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Covered transport to Los Naranjales

A Journey to the Ends of the Earth…

After more than 4 years of teaching, traveling, and translating, our Pathways classes in Guanajuato and Veracruz are coming to a close.  At the end of this month, we will graduate our 4th generation of Bible Pathways students.  We feel very honored that God brought this course to us so many years ago and allowed us to be part of the translation and adaptation of the program from English to Spanish.  You have probably heard us talk about the unreached people groups of Central Mexico.  With the percentage of Evangelical Christians in this area near 2%, the need for a clear presentation of the gospel is great.  Bible Pathways has been a wonderful tool, and we believe it will continue to be very helpful for many years to come.  Not only will we be starting more courses in different areas, Lord willing, but also our graduating students are now taking what they have learned, applying it to their own lives, and sharing it with others. There has already been much fruit in the lives of the students and their congregations, and we are excited to see what God will do next, in and through them — in their villages and in the nations of the world.

Most of our Pathways students in Celaya

These aren’t all of the students who participated in Bible Pathways, but it’s a good representation.  Our students include both young and “mature”, men and women, married and single.  We even had a couple of toddlers and elementary children present during some of the workshops (as you can see in the photo!).  No one is excluded when it comes to learning how to rightly divide the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

First time preaching in Celaya

Adriana is one of our 6 graduates from the Church in Celaya, Guanajuato.  As part of their final exam, four students presented a chapter from the book of Colossians to the congregation.  Yes, they were nervous, but they all did incredibly well!!!  We are so proud of each one of them!!!

Students in CoyutlaWe’ll be traveling to Coyutla, Veracruz, once more at the end of this month to facilitate the final training workshop, where these seven students will be graduating.  Two missions in the mountains have asked us to begin the course there.  These students, Lord willing, will be taking the course to those missions in the coming months.  Below is the main street in Naranjal, one of the missions in Veracruz where we hope to begin the Pathways course soon.

Main street Naranjales

August was a full month here in Guanajuato.  At the beginning of the month, a team from Arizona came down to visit us and helped us host a small children’s event here in Tarimoro.  There was a good turn-out and we made several good connections with families here who want to know more about Jesus.  Once again, the city officials were very gracious and allowed us to set up the event right in the middle of town.The Parachute in Tarimoro

It was wonderful to receive these families from Arizona and share our lives with them, even though it was a short time.  They left an impact on the hearts and lives of the people here.

Jesus’ teaching in Acts 1, verse 8, tells us how the mission of preaching the good news of Christ is to be completed…

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the end of the earth.

Jesus tells us to testify in our own back yard and our home town (Jerusalem), and to our neighbors and the folks in the next town over (Judea), and to the people we don’t really understand and maybe don’t even agree with all the time (Samaria), and to people who seem completely beyond our reach (the end of the earth).  The connecting word that is repeated is “and”.  Using the word “and” gives equal weight and importance to all the parts of the list.  Jesus is saying that all of that should be going on at the same time, not necessarily in order of proximity.  No matter who you are, where you are, or what stage of life you’re in, you can participate in the great mission to tell people about the good news of God’s love.  It’s a journey that begins with only one step.

Here in Mexico, some of our ministry partners are praying about a way to participate in taking the gospel to “the end of the earth”.  There is an opportunity for 6 to 8 of our team members to go to different parts of the world in June of 2019 as a part of an effort to send Latinos to Asia, sponsored by People International.  If this is a project which excites you, we would love to give you more information about how you can get involved and how you can help one of the OperationFLOW team members participate in this trip.  Please let us know!

Prayers and Praises:
  • Fishing season begins soon in Sinaloa.  Pray for all the men who will be going out on the ocean to hopefully provide for their families.  Braulio is one of those fishermen.  Pray for him, his brother and his nephew.

  • Continue to lift the missions in Las Flores, La Pitahaya, El Marcol, and Las Glorias/Boca del Rio.  For the past months, our newest team member, Samuel from Honduras, has been helping these missions by doing music classes.  He has dozens of students, both young and old, who are learning basic music theory and practice and developing the talents God has given them.  For many of these children, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, as “band” isn’t a normal part of public school here.  Praise God for His provision of instruments and also for bringing such a gifted teacher to our team!
  • Pray for the construction which is continuing at Tino and Elizabeth’s house in Marcol.  We’ll get some pictures next month!
  • Also pray for the church in Quimichis.  We are still doing Pathways there and hope to be able to finish that course this spring.  Fishing season begins there soon, as well.  Pray that God would continue to provide both physically and spiritually for this village and for Narciso and Maria and their family.
  • Pray for Ricardo and Cristina as they continue ministering here in Tarimoro.  Doug and I will be leaving this area at the end of the month to head back to Sinaloa for a time.  Continue to lift up the families who are meeting at the house of Arturo and Vianney.
  • Pray for us as we travel to Veracruz at the end of September and as we then travel to Sinaloa and then on to the US for a short visit.
  • Pray for Evie as she continues her schooling at Instituto CanZion in Queretaro.  She is loving her classes and God is really growing her in many, many ways!
  • Praise God for our residency! After a process of more than four years, Lord willing, at the beginning of October we will be permanent residents of Mexico.  This is something we’ve prayed about for years, so it is very exciting to be so close to the end of the road!!!
  • Praise God for all the students who have worked and who are working so hard on the Pathways course.  Pray that God would give them boldness to speak as they proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth!

As always, we will be praying for each of you, our friends and family, who support us so much in every way.  We most definitely could not do this without you all!  Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our ministry and our family!

¡Que Dios les bendiga! God bless you!

Embracing the journey… Christ or nothing!
–Doug and Rebecca

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