Friday, April 3, 2015

3 April 2014 Update!

Happy GREAT Friday!

1 John 5:14-15:   And this is the confidence we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

The Lord is at work in southern Mexico.  So many of you are faithful to pray and you give sacrificially so that the message of hope can be proclaimed here.  Here's an update of the past few weeks (you can click directly on the photos to enlarge them.):

 This photo is of a village that is in the heart of a huge group of people who have very little access to the message of hope.  Several weeks ago a church in Florida began to sense the Father leading them to find some way to bring the Gospel to this area of southern Mexico.  Two weeks ago we visited this area and found some great open doors for future work.  Many of you have been praying for this people group.  The Father has responded by calling out a USA church and also a missionary family is planning to move to this area within the next year.  Keep praying!

 Mobilizing Students to be on mission with God has been a part of our calling for over 20 years.  A huge blessing this month was a visit by this group of Mexican students from another city in Mexico.  This was a group of city kids coming to work in indigenous southern Mexico.  The culture shock was real!  But this team offered themselves to the Father for the week and He used them mightily.  We're hoping they will return and continue investing in the people of Oaxaca.  Please keep praying that the Lord will send more workers into the harvest fields here.

Sending Missionaries is one of the important tasks the Lord gave the Church.  We have been so encouraged to be a part of sending a team from our church here in Oaxaca to Guatemala this week.  This is our church's first ever 'international' mission trip.  This team has prepared and are currently in the middle of their voyage to Guatemala where they are sharing the Gospel and leading out in disciple-making.  Please continue to pray for them!

We work in so many beautiful places.  Yet, in all of the overwhelming beauty there is an absence of the Light.  The village pictured here is a place where God is at work.  Please continue to pray for the hundreds of communities like this one in southern Mexico where the Gospel is beginning to take root.  Pray that the Enemy will not delay the opportunity for people to hear, understand, and respond to the Gospel.

Many of you have been praying for this special place over the past couple of years and some of you have invested time in working to establish the church here.  This group began by meeting in a home and now they have moved into a small building.  Our work here in southern Mexico is to make disciples that gather together to form churches.  Healthy churches are the best way to impact generations with the Gospel.  Join us in thanking the Lord for HIS work in establishing this new work and please pray for the group of believers working in a difficult place.

Haylee and a group of her friends traveled out into the mountains of southern Mexico last weekend to help a missionary family.  They were able to help out with some physical labor and also to encourage the teenage believers in the village.  We are thankful for the great work that the leaders of Oaxaca Christian School are doing.  Please continue to pray for Oaxaca Christian School.  We are still searching for teachers for the upcoming school year.  For more info click HERE.

You all are the BEST!  Thank you for your prayer support, your encouraging emails, and your financial support of the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

He is RISEN!

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson Holeman

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