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The plan is that the children will be able to dream and work toward a future with opportunity for advancement. The emotional impact of the plan is hope.
Empowering the Next Generation
Paving the Way to a Brighter Future
Forming Lives is a non-profit organization focusing its efforts on creating and implementing projects aimed at improving the community of Santa Cecilia, Colombia. Our first project is building a recreation center and a school for the community of Santa Cecilia, Colombia, "The Coliseum." There are no parks in Santa Cecilia, and the children have to travel to the city of Bogota to attend school, therefore, the Coliseum is essential and will have a great impact on the community. The Coliseum will promote social formation by creating and implementing projects aimed at improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, teenagers and adults.
To see Christ impact lives and communities from Santa Cecilia, Colombia and beyond with spiritual and developmental changes.
To facilitate educational programs by building, mentoring, and training.
We affirm God's purpose through honesty, love, respect, and teamwork.
Committed to Making a Difference
Our hearts were captured by the dream shared by Pastora Lucy and Pastor Ricky, to build a community that would create spiritual, emotional and physical transformation to the people living in Santa Cecilia. YES, DREAMS DO COME TRUE!
Angie Hanlon-Toth, President
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, Angie moved to Rockland County in September 1999. She went on a mission trip to Bogota, Colombia with a team from Risen King Alliance Church (RKAC) in May 2013, a trip that she was not going to shortly forget. Her heart was captured by the dream to build a community that would provide spiritual, emotional and physical transformation to the people living in Santa Cecilia. As a response to the call of God for missionary service and a commitment to transform lives, she travels to Colombia yearly with her husband Frank Toth to partner with the Lord in His work.
Jamel Patterson, Director
Dr. Patterson has held leadership roles in outreach ministries, as she follows her passion to work with the indigent. She has been involved with missions in Africa, South America, the Caribbean and health fairs in the United States. Dr. Patterson also gives talks to high school students, encouraging careers in healthcare. The call to serve the poor and needy is a mandate from the Lord, and it has become the cry of Dr. Patterson’s heart. Her spiritual growth comes from her involvement in her church and the ministries at home and abroad.
Laura Angélica Rodríguez Lancheros, Secretary
Laura grew up in Bogota, Colombia with her family where she attended Fundacion Universitaria Monserrate to study Social Work. She is a key member of the Formavida ministry in Colombia where she supports the children and God's plan for their future. Currently, she is attending Alliance Theological Seminary in Rockland County to obtain her Masters in Intercultural Studies.
Want to learn more about our plans? Get in touch with us today!
Empowering Children to Be a Better Version of Themselves
Forming Lives Foundation is committed to providing a community center where individuals and families in Santa Cecelia, Colombia can develop their quality of life: spiritually, intellectually and physically.
Thanks to our Generous Donors
Phase One Completed
*Raised $18,500 as of 8/31/2019
* Pay back loan for the first land: $16,000
With your support and contributions in Colombia we have completed the payment of the first land.
* Land Deed: $ 800
Although this step was not mentioned in the original budget, without this there can not be contruction license, this is why the money was used for it)
* Topographic survey $ 600
The actual cost was $200 more expensive than expecting
* Classrooms and the Bakery $1100
For these two projects FORMAVIDA has used a total of $ 8,000, the extra $6,900 has being collected through different events within the community, and other local donors.
Next Steps for Phase One:
* Land (ground) survey $ 1,200
* Architectural plans $ 4,000
* Structural plans $ 5,000
* Construction license $ 3,400
Total Needed.......................$ 13, 600
The Colombia Comunity
Making a Difference
The Community of Santa Cecilia, Colombia has a population of more than 10,000 people and approximately 6,000 are between the ages of 0-15. They face many of the following issues:
Lack of work
Low economic resources
Malnutrition & learning disabilities
Unwanted pregnancies, abortions and abuse
Lack of Spiritual knowledge, and Life principles
WE HAVE A DREAM....
Newsletter July 2018
Newsletter Sept, 2019
When you step into a foreign mission field, like Colombia, you will sense God's amazing compassion for another culture and you will begin to know his love for the nations. You will encounter His manifest presence as His love touches your heart and that love extends to your neighbor. You become the hands and feet of Jesus to people in desperate need.
join us on our next short term mission trip:
Friday, March 6th through Saturday, March 14th. 2020
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Forming Lives Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity; all donations are tax deductible
TIn the Summer of 2019 classroom were build for the children
2019 Latest News
A court was built on the purchased land in Santa Cecilia, Colombia. Now the children have a place to play sports while attending the after-school program. Forming Lives Foundation will continue to support the work being done to build the entire recreation center
Mission Trip August 16-23, 2017
The mission team visited Santa Cecilia, Colombia to discover that a construction company donated over 20,000 bricks to help with building the Coliseum the team assisted in using some of the bricks to construct a road in front of the Alliance church. (See pictures in Gallery below).
After much prayer, God has directed the Foundacion FORMAVIDA to develop a new strategy that allows the youth and young adults from the community to have a place where they can use their free time to develop and foster the talents God has given them.
This project will consist of the construction of a multi-purpose space which includes multi-use athletic courts, a daycare center, AND a multi-use covered gym to play basketball, soccer, and volleyball with the idea of adding classrooms and Christian school in the future.
To do this we are proposing the following phases:
1. First Phase: AQUISITION OF THE LAND: a. Buy the land b. Study the topography c. Define plans d. Obtain a construction license
2. Second Phase: FIRST CONSTUCTION: a. Level the land b. Build the foundation c. Build the structure d. Level and build the parking lot e. Build walls to prevent landslides
3. Third Phase: SECOND CONSTRUCTION: a. Walls and columns of center b. Bleachers c. Roof d. Lighting We are looking for partnerships, churches, organizations, schools, families, and individuals who believe that this is possible.
We need people who want to support us in prayer, physically and financially! We appreciate and value your consideration
God bless you!
OTHER PROJECTS AT SANTA CECILIA
OASIS: An after school program for kids and teens to receive a holistic Christian education that includes spiritual development, tuitoring and special activities.
DICOCO: Women and teens learn how to trace, cut and sew cloths helping them develop talents that God has gven them and it encourages them to be entrepreneurs.
HAND CRAFT FOR LIVE: Mothers and youths identify, develop and enhance skills as they crochet bags, wallets and bracelets.
Team visited Santa Cecilia to discover that a contruction company had donated over 20, 000 brick to help biuil