Thursday, February 26, 2015

26 February 2015 Update!

Hey all,

Greetings from warm and sunny Oaxaca!

Thank you for your partnership in prayer for the work happening in our part of the world.  As you know, relationships are the key to sharing the life-changing message of the Gospel in southern Mexico.  Often, it is a group of believers working together that results in someone surrendering their life to Jesus.  We have seen that happening here in southern Mexico over the past few weeks as several precious people have made decisions to follow Jesus.  These are significant decisions that, many times, come with serious consequences.  The animistic Catholic culture here often is threatened by those who seek to have an authentic, personal relationship with Jesus.  Faith alone in Jesus alone and allowing God's Word to serve as the guidebook for life is incompatible with a religious tradition based on following ritualistic practices and a view of a distant, disengaged Father.

Would you join us in praying for more open doors in the communities of southern Mexico?  The Enemy has certainly been effective in limiting access to the Gospel here.  The Enemy has convinced many people here that a personal relationship with Jesus is not needed or not possible.  Join us in praying for more workers and for our Mexican churches to break away from unhealthy doctrine and unbiblical traditions so that the Gospel can flow freely.  There is so much to do.

Pray also for:
  • On a recent visit to Oaxaca, one of our USA churches faced resistance from a community where they have been working.  They don't like the 'Christians' in their community.  Pray for a better understanding of culture for the USA church and for the Christians in this community to engage their community instead of living in isolation and separation.
  • Summer Missionaries arriving on June 1!  Here is our Summer 2015 Team so far:
    • Zapotec Village Disciple-Makers
      • Brooke Pullen (Mississippi State University)
      • Tory Ford (Multnomah Bible)
    • Chontal Village Disciple-Makers
      • Anna Beth Caves (University of West Alabama)
      • Brittany Foster
      • Kate Warner  (Louisiana Tech)
    • Disciple making and Teaching English
      • Erika Hofacker (Mississippi College)
      • Rachel Robb (Liberty University)
      • Lauren Cullen (Mississippi College)
    • Disciple making and Sports Ministry
      • James Swinney (Kosciusko High School)
      • Matthew Yeager (Wake Forest University)
  • A large population of our people do not speak Spanish and they do not read.  So, getting the Bible into an oral format is very important.  Pray for an event in April that will bring together several different language groups for the purpose of developing sets of Bible stories.
  • Our mission organization is once again undergoing some changes.  Pray for our missionary team as we determine what adjustments we need to make in these new directions.
Thank you so much for your prayer support and your financial support through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and the Cooperative Program.

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson.

Monday, February 16, 2015

17 February 2015 Update!

Your prayer support is very important to the work that the Father is doing in southern Mexico.  We continue to be humbled and amazed at how God works through ordinary people to accomplish His work.  We have just finished up a couple of weeks of God working through His people.

Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

The Light was proclaimed to a group of women last week
by two awesome Mexican young women who are seeking
to be on mission among their own people.

James 1:27
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Michael from First Baptist Oxford offering a healing touch
to a friend in a village in southern Mexico.  He also shared
words of hope with all of those he ministered to.

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Sarah has made a huge investment in the people of
southern Mexico.  She has been obedient in sharing His Story.
John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Cheryl is an expert at being "Jesus with skin on."
This village has given us a wide open door to
their community.

Those of you who pray are as much (or more) a part of the work as those of us who actually work among the people here.  Please continue to pray for the unreached peoples of southern Mexico.  Here are some updated prayer requests:

  • Please continue to pray for more open doors among communities of southern Mexico. Many communities are closed to outsiders but God is moving in some incredible ways.
  • Pray for more workers.  Pray for more giving to support missionaries through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
  • Pray for Mexican churches to take seriously the task of reaching the unreached peoples of Mexico.

You all are a blessing.
Thank you for being a part of what God is doing.
Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

3 February 2015 Update!

Just a quick update to encourage those of you who invest time praying for the work in southern Mexico!  Here are some updates:

Shindler Drive Baptist Church is one of the greatest missionary churches on the planet.
Over a year ago we had two flat tires on the road in front of this family's house.
Two weeks ago they asked to follow Jesus' example of baptism.
Esteban has been praying for 15 years for help in reaching the people the
Father has sent him to.  Christy and Rebecca are an answer to Esteban's, yours, and
the prayers of Jesus.  The harvest is great but the laborers aren't as few as they
used to be.  KEEP PRAYING.
Rosa and Raquel's father was the first believer in their village.  He was heavily
persecuted for many years.  Today Raquel and Rosa are committed to laboring
in the harvest.  KEEP PRAYING.

Thank you for praying.  Please know that your investment of your time to pray and
your giving to the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
is making a difference.  Thank you!

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson