Buenos Dias, mis Amigos (Good Day, my Friends)
Hope your week was as blessed and fulfilling as mine!
I think I forgot to mention one of the blessings I had on Jan 27. There are a number of English-speaking women missionaries in Pachuca. Some of us got together at my house for a luncheon and decided to meet regularly to minister to each other in prayer, encourage each other, enjoy fellowship, play games, anything that gives us some respite from the stress and strain of ministry. There were 5 of us that day and there are at least 5 more. We decided to meet in a different woman’s house every 3 weeks. I know it will be a blessing for me, especially helpful with loneliness. There is one other who is single. She wasn’t able to come this time, but will come in the future. Please pray for our fellowship, that God will use us to help meet the needs of each other and will give us strong friendships while we are serving Him here in Pachuca.
Last Friday through Sunday we had our bi-annual Mexican Field Team meeting in Puebla. The last one was in September 2011. There are 11 of us–Todd and Tonja from Puebla (they have 3 children), Kay (our team leader) and Steve Carpenter from Mexico City, Pam and Vic deLeon from Mexico City, Casey and Teri Hancock (Casey is Todd’s brother and they have 3 children) from a different area in Mexico City, Greg and Vicki Syverson–they have 2 children (and me) from Pachuca. On Friday, we got together at the home of Todd and Tonja Hancock and ate dinner, fellowshipped, played games, and did Wii dances (even me, though I am miserably uncoordinated). It was a great time to get to know each other and families. Since we don’t live in the same area, it is hard to get to know each other and be able to function effectively as a team. I am so blessed to have such godly and committed team mates. Please pray for each of my teammates and their families to continues being obedient to His call.
Our meeting lasted all day Saturday and it was quite intense, but, with the help of God, we made some good decisions regarding our ministries. It is so good to see God working in each area of our ministries and working and blessing the lives of our teammates. Saturday night we ate dinner at Todd and Tonja’s again and then on Sunday we went to the new church that T & T have recently planted in conjunction with Global Scope (CMF campus ministry) in Puebla. The name of the church is Comunidad Cristiana Mosaico. (Mosaic Christian Community) A Mosaic is made up of several pieces of broken glass, clay, pottery etc put together to make a work of art. All of us are broken people, some with sharp edges and so on, but God is making us into His beautiful work of art. Because the focus was university with the diversity of Mexico, Germany, USA, Australia, etc. (the university is an international university) and since they are targeting all age groups, it seemed to fit well. It was a wonderful experience and I was amazed at the gifts God has given those young college students and the older people he has sent there to be a part of that body. It was great to be able to hear Todd preach and see the positive reaction from the people there. Please pray for El Pozo Christian Church, that God will grow them and bless them.
After church we all went to lunch together along with people from Global Scope. What a great time for fellowship! Then Greg, Vicki, their 2 sons and I came back to Pachuca.
Please pray that God will continue to bless our team to do His ministry for His glory.
Our TIC (CHE) trainers are busy working on their projects. They still have a lot to accomplish, but are enthusiastic about evangelizing and helping the people of LaRaza. Please pray for Adriana, Lola, Vicenta, and Norma for strength, wisdom and courage to complete projects and share His love.
Today we had test for our team meeting together for short meetings on the internet (Go To Meeting and Skype) It was different, but I think when we get used to it, it will be good for short meetings and emergency meetings. I was much more impressed with Skype, as we could use video to see each other. For some reason, the audio and video with Go To Meeting was less than desirable. This will be much cheaper than meeting together at some place in Mexico and even people who are on furlough can join in. We will still meet together 2 x a year and on other occasions, but this will be a good option. Please pray that we will be able to conduct team business in the most economical way.
I hope you all have a wonderful week and that God will bless you greatly. Thank you for your interest in my ministry. Thank you for your prayers–they have been extremely effective!! Remember that I am praying for you as well.