Tuesday, November 15, 2016

15 November 2016 Update!

A New (Deja Vu) Assignment!

Dear prayer partners,

These past 18 months have been full of transitions for our family. We left Oaxaca in July 2015 to spend ten months in the USA on Stateside Assignment. While in the USA from July 2015 to May 2016 our mission agency underwent radical changes. Our job assignment changed and we have been praying for months for the Father to show us exactly where He wants us to serve.

Over the past couple of months the Father has led us back home to our Sending Church at First Baptist Church, Oxford, MS. Jeff will begin serving as Minister of Students/Missions on January 1, 2017. We're excited about this new ministry opportunity in a very strategic place with a wonderful church family. We will end our employment with the IMB but hopefully we can continue our relationship with IMB as FBC Oxford increases our commitment to the unreached of southern Mexico and other places as the Father leads. The local church is the center of global mission and we're looking forward to this next challenge.

This season of service as full-time cross-cultural workers has been all good. We treasure the deep friendships that we developed in Costa Rica, Peru, and Mexico. We pray that the unfinished work will be finished soon. Here are a few prayer requests that we wanted to share with you:
  • Pray for the unreached of southern Mexico. There are still many communities without access to the Gospel or a healthy church.
  • Pray for the team of workers in Oaxaca. The Father has put together a great team with so many gifts. Pray that they will not grow weary in the work in southern Mexico.
  • Pray for us as we transition back the USA. Buying a house, adjusting to the USA, and starting new jobs are exciting but also stressful times.
Thank you all for your partnership and for 'holding the rope' over these past 9+ years. You have been a VITAL part of all that God has done in and through us.

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson



15 November 2016 Update!

A New (Deja Vu) Assignment!

Dear prayer partners,

These past 18 months have been full of transitions for our family. We left Oaxaca in July 2015 to spend ten months in the USA on Stateside Assignment. While in the USA from July 2015 to May 2016 our mission agency underwent radical changes. Our job assignment changed and we have been praying for months for the Father to show us exactly where He wants us to serve.

Over the past couple of months the Father has led us back home to our Sending Church at First Baptist Church, Oxford, MS. Jeff will begin serving as Minister of Students/Missions on January 1, 2017. We're excited about this new ministry opportunity in a very strategic place with a wonderful church family. We will end our employment with the IMB but hopefully we can continue our relationship with IMB as FBC Oxford increases our commitment to the unreached of southern Mexico and other places as the Father leads.

This season of service as full-time cross-cultural workers has been all good. We treasure the deep friendships that we developed in Costa Rica, Peru, and Mexico. We pray that the unfinished work will be finished soon. Here are a few prayer requests that we wanted to share with you:
  • Pray for the unreached of southern Mexico. There are still many communities without access to the Gospel or a healthy church.
  • Pray for the team of workers in Oaxaca. The Father has put together a great team with so many gifts. Pray that they will not grow weary in the work in southern Mexico.
  • Pray for us as we transition back the USA. Buying a house, adjusting to the USA, and starting new jobs are exciting but also stressful times.
Thank you all for your partnership and for 'holding the rope' over these past 9+ years. You have been a VITAL part of all that God has done in and through us.

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

21 September 2016 Update

Thank you to all who pray for the people of southern Mexico and our family. Here's an update from the last few weeks along with some prayer requests. :
  • Our team retreat went well as we gathered together for prayer, planning, and fun. Southern Mexico continues to have so many communities without a church and access to the Gospel. Pray that we can do our part as we work with Mexican believers and other Great Commission organizations to plant churches and make disciples.
  • Haylee is now a sophomore at Mississippi College. We're counting down the days until we're able to see her again. Pray for her as she prepares to study abroad in London during the Spring 2017 semester.
  • Jackson has begun his 12th grade year! He's also taking a college course on-line. Pray for Jackson to be able to stay on task amidst the distractions of being a High School Senior.
  • Liesa is busy with keeping all of us in line along with keeping the expense reports and budgets organized along with her ministry at the children's home. Pray for her to have opportunities to invest in the lives of others.
  • Jeff is busy with lots of phone calls, meetings, and planning for upcoming Vision Trips to Oaxaca. Pray for Jeff as we face some transitions in our work over the next few months.
It is such an encouragement to know of your prayer support! Thank you!

Thank you also for your generous financial support through the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

Please let us know how we can pray for you!

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

Sunday, July 31, 2016

1 August 2016 Update!

First time for any work in this village and several dozen
showed up for Sports and English camps. While there they
heard stories from God's Word.
Thank you so much for your prayer support over the past few weeks. We've seen the Father do some amazing things and your prayers are an integral part of all He is doing in our midst.

We shared some prayer requests with you a couple of weeks ago. Here are some updates:

  • Will you pray for more workers to be called out from Mexican churches in Mexico? It is amazing how the Father is working among those churches/believers with whom we partner. We are preparing to begin a Training Class for Mexican believers who sense a call to missions. How 'bout that? Amazing.
  • Will you pray for our teammate Ashley and the relationships she has made with nationals? Will you pray that God will call out more workers from this group? Several members of this group are wanting more training to help them reach out to their own people.
  • Every morning, from July 9 to July 24, will you pray that the Father would use the students attending camp to make an eternal difference in the lives of many people in Oaxaca? We had a phenomenal two weeks of Access International Camps. Every one of our ministry sites saw people beginning a relationship with Christ or coming One Step Closer to Him.
  • Will you pray for the tension between the teacher's union and the government would decrease and that peaceful solutions would be found to the conflict? Nothing has slowed down our work over the past few weeks. There has been a reduction in the number and intensity of the protests.
  • Will you pray for Haylee and Jackson as they grow close to our summer team only to see them get on airplanes and return to the USA?  Haylee and Jackson served faithfully alongside our summer teams and developed some new friendships that have kept their social media tools buzzing.
  • Will you pray for our team of high school girls living in an unreached community until July 16?  Pray for A, B, E, L, M,  M, and N. This group of girls completed their assignment in a very TOUGH place. They have returned to the USA and we pray they will continue to serve faithfully there.
  • Will you pray that the village of 'T' will become less hostile to Christians and that we will find a way to share the Gospel in this community?  While doing some business at a local store we met a young man from the 'T' village and we are following up on a potential great opportunity to work in the 'T' village. Only God can do this and your prayers are the catalyst.  

  • Things slow down just a little bit in August before a busy September arrives. We will head to the Pacific Coast of Oaxaca in just a few days for a time of retreat with our teammates. We always look forward to these times. After that, we're back in Oaxaca and will be getting Jackson ready for 12th grade and Haylee ready to return for her sophomore year at Mississippi College. We also have two Hands On students coming in to work with our team. We would love to have you covering these events in prayer.

    Thank you so much for 'holding the rope' through your prayer support, your giving to the Cooperative Program, and your support of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

    Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

    A short visit to the 'Nacho Libre' church is a great way to
    start a busy three week stretch run.

    Access Week One Leadership Team!

    Hillcrest Baptist New Albany, MS came down for a visit!

    Access Oaxaca Week One Team!

    Ronnie knows napping and the tools needed.

    Worship with James Tealy was the BEST way to
    start the day!

    The IWC Encouragram legacy continues...

    The Access Week Two Leadership Team!

    Liesa leading training for Week Two.

    Circle Soccer!

    These folks came down from California to bring the Light!

    Apparently, Ronnie learned his napping skills from his wife.

    Duck, duck, goose works everywhere.

    Mindy and Sebastian are the best!

    Jackson teaching kids in a village.

    This is very cultural in Mexico. Really.

    How much coffee is too much for two weeks of camp?
    We never found out.

    Even charter buses in Oaxaca go mud riding.

    A GREAT team of workers!

    We LOVE Ronnie and Diane.

    Feeding these California folks breakfast before putting them
    on an airplane.

    Rebecca. THE BEST. She has left us and gone
    to her new field of service.

    Ronnie and Avery with the Bacon Tornado.