A picture of the Piedra Viva School in Paraguay.

Creating room for more children in Paraguay

Since 2014, generous Canadians have supported the Piedra Viva School in Capiata, Paraguay by providing scholarships for children living in poverty.

Along the way, the school has taken in more and more students from families desperate to give their children a more hopeful future. Now, the school has run out of space.

A picture of the graduating students of the Piedra Viva School in Paraguay

The School: A Beacon Of Hope

The school started after Miriam Marin, along with her husband who is the pastor of the Piedra Viva Church, dreamed of a school in their community.

Capiata, a small town outside of Asuncion, is one of the more dangerous communities in the country. Known for the sale of cheap goods, gangs and drug abuse, the community is at risk.

Miriam knows just how important school is for the future of the children. Many families like her own struggle to raise their children. They have few opportunities and are afraid for the safety of their family.

As principal of the school, Miriam understands the challenges the families face. Today the school has more than 130 students from kindergarten to Grade 5. And they are out of space.

At the end of Grade 5 the students have no options. Far too often they will choose the streets and join a gang, lured by the dream of money and drugs. Right now there is no school for the children who have completed Grade 5.

Students at the Piedra Viva School in Paraguay

Expanding The School

We’ve worked with the community to create a plan for an addition to the school. The addition will create enough space for the children to continue their education.

The community and our team are praying we can start the addition in time for the graduating grade 5 class to start grade 6 in the new year.

The community is ready to start. They have committed to providing volunteer labour. They have little disposable income – but they are strong and energetic. Most of all, they are proud people.

And while they do not have the financial resources to build a school, on their own, they give all they can.

We need to raise $65,000 this year to build the school. But right now we need to raise the first $15,000 to build a retaining wall.

The school is located on the edge of a small creek that keeps eroding its banks every time it rains, threatening to wash away the foundation of the school. We want to build this school to last for years to come. The wall is the first step in building a place of hope that will stand the test of time

We’re grateful for your support. The bottom line is that a solid Christian education transforms the lives of the children – and the children transform their community. Thank you for investing in a more hopeful future for a generation that is rising!

A picture of two moms and three children standing in front of the Bethel School in San Benito, Nicaragua

Bethel School starts offering classes, partners with government clinic

Last week the Bethel School in Nicaragua opened its doors for the first time to an excited group of students – and the parents couldn’t be happier.

For now the school is offering a quality, Christ-centered education to children in two grades. As the first cohort of students moves up, the school will add one more grade every year.

A picture of a group of students inside a classroom at the Behtel School in Nicaragua.

Beyond just offering classes, the school is also the temporary site of a government health clinic that moved in a few weeks ago.

The doctors were forced out of their existing building due to some emergency repair to the infrastructure. Instead of shutting down for 5 months, they asked the Bethel School if they could use one room to keep offering women’s health services.

A picture of a nurse and an examination bed in one of the classrooms at the Behtel School in Nicaragua.

This partnership is a great opportunity for the Bethel School to not only build positive relationships with the local government, but also to gain exposure and meet many new moms who are now coming to the school for their checkups.

That’s a win-win for all!

Thank you for building the Bethel School! from Generation Rising on Vimeo.

A picture of the Bethel School in San Benito, Nicaragua built by Generation Rising

San Benito Gets A School

It’s truly a dream come true.

In just a few days, the Bethel Church in San Benito, Nicaragua will put on the finishing touches on the first Christian school in their community – something the parents have been praying and dreaming about for years!

Thanks to your generous donations during the summer campaign, the first four classrooms went up earlier than planned. The whole community pitched in to help with the build – including children, grandparents and volunteers from other churches in nearby towns.

This means that children who were previously not getting quality education will soon fill up the classrooms and be on the way up.

Because their moms fought for this school for years, and because you came alongside them, they will now learn to read and write – and have a better life. Just imagine what they will be able to achieve in their families, church, community and country as they grow up equipped with a good education and the values that Jesus taught.

The plan now is to start offering classes and grow the school along with the community. Their leaders, too, will grow with the school. As the children graduate from grade to grade, we will expand the school. And we hope to partner with you again to do so!

Thank you for your investment and your prayers – these are exciting times for the families in San Benito.

Bethel School in San Benito, Nicaragua by Generation Rising

A picture of Ride for Refuge - a group of people riding their bikes

Ride for Refuge

On October 1st, ride or walk with us in the Ride For Refuge and help children in Latin America get off the streets and into a classroom to get a quality education as you cover those kilometres!

The Ride for Refuge is a fantastically fun, family-friendly bicycling or walking fundraiser in support of 250+ charities serving displaced, vulnerable, and exploited people!

This year, Generation Rising is one of the participating charities — and we are looking for YOU to join our team or start your own to give the gift of education while getting sweaty at the same time. How fun!

How To Participate

  1. Start your own team by registering here and selecting Generation Rising as the benefiting charity, OR
  2. Join our existing team called “The Gen Risers” by visiting our team page and clicking on “join the team”
  3. Recruit some friends to join your team!
  4. Ask your family and friends to support your effort by donating to your team. All donations are tax receipted!
  5. Show up on October 1st with your bicycle or your walking shoes laced up and join hundreds of others as we bike or walk through Winnipeg.

Ride Day Details

October 1st, 2016
Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 653 Knowles Ave.
8:30 a.m. registration opens
9:30 a.m. opening ceremonies

Route Details

Route options include:

  • 10 km (6 mile) RIDE
  • 25 km (15 mile) RIDE
  • 50 km (30 mile) RIDE
  • 5 km (3 mile) WALK

Rest stops will be available on all distances.

All riders 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

The route is well staffed by volunteers and is an easy, family-friendly ride/walk. There will be snacks at rest stops, and lunch is provided at the end of the ride/walk.


Contact Mike Duerksen at or 204-415-6836 if you have any questions!



A picture of Pastor Luis for Generation Rising in Nicaragua

A school for San Benito

It’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday morning and more than 200 children show up at the house of Pastor Luis in the small rural hamlet of San Benito.

Beneath a tin roof that he fashioned in his front yard, Pastor Luis straps on his guitar and starts singing a children’s song.

Moments later a jumbled chorus of Jesus Me Ama (Jesus Loves Me This I Know) echoes down the dirt road.

It’s not a school yet, but for Pastor Luis it’s the beginnings of one.

An entrepreneurial man in his 30’s, Pastor Luis has a burning desire for the children in his community to get a quality education that will introduce them to the love of God.

Without the finances to do so, he has started one at his own house.

A picture of Pastor Luis' front yard

There are more than 1,700 children in the neighbourhood — a rural hamlet one hour outside of Nicaragua’s capital city. Pastor Luis wants each of them to have an opportunity to put their talents to work and build a better tomorrow for themselves and their family.

This year, we are helping him make that dream a reality. But we can only do it with your help.

Please consider partnering with the families of San Benito as they’re trying to build a more hopeful future for their children. Make a donation today and help children overcome the cycle of generational poverty.

A picture of Steve Bell at the Generation Rising concert

Your support at the Steve Bell concerts!

A big thank you to all of you who came out to the concerts with Steve Bell in Ontario, Manitoba and BC!

The annual Spring Concert Tour is our chance to show you firsthand how your investment is changing the lives of children in Latin America.

Your support at the concerts was incredible. Thank you so much for investing in building a school for the children and families of San Benito in Nicaragua — something the community has been dreaming about for years!

We have committed our long-term partnership with the families of San Benito, and can’t wait to show you how your gifts will create a lasting impact and help children break the cycle of inherited generational poverty.

A picture of Steve Bell on the Generation Rising website

Join us for an evening with Steve Bell!

Join us for an evening of music and stories of hope with award-winning singer-songwriter Steve Bell in Ontario, Manitoba and B.C.!

Our annual cross-Canada events are an opportunity to say “thank you” in person and show you first-hand how your support is making a real impact in the lives of children in Latin America.

All concerts are full Steve Bell concerts. Entrance is free with a freewill donation to support our education projects in Paraguay, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Winkler, MB – Friday, March 18th

Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church
120 Pineview Drive
7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Boge & Boge, CFAM 950, Decor Cabinets, Regehr’s Printing

Winnipeg, MB – Saturday, March 19th

North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church
1315 Gateway Rd.
7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Boge & Boge, CHVN 95.1 FM, Decor Cabinets, Kauenhowen Projects Ltd., HK Projects Ltd., Investment Planning Council – Family Wealth Group, Regehr’s Printing

Steinbach, MB – Sunday, March 20th

Steinbach Mennonite Church
345 Loewen Blvd.
7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Boge & Boge, CHVN 95.1 FM, Decor Cabinets, Kauenhowen Projects Ltd., HK Projects Ltd., G&E Homes, Investment Planning Council – Family Wealth Group, Regehr’s Printing

Leamington, ON – Friday, April 8th

Leamingon United Mennonite Church
78 Oak St. E.
7:00 p.m.

Waterloo, ON – Saturday, April 9th

Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church
245 Lexington Rd.
7:00 p.m.

St. Catharines, ON – Sunday, April 10th

Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church
455 Geneva St.
7:00 p.m.

Abbotsford, BC – Friday, April 22nd

King Road Mennonite Brethren Church
32068 King Road
7:00 p.m.

Chilliwack, BC – Saturday, April 23rd

Sardis Community Church
45625 Sumas S. Rd.
7:00 p.m.

Langley, BC – Sunday, April 24th

North Langley Community Church
21015 96th Ave.
7:00 p.m.