Adventist Review Online | ‘Following the Example of Jesus Brings a Lot of Satisfaction’

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In Mexico, young-adult church members have helped their community for nearly a year.

Looking to connect with and minister to dozens of people 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 the pandemic lockdown started in April 2020. 

Nearly a year later, church leaders and members continue to provide outreach activities that promote Christ-like values in children, strengthen families, and encourage 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 “Padrinos” project, as it was named, began with distributing 10 food baskets to families affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which drew more attention to the community’s needs, Nilce Coronel, director of the project, said. 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,” Coronel said. “The congregation is passionate about having an integral worship experience and living to share the gospel of Christ in a practical way, getting out of their comfort zones to reach others, following the method of Jesus.”

  • Children in the La Realidad Community of Monterrey, Mexico, are given personalized school supplies with positive messages at one of several school kit distribution sessions in 2020. [Photo: Vértice Adventist church]
  • A few homes in the La Realidad Community on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico, which was impacted by a group from the Vértice Adventist church during the months of lockdown in 2020. [Photo: Vértice Adventist church]

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