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August 13, 2008

Reaching Out to Mexico

Fifteen years ago, Mike Richardson, an American missionary and homeschooling father of seven, launched Vida Nueva Ministries to teach Mexican families about homeschooling and building solid families. Facing rampant poverty, he realized that the most effective way to reach these people was to provide them with as much free training and necessary supplies as possible.

He and his family live in a small cabin with no running water or electricity. They receive no income from their ministry or the church they started in the mountain town of Baritillo. They live on the rental income from their house in Georgia and direct contributions to Vida Nueva Ministries.

"Vida Nueva Ministries has changed the lives of hundreds of families, giving them hope for the future for their children," says HSLDA Attorney Christopher Klicka. Recalling his experience as a speaker at the Saltillo conference he continued, "Families came to me with tears and heartfelt thanks for Mike Richardson's homeschool ministry. They testified to how their children were being blessed. Without the Richardson's providing free registration at conferences, free tapes, and a free home education magazine, homeschooling would be an impossibility for these families."

Unfortunately, Mike Richardson recently reported that contributions to his ministry have dropped by over 36 percent since 9/11. However, the needs and the number of families they minister to have increased by 70 percent.

Please consider supporting the Richardsons' efforts to help families in Mexico and in other Spanish-speaking countries.

Send your tax-deductible donation to:

Mike Richardson
Vida Nueva Ministries
1001 South 10th St., Suite G-529
McAllen, TX 78501

More Facts About Vida Nueva Ministries

  • Publish El Hogar Educador, a 28-page Spanish homeschooling magazine, that is distributed free of charge to over 2,000 Spanish-speaking families throughout Mexico and 28 other countries.

  • Hosts an annual homeschool conference in Saltillo, with attendance now peaking at 1,000 families.

  • Initiated the first annual homeschool conference in Mexico City.

  • Offers free registration to all Vida Nueva conferences. Tapes and translates all sessions, sending out nearly 60,000 cassettes free of charge to Spanish-speaking families throughout Mexico and around the world.

  • Translates and publishes books on homeschooling.