Doing on Earth What is Done in Heaven

“Children of Mexico for Life!” was the theme last Saturday for an afternoon of prayer, invitation, proclamation, teaching, and celebration, all on the main public square of Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. Francelia was invited by a Counsel of Pastors to be the main speaker while about 70 children from the organizing churches led prayer and other presentations for the healing and transformation of their nation. Approximately 400 people attended the event with many other passersby hearing and looking on. Pray for the efforts of the local churches here as they disciple their city and nation.

On Tuesday we were invited to address two groups of pastors representing a variety of churches in Guadalajara. At these meetings we shared the vision for individual and national transformation by way of Christian education through the AMO® Program. We also shared Biblical worldview training resources from Disciple Nations Alliance. These leaders expressed their thanks and eagerness to engage more.

What is going on in Guadalajara is exciting, and planning for AMO trainings there in August is now underway. Pray for these trainings and also for the efforts of José Curiel director of YWAM Guadalajara. José is a friend and a leader in our annual MeXED gatherings, who has been plowing the ground sharing with these churches God’s vision for life (or Biblical worldview).

From Guadalajara, we went on to Zacatecas where we met with a group of pastors and also taught at a local church. These faithful brothers and sisters received a refreshing and inspiring message for God’s vision for life and planning is in the works for more Biblical worldview and AMO Program training in that city. Please, pray for all this plowing and seed planting to bear an abundant crop of transformation for families and the nation!

Francelia, children, and church leaders calling for God’s will to be done in Guadalajara

Prayer requests – Huastecas and Jalisco

We are especially thankful for Esther Suarez and her first solo AMO training carried out last week in the Presbytery of the Huastecas. You will remember Esther as one of our new AMO Trainers, certified last year in Oaxaca. The students loved her and many good relationships were established. Her students were all young leaders and expressed many paradigm changes in response to her teaching. “I’m very happy, full of joy, and also more convinced than ever about the great need for this biblical Christian education in our churches and homes!” Esther said.

  • Pray for the parents and leaders to become more and more empowered by the Lord to do His work of transformation through education.
  • Pray for missionary Susie Frerichs and her husband Abraham Hernandez as they serve as God’s facilitators in the Huastecas, and for Susie, as she prepares to become a future AMO Trainer.
  • We ask your prayers, also, for an event in the Huastecas this November. We are planning, and raising funds, for Luis and Carmen Sena, of the Dominican Republic, and for Pastor Amos Cahuich, president of San Pablo Seminary, to travel to there as a team to teach biblical worldview for helping families and communities live into their God-given potential. These plans germinated at last year’s MeXED gathering at San Pablo Seminary, Mérida.
  • Please, pray for the “Jalisco for a new México!” public event in Guadalajara, Jalisco, later this week, organized by the church, Communidad de Reino RestauraSion Agape. Francelia will be teaching Christian View of the Child, to children, youth, and parents from the community. Pray this will be the beginning of transformation for many.
  • Pray for our meetings with church leaders in Jalisco following these events.

Thanks and blessings to each of you,

Chris and Francelia

Esther Suarez in the Huastecas

Esther Suarez group at her first training.

 

Praying and Expanding

We ask your prayers for the AMO Trainer of Teachers online class which began two weeks ago with 40 students from across Latin America, including our group of 17 in Mexico. The classes are going very well and everyone is thoroughly enjoying the excellent teaching. Darrow Miller, of Disciple Nations Alliance, taught the first two weeks while Luis Sena, of Dominican Republic, will teach next week. Pray for Luis.

  • Pray for the trainees’ internet connections, their busy schedules, and for God to enable them to apply all they learn.
  • Pray for us as we become facilitators and advocators for them and an expanding ministry.
  • Pray for Elizabeth Youmans, Cristina Inchaustegui, and Francelia McReynolds as they mentor the trainees and review their weekly papers.
  • Pray for Gloria Viveros, AMO Trainer in Mexico City, as she undertakes more work expanding AMO there.
  • Pray for Elizabeth Bermudez and her husband, Chevy and son, Nehemías, in Oaxaca. Elizabeth is helping in our communications with leaders of AMO Programs across Mexico and mentoring new teachers.
  • Pray for AMO Trainer, Esther Suarez, for her upcoming training in the Huastecas.
  • Pray for Elizabeth Aguilar as she plans a training in San Luis Potosi.

Bible reading for reasoning in AMO.

Pray for our TOT’s

With thankful hearts, we report that 12 new candidates from Mexico have enrolled to become AMO Trainers! In addition, four pastors will be auditing the course, by Chrysalis International, in order to become leaders in helping us prepare local churches with greater vision for education.

Almost 40 in total, from various nations, have been accepted in recent days to Chrysalis’ online course for equipping new AMO Trainers of Teachers (TOT’s). As we’ve mentioned before, these trainers will, in turn, teach thousands of parents and church leaders to transform the education of their children and the future of their nations.

Education sustained, informed, and inspired by God’s Word, is providing purpose, understanding, and love of learning for a growing number of children. We need your fellowship in the Spirit, with prayers and support.

  • Please, pray for the class that begins March 16th. Most have very busy schedules and deal with many challenges in order to attend and do homework.
  • Pray for Dr. Elizabeth Youmans, who will teach the majority of the sessions, as well as Cristina Inchaustegui, Francelia McReynolds, Jill Thrift, Jose González, Darrow Miller, and Luis Sena.
  • Pray for all the resources needed to fund and equip this course. Each TOT has qualified for a scholarship that covers the majority of their cost. If you would like to help fund these scholarships, please contact us, or write eyoumans@chrysalisinternational.org.
  • Pray for our current four TOT’s in Mexico as they complete another training in Oaxaca today, and prepare for trainings in Mexico City and then the Huastecas, with our friend (and future AMO Trainer!) Susie Frerichs Hernández and Club Amistad.
  • Pray for us at AMO México as we raise funds to help meet special needs of the TOT’s in Mexico such as computers, travel assistance, continuing education and an annual retreat.
  • We ask your special prayer, by name, for the new TOT trainees and their nations, listed below. Thank you!

1 Bolivia: Ruth

1 Dominican Republic: Rafael

1 El Salvador: Febe

2 Nicaragua: Franklin and Greter

3 Peru: Elith, Gladys, Juan

3 Zambia: Stephan, Chishimba, Anastasia

11 Colombia: Claudia G, Claudia F, Claudia R, David, Angelica, Gladys, Karen, Kelly, Olga, Samuel, Jenny.

12 México plus 4 auditing: Aldo y Rubí, Africa, Betzabé, Diana y Israel, Esther, Fidel, Josías, Lilliana, Marlene, Mildred, Pablo, Pedro, Priscila, Susie

Top L to R: Gloria Viveros, Elizabeth Bermudez, Elizabeth Aguilar, Esther Suarez. Bottom: Chris and Francelia helping with their evaluation.

Top L to R: AMO Mexico’s first group of TOT’s in 2016, Gloria Viveros, Elizabeth Bermudez, Elizabeth Aguilar, Esther Suarez. Bottom: Chris and Francelia at their evaluation in Oaxaca.

Tabasco Para Cristo

Students at Sureste Theological Presbyterian Seminary of Tabasco, recently, received the AMO Training as part of their course work. Leaders and parents from area churches also joined the training making this class of 53 participants one of our largest, yet.

The training was also special because it was video recorded by Chrysalis International, publisher of AMO®, for future use in projects throughout Latin America. Harvest Media Ministry, based in Arizona, did the filming. AMO México funds were used to donate a 50″ smart-TV to the seminary for use during the video taping and as a teaching aid for seminary professors.

Several of the seminary students were skeptical about the value of a course on children’s education as part of their “higher learning.” They soon became very engaged as their ideas (worldviews) were challenged by scripture.

The AMO training exposes how most of us in the Church have been profoundly influenced by non-biblical ideas about education, art, government, stewardship, who we are in God’s creation, and on and on. By the end of the week, several of the students were eager to acquire AMO curriculum to use with family members and in churches where they serve.

  • We ask your prayers for the seminarians, and for us as we walk with them, in transforming their approach to education.
  • Pray for the seminary’s leaders as they disciple future leaders of families, the Church, and the nation.
  • Pray for the AMO Trainer of Teachers course beginning this March. We are hoping and praying for 10 additional AMO Trainers for Mexico.

Blessings to you from Tabasco,

Chris and Francelia McReynolds

Tabasquenas trained in AMO

Tabasqueñas trained in AMO

Busy Start to 2017

Hello from Tabasco! We are here in the southeast of Mexico carrying out AMO® trainings and working with parents, congregations, and seminary students to focus on education that heals families and nations.

So far, we have had an AMO® training in Comalcalco and have shared biblical worldview lessons with parents and leaders in nearby Huimango, and Cunduacan. We have also met with the student body and leaders at Sureste Presbyterian Seminary in Nacajuca.

We helped the students begin to identify in themselves the “double-mindedness,” that is referred to in the bible. Hearts and minds of integrity set on God’s truth and goodness is powerful, transformational, and very much-needed in our confused and hurting world.

In Comalcalco, Norma, an AMO teacher taking the training for the second time, shared about one particularly difficult student. For weeks she struggled with the child who was disruptive, non participative, and disrespectful. She was determined to appeal to the child’s own responsibility to govern himself according to Christian principles agreed to at the beginning of the school year.

“It’s finally working!” she exclaimed. He is now one of the most engaged, he brings his bible regularly, and he has stated, emphatically, his preference for his teacher, Norma, over other teachers.

  • We ask you to pray for this state. Drug Cartel activity, corruption, and general insecurity, is higher now than people can remember.
  • Pray for our national leaders to work together and to seek God’s plan for our nations.
  • Pray for our AMO training next week at the Seminary in Nacajuca. 
  • Please, pray also for Ely Aguilar, new AMO Trainer in Oaxaca, who has a training planned there this month.

If you would like to make gifts to support the addition of certified AMO Trainers in Mexico, please, call us (830) 719-5812 or go to The Antioch Partners and search for Project Support/McReynolds.

Thank you, and blessings to each of you in this New Year.

Chris and Francelia

Sharing with parents in Comalcalco biblical principles they can teach in the home.

Sharing with parents in Comalcalco biblical principles they can teach in the home.

Francelia teaching in Huimango, Tabasco

Francelia teaching in Huimango, Tabasco

We've taken the AMO training to Comalcalco in 2015 and 2017

We’ve taken the AMO training to Comalcalco in 2015 and 2017

Making Disciples of all Nations

First group taught by new TOT's in Oaxaca

First group taught by new TOT’s in Oaxaca

By Chris and Francelia McReynolds ~ We are thankful for the excellent work and commitment of the new AMO Trainers of Teachers (TOT’s), of Oaxaca, who trained their first group of parents and church leaders, this past month. This is such an important first-step in reaching the nation with biblical Christian principles that transform individuals, families and the nation.

Wasting no time, Elizabeth, Ely, and Esther, have already begun another training in Oaxaca – the state with the lowest level of education in the nation. Please, pray for them and for Gloria, our TOT based in Mexico City, who is also planning with us AMO® trainings for the coming year.

We ask for your prayers for our 2017 planning and provisions.

With God’s help and yours, we will be facilitating our TOT’s, helping Chrysalis International to train additional TOT’s, and developing vision conferences that create communities more supportive of the children’s AMO Programs. In order for millions of children to, someday, be enrolled in these inspired programs, local churches and communities must have the vision and commitment to support them. Often, Christians in Mexico feel overwhelmed by the terrible things happening around them and throughout the nation, but they are God’s special plan for the healing of their nation.

In addition, we are asking God’s direction for a retreat to help support the TOT’s. Also, pray for our September MeXED conference where various Christian education and discipleship ministries gather for vision, equipping, and strategy. We are also praying for an AMO training in San Antonio, Texas, in cooperation with HIS Bridgebuilders.

We ask a special prayer for the Disciple Nations Alliance training for Latin America, in Panama, this December 5-9. Francelia and I will be taking this training, along with Pastor Amos Cahuich, president of San Pablo Seminary of Mérida, with plans to utilize it for our vision conferences in Mexico and for leadership development. These vision conferences are proving to be very important in helping churches and communities understand the importance and potential of Christian education (AMO) that transforms society and ‘makes disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19).

Thank you, for joining us with your prayers, support, and friendship. Please, call us anytime at (830) 719-5812 or, come and visit us. See our posts at AMO México and, for information on how to send financial support, visit Antioch Partners. Also, contact us to visit your church or group – we’d love to do that.

Thank you, again, and God bless each of you in this Advent season!

Driven by Transformation

Alejandra's mural for the class reading "Joel: A Boy of Galilee" in Oaxaca

Alejandra’s mural for the children reading “Joel: A Boy of Galilee” in Oaxaca

During last month’s MeXED gathering in Mérida, Yucatán, México, we enjoyed fellowship with the AMO teachers/parents and others interested in discipleship/education for children. Someone asked the teachers ”how do you cover the costs of implementing the AMO® Programs?”

One after another some of the teachers, excitedly, began to relate how they involve their local church, receive gifts from individuals, and even recycle used items for shelving, tables, and other necessities, including decorations for the class space. They continually face hurdles but persevere. Their sense of ownership was obvious and their work demonstrates care for the children through planning, preparation and attention to detail.

There are others who need more help to overcome the challenges. We devote a lot of time to help these and we are raising up more leaders to help more people. Regardless of the help we provide, in the end, it takes lots of perseverance. What is it that drives these teachers of God’s Word?

Their drive is fueled by a sense of transmitting God’s eternal Word to the next generation. It comes from witnessing transformation in young lives, and families through committed, inspired, long term education/discipleship, beginning in the home and extending to the community through the church. The “school” of Christian education at home and in the church is crucial.

Darrow Miller, in a great article, quoted an unnamed Mennonite saying “If we cannot control our schools, we lose our children, if we lose our children, we have no future.” Please, pray for the Church, in México and everywhere, to embrace this simple and wise principle.

Please, pray for us as we are currently compiling a list of leaders, already trained and using AMO Program, who would possibly become additional AMO Trainers for México in the coming year. This is crucial for México.

Thank you for your faithful support.

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia

Children's binders and materials collected from church members

Children’s binders and materials collected from church members

Dedicated AMO Teachers in Oaxaca, Elizabeth and Amada

Dedicated AMO Teachers in Oaxaca, Elizabeth and Amada

Details for Agape festival and meal, Tlacolula, Oaxaca

Details for Agape festival and meal, Tlacolula, Oaxaca

MeXED 2016

AMO Trainers prayed for at MeXED 2016

AMO Trainers prayed for at MeXED 2016

(English below)

“Ser de una mente para hacer discípulos de todas las naciones” es cómo explicaría el objetivo de la conferencia de MeXED. Cuando los padres de familia cristianos, rectores de seminarios, maestros de escuela Dominical, presidentes de universidades, (entre otros) son capaces de sentarse y darse cuenta que todos son parte del mismo llamamiento y que todos necesitan el uno al otro para obedecer y cumplir el mandato de Jesús, entonces el camino está despejado para que la nación sea un discípulo de Jesucristo (Mateo 28: 19-20). Esto está sucediendo en MeXED pero necesitamos más de esto.

MeXED ha tenido reuniones en Estados Unidos o en México durante los últimos cinco años. La reunión en la semana pasada en Mérida, Yucatán, en el Seminario “San Pablo”, sirvió para sacar más líderes fuera del espíritu de fragmentación y aislamiento – que el enemigo es muy capaz de orquestar – para entrar afinados en el propósito de obedecer, sinérgicamente, el mandato de Jesús.

Con el cuidado de un pastor, José González de Semilla, ponente plenario, se enseñaron ideas bíblicas de transformar el espíritu de orfandad, que muchos Latinoamericanos sufren. La sanación de la familia, empezando con el pacto matrimonial, es la prioridad.

Luis Sena, uno de los cinco líderes representando a República Dominicana, se dirigió a la audiencia diciendo “El programa AMO es perfecto para discipular jóvenes. Pero para que AMO sea exitoso, se necesita la ayuda de toda la comunidad Cristiana”. Luis fue instrumental en introducir AMO a República Dominicana donde hay cientos de programas AMO y miles de niños y familias beneficiándose de ello. Él y sus colegas, incluyendo Cristina Inchaustegui, la directora de AMO en Latinoamérica, están preparando ministerios en República Dominicana para responder a la petición del presidente de esta nación de enseñar la Biblia en todas las escuelas públicas. El programa AMO será clave en la respuesta.

Durante MeXED, una docena de maestros AMO se reunieron para cenar. Venían de lugares tan lejanos como Jalisco, Hidalgo, Tabasco y Oaxaca. Compartimos experiencias, hicimos preguntas y disfrutamos de compañerismo. Vamos a publicar más sobre esta reunión en el próximo boletín.

Gracias por sus oraciones y, por favor, continúen pidiendo a Dios de enviar un espíritu de unidad para servir a Cristo juntos en todo el discipulado y la educación Cristiana en México, y más allá.

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(English version)

By Chris and Francelia McReynolds

To “be of one mind” to “make disciples of all nations” is how I would explain the objective of MeXED. When Christian parents, seminary rectors, children’s Sunday school teachers, university presidents, (and others), can sit and visit together and realize they are all part of the same calling and each needs the other in order to obey and fulfill Jesus’ command, then the way is clear for a nation to become a disciple of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28: 19-20). This is happening at MeXED – but we need more of it.

MeXED has been meeting in the United States or México for each of the past five years. Last week’s gathering in Mérida, Yucatán, México, at San Pablo Presbyterian Seminary, served to bring more leaders out of a spirit of fragmentation and isolation – which the enemy orchestrates so well – into like-minded purpose to obey Jesus’ command in a synergistic manner.

With the care of a pastor, José Gonzalez of Semilla, plenary speaker, taught biblical ideas about transforming the spirit of orphanhood, suffered by so many Latin Americans. The healing of the family, starting with the marriage covenant, is priority.

Luis Sena, one of the five leaders visiting from Dominican Republic, addressed the group saying, “AMO (Program) is the perfect tool to disciple young people. But, for AMO to function, the whole Christian community needs to help.” Luis was instrumental in introducing AMO to the Dominican Republic where hundreds of programs now help thousands of children and families. He and his colleagues, including Cristina Inchaustegui, Director of AMO in Latin America, are now preparing ministries in Dominican Republic to respond to the request from the nation’s president to teach the Bible in all public schools. AMO will be key in that response.

During MeXED about a dozen AMO teachers gathered for dinner from as far away as Jalisco, Hidalgo, Tabasco, and Oaxaca. We shared experiences, asked questions and enjoyed fellowship. We’ll share more on this time with the AMO teachers in our next post.

Thank you for your prayers and, please, continue praying for a unity in spirit to serve Christ together in all of discipleship and Christian education in México, and beyond.

José González at MeXED 2016

José González at MeXED 2016

MeXED panel discussion

MeXED panel discussion

The First of Many to Come!

 

First training given by two our new AMO trainers in Oaxaca!

First training given by two of our new AMO trainers in Oaxaca!

We are praising God for this very first AMO Training in México taking place in Oaxaca without our direct involvement. Congratulations to Elizabeth Aguilar and Esther Suárez for venturing out with God and expanding his work! These women prepared for a long time for this moment. Pray for them and the group they are training throughout this month, please.

Estamos glorificando a Dios en este día por el primer entrenamiento de AMO en México que se está llevando a cabo en Oaxaca sin nuestro apoyo directo. ¡Felicidades a Elizabeth Aguilar y Esther Suárez por confiar en Dios en este paso importante en Su trabajo! Estas mujeres se prepararon mucho para llegar a este momento. Oren por ellos, por favor.

Bendiciones,

Chris and Francelia