Seeds and Salt

It’s dry and hot and not time to plant but, that doesn’t stop God! Our week in the city of Zapopan, in the metro-area of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, was definitely seed planting time for God. Thirty people participated in our AMO® Apprenticeship/training, receiving seeds (biblical principles) that produce lives and communities transformed by God’s Word.

This is the first time we’ve trained in the Guadalajara area and we’ve already been invited back. Please, pray for this group as they implement AMO for children and families.

Esther Suárez, one of our new AMO Trainers, joined us. It was a great blessing to see her finally training others after her year-long preparation with Chrysalis International. Pray for all our new trainers as they begin taking steps to train others on their own. Please, pray also for additional trainers to be equipped in 2017. Our nation’s need them!

With all the alarming things happening in our nations, we are humbled as we see God rounding up his people to equip them to be the “salt” that he requires all of us to be for our societies. John Stott says:

Christian salt has no business to remain snugly in elegant little ecclesiastical salt cellars; our place is to be rubbed into the secular community, as salt is rubbed into meat, to stop it going bad. And when society does go bad, we Christians tend to throw up our hands in pious horror and reproach the non-Christian world; but should we not rather reproach ourselves? One can hardly blame unsalted meat for going bad. It cannot do anything else. The real question to ask is: “where is the salt?”

Those we see in our trainings are truly salt for this world and we are blessed to work with them. Thank you, for keeping us in your prayers. 

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia

P.S. ~ Last week, the transmission on our vehicle broke, at night, near Mexico City. We were able to drive slowly to our home, just thirty minutes away. The next day God saw us safely to just the right mechanic in Mexico City, provided transportation to the training in Zapopan and back again after the training to pick up the Tahoe…as good as new! We thank God for his provision and protection.

P.P.S. ~ Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the MeXED (Christian Education and Discipleship in Mexico) event, September 25-30 in Mérida, Yucatán. Please, call us at (830) 719-5812 for details.

Zapopan group trained in AMO

Zapopan group trained in AMO

Esther modeling Literature

Esther modeling Classic Literature class

Class participation

Participants engaging in biblical principles that change their worldview

 

 

 

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Pray for the Summer

By Chris and Francelia McReynolds

We ask your prayers for this summer’s AMO® trainings, in Guadalajara next week and in Aguascalientes and Irapuato next month. It’s exciting that the new AMO Trainers will be co-teaching with us to gain valuable new experience! Continue praying for Elizabeth, Ely, Gloria, and Esther.

We are happy to report that, AMO Trainer, Elizabeth Bermudez and her family are back home in Oaxaca from their extended stay in California. Chevy, Elizabeth’s husband, you will remember, was receiving very specialized basal skull cancer treatments there. He is doing very well now, Elizabeth says, and all are happy to be back home. Please, join us in giving thanks to God for their return and Chevy’s improving health. Please, pray also for their state, Oaxaca, which has suffered violence and riots since our training there last month.

Our training scheduled for Cadereyta, this month, was cancelled by the leaders there due to insecurity and economic crisis. Please, pray for Eduardo, a young man from the church who was kidnapped on Sunday. Pray also for the community experiencing layoffs from the oil refinery there, of which, almost everyone in the town depends on, economically. We will continue working for a future date. In the meantime, they are sending three of their leaders to train with us in Guadalajara.

Families and businesses in Mexico deal with kidnapping, extortion and the many forms of corruption, everyday. The effects are crippling on a personal and national level. Most cases go uninvestigated and untried. Many churches that we work with are combating this by improving the education they offer to families and their communities.

“The role of education is more important than preaching the gospel and making laws, because it is the foundation of both!” – Noah Webster, Father of American Christian education, 1789

These churches are why we carry out the AMO trainings, and the long-term discipleship that follows, to equip parents and church leaders who are determined to transform their nation for God’s glory. Pray for them. Pray for the ministries assisting them.

In September 25-30, many of these ministries and individuals will be gathering at San Pablo Theological Seminary in Mérida, Yucatán, for MeXED. We invite you to join us. Please, set this date aside and pray for this time of connecting, learning and discernment. Contact us at (830) 719-5812 for details.

Thank you, for your prayers and support.

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia

Federal Judicial seal, Mexico City

Federal Judicial seal, Mexico City. Pray for churches educating future citizens and leaders in Mexico.