The Lydia Patterson Institute or “La Lydia” as it is commonly known, has been dedicated to building bridges between two countries, two cities, and two cultures. As the only United Methodist institution on the border, it is committed to form bilingual and bicultural leaders for the church and society.
This Easter season, TUMC is joining United Methodists across the state in raising money to support the Lydia Patterson Institute’s mission of building bridges.
Begun in 1913 by a Methodist woman in El Paso, Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI) is a United Methodist School that has educated and formed generations of young people for service in the world as agents of love and transformation.
For me, LPI is about mission and service. The mission is teaching those who might not otherwise receive a good education. The service comes from all of those at the school committed to their students, many of whom travel to the border every day by bus and walk to LPI so they can go to school. LPI’s mission is still just as important today as when it was started 100 years ago, and as a Methodist institution, it is worthy of our support.”
—Christine Caudle, TUMC Missions Committee Member
LPI enrolls students from the poorest neighborhoods of El Paso and Juarez—those who are at the greatest risk of having their ambitions and gifts cut short because of poverty. As they learn, these young people are formed in Christian service and discipleship; they work each day on campus to help the school operate, providing janitorial and food services at the school. Now, here’s the amazing work God is doing through LPI: 95% of graduating seniors go to a college or university with a mountain of scholarship support they have received with help from LPI. We don’t always think of education as a miracle, but at LPI, thousands of graduates will tell you what a miraculous gift it truly is.
TUMC is a leader among UM churches in Central Texas investing in education. Help us build a bridge to leadership for LPI students by giving an Easter gift to support our spring goal of $10,000.