Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Work

These last couple of months have been busy and full of challenges. It is crazy how fast the time has flown though. I am continuing to fall in love with México and God´s people here. I am sure that almost any AIMer will say that their field was the best but I can say from the bottom of my heart that I am so blessed by the work that God has allowed me to do here.

I have been preaching and teaching 3 or 4 times a month and that has pushed me to seek a deeper understanding of God´s word. It is amazing how much my ministry has helped me to understand Jesus and his disciples. Our Lord is truly amazing and thanks to Him he is revealing that to me a little more each day.

The church that meets in La Libertad is growing stronger each day. I have been amazed by the growth I have seen in the members and specifically in one man Beto. Beto is the only christian in his family and comes from a rough past but even though he is a new christian his level of understanding and love for Christ is amazing. Beto is very quickly growing into being the church leader that God has put him in a position to be. He is only a man of 24 and a young christian but God has given him wisdom beyond his years.

I ask that you please pray for my teammate Dani she is in the hospital with an infection but should get out tomorrow. Please pray for Ivan, Jorge, Sergio, and Isabel and her family as Satan is trying his hardest to separate them or keep them separate from God.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Leaving in December

One of my teammates left a couple of weeks ago and that got me thinking. I had always planned on staying the full time until March mostly because there wasn´t a good reason not to but recently thinking about leaving and my plans for my future has convinced me that I do have a good reason to leave before March.

As I am sure many of you know God has put the work here in Mexico on my heart. He has convicted me about the need and given me the desire to work here. I was thinking about what that would mean and what I would need to do to prepare for my long term ministry here in Mexico and what it came down to is that I would need to go to the preaching school in Lubbock. To be honest this isn´t really what I want to do. I would much rather just stay here in Mexico and work, but I know that I do need more schooling to better prepare me for my work here as a missionary. My coordinator gave me a good metaphor: I can stay here and dig holes with my hands or I can go back school and get some tools to dig with.

Practically this means my plan is to return in December and work until the school starts in August. My hope is that I would be able to work with the church as well another job and take the time to be at home and save up some money. By leaving in December this also means I will be able to keep my dividend which will help financially and allow me to do more in His kingdom.

I thank you all for you unwavering love and support in my work here. I am very blessed that I get to live and work in such an amazing place where I can see God working on the hearts and the minds of the people every day.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Slow Season

Ministry goes through seasons, some times you are so busy you hardly have time to breathe and other times you don´t have quite as much on our plate. Right now God has put me in a slower season, my ministries have changed because the schedules of the people I minister to have changed. God has given me this time to use for personal growth and to rest up a bit before the next season comes where I will be much more busy. It is a blessing but it is also very hard because I feel like I am not doing enough, like being an AIMer means that I should constantly be busy, but our Lord took specific time out to rest as an example for us.

Last week I went to a Mexico men´s missionary retreat on the beach in Puerto Vallarta where we discussed discipleship and how we apply that to our lives and our ministries. I was very blessed to be able to sit at the feet of some amazing servants of God who were being 100% real about what ministry and their lives are about. I have been called to continue in ministry here in Mexico so this was an amazing experience to see the veterans talking about the struggles of ministry. It was an amazing refreshing time for my soul and I praise God for it.

I am not the best with keeping up with my blogs and for that I apologize. I would like to thank all of you that you are so patient and loving with me. God is being glorified because of the partnership that we have!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Praise to the Lord of the harvest!!

God has blessed the work in Mexico with many fruitful disciples. One of the sisters from Guadalajara (a city about 3 hours away) is seeking support to go to AIM this fall. I know that these are hard times for all but if God has blessed you with a few extra dollars this would be a good cause. Here is her support letter:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I’m writing this letter to ask if you would be interested in helping me attend the Adventures in Missions (AIM) program in Lubbock, Texas this fall.

But first let me introduce myself. My name is Sofia Mendoza, and I’m about to graduate from high school in Guadalajara, Mexico. Almost 3 years ago our church, here in Guadalajara, began receiving AIM students. Their work and dedication to Christ and his church has had a great impact on my life and on the lives of many of my friends. The sacrifices they’ve made, giving two years of their life to share the good news in a foreign land, has inspired me to do the same. Of course, this hasn’t been an easy decision. After much prayer and thought, however, I’ve committed the next two years of my life to serving God through AIM.

The Adventures in Missions program is part of the Sunset International Bible Institute, located in Lubbock, Texas. It is an apprentice program that offers young people, like myself, wonderful Bible training before sending us out to intern under missionaries around the globe. It is a focused effort by and for Christian young men and women to work together to strengthen the church and bring the lost to Christ. Like the AIMers that blessed my life, I see this as my opportunity to make a difference in this world.

I am working hard to save as much as I can for this mission. I am also asking the churches here in Guadalajara to help with my support. But I know I will need other partners on this journey. Would you please consider joining me. I have been told that I should plan for a monthly budget of $625 as well as having one-time expenses of $2,000. Even if it is only a few dollars, I could use your help.

In turn, I will commit to keeping you up to date on this journey. I will write and send emails, as well as photos when possible.

Thank you for your consideration.

Your sister in Christ,
Sofia Mendoza

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

La Libertad

I have begun my work in the church that meets in the neighborhood of La Libertad (About an hour away from León Sur out on the edge of town). I am incredibly exited to be able to work with my Mexican brethren in this way and I am very grateful to God for being able to see growth already.

Give thanks to the Lord because our one family and me church has become and two families and me church. We have been praying for growth both physical and spiritual and God has been giving them both! I do ask that you continue to pray though because even though God is blessing us greatly right now we know Satan is trying to get his foot in the door.

I thank you all for your prayers and I ask that you continue in prayer for our work. God abounds in mercy and grace!

This is a series of advertisements for advertising spots in a bus stop. The Spanish says, "How handsome I look here!"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Holidays

I wasn´t expecting to enjoy my first Christmas in Mexico as much as I did. I thought it would be much harder missing my family (church and blood) and that I will feel out of place. Thanks to God that I had neither of those problems.

The holidays have been a great break for us after finishing up Spanish classes to just be able to be with the people. I have eaten so much amazing food and had many good conversations with my church family here.

Christmas here is a little different. Instead of being on the 25 it is the night of the 24 and the tradition is to stay up all night playing games. The family I was with made tamales, pozole (a very traditional soup that is eaten at pretty much every celebration) and atole (a corn based hot chocolate). I thank God that he gave me an amazing church family here to be with.

I ask for prayers for the new church I will be working with. The family that is starting it has had many struggles and one of the men just got layed off. Please pray for them that they can have comfort and peace while God brings them through this difficult time. I know that God has amazing things planned for this work and I am very exited to be part of it!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Flying by

This is me painting our apartment. It needed it!

My time here has just been flying by. It seems like just yesterday I walked off of the plane a bit scared but very exited! We are 6 and a half months in and I am falling more in love with the people, the place, and God each day. It is so amazing to be able to see Him moving in such a powerful way.

With the holidays coming everything has become just a bit more hectic. Downtown is full of people shopping, there is about double to traffic and everyone is just a bit more crazy it seems like. Our ministries have been changing and my focus has shifted from learning Spanish to reaching out to the people (not that we have not been trying to do this the whole time.) After the craziness of the holidays and my trip calms down I will be starting with giving English classes. The exiting part is that (Lord willing)I will be working in a poorer part of town with a new church that is just being planted. The potential for God to work in highly visible ways is tantalizing and I am so exited to get to work for Him in this capacity.

With as much excitement as is going on we are having some struggles too. One of my teammates had to return to the states for surgery and although we thought she would be able to return this next week she has been postponed due to slow healing. She will not be returning until after Christmas which while a blessing to be able to spend it with family she wants to get back to work! Another one of my teammates lost a large portion of her support with no warning this month and so she is unsure of what she is going to do. Please pray for my team that God will use these bumps in the road to achieve His greater glory!

This is a Mexican culture joke. The slang for biceps here is conejos or rabbits.