Zapata

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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.

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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.

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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.

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