Paving the Way to a Brighter Future
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!
More than fourteen years ago, Lucy Lancheros, was very sick and about to die. However, the Lord gave her a promise during that time " If you believe you will see my Glory," and so it was. Lucy recovered and the Lord called her to work full time for those most in need in the city of Bogotá, specifically in the mountain sector in the Santa Cecilia neighborhood where at that time violence, drugs, vandalism and poverty defined it. Her passion for this sector grew. Her compassion that the lord put in his heart for the community grew. Her family has joined her and they have seen this promise come true, and they believe that there is still much that the Lord wants to do. Forming Lives has joined in making this dream come true
We are currently building "The Coliseum" - a recreation center and a school for the community of Santa Cecilia, Colombia, There are no parks 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. The Coliseum will promote social formation. 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. Be a hero and help us empower the next generation.
Board of Directors
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.
Holden and Lucy Texel
Holden and Lucy joined Forming Lives because they believe in the cause and find joy in helping the people of Santa Cecilia go from hopelessness to a brighter future filled with everlasting hope.
Laura Angélica Rodríguez Lancheros
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. She is a graduate of the Alliance Theological Seminary in Rockland County with her Masters in Intercultural Studies.
Frank supports Forming Lives because he is determined to make a positive impact in the lives of the children. He thanks the Lord for giving him the desire and ability to help the children of Colombia, In his life he has met the calling of God to help others. His desire is to continue to use his talent to aid the needy.
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.
Stephanie M. Hernandez
Stephanie is the Northwest Assistance Ministries
Digital Communications Specialist. She is very grateful to support an organization that strives to transform lives in need.