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A Mexican Church Might Have ‘Accidentally’ Commissioned The Largest Baby Jesus Statue In The World

A Mexican church has erected what might be the world’s largest-ever baby Jesus statue, but the Internet thinks it deserves another recognition: The World’s Largest Phil Collins Statue. La Epifanía del Señor church in Zacatecas, Mexico reportedly commissioned the larger-than-life “Niño Dios” or “God Child” statue without realizing it would break a Guinness World Record. “There is a space of between 26 feet between the ceiling and the floor and I ordered a statue measuring 21 feet, but I never intended to make it the biggest baby Jesus statue in the world,” Rev. Humberto Rodriguez told Central European News. Now, the Niño Dios is getting more press for its uncanny resemblance to British singer Phil Collins.

When you see it, you might know why.

While the rest of us are dusting off our tiny baby Jesus nativity sets, this Mexican reverend inadvertently commissioned the largest baby Jesus statue in world history.

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The statue is nearly 22 feet tall and weighs in at 2,000 pounds. Artist Roman Salvador built the statue out of fiberglass, resin, automotive paste, and paint in Chimalhuacán under the specific instructions of Rev. Rodriguez. Then, the enormous statue was carefully transported 12 hours to Zacatecas. Once it arrived, the church decided to do more than just wonder aloud if its the largest baby Jesus ever created. They started looking into it and found that the last record-holder for the biggest baby Jesus statue was a mere 16 feet tall and 661 pounds, more than 30 percent smaller than Salvador’s statue. The church officially submitted its claim to Guinness World Records, which, if approved, would make it the “largest baby Jesus statue,” according to an email exchange between Guinness and The New York Post. That is if they don’t determine it’s, in fact, the largest erected statue of Phil Collins.

“In the “The Epiphany of the Lord” church of #Zacatecas, do they have a huge statue of the “Child God” Or Phil Collins?” asked radio host Jose Manuel on Twitter. Rev. Rodriguez has yet to comment on the Internet’s reaction to the statue.

The Internet is doing its thing and the comparisons are truly uncanny, down to hairs on their heads.

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This baby Jesus has a mullet, and a single tuft of hair resting atop its balding head, just like Phil Collins once did. He’s completely bald now and is mostly seen wearing baseball caps. The artist, who rose to fame in the 1980s, found success in his very first band, called Genesis, where he started as a drummer and later became the lead singer after Peter Gabriel left. Some of his song titles include, “Jesus He Knows Me,” “In the Air Tonight,” “Another Day in Paradise,” “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven,” and “No Son of Mine.” So, you can imagine, the Twitter thread is getting very punny.

Jesus he knows me, and he knows I’m right. He was in a band called Genesis! It all makes sense now,” tweeted Any Pag (@andybutshorter). “He’s no son of mine!” tweets Donald Twain (@donaldtwain1). “Just another day in paradise,” Gary Crosbie (@GaryCrosbie5) tweets, quoting Collins’ lyrics. “Well well well, it seems @PhilCollinsFeed didn’t just know Jesus, he was actually Jesus…” tweets Michael McCarthy (@McCarthyMR).

While some others are more closely comparing the Niño Dios to American actor Nicholas Cage.

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“”Phil Collins is NOT the baby jesus”, and other things I didn’t think I’d say today… ” tweeted Hell’en Bach (@TheHamsterIsDed) For the folks who can’t decide whether the statue looks more like Collins or Cage, listen to Temi Russel (@TemiRussell): “What if Phil collins and Nicolas Cage had a baby?” We have our answers now. But we still have more questions…

Like, why is this Mexican church’s baby Jesus so white, though?

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“Viene por nosotoros!” or “He comes for us!” tweeted Emmanuel alongside his photoshopped masterpiece featuring Jesus/Phil with red lasers coming out of his eyes. Aside from the resemblance to the ’80s drummer, folks have questions about this particular ‘body of Christ.’ “Does baby Jesus have abs or moobs?” asks Iscribe (@iscribe). Why would a Mexican church’s resemblance of Jesus look so much like a white British man anyway?

 “I am brown. There has never been a white christ,” tweeted Jesus Hedge Fund Apocalypse (@FundJesus).  “How come even Mexican Jesus is white?
The propaganda runs deep.” 
tweets Jhark Greycap (@JharkG). #MakeJesusBrownAgain

READ: Mexican Government Makes It Illegal To Buy And Sell The Moss Families Use To Create Their Nacimientos

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This Teacher Received A Nissan Pickup Truck Decked Out As A Mobile Classroom

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This Teacher Received A Nissan Pickup Truck Decked Out As A Mobile Classroom

Like students around the world, kids in Mexico have been forced to take school online or tune into programming on public TV in order to learn. But that’s just the kids who are lucky enough to have access to Internet or a TV. Many students live in rural areas and lack the adequate resources to continue their studies amid the global pandemic.

But thankfully, there are many good samaritans out there (aka compassionate teachers) who have invented their own ways to bring the classroom to kids wherever they are.

A Mexican teacher was gifted a decked out pickup truck by Nissan.

Since schools were forced to close last year in April, Aguascalientes special education teacher Nallely Esparza Flores, has been driving four hours a day to educate students one-on-one at their homes from her truck bed, outfitted with a small table and chairs.

News of her project spread across social media, eventually reaching the corporate offices of Nissan México. This week, the company surprised Esparza with the gift of a new pickup truck specially outfitted with a small open-air mobile classroom built into the truck’s bed.

“Today I feel like my labors and the help that we give each day to children and their families is unstoppable,” she said on Twitter Wednesday, sharing photos of her new vehicle. “My students no longer have to take classes in the full heat of the sun,” she said.

Nissan representatives said they decided to give Esparza the adapted NP300 model, 4-cylinder truck after hearing her story because she was “an example of perseverance and empathy.”

“When we learned about the incredible work of this teacher, we got together to discuss in what way we could contribute to this noble work,” said Armando Ávila, a vice president of manufacturing.

The mobile classroom is pretty legit and will allow Esparza to continue her good deed.

Esparza inside her new classroom.

The decked out Nissan pickup truck has three walls (the other is a retractable sheeting) and a ceiling made with translucent panels to protect teacher and student from the elements while letting in natural light.

It also has retractable steps for easy access to the classroom, electrical connections, a whiteboard and an easily disinfected acrylic table and benches that are foldable into the wall to provide space. The table also has a built-in plexiglass barrier to allow social distancing.

Access to education in Mexico is highly inequitable.

Esparza, like many teachers across the country, found that not all distance learning was equal. Many of her students in Cavillo were from poor families without internet access. So she used social media networks to keep in touch with such students via cell phones, but even that was not necessarily an available option for all — and not ideal. Finally, she decided to solve the problem by hitting the road in her pickup truck.

According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), only 58% of students in Mexico had a home computer – the lowest percentage among all OECD countries. And only about one third (32%) of the school computers in rural schools in Mexico were connected to
the Internet, compared to more than 90% for schools located in urban areas.

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This Migrant Mother Spent Three Years In Church Sanctuary But Now She’s Free

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This Migrant Mother Spent Three Years In Church Sanctuary But Now She’s Free

Lawyers are working hard to get a deportation order removed against a woman who just left a church sanctuary after three years in the refuge. Although she was previously denied asylum in the U.S., advocates are hoping that under new direction from the Biden administration, her case will be reviewed and she’ll be able to stay with her family in Ohio – where she’s lived for more than twenty years.

A mother of three is back with her family after living three years inside a church.

A mother of three who sought refugee inside an Ohio church from immigration authorities has finally been able to leave three years later. Edith Espinal, who herself is an immigrant rights advocate, had been living at the Columbus Mennonite Church since October 2017 to avoid being deported to Mexico. She’s now out of the church and back with her family following a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, who have agreed that she’s not an immediate priority for deportation.

“Finally, I can go home,” Espinal told reporters after meeting with the officials. With tears of relief, she celebrated the small victory in the presence of dozens of supporters who accompanied her to the ICE building.

“But it is not the end of her case. We’re still going to have to fight,” her attorney Lizbeth Mateo said.

ICE has agreed to hold off on her deportation proceedings pending her asylum request.

Espinal was released under an order of supervision, meaning that while she’s not considered an immediate priority for deportation, she must periodically check in with ICE officials to inform them about her whereabouts.

She has lived in Columbus for more than two decades and had previously applied for asylum, citing rising violence in her home state of Michoacán. But she eventually was ordered to leave the country, which is when she sought refuge inside the Columbus, Ohio church.

“We’re going to continue pressing the Biden administration to do the right thing, and try to get rid of that order of deportation against Edith, so she can walk freely like everyone else does without fear,” Mateo said during the press conference.

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