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January 14, 2017

January 2017 Prayer Concert

God has been so gracious and attentive that after all our life has been plenty and merciful by Him. We thank you so much, dear Lord.

Praise God and pray with us for the following needs:
1.- Monthly mentoring continues. We had it on the very first Monday (Jan 2). Ramon brought a dozen of tamales with deer meat he hunted last month. Israel got a traditional bread ‘Rosca de Reyes’ (The King cake) to share with us. He is always thoughtful for others, so we had a good morning talk and new year cheers.

2.- Elaine will lead pastor wives’ fellowship on the 7th at Cristo Vive Church (Pastor Santiago). They will work on book reading and sharing. Elizabeth (Agua Viva Church), among others, is very motivated to get involved in learning and building up her gifts through this fellowship.

3.- Korean missionary peer group and network will have our second meeting as mutual learning small group and ministry sharing network. Rev. Kim (Emanuel Church, a mission in Terraza) will share his findings on Christian Spirituality. He is from Christian & Missionary Alliance.

4.- Coffee Break small group will gather at Cristo Arca de Salvacion Church (Armando Ponce) on the 10th. We will take a walk through Acts (volume 1 out of 3), which will take 2 months. May there come good number of people hopely with a vision for God’s Kingdom worldview and lifeview. Especially pray for Gil and Eleazar, who have shown learning growth with deep application in life through the book of Ruth.

5.- Focusing Leader Network meeting will have its 3rd encounter (Jan. 14). We will be talking about spiritual battle that we may face in doing ministry and even at home. Pray that our 5-7 pastor couples who come to the meetings will continue to battle for their growth deep and wide on God’s calling.

6.- We are grateful to step in the area of our churches’ spiritual needs. Our mentorees agreed to welcome a speaker on prayer. On Jan. 20-21, we will assist a Prayer school (by Rev. Kim who had come some years ago to Cuernavaca) at Agua Viva Church (Obrero Israel Ponce). The theme has been chosen, “Teach us to pray” from The Lord’s Prayer.

7.- A preparation meeting for upcoming AID Seminar in February will be held on Jan 19. We have about 10 volunteers that is not enough to run and assist the event. But we also have another 10 people coming from outside the Tijuana area. We pray that God goes ahead of us to find and recruit local volunteers. We will schedule a fast calendar for a month to the dates of event (Feb. 10-11).

8.- We will offer a Timothy Leadership course (Stewardship) at an independent church starting on Jan 26.

9.- We have finally published the book of Esther to add to Coffee Break study bookshelves. So we have built Coffee Break library with about 10 titles.

10.- Thank God that we were able to spend family vacations along with Naomi. Naomi will go back to Iowa at the end of this week. May she be healthier and maturer as she builds her life goals according to God's call.

11.- Praise God for Elaine’s growing interest in learning at Bethel Seminary. She got pleasing grades last semester, and very healthy relationship with all staff. Soon she will have a license exam. May God open a door for her to experience further blessings in this area.

12.- Our boys, Nathan and Nahum, are getting through their teenager-hood smooth and effectively. We praise God for being their God in all times.

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December 2016 Prayer Concert

As Thanksgiving week is passing, we certainly notice the time has flown so fast. The year 2016 has been busiest year in the last 17 years of our mission effort in Mexico. We are deeply thankful to God. This year, we’ve led 4 AID seminars, 2 Coffee Break conferences, 2 Bible Reading groups and a seminar, 1 focusing leader retreat, among others…We kept ourselves busy but all were possible due to our Mexican ministry teams. Next year 2017 will look like similar, but as always our focus is not event-oriented event, rather growth-in-depth of each participant. So we always emphasize and offer respective follow-up studies following each event.

Please join us in prayer for the following.

1.- We will start off the month celebrating God’s mercy throughout the year along with our close friends in ministry. Dec 3rd is the day we extended an invitation for a Christmas dinner to dozens of families in ministry who were along with us in 2016.

2.- On the same day, we have our second gathering for Focusing Leader Network. In this session, we will be talking about our obedience to God’s calling. There are 7 pastoral couples in the group. May this gathering help them strengthen their ministry philosophy and matrimonial relationship.

3.- The #8 group of Bible reading (BR16) will celebrate their long journey (4 months) through the Bible on Dec 2nd. God gave an opportunity to this group of 40 readers from Todas las Naciones Church (pastor Humberto Leyva). We started off with 60 people but remained 40+ people including David Eliud, wheel-chaired cerebral palsy teen.

4.- About 20 Coffeebreakers at Cristo Arca de Salvacion church will finish up the study of Ruth as they will share personal testimony on the 13th day of month. Especially, the 5+ men (Abe’s group) have expressed how they see themselves in the story of Ruth and Naomi. Eleazar and Gil explained how their understanding of the book changed. They have found new Boaz.

5.- We will start a peer group among Korean missionaries in Tijuana. So far we’ve had them in personal contacts, but starting 2017 we will develop it into a learning community. There are 5 families interested.

6.- On the Christmas day we will have a commencement service of Reformed Presbyterian Seminary Tijuana campus. Abe will preach for the occasion.

7.- Our kids had overall good semester, especially with after-school varsity football and soccer activities. Naomi is scheduled to come home on 12/16. Pray that they will have excellent winter break.

8.- Pray for the Posada Fronteriza scheduled on the 10th. It is a bi-national family activity among migrants. Last year, they gathered at the borderline to unite family members on both sides creating a heart. It is to encourage migrants remain united.

9.- Pray for the homeless ministry on 12/10. Every 2nd Saturday of month, a service and learning team of Good Stewards Church comes to minister homeless in Tijuana downtown. We’ll accompany them with the preaching of Word.

10.- Please pray for the health of pastor Gerardo Garcia (Filadelfia NPC, Cuernavaca). He recently received prostate cancer surgery, lost so much weight, and needs to get back to his pastoral duty.

11.- Elaine is also finishing up her semester at Bethel Seminary San Diego. Her last day of class is on 12/16. Pray that she also finish it well.

12.- We are scheduling ministerial calendar for the year 2017. May God give us wisdom to schedule according to God’s given gifts and needs of Mexicans.

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