Last week, we completed the AMO® Apprenticeship in the city of Puebla, about two hours southeast of Mexico City. This was our very first apprenticeship in this historic city. The dedication and passion of those we trained was inspiring and we’ve been invited back to involve more key ministries and churches, next year.
Another great “first” was the introduction of Esther Suarez, one of our four Mexican AMO teachers who are training to become certified AMO Trainers of Teachers (TOT’s) in Mexico. Esther
joined us from Oaxaca to practice teaching and to continue being mentored in AMO. She, and the other three trainees (Elizabeth Bermúdez, Gloria Viveros, and Elizabeth “Ely” Aguilar), are making wonderful progress and we thank God for these new leaders! We look forward to them conducting their own AMO Apprenticeships in the future.
Attending, last week, were representatives of five churches, one organization for abused women and children, and one university professor. The professor, Liliana, plans to begin an AMO Program in her home for the children of her university students. Two women, Judith and Erika, who help abused women and children, expressed that the principles they learned will be invaluable in their work. A few in the class even expressed desires to begin their own schools, incorporating the biblical principles they learned.
We met each day at the Biblical Seminary of Puebla where our host ministry, Club Neón, a children’s program directed by Diana Torres, is housed. Our friends, Ed and Lois Oglesby, lifetime missionaries in Mexico, gave us warm lodging and meals for the week in their home near the seminary.
We would like to invite you to visit México with us to meet some of the parents, teachers and church leaders involved in this ministry. Puebla would be a great place to visit and meet those just getting started with AMO. Easy to access, Puebla is a place of modern growth and fascinating history.
For instance, the first public library in Mexico, Biblioteca Palafoxiana, was established here in 1646. Its founder, Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, was a strong advocate of education. Unfortunately, and for
specific reasons related to the rejection of God in education, the majority of the children in the nation today receive poor education that ignores the heart, divides the mind, and helps lead to fatalism and other destructive worldviews. There are also many museums in the city that can help you better understand the nation of today. Contact us to make plans.
With your help, more and more families and local churches are taking charge of their education and placing the Master Teacher – Jesus Christ – at the center of learning and teaching. They are also re-engaging biblical principles that guide and inspire children and parents, alike. We ask for your continued prayers and financial support for this work.
We also invite your support for the training of our four TOT students. Contact us, the McReynolds, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (830) 719-5812 for more information.
In the Fall we will be dedicating time to visit those in the United States who would like to discuss with us this work in México. Please, contact us if you, or your congregation, would like to meet with us.
Thanks and blessings to each of you. We hope we can visit!
Chris and Francelia