Celebration in Puebla

For the past year, we have been asking for prayers for twelve individuals undergoing intense preparation to become trainers and disciplers using Biblical Foundations for Christian Education and the AMO® Program in Mexico. And now all have been certified! Thanks to God and thanks to all of you for your prayers and support.

The latest group of five trainers were certified in Puebla the week after Easter. All together, there are now 17 trainers in Mexico, all from different backgrounds, different ministries, focused in different communities or regions of the country and with individual callings, yet, all working together in the Spirit using AMO for the big-picture goal of discipling the nation.

An extra blessing and provision from God for us in Puebla was having Carol Friesen and Carmelo Borbolla join us. Carol is Director of Member Care for The Antioch Partners (TAP) and came to visit all the TAP Partners in Mexico. Pastor Carmelo is pastor of Nueva Vida church in Oaxaca which we have worked closely with.

Pastor Carmelo commissioned the new trainers and Carol prayed for them. Dr. Elizabeth Youmans was, of course, also constantly with us in prayer and through Whatsapp. There is a growing community supporting and working together in this effort.

Please, pray for all these trainers and their families as well as all the AMO teachers (about 80) and their students (some 2500). Also, pray for God to begin revealing the next class of training candidates.

Please, contact us if you would like us to visit your church to share more.

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia

Francelia and Chris with new AMO Trainers (L to R) Betzabé Borbolla, Judith Díaz, Liliana Rojas, Susie Frerichs, and Pablo Borbolla.

AMO in Public School

Yadira Montejo, public high school teacher in Tabasco, Mexico, founded Ama La Vida (Love Life) to prevent teen suicides. In this effort, she has now become an AMO teacher and will be using the biblical principles she’s learned and the Literature component of AMO® Program in her language classes to nurture and heal her student’s hearts.

This week, Yadira and Francelia shared with 100 or so of Yadira’s students in the school auditorium about the transformation God has wrought in each of their lives since their college days together. In teaching that God has a plan for each person, Francelia read Psalm 139. The silence in the room was the Holy Spirit at work in 100 hearts. After the gathering, 18 students responded to meet, individually, for counseling with Francelia. “The sad thing is, many of these youth expressing severe problems and brokenness are from Christian families” said Francelia afterward, pointing out the dual mindedness that plagues the Church today.

Pray for the Church. We have to overcome our dual-mindedness and become single-minded in following Jesus Christ, applying God’s principles to all of life. Pray for the AMO Programs and churches which are teaching new generations to do just that. Please, pray for the training finishing up here in Comalcalco and the practicum coming up just after Easter in Puebla. Pray for our TOT’s as we all continue working out the transformation God requires of us.

Thank you!


P.S. If your wondering how it happened that we are able to teach in a public school, the director, with Yadira’s help, knows the desperate situation that many youth face and has chosen to do something about it. There’s still limits but God’s Word is being let in.

Francelia sharing her testimony and teaching biblical principles to public high school students.

Expanding Leadership

Mildred Torres and Rubí Hernández newly certified AMO Trainers!

Mérida and the Yucatán now have Rubí Hernández and Mildred Torres as newly certified AMO® Trainers to help families and congregations. The AMO Program training is not just about learning how to use a curriculum but, also about breaking down non-biblical, non-Christian ideas about education, art, reasoning, imagination, stewardship, self-government, and much more. Rubí and  Mildred have worked hard preparing themselves for this important work and we congratulate them!

Pastor Aldo Chalé, Rubí’s husband,(see photo), also completed the course and plays an important role leading the Church in practicing wholistic biblical Christian education in homes, churches and schools. Aldo and Pastor Amos Cahuich head up San Pablo Presbyterian Seminary of Mérida as Academic Dean and President, respectively. They both help share the vision of biblical Christian worldview and AMO Program.

Please, hold all of them in your prayers. We are blessed by them and look forward to continuing our walk together.

Also, please pray for the third and final group to be certified as AMO Trainers the first week of April. Pray for Liliana, Judith, Susie, Betzabé, and Pablo as they prepare for their practicum. Pray also for Francelia and Chris and the new AMO Trainers here in Tabasco as we finish training in Comalcalco, Tabasco, next week and then on to Puebla to function as evaluators of the final practicum mentioned above.

We plan to be in Texas later in April and welcome opportunities to visit churches and leaders, anywhere, who would like to learn more and get involved in transforming their communities.

Thank you, for your prayers!…Chris and Francelia

Pastor Aldo Chalé commissioning new AMO Trainers, Mildred Torres and Rubí Hernández, of Mérida, Yucatán (L to R).


Need Your Prayers

The new TOT’s, certified last month here in Tabasco, Mexico, have not wasted any time getting started. Trainings in Villahermosa and Cunduacan are now underway, with another planned for Comalcalco in March. We ask your prayers for them for protection and that churches in the area continue to open their doors and embrace wholistic biblical Christian education training – AMO.

Please, pray also for Rubí and Mildred of Mérida, Yucatán. They will start their training practicum the first week of March. Francelia will be evaluating them and we have confidence they will be certified. This is great news for the Yucatán peninsula as they will help meet the consistent training requests in that area.

Please, pray also for the third and last group to be certified in Puebla the first week of April. Judith, Liliana, Susie, Betzabé, and Pablo need your prayers as they prepare for that training. There are a lot of details and advanced planning and promotion that go into carrying out each training.

Pray for Francelia and Chris as we respond to many invitations to present or teach at various churches around Tabasco and the Yucatán peninsula. We are especially grateful for the opportunity to share the AMO vision with Yucatán Peninsula Missions staff and members of First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio at YPM’s base in Quintana Roo. Pray for YPM and a future AMO training to benefit the school that YPM started there recently.

We thank Rev. Juan Sarmiento and Rev. Dr. José Carlos Pezini of the Outreach Foundation for taking time 0ut of their busy schedule last week while at Sureste Presbyterian Seminary (Nacajuca, Tabasco) to meet with us. We were very pleased they could sit in on one of our AMO® Program training sessions. We ask your prayers for them as they continue their circuit of various ministry efforts in Mexico.

Thank you, for your prayers!

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia McReynolds

New TOT, Fidel Dominguez, training a group of parents and church leaders, representing nine churches in Tabasco.

First Group of TOT’s Approved!

Please, give thanks to God that there are now five additional AMO Trainers in Mexico! Afrika, Marlene, Fidel, Diana and Esther (L to R in photo with banner) completed their practicum last week here in Tabasco and will now begin training parents and others, on a voluntary basis, using Biblical Principles of Christian Education and the AMO® Program, by Chrysalis International.

Dr. Elizabeth Youmans, supporting from her office in Florida, and Francelia worked diligently evaluating, giving feedback, and approving the certifications. Both expressed joy, congratulations and affirmation of our promise to continue walking together with these committed leaders.

Eager to get started, the new AMO Trainers have already organized two new trainings for February. Please, pray for each of them as they disciple families and their nation from a whole new level of commitment and preparation.

Also, please, pray for the remaining TOT’s who are preparing for their practicum in Mérida and Puebla this April. Rubí, Mildred, Liliana, Judith, Susie, Betzabé and Pablo, upon their certifications, will bring the total to seventeen AMO Trainers in Mexico.

Thank you for your role in making all this happen!

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia

Preliminary group of AMO Trainers approved in Tabasco!

New AMO Trainers in Tabasco

Campeche Youth and New Trainers

Youth from six churches met last week in Campeche, México. Invited by the group’s leaders, Francelia taught the youth that each person is to use the potential God placed in him or her to glorify Him in all they do. The arts, vocations, schooling, family life, worship – everything – is to be lived out for God’s glory and restorative purpose. This is what transforms our cultures.

Andres, 13 years old said, “what I liked most was when we all knelt together to pray for our country.” The youth were encouraged as they were taught that, as Christ’s body, they are God’s agents of transformation and healing for their nation.

  • Pray for the youth of Mexico to receive God’s vision for their lives and nation.
  • Pray also for our TOT’s here in Tabasco who will finalize, this week, their near-year-long preparation to become AMO trainers in Mexico. Fidel, Afrika, Diana, Marlene, and Esther will train others, for five days, as we evaluate and give feedback. The remaining TOT’s will train in March and April. Thanks for your prayers and support.

Blessings to you in this New Year!

Chris and Francelia

Campeche youth praising God through music and dance.

Francelia discussing with youth how their lives glorify God

Youth Singing and Dancing in Praise


New Beginnings

Eighty-seven people representing twenty-four churches gathered in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico, last week for a very special training in Biblical Principles of Christian Education and the AMO® Program. They will now form programs for children in the aftermath of the September earthquakes which have left public schools crippled, operating only one or two days per week. Thousands of people still live in tents and shelters.

Churches have coordinated to continue meeting physical, spiritual, and educational needs. By God’s providence, three of our AMO Trainer of Teachers (TOT’s) live in Oaxaca, with one more to be certified very soon. This will enable us to walk closely with new programs to offer whatever help they need. We invite you to help educate a new generation with biblical principles to transform lives and disciple the nation.

Nueva Vida Church of Oaxaca City has committed to supplying 9 programs with all the material supplies they need to serve 225 children. Children from the church packed and prayed over each box. They demonstrated that most of the essential supplies for one program fits into a 2x2x4 ft. box! The material cost is about $400 per year per program. We also need to raise funds to help our TOT’s move about. If you and/or your church would like to help, please call (830) 719-5812 or donate at The Antioch Partners.

Even as the aftershocks continue, there is a hopeful sense of new beginnings and transformation for the region. Pastora Martha Ramirez’ church was destroyed in the earthquake. “I’ve learned so much through the difficulty. We continue fasting and praying. God wants us to impact our society” she says.

Our week ended, as usual, with an in-depth look at biblical principles concerning fine arts. This provides a perfect time to show off the internal creativity and beauty that God has placed in each person. Enjoy the photos by clicking below.

Please, pray for this region and we invite you to consider funding efforts there.

In Christ,

Chris and Francelia

Juchiteca with backdrop of AMO art projects

Francelia with amiguita

TOT’s – Gloria Viveros, Francelia McReynolds and Esther Suarez – reviewing plans as they train in Salina Cruz.

Tito Quiroz, violinist and recipient of the 2015 National Youth of the Year Award in Mexico visits our training.

Traditional dresses of the Tehuantepec region

Congregation in Ixtaltepec meeting at home after destruction of church in Sept. earthquakes

Parents and leaders training to raise up the next generations with God’s Word nurturing the full potential He has placed in each one.



Oaxaca and TOT’s

Dear Friends,

Following the September earthquakes that devastated towns in Oaxaca and Chiapas, the Assemblies of God Church in Mexico made a plan to help. They called on us to help with Christian education for children at homes and churches. The need is great since public schools are still not holding regular classes.

We’ve been meeting with congregations everyday this week in Juchitán, Oaxaca, and surrounding towns. We are teaching biblical worldview materials and inviting them to attend next week’s AMO® Program training in nearby Salina Cruz. AMO Trainers, Esther Suarez, joined us on Wednesday to cover more churches, and Gloria Viveros will join us next week.

Many here are fasting and praying for this AMO training. We ask for your prayers for safety and success and, if you like, join in fasting. Encourage the people here by letting us know you plan to do so. If you’d like to help with funding, please donate through The Antioch Partners/McReynolds.

PRAISES! The nine month, Chrysalis International, AMO Trainer of Teachers class finished their online portion yesterday. We are very thankful for Dr. Elizabeth Youmans and others who devoted themselves to disciple these new trainers for Mexico and several other countries in Latin America. Now, each Mexican participant will be evaluated by Francelia and I as they carry out their own five-day AMO Trainings. Please, pray for them and pray that God will use each of them in His plan to transform the nation.

Widespread damage in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, press photo from September 2017.

So Thankful

We are thankful to God for the many people…

  • who are patient with all our travelling
  • who write notes and call
  • who pray for us and for the ministry
  • who spend time helping us think through the needs of the ministry
  • who help us raise funds
  • who disciple us with God’s Word
  • who train to be trainers with us
  • who tend to our administrative needs
  • who always search for better health insurance for us
  • who inspire us and teach us
  • who invest their time and effort teaching children with the AMO® Program
  • who invite us to their homes and ministries
  • who plan retreats for us
  • who donate their vehicle for our use
  • who invite us to their table
  • who donate to our support
  • who challenge us to grow
  • who offer wise counsel
  • who hold us accountable
  • who go before us and on whose shoulders we stand
  • who exemplify Jesus’ self sacrifice for others

And we are thankful for so much more. Thank you for all you do!


Chris and Francelia

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The nine month online class, by Chrysalis International, to prepare additional AMO Trainer of Teachers (TOT’s) for Mexico, and other nations, will finish soon. As mentors for the TOT’s in Mexico, here is some of what we have been hearing from them.

  • Liliana, founder/director of a Christian school in Puebla, sometimes invites her teenage students to join her in the online classes. In the days following, she notices through their conversations how the biblical teaching shapes her students ideas and decisions.
  • Judith, also of Puebla, has been ministering to children of dysfunctional families using AMO’s bible story curriculum, Wellspring of Wonder. She now plans to begin using it with children traumatized by the recent earthquakes.
  • One TOT works with two groups in her church – the older youth and the children. She shared that the children in her AMO classes demonstrate stronger reasoning and behavior skills than do the older youth, who have not had AMO.
  • Betzabé, TOT from Oaxaca, and her church have begun comprehensive work for helping people hard-hit by earthquakes in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in and around the city of Juchitán. They are focusing on three things: temporary housing, equipping and training appropriate pastoral response, and children’s education. As public schools struggle, they will bring in AMO Training for parents/teachers and AMO Programs for the children. If you’d like to help fund any of these efforts, call Chris at (830) 719-5812.

Please, pray for all the TOT’s as they wind down their studies and prepare for their practicums in early 2018. Pray also for ongoing earthquake recovery in south and central Mexico.

You are invited to join, from wherever you are, First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio in praying for Mexico and the Americas at 12 noon, Oct. 26th. If your church would like to initiate a similar annual prayer service, we would be glad to help. Also, contact us if you would like to receive a copy of FPC’s prayer bulletin by email.

Thanks and blessings to each of you,

Chris and Francelia McReynolds

The same church after the earthquake…still standing but must be demolished.

AMO training at the church in Juchitán in 2014.