In Full Swing

The New Year has started off with a bang! We pray for and give thanks for your part in this growing community of AMO México and that you sense God’s leading in all you do this year. We ask your prayers for the following:

Thanks ~ For AMO Trainers of Tabasco (Marlene, Esther, Diana, Africa) who held a training at Sureste Presbyterian Seminary. Petitions ~ Please pray for Loyda, one of those who attended this training. Loyda is a missionary in one of the most troubled and impoverished areas in Chiapas. Her heart is now set on establishing AMO Programs there. Pray for our team as they walk with her. Also pray for Doris who also attended this training and is now feeling called to establish a Christian school using AMO as the core curriculum. Pray for collaboration among her and others who have the same calling.

Thanks ~ For the training which started in Oaxaca. This training will be carried out in five consecutive weekends by Betzabe, Pablo, and Elizabeth A. Petition ~ Pray for Betzabe and Pablo and for Elizabeth as she mentors them during these weeks.

Thanks ~ For the training which opened in Merida, Yucatan, today. Petition ~ Pray for the young trainers, Mildred and Ruby, as they train throughout this week, gaining more experience and confidence.

Children and their church inspiring their community to celebrate learning.

Thanks ~ For the upcoming training in Xalapa, Veracruz. Petition ~ Pray for God to break the grip of organized crime in this state (as well as the nation). Pray for Esther S. and Fidel as they lead the training and for us as we go to assist them and visit other churches and programs there and in Tabasco.

Thanks ~ For our time with other ministries, sharing information and making new friends, at First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, TX. Petition ~ Pray for this church as they renew effort and focus on discipleship for reaching their city and world with the full Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their initiatives using AMO has been key in transforming communities in Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Thanks ~ For the wonderful festival celebrating learning and God’s vision for life by Principe de Paz Presbyterian Church of Comalcalco, Tabasco. Director and AMO Trainer Esther Velazquez and husband Samuel organized the event along with the pastor and leaders of the church. The celebration included good food, music, a play depicting the Heidi classic, which the children recently studied, and a parade through the city streets! Petition ~ Pray for God to use this celebration to impact the community with a Godly vision for life and learning.

Comalcalco church, Principe de Paz take to the streets to celebrate.

Principe de Paz Church production of the classic Heidi

Letters from Children

On behalf of the growing family of AMO in Mexico, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! We pray for the blessings of joy and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, for each of you in 2019. Thank you for being a friend to this very important ministry. Please, receive these precious letters from the children in Nora Calcaneo’s neighborhood program of Villahermosa, Tabasco ~ Blessings to each of you, Chris and Francelia McReynolds

Giving Thanks

We have so much to give thanks for!

Our first-ever retreat for AMO Trainers of Mexico was a wonderful success and blessing of rest, encouragement and fellowship for us all. Fourteen of the sixteen trainers and their families gathered for three days this month in historic downtown Puebla, Puebla. Abimael and Rosy Borbolla, pastors at Nueva Vida Church, in Oaxaca, ministered to our group using Jose Gonzalez’ material “Transformado por el Pacto,” affirming commitment to covenant with God for strong marriages, healthy families, and a transformed nation.

Francelia and I are also thankful for the opportunity to accompany Cristina and Alfonso Inchaustegui to Bogotá, Colombia, for a continuing education training for AMO Trainers of Manantial Church. This church has thousands of AMO Programs and is impacting their nation as servants of Jesus Christ. We are thankful to Dr. Elizabeth Youmans, creator of AMO® Program, for inviting us to assist.

We thank you for your prayers and financial support to help make all this happen. We wish each of you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

2018 Retreat for AMO Trainers, Puebla, Mexico

October Prayers

We give thanks to God for all the AMO® Programs in México and beyond. We thank you for your support.

These children’s programs require a lot of commitment and preparation by parents, pastors and teachers but, it is worth it. The Gospel in this world depends on such dedication. If the children are the future of the Church and society, it makes sense to invest our best.

The Heidi classic portrayed by Elizabeth Tello’s students in Tabasco, Mexico.

We ask for you to pray with us for the following:

  • God’s healing for Esther Suarez, AMO Trainer in Oaxaca, who is losing vision in her left eye. Esther has consulted one specialist and is now seeking a second opinion.
  • Wherever you are, please, plan to pray with us this Monday morning, October 8th, for God’s ongoing transformation of Mexico and the Americas. If you are in the area, we invite you to join us at a special prayer service at FPC San Antonio, TX, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Pray for God’s blessing on our first-ever retreat for AMO Trainers in Mexico! Pray also for Pastor Abimael and Rosy Borbolla, of Oaxaca, who will be ministering to this group. Almost all 16 trainers and their families will gather, November 1-3 in Puebla, Mexico. Pray for our safety as we all travel from various parts of the country.
  • Pray for the development and funding of Chrysalis International’s online system. We are on the verge of deciding on a developer. The purpose of the AMO platform is to provide additional assistance to teachers, trainers, churches, and parents in their task to raise up the next generation firmly grounded in God’s truth, beauty and moral goodness.
  • Finally, lift up your prayers for all the AMO Programs in Mexico and other nations. The leaders of these programs regularly face battles in their communities against fatalism, lack of vision, and all kinds of attacks from the enemy.

Thank you, for your prayers! Contact us (Chris and Francelia) at (830) 719-5812 for any questions you might have.

Theatre in the park by children in AMO of Tabasco, Mexico.

Leadership in Tabasco

Many believe the AMO® Program has an important role to play in God’s command to disciple Mexico, as well as other nations. In order for that to happen, additional leaders must always be growing and branching out to help more and more families. That’s what we see happening in the state of Tabasco, Mexico.

Three of our new AMO Trainers there organized and carried out their first training together, last week, at Seminario Teológico Presbiteriano del Sureste (STPS), of Nacajuca. AMO Trainers, Marlene, Africa, and Fidel, are turning out to be a great team and they are doing wonderfully, reports Francelia, who was there to provide mentorship.

Those who received the training represented various churches and denominations from the area. What they learned from God’s Word promises to transform lives. We now pray for them, and continue to walk with them, as they apply what they learned.

The AMO Program is proving to be an important tool for local congregations in helping their families. STPS awards credits to those completing the five-day training. Specific biblical principles and methods learned are helping parents and leaders give critical guidance, vision, and education to children and teenagers.

We ask you, please, to pray:

  • For the families of Mexico.
  • Pray for the Church and her leaders and the AMO ministry.
  • Also, pray for our ongoing efforts in developing, and financing, an online system that will provide valuable tools to parents, teachers, and trainers in their important work of discipling the nation.

New leaders at work in Tabasco.

Growing Leadership

 Very often, God makes big things come from small things. Think of the giant Redwood that comes from a tiny seed.

AMO® Trainers, Esther Suarez and Judith Diaz presented God’s very big vision for life to a small group of professionals in Xalapa, Veracruz, México, this week. This beautiful state, like many others, suffers terribly from organized crime and the corruption that enables it.

But going even deeper to the source of those problems, we find a lack of God’s vision for life that is replicating itself and destroying generations of families and societies. And the preparation needed to live into God’s vision or plan – biblical Christian discipleship – is routinely overlooked. But God provides the seeds for restoration and a growing number of leaders are carrying those seeds from town to town.

This was Judith’s first training since she was certified by Chrysalis International back in April. The message and methods these new leaders teach are straight from the Bible – nothing new – but extremely inspiring and transformational. The focus is personal transformation in Christ, which models transformation for generations to come. It’s powerful because God made it that way. Again, think of the seed – small, tangible, visible, yet amazing and not entirely explainable.

We ask for your prayers for their continued work. Please, pray also for the leaders of next week’s five-day AMO training in Oaxaca. Newly certified trainers, Betzabé Borbolla, Susie Frerichs Hernandez, and Pablo Borbolla will be delivering the seeds there. Esther will be there, also, to help and supervise.

Pray for God’s vision and ways of living healthy in Jesus Christ to spread across our nations. As Christ’s followers we know better than to depend on human solutions to problems that can only be solved God’s way. Thanks for your prayers!

Celebration in Puebla

For the past year, we have been asking for prayers for twelve individuals undergoing intense preparation to become trainers and disciplers using Biblical Foundations for Christian Education and the AMO® Program in Mexico. And now all have been certified! Thanks to God and thanks to all of you for your prayers and support.

The latest group of five trainers were certified in Puebla the week after Easter. All together, there are now 17 trainers in Mexico, all from different backgrounds, different ministries, focused in different communities or regions of the country and with individual callings, yet, all working together in the Spirit using AMO for the big-picture goal of discipling the nation.

An extra blessing and provision from God for us in Puebla was having Carol Friesen and Carmelo Borbolla join us. Carol is Director of Member Care for The Antioch Partners (TAP) and came to visit all the TAP Partners in Mexico. Pastor Carmelo is pastor of Nueva Vida church in Oaxaca which we have worked closely with.

Pastor Carmelo commissioned the new trainers and Carol prayed for them. Dr. Elizabeth Youmans was, of course, also constantly with us in prayer and through Whatsapp. There is a growing community supporting and working together in this effort.

Please, pray for all these trainers and their families as well as all the AMO teachers (about 80) and their students (some 2500). Also, pray for God to begin revealing the next class of training candidates.

Please, contact us if you would like us to visit your church to share more.

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia

Francelia and Chris with new AMO Trainers (L to R) Betzabé Borbolla, Judith Díaz, Liliana Rojas, Susie Frerichs, and Pablo Borbolla.

AMO in Public School

Yadira Montejo, public high school teacher in Tabasco, Mexico, founded Ama La Vida (Love Life) to prevent teen suicides. In this effort, she has now become an AMO teacher and will be using the biblical principles she’s learned and the Literature component of AMO® Program in her language classes to nurture and heal her student’s hearts.

This week, Yadira and Francelia shared with 100 or so of Yadira’s students in the school auditorium about the transformation God has wrought in each of their lives since their college days together. In teaching that God has a plan for each person, Francelia read Psalm 139. The silence in the room was the Holy Spirit at work in 100 hearts. After the gathering, 18 students responded to meet, individually, for counseling with Francelia. “The sad thing is, many of these youth expressing severe problems and brokenness are from Christian families” said Francelia afterward, pointing out the dual mindedness that plagues the Church today.

Pray for the Church. We have to overcome our dual-mindedness and become single-minded in following Jesus Christ, applying God’s principles to all of life. Pray for the AMO Programs and churches which are teaching new generations to do just that. Please, pray for the training finishing up here in Comalcalco and the practicum coming up just after Easter in Puebla. Pray for our TOT’s as we all continue working out the transformation God requires of us.

Thank you!

Chris

P.S. If your wondering how it happened that we are able to teach in a public school, the director, with Yadira’s help, knows the desperate situation that many youth face and has chosen to do something about it. There’s still limits but God’s Word is being let in.

Francelia sharing her testimony and teaching biblical principles to public high school students.

Expanding Leadership

Mildred Torres and Rubí Hernández newly certified AMO Trainers!

Mérida and the Yucatán now have Rubí Hernández and Mildred Torres as newly certified AMO® Trainers to help families and congregations. The AMO Program training is not just about learning how to use a curriculum but, also about breaking down non-biblical, non-Christian ideas about education, art, reasoning, imagination, stewardship, self-government, and much more. Rubí and  Mildred have worked hard preparing themselves for this important work and we congratulate them!

Pastor Aldo Chalé, Rubí’s husband,(see photo), also completed the course and plays an important role leading the Church in practicing wholistic biblical Christian education in homes, churches and schools. Aldo and Pastor Amos Cahuich head up San Pablo Presbyterian Seminary of Mérida as Academic Dean and President, respectively. They both help share the vision of biblical Christian worldview and AMO Program.

Please, hold all of them in your prayers. We are blessed by them and look forward to continuing our walk together.

Also, please pray for the third and final group to be certified as AMO Trainers the first week of April. Pray for Liliana, Judith, Susie, Betzabé, and Pablo as they prepare for their practicum. Pray also for Francelia and Chris and the new AMO Trainers here in Tabasco as we finish training in Comalcalco, Tabasco, next week and then on to Puebla to function as evaluators of the final practicum mentioned above.

We plan to be in Texas later in April and welcome opportunities to visit churches and leaders, anywhere, who would like to learn more and get involved in transforming their communities.

Thank you, for your prayers!…Chris and Francelia

Pastor Aldo Chalé commissioning new AMO Trainers, Mildred Torres and Rubí Hernández, of Mérida, Yucatán (L to R).

 

Need Your Prayers

The new TOT’s, certified last month here in Tabasco, Mexico, have not wasted any time getting started. Trainings in Villahermosa and Cunduacan are now underway, with another planned for Comalcalco in March. We ask your prayers for them for protection and that churches in the area continue to open their doors and embrace wholistic biblical Christian education training – AMO.

Please, pray also for Rubí and Mildred of Mérida, Yucatán. They will start their training practicum the first week of March. Francelia will be evaluating them and we have confidence they will be certified. This is great news for the Yucatán peninsula as they will help meet the consistent training requests in that area.

Please, pray also for the third and last group to be certified in Puebla the first week of April. Judith, Liliana, Susie, Betzabé, and Pablo need your prayers as they prepare for that training. There are a lot of details and advanced planning and promotion that go into carrying out each training.

Pray for Francelia and Chris as we respond to many invitations to present or teach at various churches around Tabasco and the Yucatán peninsula. We are especially grateful for the opportunity to share the AMO vision with Yucatán Peninsula Missions staff and members of First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio at YPM’s base in Quintana Roo. Pray for YPM and a future AMO training to benefit the school that YPM started there recently.

We thank Rev. Juan Sarmiento and Rev. Dr. José Carlos Pezini of the Outreach Foundation for taking time 0ut of their busy schedule last week while at Sureste Presbyterian Seminary (Nacajuca, Tabasco) to meet with us. We were very pleased they could sit in on one of our AMO® Program training sessions. We ask your prayers for them as they continue their circuit of various ministry efforts in Mexico.

Thank you, for your prayers!

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia McReynolds

New TOT, Fidel Dominguez, training a group of parents and church leaders, representing nine churches in Tabasco.