This past Monday March 6, we had our Team Meeting and were able to visit with Ivan Preston and David Thompson. Ivan returned to Mexico to visit after having been a missionary in Mexico City and planting several churches. He and his wife are now retired and live in Kitchener, ON Canada. David accompanied Ivan on this visit. We were delighted to host them in our home for a night and send them on their journey to Chignahuapan the next day.
This past weekend Phil March 3 -4 travelled with Moises to Zacapoaxtla to be part of the regular teaching we do in that area. Two of the groups have now finished Level 1 of the seminary program they have been working on. Below are some pictures of the largest group. They were so excited to have finished Level 1 they wanted us to share a meal with them to celebrate.
We as a Team are so happy to see these groups finish Level 1. They have worked hard over the past almost 2 years. Some other groups are well on their way to finishing Level 1 as well. Once most have finished, we are planning to have a graduation service celebration.
January is getting to be a very busy month.
This past weekend Phil travelled with Dan Chapple to lowlands of Oaxaca which is a 4 hour + trip and the weather was very warm – hot by Canadian standards (highs of 35 degrees C). We had a safe trip to and from the Oaxaca area, but we heard of several places where there have been many kidnappings and murders from Cartel groups. We stayed an extra night to avoid travelling in the dark for safety reasons. Carolyn has been baking up a storm, some items to one of our Spanish teachers and a bunch of other items to some friends.
Below are some pictures from the Oaxaca trip.
Thanks so much for your prayers. Please continue to pray for safety as we travel in Mexico. Things seem to have really calmed down in the past couple weeks. All fuel prices have increased and more increases are to come in the next few months.
Just wanted to send off an update to let you all know how things are going. We’ve had many inquiries as to the security situation here in Mexico. As far as we can tell, things seem to be getting much better. We haven’t heard of as many protests and rioting. Some of the highway tolls are still being affected but this last week seems to have quieted down quite a bit.
Our whole Missionary Team went on a Ministry Trip to Zacapoaxtla this past weekend, Jan 13 – 15 and we had no problems with our travels. The journey to this area hasn’t really been affected much by the protests. Normally, only some of us travel each month for our teaching classes, but this time we all went, including the children, for a meeting on Saturday with the Tutors/Pastors of the groups in that area to introduce some Bible Study materials that will be of great help to them. We also had a Team Meeting and celebrated Carolyn’s (English) birthday. It was fun, but also very tiring as we met with 5 different groups over the weekend in 3 different towns. Thank you all for your prayers. The Lord has been so good to us in showing us His hand in the lives of those we work with.
Below are some pictures from the weekend:
This past weekend Phil travelled with Moises Ruiz to Zacapoaxtla, Huitzilan, and San Miguel to be a part of the training we do in those areas. It was a bit different of a trip this time as there was a change in the schedule which allowed us to stay overnight with one of the pastors and join them for part of their morning worship service on Sunday. Below are a few pictures from our trip.
Pastor Burnabay, his family, his brother and sister’s families live almost on top of a mountain. The scenery pictures below are from high up on the mountain. We had to climb a very steep part from where we left our vehicle in order to reach the section of the village where they live. The village below is where the church is and where the group meets for teaching.
This past weekend Phil travelled with Moises to Zacapoaxtla, San Miguel, and Huitzilan for the regular visit to the groups studying in those areas. It was a good trip and it was exciting to see these groups work through the teaching materials. Below are several photos from our trip and a few from our trip to the park with our dog a few days prior.