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In our visits, the past two months, to churches and households along the way from Mexico City to Mérida, Yucatán, the unmistakable common interest we saw was a heartfelt desire by parents for their children to live out God’s truth, beauty, and goodness. Time and again, parents responded passionately to the call to devote more time in the home (and at church) for teaching their children biblical principles and Christian character.
As Francelia taught and preached, parents were called to look at their nation. A nation’s health reflects the health of its families.* Some wept. Many prayed on bended knees for God’s guidance and forgiveness. In a time when many blame the government, the president, or an endless list of other things, the parents we met expressed a desire to make their nation healthier by beginning with their own families. The AMO® Program is helping parents do just that.
The program is being embraced by churches and parents in a growing number of places across Mexico, but there are challenges, of course. It is not a simple thing to change traditional patterns of how we “do education” in the church. And it’s a challenge to include intentional Christian education in the home with the many distractions of modern life. And, of course, the enemy, Satan, does not sit quietly by when families determine to follow God in every area of their lives. However, people are responding with determination.
In response, we’ve added an additional AMO Apprenticeship to our 2015 schedule for Comalcalco, Tabasco, to take place just before the apprenticeship in Puebla, next month. Leaders and parents in Comalcalco, and surrounding communities, responded with such resolve to be trained that we felt we had to do something, soon.
The vision for wholistic biblical Christian education is expanding to, more and more, families and churches and your prayers are part of that. A new determination to obey Christ’s command to make disciples is taking hold and prayers of protection are needed. Everywhere we go in Mexico, people are encouraged and thankful to hear that they have brothers and sisters in the United States who are praying for them.
- We ask for your prayers for the many families and churches who are receiving God’s vision for building healthy culture for families and the nation — one child, one parent, one family, one church, one community, at a time.
- Continue to pray for the ongoing AMO Trainer of Teachers course to produce more AMO trainers in various Latin American countries, including Mexico. Pray for those from Mexico, now in month three of the nine-month course – Gloria Viveros, Elizabeth Bermúdez, Elizabeth “Ely” Aguirre, and Esther Suárez. These women are very busy serving their families, the church, and in other areas, in addition to studying AMO. If you would like to help underwrite their studies with a financial gift(s), please, contact Elizabeth Youmans at email@example.com
- Concerning the United States, we join with all of you in praying for God’s will to be done concerning the many difficulties facing the nation.
- We thank God for our many wonderful hosts along the way, these past two months, who shared with us their excellent meals, wonderful homes, gracious prayer and exemplary love of Christ!
- We give thanks to God that the violence in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Guerrero, meant to block elections earlier this month, did not spread much further.
Below, we’ve added photos to tell a little more of the story of these past two months. Thanks, to each of you, for your continued prayers and support.
Chris and Francelia Chavez McReynolds
P.S. If you are involved in some aspect of biblical Christian education/discipleship, or support those who are, we invite you to attend the fourth annual MeXED gathering. MeXED stands for Christian education and discipleship in Mexico. The event will take place at Seminario Teológico Presbiteriano del Sureste near Villahermosa, Tabasco, September 22-24, 2015. Please, contact us for more information. You can call us at (830)719-5812 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*As the Family Goes, So Goes the Nation, is a book by Elizabeth Youmans, Jill Thrift, Scott Allen, 2014