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Making Cakes

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Just a quick update today!  

Carolyn’s been busy making cakes for Mother’s Day this past weekend! Below is a wee video and photos of the ones she made.  Next up is a Birthday cake someone’s asked for.

Cinco de mayo 2020

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Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy . . . 

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The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.  For more information, Cinco de Mayo.

Time to Bake

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Hi Everyone!

See video recipe below.  You can also go to Carolina de Canadá to see the video and get the print recipes. Enjoy!

 

Staying Put

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Greetings from Puebla, Mexico!

We hope you all had a very Blessed Good Friday and Easter Day!  Remember!  Easter season is not over, it’s every day because  . . .   He is Risen! Alleluia!

The past several weeks have been interesting to say the least as we’ve been doing our best to adapt to life during this world Pandemic, COVID-19.  Needless to say, IMG_5747

We’re Staying Put!

We’ve hesitated to post anything other than sending out our April Newsletter this past month or so.  Now that the initial flurry of communication and media that has kept us busy on our phones and computers is subsiding, we thought we’d share a few thoughts on how we’ve adapted.

Our Routine

Each day we’ve been getting up at a decent hour (okay, 7:00 am isn’t too bad).  We try to get sufficient exercise each day, and all the photos are from the sights on our walks.  We may start getting up earlier to beat the heat!  It’s been quite hot and dry here as we await the rainy season!  One goal we’ve been able to work at is Getting Caught up on the host of things that we haven’t been able to get to and even getting a bit ahead on preparing for ministry (preparing lessons, sermon prep, admin for the Seminary groups, etc.)  Wow! Now, there’s a concept!!  We’ve also be blessed to be able to remain in contact with Pastors and Leaders in the places where we minister.  Meal times have been much more relaxed, however, we really enjoy cooking so we’ve been preparing good wholesome meals too! Reading for enjoyment! It’s actually happening!  Wow! Seems like forever since we’ve been able to read something that wasn’t for ministry or had some pressure behind it!  Oh! And, we’ve been brushing up on our Spanish too!  That’s just a wee glimpse of our routine!

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There’s been all kinds of news and updates surging through the media and it’s hard to know what to believe.  Even the reports on COVID-19 cases and how many have died from it can’t really be trusted.  There are stories of towns closing the roads to keep the virus out, disinfecting tunnels people can go through to get sanitized, some states are imposing curfews and enforcing the distancing guidelines, and some states are now requiring face masks to be worn in public.  As in many other places all non-essential services are closed, meetings can only be up to 5-10 people so churches are not to have gatherings and attempting online withe great difficulty. Many churches in smaller communities are meeting anyway because they feel it is essential because they don’t have internet or cell signal to make it work.  Every day essential services are imposing stricter guidelines for their workers and keeping distance from their customers. The one thing here is a fear that the economic effects are going to cripple society.  So many have already lost their jobs and if the quarantine regulations continue after the end of April, many fear that riots and violence will skyrocket.  Please continue to pray that the Mexican people won’t be victimized in that way as well. IMG_5811

Thank you for your prayers and continued support, especially during this uncertain time.  We give thanks to the Lord that we are well!  We have been able to bless several people by helping deliver drinking water, supplying much needed food bank items, supporting Pastors/leaders with the overly-inflated cost of  essential foods like corn, rice, and beans, and staying connected to our ministry workers here in Mexico, friends, family and supporters in Canada.  We pray daily that we can be a blessing to our next door neighbours as well.  A couple days ago, Carolyn baked several dozen cookies and some banana breads to share with our neighbours. These acts of kindness go a long way to strengthen our relationships and we feel so blessed to be a part of them!

Acambay Mexico

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Lots of Travel this month!

So great to see new students keen to study! Such a good time visiting and sharing with the churches and students in La Sierra Norte of Puebla, Feb 14-16 and then in Acambay, Feb 21-23!

Feb 14-16   Phil travelled with Dan to La Sierra Norte to connect with a number of different Pastors and groups, and to also visit Pastor Sabastian, the former President of the Missionary Church in Mexico. He has been in hospital from a stroke. He has been taken home to recuperate, but is still experiencing a lot of paralysis, confined to bed and unable to speak. The doctors want to see his platelets increase before taking him to the city of Puebla for further tests and appointments.  Please be praying for him and his family during this difficult time.

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Came across this waterfall having gone too far down one road after missing our turnoff.
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Xochiapulco a small town about 45 min from Zacapoaxtla where we travel in the mountains of Puebla. Phil and Dan travelled there to visit the church and encourage them during this difficult time when their Pastor, Sabastian is not well.
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Dan helping with the preaching in Xochiapulco, the church that Pastor Sabastian pastors

 

Last weekend, Feb 20-24  Phil travelled with two leaders from the state of Puebla to Acambay in the state of Mexico, and to San Juan del Río in the state of Querétaro. Along with Bernabé and Moisés, Phil met with two groups to register the students and begin their first lessons together.

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Went to the market with Pastors Gregorio and his wife Lilia not far from Acambay
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Pastor Lilia at the market
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This large group began studying with the Seminary. About 8 students were missing, but we hope this will develop into 3 groups!

This group represents 3 churches (the 3 groups together). They are very keen and hope that others will want to join or start another group before too long!

From Acambay, they travelled to San Juan del Río in the state of Querétaro to visit another group of students wanting to start studying. The church has only been meeting for about a year and they are eager to learn more of God’s Word.

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We took a little detour to see the San Andrés Fault not too far from San Juan del Río.
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Some absolutely amazing scenery.
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Moisés preached at the church service before we met with the new Seminary students.
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We weren’t sure this group was ready to begin, but after presenting the Seminary material, they could hardly wait to begin. They prepared a huge meal for us to share in! Wow!

Carolyn has been busy baking goodies for Phil to take and share with the groups and churches he’s been visiting. That’s a lot of baked goods!

Feb 25-26   Phil and Carolyn travelled to Mexico City to finish up our part for our Permanent Residency VISAS. That means we will be permanent residents of Mexico and we won’t have to do any more renewals!  Yay! We should have our new cards by early next week!

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This tree was just outside the Immigration office in Mexico City – a gorgeous display of God’s handiwork!

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!

BakenTake Feb 2020

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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.