Bringing Hope to Orphan Boys in MexicoWritten by admin on Aug 02, 2018 in - No Comments
In 2017, Isaiah Cory relocated to Mexico to work with orphan boys at the Casa Hogar, or Hope House, just outside of Guadalajara. You can read an interview with Isaiah from last year about what led him to Mexico. A year later, we thought we’d check in with him to see how he is doing.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up early and walk 20 minutes uphill to Hope House to begin tutoring in the morning. I’ve been working very consistently with one boy to teach him how to read. Other one-on-one’s change according to need. In the afternoon I hold my classes, which could be anything from study hall to high school exam prep to English. In the late afternoon, I walk back to town and often get involved with something in the community: tutoring, English conversation club, music lessons.
What are some of the challenges the boys at Hope House face?
All of our boys have experienced what it means to have absent or abusive parents. Many of them have difficulty in school, especially with reading and comprehension. Some of them are on medication for psychological disorders.
Can you tell us in a nutshell the story of one of the boys?
There are a lot of heartbreaking stories that I can’t necessarily share. Josue (Joshua) is one of our boys who came to us relatively recently. As an eleven-year-old, he came not knowing how to read. This meant he couldn’t go to school. Now, after a year of working with him on the most basic mechanics, he is able to read picture books with guidance. I hope to see him gain independence within the next few months. He is not at grade level, but he is enrolled in school now.
What has been bringing you joy in your work?
One of the boys named Noe (Noah) told me, “Before, I didn’t think I could do well in school. Now, because of you, I know I can.” Seeing the confidence of these kids grow brings me great joy.
Has anything been challenging for you?
Staying healthy and energized has been a challenge. I became extremely sick last fall and battled months of fatigue due to some bacterial infections.
How do you spend your free time?
I have made friends with the owners of a café in town. I hang out with them and sip coffee every week. I also enjoy going to the movies with my missionary friends; it’s so cheap to go to the theater!
What has it been like for you to attend a church in Mexico?
The Christian church has a different flavor in this part of Mexico. There’s a fair amount of legalism in churches—not in all churches, but it is widespread. There’s typically a “strongman” pastor figure. The pastor’s wife is referred to as pastora and is almost always the most influential person in the church. You’ll also find a lot of charismatic faith: speaking in tongues, prophesying, and praying for miraculous healing is very common.
Is there anything you miss about American life?
I miss the greenery of Vermont (and sometimes the autumn chill). I miss the consistency of store hours. I miss all the items on a menu being available. I miss going for runs in the evening. I miss swimming in the lake. I miss Tex-Mex and good pizza. I miss citizenship and feeling like I’m truly at home.
What do you anticipate missing about Mexico when you return to the US?
I will miss how cheap it is to do anything. I will miss the challenge of figuring out a new culture. I will miss speaking in Spanish. I will miss the boys, above all.
How can we be praying for you and the boys?
We have a rotating door with new boys coming in all the time. Pray that those who come would encounter Jesus.
If you would like to learn more about Isaiah’s work and experiences in Mexico or about Casa Hagar, you can visit his website at www.isaiahcory.com.