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Dear friends,
       
      I’m excited to share that in September of this year, I plan to move to Guadalajara, Mexico for 2 years! My heart fell in love with the people there, and I’ve found an opportunity to go back and serve. I believe this experience will benefit so many people and powerfully shape my ability to teach, pastor, and serve for the rest of my life.
      
      Just this past February, I traveled to Guadalajara with a small group from Churchome Bible College. Our mission was to bring essential living items to impoverished villages surrounding Lake Chapala, just outside of the city.  Over several days we provided lunches to children at their schools, ceramic water filters to purify and store drinking water for entire households, and new shoes for those families. The total income most of these families make is less than $300 US a month, just to give you an idea of what they could afford. They drank polluted water from the river next to their homes, and most housing was exposed to the elements without windows or proper coverage from big storms. I’ll never forget the look of concern in one mother’s eyes as we brought new shoes into her home, hoping we had enough for all the children. She never cared if we had anything for her, she just wanted her kids to have new shoes.
     
      We stayed for only 5 days, but the impact that brief trip had on my life was profound. We were diligent and yet there’s still much more work to be done. I just don’t believe my part is finished! In Guadalajara, I plan to study and become proficient in speaking Spanish; taking an intensive Spanish class upon arriving so I can get quickly acclimated. I’ll be volunteering at The House Church, under the leadership of Pastors Justin and Angela Jaquith, who are some of the most beautiful, selfless, and inspiring people ever! The rest of my time will be allocated to serving communities around the lake and volunteering at a Children’s Home called La Ola. La Ola is an incredible home dedicated to breaking the cycle of child poverty, abuse, and abandonment, by providing housing, education, and so much more. 
      
      I have some money saved, but due to visa restrictions, I’m not legally allowed to work in Mexico. I’m hoping to change that, but for the first 6 months of living expenses, travel, and Spanish class, I am hoping to raise $10,000. Before you even consider giving, I’d really just appreciate your prayers. I know prayer is the first step to seeing God move on our behalf, and He is so faithful to us that I’m grateful for whatever happens. If you feel called to give, I’ve set up this donation page and you can choose between a one time gift or reoccuring monthly gift. I’d love to stay in touch with you, so please leave me an email address so I can send you monthly updates of our work in Guadalajara! God bless you! 

Gratefully Yours,

Dante Leoni
**Note: Donations given through Give Send Go are not tax deductable. If you desire to give a tax deductable donation, please email me personally at my email below and I can give directions how you can give that way. Thank you!

Email: danteleoni1@gmail.com
The House Church Website: https://www.thehousemexico.com/
La Ola Website: https://www.laolacasahogar.org/

Lisa J Pettit and Albert B Rios

2019-10-01 00:52:14

We are so proud of you Dante!!! Miss you!

Rafael Sweet

2019-09-22 20:39:09

Blessings!

Anonymous

2019-09-22 17:31:48

Praying that your heart overflows with the love of Christ and that your genuine passion for people continues to grow. Flood the nations with His grace. You are a good man and I am so unbelievably proud of you homes. Fight on.

Noah Frankenhauser

2019-09-07 17:04:16

Praying for ya Dante! Believing you will have a huge impact in people's lives down there

Leslie Bernard

2019-08-29 02:27:53

Know that God is always at work!

Kayton m Werneke

2019-08-22 16:46:47

So proud of what you’re doing! I can not commit to monthly contributions but i will when i can! Keep spreading gods love ❤️

Unger Entertainment Inc

2019-08-22 05:58:40

You are going to do such amazing things. Your will to follow God through every journey is so inspiring. The world deserves to know and love you the way we all do! Love, Angela & William

Monica Malozi

2019-08-22 01:11:39

Good luck Dante! We love you!

Augustus W Fountain

2019-08-18 12:27:38

Proud of you Dante.

Benjamin Keller

2019-08-14 21:04:07

Dante!! What an amazing adventure ahead of you! So excited for you to serve and see God move mightily!!

Marian Frankenhauser

2019-08-13 01:20:56

May God deeply use u in the eternal work...and your heart be knit closely to Him ...I love u nephew...cheering & praying for u...love auntie marian

Update #1
September 24, 2019, 10:01 pm

September Updates:
I arrived in Guadalajara this past Sunday, 9/22/19! Thank you to all who've prayed and given generously!

  • This week we are cooking food to bring to the villages of Agua Caliente and Chalpicote; both about an hours drive from downtown Guadalajara. The House has served these communities over the last 5 years, and I was blessed to join them there back in February when I first came.
  • Currently I’m looking to find a place to live. Justin and Angela Jaquith, Lead Pastors of The House Church, are kindly allowing me to stay with them as I find a place, but I would appreciate prayers in that regard! I would love to be within walking distance of our church so that I can be there at any given time of the day. 
  • Financially, I’ve raised a total of $3,315 to date! Which is beyond what I expected to start out with so I’m extremely grateful. My hope is to raise $10,000 for the first year here, and then continue to raise funds for one more year of living. 
Other Thoughts:
     Outreach to these villages is funded by The House Church which is also a Cafe Restaurant during the week. They roast their own beans, and every kilo of coffee pays for one meal served to children. Part of why I saw myself as a fit for coming here is because I have worked in restaurants and cafes for over 5 years, so my service industry and coffee knowledge is directly being used to help fund the projects I’m working. We’re praying that as business grows, we can greater provide resources that help end the cycle of poverty for many families.
     This journey is really teaching me to trust God. You, the community God has placed in my life, have listened, prayed, given generously, and made it clear to me that I am supposed to be here in Mexico. So thank you again! I can’t wait to share with you all that I see over the next 2 years. Stay tuned for monthly updates! God Bless you!

Dante Leoni
 

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Praying that your heart overflows with the love of Christ and that your genuine passion for people continues to grow. Flood the nations with His grace. You are a good man and I am so unbelievably proud of you homes. Fight on.

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You are going to do such amazing things. Your will to follow God through every journey is so inspiring. The world deserves to know and love you the way we all do! Love, Angela & William

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May God deeply use u in the eternal work...and your heart be knit closely to Him ...I love u nephew...cheering & praying for u...love auntie marian

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