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A Community of Hope

Updated: Apr 12

Coming back from a mission trip is always rewarding and memorable. Words cannot express the new joy you experienced, that positively affected your life in an unexpected way: touching the hearts of many, and having your heart touched in return.


As one of our volunteers stated, It gave me the satisfaction of playing a role in someone else's life: by helping people who may not be able to help themselves. Volunteering is a way of giving back to a community, while developing important social skills and gaining valuable work experience all at the same time.”


You will treasure this time in your life always, and ask yourself - when will I return? Will I be able to return? How can I continue to help the people I met?


After one week, your mission journey came to an end. Now there is a curious calmness in your heart - that is suddenly interrupted by the news of an unforeseen event. The coronavirus pandemic, spreading across the globe, as it never has before in living memory. This pandemic is a new enemy, and is affecting everyone in our world - including Colombia.


You thank Christ for His ever-reliable presence that all times. As the Master Planner, He blessed the chosen time of the mission trip, the purpose of the mission trip, and the accomplishment of the mission. How so? The mission volunteers returned to the United States only a few days before the first coronavirus cases were discovered, and national quarantine in Colombia began. He provided the team with traveling mercies , so we could all get back home safely, before country border shut down. We truly serve an amazing God!


Fundación Formavida will strive to seek ways of aiding the community of Santa Cecilia during this pandemic. Pastora Lucy is grateful for the volunteers and donors who continue to be called to serve and share their love to help others.


Words from Pastora Lucy (Pictured, center) “We are united in a single goal: to bring love to those most in need. We are organizing nutritional food packages for our children and each family. Through the volunteers, we are not only filling stomachs, but filling people with love and courage. We are very grateful, because our joint efforts at all levels continue transforming lives.”


The words of Bishop Kenneth Morris ring in my ear: WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT IS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT….


Though the building of the recreation center and the school in Colombia has come to a halt, the love of Christ continues and is never ending. As a community of hope, Santa Cecilia knows that sharing the love of Christ with others is of critical importance. With this love, we have faith in the continued generosity of others from around the world, so that the children and families of Santia Cecilia can be fed and cared for.


Santa Cecilia is a community of hope. We see Christ as an anchor for a better future.

Forming Lives is truly appreciative to each donor, volunteer, and participant who has helped to make this dream a reality.


If you desire to donate, please visit our website at

https://www.forming-lives.org/


With Gratitude and Christ's Love,

Angie Hanlon-Toth


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In the Summer of 2019 classrooms were build for the children

 

 

 

in 2018 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

Recreation Center

 

 

    CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

 

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  • 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.

 

Fundraising

Progress

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
 Project Status

 *Raised $27,700 as of 9/1/2020

* Paid 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 construction license)

 

 * Topographic survey $ 600 

The actual cost was $200 more expensive than expecting

* Bakery and DiCoco Store Front with back Sewing Room Second Floor additional classrooms $10,300

For these section of the project FORMAVIDA has collected the extra $6,000 has being through different events within the community, and other local donors. 

Next Steps:

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

  • School drop-out

  • Unwanted pregnancies, abortions and abuse

  • Violence

  • Drug-Abuse

  • Lack of Spiritual knowledge, and Life principles

 WE HAVE A DREAM....

845-288-0656

P.O. Box 124  New City, NY, USA

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