Biography

Manuel became a Christian at age 15 and after being discipled became a Sunday School teacher and worship leader.  In 1988 he began visiting Chiconautla to lead a Bible study. This group grew into a church, and Manuel eventually quit his secular job to be pastor of this small flock of believers.  He later finished his theology degree through Logos Bible College and was ordained as a minister, and in 2004 he completed his MA in Theology.

Laura grew up in a Christian family and made a commitment to further investigate God’s call in her life for missions at the 1987 Urbana student missions conference.  A year and a half later she spent the summer serving through Spearhead in Mexico City, which was a life-changing experience.  After graduating from Westmont College in 1990 with a degree in Intercultural Studies, she returned to Mexico for Spearhead’s one-year program, during which she met Manuel.  Manuel and Laura were married 15 months later (in 1993), and have served together in Mexico since then.  

Vivanco Kids 1-2014

Vivanco Kids 1-2014

L to R (7/2016): Laura, Emily (20), Nicolas (11), Caleb (17), Bethany (6), Kelly (14), & Manuel

L to R (7/2016): Laura, Emily (20), Nicolas (11), Caleb (17), Bethany (6), Kelly (14), & Manuel

About Our Family

Psalm 127:3--Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing.

We are blessed to be the parents of five children.  Our home school, Living Hope Home School, is currently in its 18th year.  It is a great joy for us to be directly and fully involved in our kids' growth and development in this way. Our daughter Emily is a graduate of Biola University in California, and our son is a freshman at Biola.

Aside from ministry, as a family we enjoy camping, horseback riding, and other recreational activities.