Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Some days it is hard to remember that we are not the ones that are in charge of bringing about change in people, rather it is the Holy Spirit who does that work. That fact isn't always easy to recall when we are going through discouraging times in ministry. There are moments when we wonder if what we are doing is making a difference and then there are moments when we feel encouraged and stand amazed at what God has done. If we relied on how we felt from day to day we would not still be here. Instead we must trust that God will finish the work he has started and that if we are faithful to him in all we do then he will use it for his glory.

We are thankful that we have seen people grow in their relationship and in their knowledge of who God is. Also, we are thankful that we are going to have a retreat in June when we are going to baptize at least one person in our group. Last week we decided together as a group to work towards having a bakery where we can teach people skills that they can use to have a job or maybe open one where we can offer them employment. It is a way that we decided to serve the community, one with a lot of unemployment. This is going to be a huge project, but we are excited about it! Most likely we will start it when we get back from the States in the Fall and will work on preparations until then.

Last week we were thrilled to have Josh's parents here with us and spend some time with them. They hadn't been down here for over a year and it was special to be able to have to dinners in their honor. Meeting our friends was a joy for them =).

Remember that if you are a supporter of ours please tranfer your support to Go. See the last blog post for more information.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Big News

First off wanted to let you know that our latest newsletter is out. It should be coming to your mailbox or to your e-mail box soon. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be please e-mail us at: jandjmexico@gmail.com

Today we are writing to inform you of where God is leading us in the future. After almost 2 very challenging years, after much prayer and seeking the Lord, we have decided to come back as missionaries to Mexico. Our missionary discipleship term ends with WGM in June. Over the past few months we have felt God's hand guiding us in a different direction and therefore, we will be coming back as career missionaries with another organization, Go International. Go is a smaller organzation that mainly concentrates on supporting indigenous ministry and is based out of Wilmore, Kentucky. This decision was not an easy one to make, but we do feel at peace about it and know it is where God wants us. We do plan on partnering with WGM in the future to support them in the theological education program as professores.

It is hard to believe we have been here 1 year and 7 months and that it is time to make this decision about our future. We came here to learn Spanish and learn about ministry in Mexico. While we have had a very rough ride we did learn a lot! Thankfully our Spanish is very much improved and we are communicating well. There is always more vocab we wish we used while talking, but we have come a long way and feel good about our progress. In terms of ministry we have also come a long way. God has used some difficult experiences to refine our calling and lead us in a slightly different direction. When we arrived we thought our role as missionaries would be in theological education and support ministries. While we still enjoy and want to be a part of theological education, we have seen a huge need for church planting and raising national leaders organically. There are so few evangelical churches here that the population is not being reached. Sadly, the evangelical churches that exist are not doing a good job of communicating the gospel and reaching out to non-believers. Bad theology and mainly the prosperity gospel are all too common.

Over the past year God has given us a passion for the people around us and a vision on how to creatively reach them. After a brief time in the United States visiting our wonderful team of supporters we will return to use our home church planting model. Please be in prayer for us as we are also discussing the possibility of working with another missionary couple here in León who shares our calling. Pray for us as our group continues to meet with these missionaries while we are in the States. Pray that this transition from WGM to Go International will go smoothly. Pray that God will provide ALL of our financial needs.

What does all this mean?

We will be in Mexico till mid-June at which time we will drive back to the States for about 3 months. We hope to be back here by October. During our time in the US we want to see you and give you an update on our ministry. We would love to meet with you one-on-one, have you host a small group in your home, or speak at your church. If you are interested please contact us ASAP as we are putting our schedule together now and things will be tight because we won't be home for long.

Currently, we are in the process of asking our wonderful supporters if they would be willing to go ahead and switch their support to Go International. If you support us we would grately appreciate it if you could start that process so that we will not be lacking support in June. THANKS!
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4. staff ministries support account
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You can select the amount, duration and if it is ongoing and automatic withdrawal.

Or you can send support to:
Go International
PO Box 123
Wilmore, KY 40390

(checks made out to Go International with our names on the memo line)
Go's phone number: 859-858-3171

If you have automatic withdrawal with WGM you can call WGM to cancel.

Thank you for your continued support. We will not be able to return without it!!!!! Your faithful support has kept us here over this term and we are THANKFUL!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Your Missionaries in Central Mexico,
Josh and Jennfer