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cathedralofhope Rev. Dawson B. Taylor, Executive Minister of Cathedral of Hope, accepts a check from Jimmy Pockrus and Dalace-Skye Duvall of Skyeward Bound Ranch. (Phoebe Sexton/Cathedral of Hope)

The members of the Cathedral of Hope of the United Church of Christ are doing their best to live up to their church’s name. The church and its members raised nearly $20,000 in one night on Sunday, September 25 for its Little Blue Schools mission project in Reynosa, Mexico.

The Little Blue Schools mission project is located in the Nopalera area of Reynosa, a community of poor residents living along a drainage canal where there is no running water or electricity. The first project completed by the Cathedral of Hope in that area was a 13 x 20 foot room with a tin roof that serves as a school and community center. Since then, 10 additional building projects, such as restroom facilities and meeting rooms, have been completed in Reynosa. 

“We’re demonstrating how a community can come together, pool resources and working side-by-side with folks of very different backgrounds, understandings and faith beliefs,” said Reverend Dr. Jo Hudson, senior pastor of The Cathedral of Hope. “We’re out to show Cathedral of Hope’s profound belief that Christianity is a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion and relentless compassion.”

The next project that the church is undertaking is the construction of a new kitchen and a school classroom. The logistics of the project, as with all the previous projects, is administered by the Cathedral of Hope Miracles in Mission Ministry.

A large portion of the $20,000 raised on Sunday night came from Skyeward Bound Ranch, a non-profit charitable organization for special needs and terminally ill children. Through its fundraising and charity auctions, the ranch raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, enabling multiple camps across the U.S. to sponsor young people as part of its year-round retreat program.

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