Perla Rivera was born in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, and moved to the Rio Grande Valley with her parents and siblings at the age of three. She grew up traveling with her parents to Mexico every summer, since her father was an evangelist, and learned to love and serve Jesus at a very young age. She went to school mostly in Donna, however she attended high school in McAllen. After completing high school, she then studied and graduated from The University of Texas-Pan American in December 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and immediately began working at Mission Regional Medical Center. After a year, she moved to Tropical Texas Behavioral Health to do psychiatric nursing for a year and a half. In the late summer of 2008, the Lord called her to do the 220 internship program at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for 10 months. She had the opportunity to serve communities and young people in the schools within the cities of Baker and Baton Rouge, and was also able to do a mission trip to Venezuela; it was a life-changing experience, a time where her character was formed, and a new passion and fire was ignited to serve the Lord. Upon her return to the Rio Grande Valley, she began working at the Behavioral Hospital at Renaissance, and worked there for about 6 years along with working full-time in her church’s youth and praise and worship ministry. In that time, she met and married her husband Sergio Rivera and has been married now for 5 years. They have been blessed with 2 children, Abraham Matthew Rivera and Danyelle Grace Rivera. As of May 18, 2015, she started working for Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM), and immediately knew that this was more than a wonderful job opportunity; it is the Lord’s calling for her life.
I am overwhelmed at the privilege of working at FUMC McAllen with the congregation, staff, health ministry team and the community that surrounds us addressing physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual needs. I desire to make an impact in people’s lives and truly live out and accomplish the mission of MHM of “Serving Humanity to Honor God.”
Perla Rivera, RN, is a Wesley Nurse with Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (MHM). MHM’s Wesley Nurse program is a faith-based, holistic health and wellness program committed to serving the least served through education, health promotion and collaboration with individual and community in achieving improved wellness through self-empowerment. Learn more at www.mhm.org.