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Hope Academy

Serving In Puerto Rico
March 25, 2023
Community: Loiza, Luquillo
Partner: Iglesia Bautista de Jerusalen, Iglesia Defensores de la Fe Villas de Loiza
Staff: Jose David Figueroa Rivera, Nathanael Gill, Valeria Cortés, Daphne Hiraldo

We are Here!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 26, 2023 6:15 AM

After a long flight we finally made it to Puerto Rico. It's been two years since we have visited and we are so excited to serve this week. We have a brand new class of seniors and we can't wait for you to follow along as we work in the communities of Luquillo and Loiza. Please keep us in your prayers. 
We are Here!

Sunday Service at Iglesia DF Villas De Loiza

by Daphne Hiraldo | March 26, 2023 9:14 AM

Today we are joining Iglesia Defensores de la Fe Villas de Loiza in their Sunday service. It’s an honor to be able to worship alongside church members despite the cultural and language barriers. We are happy to listen to the message they have prepared for us, as well as, share some of our testimonies with them. 

Sunday Service at Iglesia DF Villas De Loiza

Sunday Service at Iglesia Bautista de Jerusalén

by Valeria Cortés | March 26, 2023 1:09 PM

This morning some of us are at Iglesia Bautista de Jerusalén with pastor Samuel worshiping with our brothers and sisters from Puerto Rico. Our Trip Leader David preached about missions since it was a Missions Service.

Sunday Service at Iglesia Bautista de Jerusalén

Prayer Walk at Pastora Ana's Church

by Daphne Hiraldo | March 26, 2023 6:50 PM

We are doing a prayer walk around the community of Loiza. It’s a blessing to get to know members of the community like Ana and take time to pray over their petitions. 


Prayer Walk at Pastor Samuel's

by Valeria Cortés | March 26, 2023 6:57 PM

In the afternoon we did a Prayer Walk. Such a great experience being able to meet the community and pray. At the end we prayed over Pastor Samuel, his doctoral thesis and the ministry happening this week. 

Prayer Walk at Pastor Samuel's

Ice Cream!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 27, 2023 12:00 PM

Last night after service and the prayer walk we enjoyed a nice treat by getting ice cream. The best fried ice cream in Fajardo. 

Ice Cream!

Beach Clean Up

by Valeria Cortés | March 27, 2023 12:29 PM

This morning we're learning about and cleaning up Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo. We thank Natalia Robles who works for the local government for planing this. 


Beach Clean Up

Rehab Outreach

by Nathanael Gill | March 27, 2023 1:10 PM

Today we were at Hogar Nueva Vida Rehab facility for drug addicts. We were visiting them and bringing the love of Christ to them. We had a service with worship and singing. We also had testimonies, scripture readings, and a message from our leader Chris. The whole service was bilingual and we made sure to involve the young men of the facility in the prayers and scripture readings. 
Rehab Outreach

Cleaning the van

by Nathanael Gill | March 27, 2023 2:11 PM

We are here at Iglesia Defensores de La Fe Villas de Loiza. We are working on several work projects here. Among them, we are cleaning the church van. 
Cleaning the van

Painting the Church

by Nathanael Gill | March 27, 2023 2:14 PM

We are painting the church outside. We are getting the side walls to look fresh and white. We are wanting to bless this church so it has a good outside presentation. 

Painting the Church

Scraping the Fence

by Nathanael Gill | March 27, 2023 2:18 PM

We are scraping the fence so we can repaint it. We are using a red oxide to go over it that will help to avoid mold. Then we will go over it with black paint. 
Scraping the Fence

Painting Time!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 27, 2023 2:54 PM

Ani is a church member of Pastora Ana and today we get to paint part of the house. Due to some health conditions she can no longer do some of this work so we are more than happy to help paint and be the hands and feet of Jesus!

Painting Time!

Bible Study Debate!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 27, 2023 7:29 PM

Today we are studying the story of creation. We are doing this with a debate. We are splitting the groups into two, mixed with the other Pelican group that's working in the area. Some of our students are very competitive so we are eager to participate and have fun!

Bible Study Debate!

Work Day 2 Cisita's House

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 28, 2023 10:14 AM

Today begins our second day of mission work. The group that's with Pastora Anna will be working at two houses. One of these is Cisita's house where we are hearing her testimony about her faith in a God that has been her rock through the hard times. Now we are getting ready to help paint her house.

Work Day 2 Cisita's House

Work Day 2 Natasha's House

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 28, 2023 10:15 AM

Another part of our group got to work at Natalie's house but we also spoke to her  family with five kids. They are both hard workers. They don't have a lot of time to dedicate to her house and now we get to come alongside and support her by being the hands and feet of Christ. She was very happy about our involvement and we are happy to serve in Christ.
Work Day 2 Natasha's House

Clothes Donations Sorting

by Valeria Cortés | March 28, 2023 10:28 AM

This morning we are at Iglesia Bautista Jerusalén. We're sorting donations while we talk with some of the ladies from the church.

Clothes Donations Sorting

Painting Sisita’s House

by Nathanael Gill | March 28, 2023 11:19 AM

We are working at a house in the community here in Guzman Abajo Comunidad Bartolo in Rio Grande. We are painting Sisita’s house. She’s an elderly lady that needs the help. She’s very grateful and gave us coconut sweets and hand-sown face masks as her way of saying thanks.  

Painting Sisita’s House

Hard at Work

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 28, 2023 12:09 PM

It's a big project at Natasha's house but we have divided ourselves and are starting to make way through the house. We only have today to do as much as possible so we want to transform this house so that this family has a nice house for their kids.

Hard at Work

Scraping the Infirmary

by Valeria Cortés | March 28, 2023 1:24 PM

In the afternoon, the work continues at IB Jerusalén. We are scraping the infirmary room of the church, while some of us are pressure washing the entrance of the church.

Scraping the Infirmary

Pressure Washing

by Valeria Cortés | March 28, 2023 1:27 PM

While some of us are scraping at the infirmary room, others are pressure washing the entrance of the church. 
Pressure Washing

Cleaning Windows

by Daphne Hiraldo | March 28, 2023 1:37 PM

Today we are cleaning the windows at Iglesia Bautista de Jerusalén. It’s an amazing opportunity getting to  beautify the house of the Lord for its faithful servants. 

Cleaning Windows

Tree Cutting!

by Daphne Hiraldo | March 28, 2023 1:46 PM

Today we are cutting down trees at Iglesia Bautista de Jerusalén. We are happy to help clear out the parking lot for the church members.
Tree Cutting!

Natasha's House: Making Progress

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 28, 2023 1:47 PM

We are making great progress as we continue to paint. Now we are focusing on the side walls and the front wall.
Natasha's House: Making Progress

Dominoes

by Daphne Hiraldo | March 28, 2023 6:07 PM

After an amazing lunch, we are doing some home visits to members from Iglesia Bautista de Jerusalén that can no longer physically attend church. We are having a great time getting to know them, playing with them and praying for them. 
Dominoes

Painting the Gate

by Nathanael Gill | March 29, 2023 9:12 AM

We are at Defensores de La Fe Villa De Loiza church. We are continuing to scrape the fence and apply red oxide metal primer. We are wanting to bless the church so it has a good visual presentation. 

Painting the Gate

Moving Blocks!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 29, 2023 12:41 PM

While part of the team was at Pastor Anna's church, a few of us went to Annie's house to move concrete bags of block to create a floor. It was a lot of heavy lifting.

Moving Blocks!

Visiting Jardín de envegecientes Pablo Suárez

by Daphne Hiraldo | March 29, 2023 1:28 PM

Today we are visiting an elderly center and spending time with its participants. We are having a great time dancing, and playing goofy games and dominos. We are happy to be able to hear their stories and bring smiles to their faces. 

Visiting  Jardín de envegecientes Pablo Suárez

Painting the Church

by Nathanael Gill | March 29, 2023 1:48 PM

We are here at the same church. We are painting the walls in the area where we normally eat. We just had lunch and now we’re making the place look nicer.
Painting the Church

Touch Ups!

by Daphne Hiraldo | March 29, 2023 1:54 PM

After a great lunch, we are back at the elderly center touching up the paint on the second floor. We are glad to help them have their game room sooner for their entertainment.
Touch Ups!

Finishing Ani's House

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 30, 2023 6:28 AM

After lunch we are working on Ani's house finishing what we started on Monday. We are so happy to be able to get the house painted. 
Finishing Ani's House

Finished!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 30, 2023 6:35 AM

We are finished with Ani's house and are now heading back to the church to pray for pastora Ana. We also prayed for Ani and she had a word of encouragement for the team.
Finished!

Salsa Lessons

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 30, 2023 1:55 PM


Baño Grande

by Daphne Hiraldo | March 30, 2023 2:09 PM

Today we are enjoying el Yunque rainforest. We are having a blast stopping at different places. Our first stop is Baño Grande . 

Baño Grande

Hanging by the Waterfall

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 30, 2023 2:36 PM

After seeing Baño Grande, our team got to hang out by the waterfall at Juan Diego Creek. Some of us got in the waterfall. 

Hanging by the Waterfall

La Coca Waterfall

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 30, 2023 6:51 PM

We are getting ready to go to the beach. Before we go we are stopping at La Coca Waterfall for a picture and we get to see the beauty of El Yunque. 
La Coca Waterfall

Beach Time!

by Jose David Figueroa Rivera | March 30, 2023 7:01 PM

After a great morning visiting El Yunque, we are now enjoying the beach. We are at Luquillo Beach, one of the best beaches in the world. We are excited to spend some time here.
Beach Time!

Continue Your Impact

by Praying Pelican Missions | March 31, 2023 12:11 AM


Old San Juan

by Nathanael Gill | March 31, 2023 8:08 AM

After a long week of mission work, we are heading home today. But before we leave, we are exploring the beautiful historic Old San Juan. 

Old San Juan

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Joel Thompson

March 27, 2023 9:04 AM

Just received the link and I'm praying for your mission and your safety. May God bless you all mightily.

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