Two weekends ago we enjoyed the annual LAM/UWM Mexico retreat in Cuernavaca, 90 miles south of Chiconautla. It was a refreshing time of fellowship with other missionary families, worship in English, and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. The kids had a wonderful time creating memories with other missionary kids from around Mexico. When the retreat was over on Sunday afternoon, we drove around the block from the hotel to get some burgers before the 2 ½-hour drive home, and ended up not being able to drive any further. Something was seriously wrong with the van, and it wasn’t going to get us back up to Mexico City (long, curvy climb).
It was HOT in Cuernavaca, so we’re SO thankful we were stranded at a McDonalds with air conditioning, and not on the highway! Four hours later the kids and I were on our way home with 2 Chiconautla church members who drove all the way there to pick us up, and shortly after that a tow truck picked up the van and Manuel. A few hundred dollars later we have the van back in service. We continue to pray for a new van to replace this one that has served us for so many years, and appreciate your prayers and special donations for this need.
After enjoying the retreat and getting home much later than expected, we had special ministry activities Monday and Tuesday, both hosted by the Chiconautla church. The first was an all-day leadership workshop, taught by fellow LAM/UWM missionary Mike Palumbo, and attended by leaders from our network of churches as well as several area Baptist churches. The second was an interdenominational, early-morning prayer meeting for the churches on the Chiconautla hillside. We had 71 people from 7 churches praying from 6 to 8am before getting on with the day’s normal activities.
A big answer to prayer that we’d like to share is that our regional Baptist Convention has a new office in Mexico City. The Convention had been given several weeks to find a new “home”, and the Lord has provided a house for the office at an excellent location, right near a subway stop (easily accessible to all). Our church had been praying and praying about this, and it’s neat to see how prayers were answered before the deadline.
Agapito and Elsa Osorio, Chiconauta’s missionaries to the Mixtec region of Puebla, now have a Kids’ Club with about 20 kids meeting weekly! Kids in the area have been so excited that one of them offered his home for the Club to meet in. Praise God for this open door, and pray that many kids—and their parents—will come to faith in Christ through this outreach.
Thank you for partnering with us through your prayers and support!