Dr. Soccoro De Anda, president of the Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI) brought greetings from the institute and presented a video sharing the struggles of LPI students. These students are committed to getting an education, understanding clearly that is what will enable them to escape the poverty of their community. Many of these students are second and third generation attending LPI. Most go on to college and qualify for scholarships to do so. Faith, integrity, and discipline are a part of the academic curriculum and drive the students forward.
“We now have a grade school,” De Anda said. “We have added more technology, and we are now the only school in El Paso, if not the whole state of Texas, with the most advanced technology for grades 7 through 12.” She also reported that of the 91 students who graduated last week, all 91 will be attending college, on scholarship. De Anda pointed out that some of those students will attend Central Methodist University and they have been very generous with scholarships.
“We are about training leaders,” De Anda said. “Our lay ministries program has placed 65 students in internships in local churches. Many of our students are being lead to the ministry. Many going or are already in seminary. One of them will be commissioned in Louisiana next week.
You get a greatest rate of return on your gifts. We take those 13, 14 year old young people who moved to Juarez alone for a better life. These kids were going to have to drop out of school and work but because of you these kids are at LPI and on their way to college. Thank you!”