Speeding Up!?

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Wow! 2020 seems to be really speeding up! original

Here is it February already!

January was so busy with ministry travel, dealing with the many details for our Permanent Residency VISAS, and the coming and going of Plumbers to fix the leak in our kitchen ceiling and laundry area! And, it looks like February is only going to get more busy and fly by!

Here are a few pictures from the past couple weeks.

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Phil presenting the Seminary Material to a church in El Puerto – they have 24 students wanting to start studying – mostly young people!
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Pastor Bernabé and his youngest son on our way back from Acambay – long trip and contented faces!
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Sun rise this past Monday morning on the way back to Puebla.
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Very cool cloud covering this little mountain
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Phil presented the Seminary and an update for the Pastors meeting last weekend.
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Great crowd of pastors and leaders.
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Watching this new mom tie her little one to her back was just amazing!

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What a blast!
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The finished product!

Acambay

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Jan 23 – 27 Phil travelled with Pastor Sabastian, Pastor Bernabé, his wife and youngest son to Acambay, in the state of Mexico. It was a long, tiring trip with a lot of visits to churches and groups who are wanting to start studying with SEAN the material we use for the Seminary by Extension program (Semillas) that we offer. What a great trip!

After visiting 4 churches and making connections with 4 additional churches who are interested in studying, we are very excited to report that we may be looking at 3 – 4 new study groups in the Acambay area. We are still gathering contacts and confirming with those who are committing to study, but we are amazed at what God is doing in the hearts and lives of people here in Mexico!

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La Loma – We stayed with Pastors Gregorio & Lilia
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At Pastor Nicko’s church “Jesus the Door of Salvation”, Phil preached a sermon on humility and serving Christ. (left: Pastor Sabastian, Pastor Gregorio, Pastor Nicko, Phil)
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Juan and his son are church leaders in a town called “Los Pastores”. They have 14 young people who are eager to study with us.
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This church in El Puerto has 15 – 20 people in their congregation ready to start studying with us as well. The gentleman to Phil’s left is connecting with 2 other churches who are interested in studying.
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Pastor Lilia prepared a huge lunch and fellowship time following the service at the church in La Loma Sunday morning.
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Pastor Emmanuel (left) invited us to go to a very small church of 12 people in San Felipe about an hour and a half from where we stayed in La Loma. They were so grateful for our visit.

Our kitchen has been busy. Carolyn’s baking skills put to the test while dealing with a leak in the kitchen ceiling for almost 2 weeks while waiting for the owner of the house to have the repair guy come. She’s been making goodies to help raise funds for a family who is really struggling.

Happy New Year!

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Just a quick update to say . . . 

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We are looking forward to a blessed New Year and being part of the new things that God will do.  This is our prayer for you . . .

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¡Feliz Navidad!

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Greetings from Mexico!

Here we are at the beginning of December 2019 and we just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! We hope you all would know the warmth and love of celebrating the birth of our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ this season!

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Below is a video of one of our favourite Christmas Carols.  Enjoy!

November Events!

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December is here and we are amazed at how much has transpired in the last month and a half!

We just want to highlight a few things here in this post.

Since our last post about saying goodbye to our dog Bear, we have received so many emails, notes and comments expressing sympathy especially from those who knew him.

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We love you Bear!

Thank you all for your concern and support!

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This month we have travelled quite a bit and this week is just full of meetings and visits.

Moises Ruiz who has been part of our missionary team here in Mexico returned from Canada for a short visit and Ministry Trip with Phil to La Sierra Norte of Puebla. At the beginning of the month, they travelled for 4 days, visiting many of the churches, pastors and groups of students studying with us in the Seminary by Extension SEAN. It was a jam packed trip and they were able to be a real encouragement.

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Study group in Zapata
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Study group in Zacapoaxtla
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Visiting with Pastor Sebastian

 

In the middle of the month a family from Canada came to visit and we were able to show them around Puebla and Mexico City. It was great for them to be able to see life in Mexico first hand and really interact about the ministry we are involved in. Here’s a wee video of them sending greetings from Mexico City pyramids.

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Yes, we climbed the pyramids to the top! What a view!

Last week, we had the privilege of hosting a visitor from one of the churches we work with in Cuetzalan. Freddy is a young man who is studying with us in the SEAN program. He was given the opportunity to take a course here in Puebla for a couple of days and we offered to host him in the evenings and overnight. We had a great time connecting and deepening our relationship. He is very capable and desires to learn. Please pray for him as he seeks to live out his faith and be a blessing to his family and those in his community of Cuetzalan. More on this in our next update.

For the next 3-4 months we are looking after a dog named Ruby. Our friends Zac and Jen are returning to the U.S. for the delivery of their first baby. They dropped Ruby off on their visit to Puebla for a doctor’s appointment the other day and had a great visit.

To prepare for the coming of December events, Carolyn attended a women’s Christmas Breakfast at the church we attend here in Puebla. Lots of fun! Lots of food!

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Potluck Breakfast food! More like Brunch!

We have been blessed to make so many connections and visits through the busyness of the past months. We are grateful to God for all those who are bringing such richness to our lives. We pray God’s rich blessing on you all!

Goodbye Bear

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Yesterday we said goodbye to our best friend, Bear.

 

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We are so grateful to God for the opportunity to have taken care of one of His most amazing creatures. Bear was among the most loving, gentle, and calm dogs. Everyone loved him! From him we learned so much more about unconditional love and the need for companionship. We thank God for all the fun we had with him and how he was always there to be a friend, more than anything.  There are countless people we have come to know and become good friends with through his presence with us. Thank you everyone for loving Bear and being part of our lives!

The last month in particular has been difficult. After a number of Vet visits to deal with a build up of fluid, Bear was diagnosed with a tumor in his thorax which was causing the fluid build up. Test results came back saying that it was cancer. He was 11 and a half years old and had a really good life.

Below are some of our favourite photos of Bear. We are missing photos of some of his friends. Goodbye to his Lakewood friends, Charlie, Jazz, George, Pepper, Mac and Nugget. Goodbye to his Mexico friends, Canela, Jasper, Ruby, Kori, and Dakota. The individual photos below are also in this PPT – Bear

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Outside his favourite coffee shop.
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Bear looking for some good grass to snack on.
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He loved the Canadian snow!
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With his friend Jazz
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Loved sitting out in the snow

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Seriously, you put a hat on me?!
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Even the non-animal animals thought he was great!
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Bear just loved being at Cindy’s place.
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Favourite Lakewood play area
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Bear’s best friend Nugget
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They loved going to the Beach!
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And drying off was so much fun!
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Bear’s friend Mac from our next door neighbour in Lakewood.
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Bear loved being outside with the freedom to roam the forest around home.
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One of our most favourite photos of all time.
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You’d think Bear and Ruby were more than just friends!
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Heading home from a morning walk in the park
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Bear’s friend Ruby
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Bear’s friend Kori
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Kori liked fresh grass too!
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His favourite activity was playing with the laser light!

 

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Final Goodbye
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Final Goodbye
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Some of his final moments.
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We love you Bear!

 

Bake’n Take

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This past week was a busy week preparing for the weekend.  We hosted the October Bake’n Take on Saturday and Carolyn was asked to make the Anniversary Cake for the church we attend here in Puebla. See photos below.