A lot of people support AMO. All our efforts are to equip parents and leaders who ask for the AMO Program. But what is it exactly? Have a look at this quick summary. Blessings on your New Year!
As the year ends, we give heartfelt thanks to each of you who read our updates, support us, and pray for Christian education and discipleship in Mexico. A highlight of this year has been the increase in leadership in the AMO Program in Mexico.
AMO trainers have taken on administration. Two trainers helped teach the Chrysalis online course for new trainees from all across Latin America. Others served the same course in grading papers and providing one-on-one mentoring to the trainees. Others began mentoring groups via Zoom for the video training and still others persevered in carrying out trainings in-person.
The Lord uses your support to transform lives. One of our AMO trainers sent the following testimony just this morning.
Testimony from a participant in a recent video training, Beatriz Adriana of Yucatán: “The truth is that I have previously taken several courses to teach children, but I have never been challenged like I have been in the AMO Program. My perspective has been totally changed and I have been in awe of the biblical truths that I learned: the Biblical Principle of Individuality, Christian Self-government, Christian Character, have all amazed me. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to take this course. Truly, my soul needed to hear these life-giving words. This was a real challenge, and I was hesitant at first but now I thank God for every minute I invested. I can now clearly see God’s providential plan in my life.”
Beatriz Adriana: “La verdad anteriormente he tomado varios cursos para enseñar a niños y nunca había sido desafiada como lo ha hecho el programa AMO. Mi perspectiva ha sido totalmente cambiada y me he maravillado con las verdades Bíblicas que aprendí, el principio bíblico de la individualidad, el autogobierno, el carácter cristiano, es asombroso, estoy realmente agradecida por haber tenido la oportunidad de tomar este curso, realmente mi alma necesitaba escuchar palabras de vida. Esto fue un verdadero desafío, sentía temor pero ahora agradezco a Dios por cada minuto invertido y ahora puedo ver claramente el plan providencial de Dios en mi vida.”
Thank you, again, for your crucial part in this important work.
God bless you and yours in the New Year!
Chris, Francelia and the whole team in Mexico
The November MeXED video conference was a tremendous success. Around two hundred Christian parents and leaders from all around Mexico joined, including a few from other Latin American countries and the United States.
All twelve of our presenters – most from Mexico – were excellent. They first taught us what Providential history is, then gave samples of Mexican history from the Aztecs and Cortez to modern Mexico in the proper context of God’s Providence.
What followed was an explanation of why children flourish with Providential history and wither when subjected to a secular view. Then, an introduction to AMO Program and its Providential history component, with a final session encouraging us to recognize and tell His-story from God’s eternal perspective.
In between sessions, several individuals and couples shared testimonies of the positive changes in their lives and the lives of their children when they taught Providential history. These testimonies alone would have made a great conference!
The impact of all this surprised us. The many comments we received from those who attended indicated how powerfully the sessions ministered to their hearts. Similar events are now in the planning stages.
When we accept that God’s mission of redemption is always advancing through the good and the bad we are propelled forward in faith and encourage others. Individuals, families and entire nations are transformed.
History is always being told by someone. Let us each become God’s historians.
1 My people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
This November 5-6 we will gather on Zoom for this year’s MeXed. Please, consider joining Christian brothers and sisters from across Mexico to learn more about God’s providence in our daily lives and in the history of Mexico. Register here. For any questions, email Chris McReynolds at email@example.com.
We ask your prayers for this event and for all participating. Here are the topics that will be covered.
- Learning Providential History – Pbro. (Rev.) Josias Luna
- Christopher Columbus and God’s Providential Plan for the New World – Prof. José González
- Educational and Family Life Before the Conquest: Waiting for the Coming of Christ – Dr. Francelia McReynolds
- Key characters in Mexican Providential History – Lic. Gloria Viveros
- The Unhealthy Origins established in Mexican Family Life through the Conquest – Prof. José González
- The Importance of Teaching Christian History in a Children’s Program – Dr. Elizabeth Youmans
- Presentation of the AMO Program – Lic. Judith Díaz
- How a Nation is Blessed by knowing Its Providential History – Dr. Mark Beliles
- God’s Providential Plan for the Church in Mexico over the past 500 years – Pbro. Edgar Gonzalez
- Testimony: Encouraging the Study of Christian History in the Church and Reaching out to Leaders – Pbro. Pedro Calix
- The Transformational Power of the Family Covenant in Mexico – Pbros. Abimael and Rosalba Borbolla
- Testimony: How to Live in Family/Marriage Under the Power of the Covenant – Drs. Israel and Diana Castillo
- Timeline of the Providential History of Mexico – Rev. Esther Suárez
- Testimony: Fruits of Teaching Christian History in a Program for Children – Lic. Nora Calcáneo
- God’s Providential Plan for the Future of Mexico: What Will We Do as a Church? What will be our role/calling? – Pbro. Aldo Chalé
This summer in Mexico there are AMO Program trainings occurring in-person as well as online. Please, pray for those meeting in-person.
Pray for Stephanie as she continues a training in Aguascalientes and Laura as she prepares for a training in Jalisco. There is also a consistent interest in the online video training.
Please, pray for Judith of Puebla as she guides participants through the online process and provides weekly mentoring as they progress through the video sessions. Pray for Rubi of Yucatan as she prepares to mentor an online group. Pray for congregations in Tabasco where the Holy Spirit appears to be working among many to engage deeply in the education of their children.
We continue walking with the Presbytery of Olmeca in Tabasco whose leaders recently completed the online training. Plans, now, are for a series of virtual events by AMO Trainers for parents and teachers that prepare the way for three large trainings in early 2022.
Pray for the July 17th online seminar hosted by Iniciativa Educativa Latinoamericana. Our dear friend Dr. Elizabeth Youmans has been invited to be the main speaker! Please pray for her and for congregations and parents throughout Latin America who are taking seriously the responsibility to educate and disciple their children.
Pray for our MeXed gathering (Christian education and discipleship in Mexico), November 5-6th. Let us reflect on, and learn more together, about God’s sovereign and providential hand on Mexico over the last 500 years during this anniversary of the Conquest of Mexico (1521-2021). Watch for information on how to join us online.
Lastly, in these trying times, pray for the Body of Christ everywhere as she retakes the task of educating and discipling the next generations (Deut. 6:7). Prayerfully consider how you can help shape education in your sphere of influence given to you by God. AMO Program has resources that can help.
Thank you for your prayers! Please, let us know how we can pray for you.
Various AMO Trainers organize and mentor groups from all around Mexico to take the AMO Training online. Here are just a few comments reflecting the importance of what is taking place.
“My wife and I are newly married and we were very excited to know that the program is designed for two generations. Our desire now is that these Christian biblical principles are present first in us and then also in the life of our daughter who is due to be born in two months. This knowledge has brought us peace and also high expectations regarding our mission here on earth and in this place.” ~ Jonathan, 33 years old.
“I am very excited to implement the AMO Program with its reflective method. This method is so important.” ~ Elfida
“This course affirms the great importance of our children and how we should not simply entertain them but, rather, train them up within a loving relationship.” ~ Lidia
“In this training we had a fourteen year old boy who has been one of our students in AMO. He is now taking the training in order to be an assistant to his teacher and later an AMO teacher. We are very excited to witness that our program is entering the second generation. Our future teachers will be former students of our AMO Program! Glory to God!” ~ Esther Suarez, AMO Trainer, Tlacolula, Oaxaca
We are thankful for all that has been going on with the ministry so far this year. Those of you who support it in the various ways are blessing a nation.
Additional AMO Trainers are being trained for their certification later this year. The five-day AMO Training videos continue to bless many in the absence of in-person trainings. And there seems to be greater interest than ever before for wholistic biblical Christian education by parents and churches across Mexico.
We are also excited as the Lord continues to raise up additional leaders in the ministry. Pastor Josias Luna, of Oaxaca, was invited by Dr. Elizabeth Youmans to teach, for the first time, last week’s online course for a class of forty leaders from different countries in Latin America. Josias and his wife, Elizabeth, were among the first of those trained in Mexico back in 2013. As they implemented the program in their church, they felt called to become AMO Trainers so they could better serve their church, INPM Amor y Proclamación, as well as train others in Oaxaca. Elizabeth earned her certification in 2016 (the first class of trainers in Mexico) and Josias in 2018. Today there are twenty-eight AMO Trainers in Mexico.
We ask your prayers for the Presbytery of Olmeca in the state of Tabasco, Mexico. The pastors and leaders of this presbytery are finishing, this week, the AMO Training on video. The Presbytery voted in January to implement AMO Program in all it’s churches and missions, beginning in August 2022. That is when their current curriculum cycle ends. Our prayer is that our AMO Trainers in that state will be able to freely train, in-person, the many teachers and parents throughout the Presbytery by August of next year.
Please contact us anytime. Thank you for your prayers!
AMO Program is a study of the character of God. A look at who God is in light of scripture. We learn a lot about ourselves in comparison. We then set about nurturing the seed of God’s character that is within ourselves and the young people around us. After all, we are made in God’s image.
God’s character is our guide and our goal for education. Methods that challenge and encourage, along with curriculum that inspires and guides, help create a path of discipleship that transforms teacher and student.
Daily life is lived in an ever-broadening appreciation and understanding of who God is, what his will is, and how blessed we are to join him because of his son Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit that inspires the student in their study of God’s character also guides the student in practicing God’s ways – his principles – each day. This in turn disciples family and society.
The transformation does not just happen. It takes commitment and a life-changing reorder of priorities. Godly education is a lifeline that tens of thousands in Latin America are grabbing on to. Families and churches are transforming. Those who have eyes that see are reporting changes at the national level in Dominican Republic and Colombia. These changes began at the individual and family level.
By God’s reckoning, Mexico is on its way to a future when his truth, justice, and moral goodness dominate. We leave the ‘when’ to God. It all may seem overwhelming but God can do this in any community, including yours!
For help, see https://training.amoprogram.com/
Chris and Francelia McReynolds
- We ask your prayers for thousands of families in Mexico, including Francelia’s, who are recovering from recent flooding. Pray for Francelia as she travels to Tabasco to be with her family during this time.
- We pray for the people of the United States to unite under Jesus Christ, the only source and creator of true freedom and blessed lives.
- This Thanksgiving season we are especially thankful for the purpose that God gives us all…the purpose of living lives that are redemptive and restorative as He makes all things new in Jesus Christ!
- We thank the Lord that, in His divine providence, it appears He will be bringing an end to the Covid plague by way of the new vaccines.
- We give thanks to God for using the pandemic to increase how we, as the Body of Christ, connect in practical ways through video conferencing and other technologies. We have shared in previous posts how this is blessing the AMO trainings and children’s programs. It is also bringing leaders in the Church together like never before (see photo of US and Mexico leaders meeting and praying together earlier this week). Also, world-class teaching for Christian transformation of nations is easily available to us. As an example, fitting for this Thanksgiving season, you can join this conference.
- As always, we are thankful for you and the many others who pray and support God’s work with funding through this ministry. For year-end giving, please, click here.
Chris and Francelia McReynolds