lunes, 31 de diciembre de 2007
Pray for our continued focus to be on the Lord.
Pray for the low times that God would see us through
Pray that we would be obedient no matter what He asks from us.
Pray for our children that they would have more friends.
Pray for our language skills to grow leaps and bounds as we see our ministry in relationships.
Pray for patience as we trust God in big ways.
Thank you for your prayers. If you know other missionaries who are on their own, pray for them. Then contact them so they know you have not forgotten them. That you have their back in prayer. What a ministry you can have that way.
jueves, 27 de diciembre de 2007
miércoles, 12 de diciembre de 2007
New Believers in Christ: Teens like Carolina, Gabby, Angel. It all comes down to this. Mexicans, Americans, teens, young children all asking Jesus to forgive their sins and be Lord of their lives.
Baptisms: We were overjoyed to be able to baptize several Americans as God grabbed their hearts during their mission trips here to Monterrey.
Continued Ministry to Children’s Homes: After adding Rayitos de Luz (Rays of Light), a new children’s home in desperate condition, we now serve 9 children’s homes in Monterrey and its surrounding areas. That means that we are continuing to provide Care for Today to over 400 children in the name of Jesus.
Field Trips: One option that groups have when they come is to take children from one of the homes on a field trip: an amusement park, swimming, hiking in the mountains, etc. This gives the kids an opportunity to do something that they’d never have the chance to do, and it gives their caregivers who are on 24/7 a much needed break.
Teens on Campus: After adding 10 new teens to the Hope Ministry, we are now at an all time high of 27 teens on campus living in 5 different Teen Homes. That means that there are 27 teens continuing in education rather than ending at 9th grade. That means 28 kids have the opportunity to get a college degree and find Hope for a drastically improved life over what they would have had if the Hope Ministry did not exist or wasn’t well-supported from people like you.
· Two new Teen Homes bringing the total to 5 with groundbreaking for 2 more already underway.
· A medical clinic is half way finished, providing a road for even more comprehensive ministry to those we serve.
· SMCA-The Sierra Made Christian Academy where the missionary kids attend school now have a new building in which they can spread out and will double as a computer lab for the teens on campus in the Hope Ministry.
· A new church building is underway at the Cadereyta shanty town for even better ministry and outreaches.
· Numerous improvements in living and play conditions for the children in the children homes.
Outreaches to Cadereyta and the Rio:
· Around 50 meals served to entire communities
· Medical team ministered to those with illnesses and injuries
· The gospel was shared
· Relationships were made
Thank you for your prayers, your support, your encouragement, hours of serve and love for the children of Monterrey, Mexico. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
domingo, 9 de diciembre de 2007
Our family had a great opportunity to help Meme bring Christmas to the children at the Rio. Meme, Betty and our family brought things for a fiesta grande last Sunday. The afternoon consisted of Betty sharing the Christmas story to the children. Ben, Luke, Mark and Greg helped with the crafts of hats and ornaments. Several of Meme's neighbors helped cook and prepare flautas to eat. A pinata helped it to be a true Mexican party with many dulces (candies) inside. Gifts for everyone topped off the afternoon. It was really fun and a blessing to be apart of this day. About 80 people attended and it was fun to share our family with all of their family.
domingo, 2 de diciembre de 2007
Manantial boys singing to us.
We shared our skills and talents. For Amy it was playing soccer and Pablo enjoyed it.
The women brought many crafts to make with the kids. These two girls, Sandy and Katia, are quite the princesses.
sábado, 1 de diciembre de 2007
miércoles, 28 de noviembre de 2007
I first traveled to the boys home and saw how the improvements that the Anderson Hills (my childhood church) group had made in early November. All that they had done was doing well and holding strong. But as I spoke with Samuel, one of the caregivers, he let me know of a couple lights that weren't working and of two window spaces where there is no glass at all. They've done their best to cover the openings, but with temperatures dipping into the low 50's at night, you can only imagine how chilly it must be in their rooms.
After my visit there, I traveled a short distance to visit the girls home and found Edgar, the director there. As I spoke with him. I asked him if there was anything the home needed or if his family needed as well. As he answered, over and over he would say, "Greg, is no easy." I want to make it clear that he was in no way complaining and never gave the impression that he thought the ministry to which he has been called should be easy. But I know from experience in various ministries, there are just times when you are compelled to say, "Man, this is just not easy" whether it is paying unexpected medical bills, trying to provide for his family, or just wanting to provide something simple and nice for his family (like coffee for his wife). He mentioned as well that on the rare occasion when he has a 'day off' the funds are not there to be able to do anything, even having money for gas to just get away. Sometimes, being in ministry means these simple things make life 'not easy'. So having experienced many of these at various times, my heart really exploded with empathy for Edgar and Connie and their two little girls, Damaris and Hannah.
On top of this, there are the constant needs of trying to run a children's home. Edgar and Connie listed need after need that they could use help in meeting. From needing new cabinets in the kitchen (the old ones have many rotted boards that the doors are just falling off to the floor), clothes, lice shampoo, dishes, feminine products for 17 teen age girls, etc. You can imagine the ongoing cost of trying to meet the needs of running this home. We at B2B do help as much as we are able, (almost half of their monthly needs are met by B2B), but while he is grateful for the money and resources we send, he said with a snap of his fingers, "it is gone like that!" I can only imagine!
Edgar is also a part time pastor at his church, doing various things, but it is a voluntary role that he fills. He is also discouraged that his senior pastor doesn't share his heart for missions and the church gives no assistance to meet the needs of the home. He has begun searching the papers looking for a job he can take on to help their situation. But that would mean working all day and then coming home to work in the casa hogar and you can imagine how draining and emptying that would be.
So while I am looking here for more ways to better meet their needs, I am also seeking your help. Mostly, I am asking that you pray for Edgar and his family and the kids of the casa hogar. They have great faith (as I was leaving, Edgar said, "As it says on American money- 'In God we trust'- that is what I do!"). Pray for God's resources to come to bare on this home in regular ways to help meet their regular needs for food, utility bills, clothes, toiletries, etc. Pray for opportunities for Edgar to be able to take his wife and kids out and enjoy some time away and the means to do so. Pray for an encouraged spirit for Edgar and Connie as well.
I am also asking you to consider spreading news of these needs to people you know (if you feel led to do so). Maybe a Sunday school class or a small group Bible study or a church's mission committee or whomever might be interested in coming alongside this home and being a regular partner to meet their needs. If this is of interest to you and you want more information about what partnering with this home might look like you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to say that we will not use this blog space often to ask for financial assistance. I was just so compelled by Edgar and his position (having been there for many years myself) that I feel led to share this with other caring people.
Thank you in advance for your earnest prayers on behalf of a brother in need.
lunes, 26 de noviembre de 2007
These pictures give a summary of our thanksgiving week. Greg and I lead 4 outreaches between the 2 of us. We spent time at the Rio and Cadereyta with three groups building a soup kitchen at each location, giving testimonies of what Jesus has done in our lives, sharing food and clothing and blankets (as it is getting colder reaching 40-50 degrees at night) and creating new friendships. The boys had a great time joining Dad in working on the property one day this week. They initiated joining Dad. It is fun to share as a family. As I mentioned before we all gathered on Thursday however I underestimated. The final count was somewhere in the 90's. We have so much to be thankful for. It was a great week.
viernes, 23 de noviembre de 2007
jueves, 22 de noviembre de 2007
martes, 20 de noviembre de 2007
"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. " James 5:16
domingo, 18 de noviembre de 2007
sábado, 17 de noviembre de 2007
As we said earlier, Greg's parents were here just last week. We enjoyed sharing life together for a few days. We also had the pleasure of having my (Cathy) sister, Connie, come and visit. She was here for a couple of days and really took time to spend time with us and enjoying one another. One day the boys and I took Aunt Connie to Mount Chipinque where we enjoyed hiking and riding down the cement slides. Aunt Connie came to school and shared about her trip to China with the K through 5th graders. It was good timing as Ben is studying China in school. We enjoyed eating out and long talks. Thank you, Aunt Connie for loving on us. We love you.
Greg, Cathy, Ben, Luke and Mark
jueves, 15 de noviembre de 2007
We recently had the privilege of having a group from Anderson Hills United Methodist Church come down and serve along side of us. We have been blessed by this church so many times before and this week was no exception. Anderson Hills is the church in which Greg grew up in and came to the Lord in and they have partnered with us from the beginning of our ministry here with B2B. A special blessing was that among the 17 that came from the church were Greg's parents, Mike and Marcie (my mom in the first picture above and my dad in the third).
We kept them and the entire group pretty busy from dawn to dusk and they worked hard and enjoyed their time here. The day they arrived we traveled to Casa Hogar Douglas in the evening for a cookout and playtime with the kids. We served hot dogs and nachos and played soccer and other games with kids. It was a fun time. The next day we traveled to Manantial de Amor for a day of work ranging from putting up a chain link fence to painting, putting in a sink and waterproofing their palapa (a shleter for shade). While we were there, some ladies from the group realized that there was no food for dinner that night and their hearts were gripped with concern and sadness. The Lord moved in their hearts to be a solution to this problem, both that night and long term. What a blessing that these people were here at this time!
The next day we took those same kids on a field trip to an international art, music and cultural exposition that Monterrey is hosting called the Forum. It was a very different kind of day with many different things to encounter, but I think fun was had by all.
On Sunday, after church, Cathy led the group to the Rio for a day of outreach ministry. Anderson Hills had brought several hundred pairs of shoes to donate to the poverty stricken here in Monterrey and after a foot washing ceremony, they passed out around 200 pairs of shoes to kids and adults alike and gave them a nacho and cheese snack. Testimonies were shared, prayers were offered and money was given for medication needs in the Rio. It was a very moving day. Lilanthi, a pastor from Anderson Hills, spoke and Sharon said a few words as well to the group of people that had gathered.
The final day before we sent them off we put them to work as well. We were able to pour the steps for our new medical clinic and a sidewalk for the new school. They worked hard from the moment they got here to the very minute they left. We are so grateful that we got to host them, and minister alongside them. It was so encouraging to see them come alongside us in even more ways than they already have. With the ongoing partnership that Anderson Hills wants to have, we look forward to even more fruitful ministry trips in the future.
A special thanks to my parents who ventured our way. I know that it is not easy having us so far away and it means so much to us that you took the time and made the effort to come and see our ministry, where we live and just be with us enjoying life. We love you and look forward to heading your way at Christmas time.
sábado, 3 de noviembre de 2007