Pray for Upcoming Events

Dear Friends,

We ask for your prayers for our upcoming travel and events in Tabasco, Campeche and Yucatán. These states are from 8 to 16 hours away, southeast from where we live near Mexico City. We will be on the road for over a month visiting various AMO Programs and carrying out refresher workshops for those who have trained with us in the past. We will also hold one AMO Apprenticeship (for two weeks) in Mérida, Yucatán. In addition, we’ve been invited by the Presbyterian church in Paraíso, Tabasco, to share the vision of AMO there. Pray that our time with the teachers and parents will be a blessing to the children they disciple.

Also, we ask for your continued prayers for the AMO Trainer of Teachers (TOT) course, which includes four women from Mexico – Ely, Elizabeth, Gloria, and Esther. We are excited about having these additional trainers to help meet the great demand for inspired wholistic biblical Christian education here in Mexico.

Thank you, for your prayers.

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia

AMO Program in Villahermosa, Tabasco

AMO Program in Villahermosa, Tabasco

AMO group in Campeche

AMO group in Campeche

Francelia with students at San Pablo Seminary, Mérida, Yucatán, June 2014

Francelia with students at San Pablo Seminary, Mérida, Yucatán, June 2014

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Mexico City – A Work of Art in Progress, by God

We had an amazing week in Mexico City, this week, training a wonderful group of parents and church leaders representing four key churches in the area and one Children’s Home ministry in Baja California. We thoroughly enjoyed the group and look forward to walking with them as they begin AMO Programs for children in their churches, schools, youth groups and other contexts.

Our daily commute took us past the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes building in historic downtown. Art and literature are important elements of a wholistic biblical Christian education (e.g. AMO). You can see, below, class participant and school director, Sara Forcada, treating us to her favorite poem during a break in our eight hour days.

Mexico City is a mass of humanity! Streets so crowded with pedestrians that they choke-off the traffic. In such an environment we are awed by God’s creation and mankind’s reflexion and imitation of His creativity through art, architecture and human ingenuity. But amidst the greatness is a lot of pain and many broken lives.

One nurse, who we met this week, lamented the number of teens that she sees who seek abortions, some repeatedly. There is so much we can do and still need to do as the Church to impact our society through education that is inspired by God’s truth, beauty and goodness! Pray for the growing number of children receiving such an education through AMO.

Also, please, continue to pray for our students who are being discipled to become AMO trainers in Mexico. The number of our Mexican students has dropped from five to four. Pray for Ely, Elizabeth, Gloria and Esther and their success in handling their daily lives plus in-depth studies through AMO. Our prayer is for these four to join us in training even more parents and church leaders beginning in 2016.

Thank you, all, for your prayers and wonderful support!

Sara's poem

Sara treating us to her favorite poem

AMO Materials in Mexico City

Francelia with the many AMO materials available for children’s education

 

Chris driving in our commute past Bellas Artes!

Chris driving in our commute past Bellas Artes!

Easter Celebrations!

We pray God’s blessings of grace, peace, and joy to each of you as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ! May you and your family be renewed and refreshed in your calling to follow and serve the Risen Christ.

This Easter season we’ve been busy with celebrations, preaching, producing materials and preparing for upcoming events. We are happy to report that we now have five new candidates who are studying to be AMO Trainers in Mexico! You will remember that Francelia Chavez-McReynolds is the only AMO Trainer in the nation, making it very difficult to meet the increasing requests for the five-day AMO Apprenticeship course that we teach. These apprenticeships prepare parents and teachers to disciple and educate children with biblical principles using the AMO curriculum and methods with a vision for personal and national transformation.

The AMO Trainer of Teachers course (AMO TOT) is a nine-month, online, course where teachers and students from Mexico, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Peru are interacting and learning together over the internet in a virtual classroom. Many of these students are still in need of funding, so please, contact Chris McReynolds if you would like to help fund their training. (U.S. cell. (830) 719-5812 or email mexico@amoprogram.com). Pray for Ely, Elizabeth, and Esther, of Oaxaca, and Rocio and Gloria, of Mexico City, as they deepen their understanding of God’s principles for education and discipleship for children through AMO.

We also ask for your prayers for the AMO Apprenticeship this coming week, immediately after Easter, in Mexico City. Our venue will be a large church in the central part of the city. We expect parents, and others, to join us from this city as well as from other parts of Mexico. We are always blessed by the new relationships that begin from these apprenticeships. Pray that many more children will be served as a result of this course.

We also give thanks for our recent time in the United States. We thank God and our hosts in various meetings and activities. We are also thankful for time for family and medical consultations and work-from-home on various projects to support our work in Mexico, such as the translating and editing of new AMO materials with Dr. Elizabeth Youmans of Chrysalis International, creator of AMO.

Finally, we are thankful for the small Presbyterian mission church in nearby Amecameca (in the state of México where we live) who have “adopted” us and who pray for us as we travel to do our work throughout various parts of México (see our Schedule page).

We thank you for your prayers and for your financial support. May God bless you in this wonderful season of Easter!

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia

Francelia preaching on Good Friday in Amecameca, Mexico

Francelia preaching on Good Friday in Amecameca, State of Mexico