Board governance. Ciudad de Ángeles is a nonprofit organization, affiliated with the churches of Christ, governed by a 12-member Board, and headquartered in Marietta, Georgia.
If you would like to learn more, please visit the Ciudad de Ángeles website at www.ciudaddeangeles.org.
Kevin and Danita Slaten and their children give a copy of “The Hobbit” to a child they sponsor at the Ciudad de Angeles home in Cozumel, Mexico. The family attends the A&M Church of Christ in College Station, Texas. (PHOTO PROVIDED)