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Last week we trained thirty-two, very motivated, parents and church leaders in Comalcalco, Tabasco, Mexico. This was our fourth trip to the state this year with another planned for September.
Six churches and at least twenty different families were represented. It is always a joy and blessing to spend the week getting to know each person and, although it’s sad to say goodbye, we can look forward to staying in contact to continue discipling them in their renewed role as educators.
Our visit here last May sparked enormous interest in having this AMO® Apprenticeship. Leaders from other churches who are planning with us for future apprenticeships were present to learn, first-hand, what their congregations can expect when we train in their area.
From the participants evaluations and comments, we could tell that all twenty-five sessions of the apprenticeship provided new insights and inspiration. The sessions on Christian Self-government and The Power of Blessing Children seemed to have the greatest impact. Many participants had no memory of every being intentionally blessed by their father so, Pastor Salomon Bautista blessed each one (see photo).
Since true liberty comes only from Christ governing our hearts, the Christian Self-government session captivated everyone. Participants described families and even whole congregations caught in cycles of ill-health, bad finances, and deteriorating relationships because “everyone did as they saw fit” without submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in daily decisions.
Something new that we tried was to have an abbreviated AMO class for the children of the parents attending our apprenticeship. The children were taught by Mariana Chavez, Francelia’s sister, who used two guides from the AMO curriculum, The Book of Proverbs: Reading for Reasoning and Joel, A Boy of Galilee. The children loved the lessons and insisted to their parents to continue reading Joel, at home after the week was done.
We ask for your prayers or these families in Comalcalco as they implement their children’s programs using AMO. We also ask for your prayers for us as we travel to Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, this coming week to teach another AMO Apprenticeship there.
Thanks to each of you for your prayers and support. Drop us a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (830) 719-5812, we love hearing from you!
Chris and Francelia
Photos from Comalcalco, Tabasco, in southeast Mexico: