By Chris and Francelia McReynolds
In Irapuato, Guanajuato, México, the Iglesia Centro Cristiano “Transformación” has built a cabin out of reused materials to serve as an education center for children from poor neighborhoods. Church volunteers gather with about 70 children twice a week for activities and learning. One family of seven children who attend are among the poorest.
The mother died, recently, and the father, an alcoholic, was injured by a car when he was crossing the street and is now unable to work. “The children are basically making their own living. We found their house a wreck and started cleaning up and working with the children and providing things they need.” said Lucy Villanueva, whose husband, Otoniel, is pastor of the church “Transformación.”
Francelia and new AMO Trainer, Elizabeth Bermudez of Oaxaca, trained sixteen of these volunteers recently, plus others from across Irapuato. They plan to implement AMO for the children in these poor neighborhoods. The church leaders, eventually, want to build a Christian school. “We have been praying for an AMO training since I heard about the program at a Disciple Nations Alliance conference, three years ago in Panama.” said Otoniel.
The church is developing their capacity to reach into all areas of their community with the Gospel. Please, pray for them and the growing number of families and local churches who are working to transform their communities.
Pray also, for our MeXED conference later this month in Mérida, Yucatán, México. Churches and ministries like “Transformación” will gather to equip, fellowship, and strengthen Christian education and discipleship in Mexico, and beyond. The dates are 20-22 September. You can register at http://www.mexed2016.org. Please, call us with any questions (830) 719-5812.
Thank you, for your prayers!