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Equipping to serve the next generations

Parents and other leaders in Tabasco equipping to serve the next generations through AMO.

By Chris and Francelia McReynolds

Jesus Christ teaches us to sacrifice for others. We are especially thankful, this Memorial Day, for the sacrifice so many have made for their nation. We pray this weekend is a blessing for you and yours.

Next week marks a very important time for us. We would like to ask you to pray for our four AMO Trainer candidates.

Next week, in Oaxaca, Mexico, these women will complete their year-long studies with Dr. Elizabeth Youmans, as well as other professors, in a final practicum and evaluation (an actual five-day AMO training for approximately 30 parents and church leader) in order to be certified AMO Trainers in Mexico.  Many of you have been praying with us for Elizabeth Bermudez, Elizabeth “Ely” Aguilar, Gloria Viveros and Esther Suarez for a long time now. This is a very important time of growth for the ministry in Mexico that will result in thousands of additional children, over time, being taught with biblical Christian education that will change the course of history for their lives.

Please, pray for Elizabeth Bermudez. Elizabeth will be travelling from California, U.S.A., to Oaxaca, specifically, for this evaluation. We’ve mentioned before that Elizabeth, her husband Chevy, and young son Nehemiah, who live in Oaxaca, have been in California for months for Chevy’s very specialized treatment to cure basal-skull cancer. He is doing much better and insisted that Elizabeth make the trip back to Oaxaca for her certification. Please, continue to pray for complete healing for Chevy, safe travel for Elizabeth (from California and back again after the evaluation), and for God to use this whole experience to greatly bless Nehemiah.

Pray for Ely. Ely’s church is hosting the training and so she has taken on a lot of the logistics and planning in addition to her final preparations for the training.

Pray for Gloria. In addition to her preparations, Gloria and her husband, Pastor Edgar Teran, are in the midst of settling into an apartment closer to the church they serve in downtown Mexico City.

Pray for Esther. Esther is a pastor in her church and has many responsibilities in addition to her preparation for this “final exam.”

Please, pray for our good friend, Cristina Inchaustegui. Cristina will travel from the Dominican Republic, representing Chrysalis International, to evaluate the four candidates for certification. Some of you will remember that Cristina conducted many trainings with us in Mexico before Francelia became certified to train.

Thank you for your prayers. We’ll keep you informed.

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia

 

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A Milestone Reached

By Chris and Francelia McReynolds

 

Lilibeth receiving her certificate from STPS. Pictured (L to R) is Chris, Lilibeth, Francelia and Seminary Rector, Pbro. José Juan Hernández García.

Lilibeth receiving her certificate from STPS. Pictured (L to R) is Chris, Lilibeth, Francelia and Rector of the seminary, Pbro. José Juan Hernández García. Lilibeth recibiendo su certificado del STPS.


(Español abajo) A milestone was reached last week here in Tabasco, México, when Lilibeth Ramirez Castillo, of Villahermosa, became the first person to receive credit hours from Seminario Teológico Presbiteriano del Sureste (STPS) for successfully completing the apprenticeship Biblical Foundations for Christian Education and the AMO® Program. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, two Presbyterian Theological seminaries in Mexico have now certified Chrysalis International’s, AMO® Program with its focus on biblical training and ongoing discipleship for Christian educators.

STPS, in Cedro de Nacajuca, Tabasco, is awarding students three credit hours in its Christian Education program for completing this thirty-hour AMO Apprenticeship and San Pablo Theological Seminary in Mérida, Yucatán, is awarding a special certificate in Christian Education for successful completion of the yearlong AMO Trainer of Teachers on-line course and practicum, taught by Chrysalis International. These certifications can give helpful backing to parents and teachers across the country that are striving to transform education and better nurture children and their families with God’s truth, beauty and moral goodness.

Nurturing what God has already placed within us is central in AMO. Jesus’ command to “Feed my lambs ” or “Apacienta Mis Ovejas (AMO),” (John 21:15), is the inspiration behind the curriculum and the training that is so essential to provide biblical vision, methodology and ongoing discipleship.

We ask for your prayers:

  • As volunteer trainers/directors in Mexico, we ask for your prayers for strength, perseverance, and wisdom in helping ourselves, and others, “renew our minds” and our approach to education.
  • We ask for your continued prayers for Gloria Viveros, Esther Suarez, Elizabeth Aguilar, and Elizabeth Bermudez who are approaching the final phase of the AMO Trainers of Teachers course in June in Oaxaca. Pray for God’s direction for them once the course is completed.
  • We ask, especially, for your prayers for Lilibeth, and all those like her in Mexico and beyond, who are working hard to transform education in obedience to Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19-20 to “…go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them all I have commanded you…”.
  • Thank you for your prayers and support. Please, call us anytime at (830) 719 5812.

Un gran logro fue alcanzado la semana pasada aquí en Tabasco, México, cuando Lilibeth Ramirez Castillo de Villahermosa, se convirtió en la primera persona en recibir horas-crédito del Seminario Presbiteriano del Sureste (STPS) por haber completado satisfactoriamente el entrenamiento de Principios Bíblicos de Educación Cristiana y del Programa AMO. Como ya lo mencionamos en notas pasadas, dos seminarios presbiterianos de teología en México han certificado el Programa AMO de Chrysalis International con su enfoque entrenamiento bíblico y discipulado continuo para educadores cristianos.Gracias por todas sus oraciones y apoyo. Por favor, llámenos en cualquier momento a nuestro número en E.U. (830) 719 5812 y en México al 5521-3003 (célular y Whatsapp).

El STPS en el Cedro Nacajuca, Tabasco está otorgando tres horas-crédito a los estudiantes en su programa de educación cristiana al completar el Entrenamiento de AMO de treinta horas y el Seminario Teológico San Pablo en Mérida, Yucatán está otorgando un certificado especial en Educación Cristiana por el curso satisfactorio de todo un año del Entrenamiento en línea AMO para Entrenadores de Maestros y sus prácticas, que enseña Chrysalis International. Estas certificaciones otorgan un soporte útil a padres y maestros en todo el país que están luchando para transformar la educación y apacentar de mejor manera a los niños y sus familias con la verdad, la belleza y la bondad moral de Dios.

Apacentar lo que Dios ha puesto de antemano dentro de nosotros, es central en AMO. El mandato de Jesús de “Apacienta Mis Ovejas (AMO)”, (Juan 21:15), es la inspiración detrás del currículo y el entrenamiento, la cual es muy esencial para impartir visión, una metodología bíblica y un discipulado continuo.

Pedimos sus oraciones:

  • Como entrenadores voluntarios/directores en México, les pedimos sus oraciones por fortaleza, perseverancia y sabiduría para que Dios ayude a toda la nación a “renovar nuestras mentes” y en nuestro enfoque en la educación.
  • Seguimos pidiendo sus oraciones por Gloria Viveros, Esther Suarez, Elizabeth Aguilar y Elizabeth Bermudez quienes ya están cerca de la fase final del curso de AMO para Entrenadores de Maestros en junio en Oaxaca. Oren por la guía de Dios sobre ellos, una vez que el curso se haya completado.
  • Pedimos especialmente sus oraciones por Lilibeth y por todos aquellos que como ella en México y más allá quienes están trabajando duro para transformar la educación en obediencia al mandato de Jesús en Mateo 28:19-20 “… vayan y hagan discípulos en todas las naciones… enseñándoles que guarden todas las cosas que les he eseñado…”.