Ciudad de Ángeles will open a second orphanage location in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2014.
James McCreary, Chair of the Board of Directors, said “the number of orphaned children in Mexico is staggering and represents an evangelistic as well as a benevolent opportunity for Christians. Over time, we will positively impact the Lord’s church in Mexico by raising Christian children.” James also noted that the work of Ciudad de Ángeles in Cozumel over the last decade has been beneficial to the community as well as the local congregations, and Ciudad de Ángeles is excited about expanding the work to Cuernavaca.
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 led to success in the first location of Cozumel.
Doug Holcomb, a missionary for sixteen 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.“
The home in Cozumel has expanded rapidly since it was founded in 2002; however, one key success factor has been controlled growth. Brian Coffin, the American Director, says “the children come from very volatile histories, and it is critical that we provide the most stable environment possible. Frequent changes caused by rapid growth can create an unstable family environment.”
A primary goal of the expansion is to serve more children by replicating the successful model developed in Cozumel, and to enhance effectiveness by having the two operations collaborate closely in developing and sharing best practices.
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