In our last post, we told you about the teaching trip that Phil made with our team member Moises. The purpose of the ministry God has called us to here in Mexico is Leadership Training.
One of the things our Mexico Mission Team is involved in is Theological Education. Below is a description of the need the Mexican Pastors face and a special project that our team is responsible for. We know that many people like to give to special projects so this is an opportunity to help in a very practical way.
One of the difficulties that we are running across is that many pastors and/or leaders cannot afford the cost of the workbooks. Most cannot afford the cost of $135 pesos (roughly $11.00 Canadian). Throughout the seminary program students will need to purchase books (ranging between $11.00 and $20.00 Canadian) every three or four months.
Therefore, this project is to raise funds to help subsidize the cost of books and cover travel expenses. We can raise up to $20,000 (2015-1017) for our team to use to help meet this need. This amount will be used by the entire missionary team in the different areas where they teach. If you would like to help meet this need,
Send a donation to:
EMCC, 214 Highland Road East, Kitchener, ON, N2M 3W2 – Attn: Pam Hicks
Be sure to include a note indicating that the funds are for IPF#336 (International Project Fund)
OR – call Pam and donate with a credit card at 1-877-375-7600 ext. 223.
Cheques should be made out to “EMCC.”
OR – Donate Online HERE
How this Fund will Help
This fund will be used to help people like Virginio Leal and his family. Virginio is a bi-vocational pastor who works part-time delivering bread from a bakery (owned and operated by Alfonso, another pastor who studies with us) to stores and restaurants. Virginio used to live in the city of Puebla. It would take him three hours to travel by bus to the church in Xochitecatitla (Xochi for short) with his family each weekend. They would sleep on a cement floor on Friday and Saturday nights before returning to Puebla on Sunday evening, arriving home around 2 am. This was hard on his family (especially his daughters, who had to leave for school at 7 am Monday morning) and he felt that he was not able to give the church the attention it needed. Last summer (2014) Virginio left his job and home so that his family could move to Xochi and dedicate more time to the church. Virginio makes around $4,000 pesos ($330 Canadian) monthly. His wife (Elizabeth) and two daughters would all like to study in the SEAN program, but it would cost him around $800 pesos ($66 Canadian) every three months. Therefore, they have decided that only Virginio will study. Your gifts to this project will make it possible for them and others who wish to study to do so.
Thank you for joining with us in this ministry through your prayers and financial support. We are excited about what God is doing through the SEAN material. Our desire is to see the Kingdom of God in Mexico both grow, and be strengthened. In the past three or four months we have seen this already beginning to take place. There are many false teachings infiltrating the Church in Mexico. Please pray with us that through this ministry the body of Christ in Mexico may be built up and become mature, so that they will not be “tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).