The past couple of weeks have been rich in fellowship and blessings. March 18 and 19 our church had a surrender retreat. Those who had completed the 1st step in discipling were eligible to go. It was held at a beautiful area called El Chico National Park, about 45 minutes from Pachuca. It was an overnight venture for 28 adults, youth and kids. I went to the one last year, though it wasn’t an overnight venture and was at a different place in El Chico. There is Bible Study, Prayer, Introspection, and a ceremony of surrender to the Lord along with food, fun and fellowship. This year I just went to help transport them back to Pachuca. I took Luna, my dog, who was pampered to no end. Please pray for our new brothers and sisters to grow and bear fruit.
The next Wednesday started a 4 day Mexico Missionary Reunion. This is an annual time when missionaries, mainly from Christian Churches and Ministries (including Niños de Mexico), get together for fellowship, share ministry ideas, refresh, network, and be fed. We have decided to include missionaries from other denominations that we know personally. One couple from Pachuca who have planted a Bible Church attended this year and were a big benefit to the group. It was the 2nd one I have attended. It was in a city called Ixmiquilpan (X me keel pan), about an hour from Pachuca. It was at a place called Hotel Campestre, which was all inclusive and had areas for children to play and very comfortable rooms (though the beds were quite hard). The speaker was Michael Sweeney, President of Emmanuel Christian Seminary, who encouraged us with words about Spiritual Leadership. We had game night, Karaoke, and lots of prayer for each other. It was wonderful. Thanks to 3 churches who helped out with finances, including First Christian Church of Florissant, we were able to rent the hotel area so that we were the only ones using it. All 48 people were blessed and very thankful. Please pray for all missionaries in Mexico to remain strong, preach the word boldly, and be guided by the Holy Spirit in their ministries.
Tomorrow, 11 people from a church that supports Greg and Vicki Syverson (my teammates here in Pachuca) are coming for a week of ministry. We are going to have a 3 day VBS for kids ages 6-10 (school will be out for Easter break). There should be some fun pictures of that. Please pray for the children and parents to experience God’s love through the team and VBS.
I have another request for prayer. I am still struggling with language. Since I am the one who is interacting most with our 4 CHE trainers, I really need to be able to understand and communicate better. Our 4 ladies have kinda lost the enthusiasm and need someone to walk along side to encourage them to complete their projects before we can start the 2nd part of their training. This and my difficulty with language have been a big source of discouragement for me. We have decided that I need to hire a tutor and also to hire someone to translate for me in certain situations. I will start 5 hours of tutoring a week until I have improved enough to communicate on my own. Please pray for God to enable me to speak Spanish well enough to complete his mission for me here.
Thank you all so much for your faithful prayers and support. I wouldn’t be here without you. Please know that I am praying for you too. Let me know if there is anything specific I can pray about for you.