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Last weekend March 8 – 10 Phil’s ministry trip took him to several places in La Sierra Norte. Unfortunately, with so much going on he didn’t get so many photos.

He was able to be part of the study group in Zacapoaxtla on the Friday night as they began the Study of Jeremiah, the final book of Level 2 of the Seminary program.  It is a more difficult study and they are thinking they’ll take things a little more slowly so as to understand and absorb all the information.

Saturday morning he went to Cuetzalan and encouraged them as they are finishing up the first book on the study of the Pentateuch. They are very excited to have reached this point in their studies and are really beginning to be able to apply their learning in their ministry contexts.

Saturday afternoon Phil traveled with a couple of pastors to Zapata where we have a new group of 12 students studying.  They are well into the first book of the introductory level and are thoroughly enjoying being able to explain more about their faith as a result of their study.


Saturday night he stayed with one of the pastors in Huitzilan.  What a great visit, which was very encouraging to the pastor and his family.  It was also encouraging to hear how pastor Bernabé is mentoring and raising up leaders as a result of the Seminary program we are providing.


This photo above is the view from just outside the pastor’s home.

Sunday morning Phil preached in Spanish and pastor Bernabé was quite amazed at his progress in Spanish.  They all had lunch together in his home and it is always such a treat to have hand made tortillas – Yummy!

In the afternoon on Sunday their two study groups had classes and, Wow! it was so good to see the increase in participation from the students.

This post is a little late coming since the past week has been a bit tiring from the previous weekend and hectic with the myriad of details to attend to living life in Mexico.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support of our ministry here in Mexico.  While at times missionary work can be very tiring, difficult and even frustrating, words cannot express how grateful and honored we are to be part of what God is doing in this part of the world.

Bake’n Take

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Greetings from sunny and warm Mexico!

Sometimes it takes quite some doing to re-schedule things. I’m sure many of you are familiar with that reality, however, in Mexico it can be even more of a challenge.

We had hoped to have a Bake’n Take in February, but the date we originally hoped for, most people were not available.  So, after trying several options, we postponed till this past weekend at the beginning of March.  Most wanted to do Pizza!  Again!  So, we pulled out the stops and had a great ‘ole time!

Not only Pizza – Cookie Bars and marshmallow squares too!
Fun in the kitchen!
We are dog-sitting our friend’s dog too, and the daughter of one of the ladies spent hours entertaining our furry friend!
Carolyn enjoying our morning walk in the park.
Our local volcano “Popo” has been more active in recent months making for more cleaning, and problems with allergies and breathing.

Ministry Trip – February

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This past weekend Phil went with Dan Chapple and his oldest son Seth to La  Sierra Norte for to visit a number of the groups studying in the Seminary Program.

Group in Zacapoaxtla doing their exam for the final book of the Pentateuch.


We had the opportunity to be part of this groups first class together. 12 New Students. The first group at this church to study together since the church started 30 years ago.
Very foggy the whole weekend. Got some amazing photos.


It’s a long way up these stairs to the pastor’s house.
Missionary Trio this past weekend!
Sharing lunch together after church, before our class together.

Dan took this video, part of the church service on Sunday morning, they are singing in there dialect Nahuatl.

Start to a Busy month

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Hi Everyone!

Just a quick post of some interesting things that started off the month of February:

This video is just outside our house. The neighbor is having her 15th Birthday. This is the Mariachi Band that is part of the celebrations.

Phil is back into helping out with music at church. He led worship (in Spanish) this past Sunday. Fun, Fun!
Carolyn had the opportunity to attend a Women’s Retreat this past weekend with one of her Mexican friends and some other missionary ladies. It’s one of those things you just don’t want to miss! Oh what fun!

This video is from the Women’s Retreat:

50th Birthday

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Hi Everyone!

Just a few pictures from our 50th Birthday party on the weekend. 

Lots of fun and games.  We were so please to have over 40 people join us for our milestone Birthday celebration!  Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make it a wonderful day!  Also, thanks for the overwhelming number of Birthday wishes by email, e-Cards, Facebook, and texts, as well as a few cards delivered in the mail!  Wow!

Thanks everyone for a wonderful day!

Carolyn preparing wonderful desserts
Bear wondering what is going to happen here.
The Cake
Good friends
Balloon skills
M&M transfer
Number game
What is going on here?
Yup! We both made it to 50! Feeling a little older now for sure!

Celebrating Birthdays!

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January is Birthday month for Both of Us! 

Carolyn – Jan 15  &  Phil – Jan 26  . . .  Happy 50th to both of us!

This month we are hosting our 50th Birthday Party at our house here in Puebla.  We’ve invited a whole host of people.  Hopefully, many of our next door neighbors will come and visit even if for a short while. So, if you’re in the area, you’re welcome to join us for a fun time!

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New Year 2019

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Hi folks!   Just a quick post to say . . . 


We pray God’s rich blessing on each one of you  . . .

   for the coming year – Happy New Year 2019!


Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me        – St. Patrick’s Breastplate