By Chris and Francelia Chavez McReynolds
In the town of Amecameca, in the state of Mexico, at the foot of the mountains just outside Mexico City, there is a small Presbyterian Church where seven adults and three children gather. We worship here with them and the pastor, Froilán Pichardo, when we are not on-the-road conducting AMO® Trainings around the country.
Yesterday, Francelia and the children, excitedly, began AMO – biblical, principle-based education for hearts and minds. Until now, the children met with the adults and had no classes of their own. They eagerly listened to what they would be learning about, and about the activities they could look forward to. Things like learning to reason with principles from the Bible, art, Christian history, and wonderful stories from Christian classic literature. They were fascinated when signing the AMO Compact, a tool to help nurture their Christian self-government. Even three year old Paula signed her mark with flair!
They listened intently to the story of the Good Shepherd told with, simple, little wooden figures. Their minds grabbed every detail as the Holy Spirit grabbed their hearts. They then reenacted the story for each other. Class ended and the children, with broad smiles, carried home the Prayer and Blessing cards – homework for their parents.
In the state of Mexico, the most densely populated in the nation, there is a lot of poverty. There is a lot of religious traditions and idolatry, saint worship, witchcraft, and even children who worship Santa Muerte. As veteran Pastor Froilán can tell you, there is often fierce resistance to the Gospel. Millions of families endure dark and painful family histories where history repeats itself, generation after generation. We all know from the Bible, and in our hearts, that this is not God’s plan.
Instead, God’s Word teaches that each child, made in His image, has great potential and a divine purpose for their life, right where they live. As we prepare more teachers to work with children and their parents – using God’s Word to nurture that great potential – we ask for your prayers.
Pray for families across the nation who are taking God’s Scriptures seriously and submitting their lives to Him for daily transformation in their families and the nation. Pray for our four new AMO Trainers, set for final evaluation and certification in June. We ask also for your prayers for the upcoming AMO Training in Tabasco, the last week of this month. Thank you, for praying!