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January 15, 2008

2008 January Prayer Guides

Cuernavaca, Morelos

Happy New Year, everyone! We wish you a blessing year of 2008. Thanks for your faithful prayers and cheerful walk with us throughout 2007 in Mexico missions. It has been a year of much learning and training for us to dream in another year of challenging ministry. … We did have great Christmas, by the way, with Elaine’s folks. Please pray for the followings.

o As our children go back to school on Jan. 7, Mexican Reformed Seminary also calls back in its students from a 3 week winter break. Pray that all the students had a good family time and would come back safely to race another cheerful semester of ministerial preparation. Abe will be back on traveling every Thursday to Mexico city. Pray for the shortage of teaching staff in this semester due to expected (and unexpected) changes to many of us. Elaine is not teaching this semester. Dave is on his home service. Alejandro Pimentel postponed his arrival.

o Jan. 7 – “Date with pastors and their wives”. Pastor Jose Luis Gonzalez, after pastor Julio Carvajal had left RPCM about 6 months ago, has announced his leave in 3 months. So basically, we will have one full-time pastor Jose Ocampo to work with in 2008 (We also have pastor Fco. Melendez whose schedule is unpredictable since he spent a half of this year off for a personal trip), two half-time evangelists, and another pastor but in Guerrero state. We are very discouraged to open up the New Year with lesser leadership. Please pray for us not to lose God’s given vision and ministerial spirit for Emmanuel presbytery.

o Jan. 8 – Abe will consecrate Sociedad Feminil (Women society) of Filadelfia NPC (Cuernavaca) as they envision for another year of further growth and blessing.

o Jan. 14-21 – “Amigos Sin Frontera” is scheduled to minister in the state of Durango. May the Spirit of God be with their medical and spiritual approach to many isolated hearts of this remote area from the saving Gospel. Pray for Dr. Antonio Moreno for his leadership on this brigade.

o Jan. 17-19 – Pray for RPCM’s synod meetings in Chiapas. Due to the severe flood in Tabasco and Chiapas, it has been postponed since last November. May the upcoming meetings bring fruitful visions to all the Reformed churches of Mexico. May we all share the dream on church multiplication by raising up a solid generation of church leadership in 2008.

o Jan. 12 – After a short break, TEE will be back in operation with its 13-14 lay students of the Word. We would depend on your ongoing prayer for this ministry. As common as it is in other places in the world, we do need to raise great number of good church leaders. We hope that these are the ones for Morelos and Guerrero states.

o Jan. 22-25 – Abe will teach Homiletics at a Ch’ol Bible Institute. Its director & pastor Cristobal G. has been humbly leading the institution ever since the Presbyterial split in 2005.

o Cristo la Unica Esperanza NPC, Monte de los Olivos NPC, and Emmanuel NPC have experienced severe spiritual earthquake in the last couple of years. May the Spirit of God bless them with a good pastoral leadership in 2008.

o Pray for Elaine’s activities: Bible study on Wednesdays, One-to-one discipleship training with Karla (Wednesdays), personal encounters with Vianney, and prayer group of Goldenwoods school moms.

o Pray for the ministry of Tiempo Con Dios (a monthly devotion). We ask God for a dedicated person to distribute this book. Since there isn’t any monetary profit from this book sale, it would be a real search for the right person. May God send us a qualified man or woman who will donate some personal time for this ministry.

o Pray for El Nazareno RPC as its consistory begins search for a new pastor. Pastor Jose Luis has decided to return to his former denomination (NPC). The church lost pastor Julio Carvajal a year ago over his personality issue, and this time over pastor’s indifferent attitude regardless the church’s desire to work with him. Pray that the church won’t doubt of God’s pastoral care.

Thanks for your prayer, love, and giving,
God bless you!

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