Friday, September 26, 2014

27 September 2014 Update!

Hello from Thailand!

Yep, we're in Thailand attending a meeting of a group of mission strategists from all over the world.  We're here to get better equipped to share the Gospel, train leaders, and plant new churches.  These have been great days of listening to the Lord, spending time with other workers like us, and learning some of the creative ways the Father is working in our world.  We now have to take what we have learned and share that with our team, our national partners, and USA partners.  There is so much to do and God is BIG enough to lead us in doing it.

Thank you for your prayer support! We are constantly reminded about the importance of the 'prayers of the saints' and your involvement in what the Father is doing in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.  Your prayer support is the KEY part of our work!

October is coming quickly and we have some prayer requests that you can help us with...

  1. Our new teammates arrive on October 5th!  Rebecca and Christy will be joining us for two years in Oaxaca.  Please pray for them as they adjust to life in southern Mexico and as they begin their ministry among the unreached people groups in our part of the world.
  2. A very important training event begins in mid-October for a group of our personnel serving in our part of the world.  This training will be held in a village near Oaxaca.  Pray for those of us who are a part of leading this training and pray for the families who will be relocating to Oaxaca for three weeks.
  3. We're recruiting our Summer Missions Team for 2015!  If you know a college student (or you are one!) please consider joining our team during June and July of 2015.  Just click the links below for more info!  Here are the links to positions that we have available:
  4. Please join us in praying for more Mexican and USA partners who are willing to do whatever it takes to reach the unreached of southern Mexico.  The work is difficult and requires a commitment to training and resources.  Pray that we'll have the right people in the right places doing the right things.
You all are a blessing!   Thank you for 'holding the rope!'

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

Thursday, September 4, 2014

5 September 2014 Update!

Greetings from southern Mexico!

We are always blessed by the prayers of so many folks who are praying for us.  We continue to see so many open doors among the people groups of southern Mexico.  The Father is definitely up to some big things and we're just trying to hang on for the ride.  Your prayer support is such an important part of the work.  Thank you for praying!

Driving through the Mixteco region of southern Mexico.  Beautiful!

  • Our Fall Hands On students arrived and have been busy getting to know Oaxaca and finding their place of ministry.  They have jumped right in to help with some gaps at the school where Haylee and Jackson attend.  Pray for Katherine and Sara to have great opportunities to share the Gospel in the coming weeks.
  • Our pastor, Eric Hankins, is here this week to kick-off the work of First Baptist Oxford among a Zapotec community.  One important project they have is a training program for English teachers.  This is a tremendous need among the public schools here and FBC Oxford is helping us launch this training program in southern Mexico.
  • A group from southern Georgia was here last week on a Vision Trip.  Pray for them as they have returned home and must pray and discern the Father's leading for their churches.  Pray that they will be among the many workers that are needed in southern Mexico.
  • A Vision Team from Virginia is here this week.  They have been on an adventure on the mountain roads of the Mixteco area of Oaxaca.  This is an area of great need for the Gospel.  Pray for them as they return to Virginia to determine the next steps in their journey.
  • We're getting so excited about the arrival of Rebecca and Christy.  We have been short-handed for several months and we desperately need new teammates.  Rebecca and Christy will arrive on October 5 and will be with us until mid-2016!  Pray for them as they begin their work in southern Mexico.
  • Jeff's mom arrives on Saturday, September 6.  She'll be with us for six weeks and will be filling in at Haylee and Jackson's school as well as having some fun with us.  Pray for her as she comes to visit.
  • We have a new boss: David Platt!  Many of you will know that David came as a part of a DiscipleNow at First Baptist Oxford in 2006.  Our paths crossed several times as we worked in East Asia with college students at FBC Oxford.  Now, he is El Presidente!  We are very excited and look forward to serving with him.
Please join us in praying for these updated prayer requests!:
  • Our Stateside Assignment will begin in July/August 2015.  We will be living in Oxford, MS for several months.  Please pray with us to find a place to live and for some type of ministry to plug into while we are home in Oxford.  We're looking forward to spending some quality time with our Oxford family.
  • Pray for Haylee as she makes her decision about college.  Pray that she will be in the best place to prepare her for the great days ahead that the Father has planned.
  • Pray for the people groups of southern Mexico.  Pray that the effort to plant churches would advance and that strong disciples would be made.
Thank you so much for your prayer support and your financial support through the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson