Mexico & Culture

Back in the Swing of Things

It was good to be in church this past Sunday for just the second time after a four month plus absence! Lots of familiar faces, and also some new ones. Jim Cottrill did a good job with directing our first-Sunday-of-the-month special service that includes the Lord’s supper, and I was able to lead music. It …

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2019 Ministry Theme

Every year we try to come up with a ministry theme that is both relevant and real; a logo that describes in some way what ministry is about here, particularly as it relates to short-term team experiences, as this logo ends up on a t-shirt and is included in the team material, etc… This year, …

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Cultural Differences

Everyone is aware that culture plays a huge role in how we view the world, but culture is like the water a fish swims in, or like the air we breathe. We often are not even aware of how important it is to us, and how it inexorably shapes the way we view the world, …

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Hot vs. Cold Climates

Over the years I have seen general trends in short-term teams that come and visit Mexico. Obviously there are exceptions, but generally speaking, the farther north and the farther east a team is, the more industrious and hard-working they tend to desire to be. The farther west and south, the more relational and “fun-loving” a …

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Hooked on Guatemalan!

A friend from Ohio bought 10 packets of Friendship Coffee from Guatemala. Here’s what he said… Had my first cup this morning! Tastes great! I’m hooked on Guatemalan!!! Thanks so much! My coffee can now support Latin Missions How awesome is that! Rod can you make this post so we can share it?….let’s move some …

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Connect Group in Ixtapaluca and Veracruz (Video)

Here are some short video clips of our time with Denny Mohr and the Connect Group from Bainbridge, PA.  Among our activities…the first weekend the group was in Ixtapaluca helping with a hearing aid and eye glass outreach.  Mayra gave the good news after a skit and a song. On Sunday afternoon we left for …

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Week of Bible Institute Experience

Last week, three teenagers from the Palmas church, and five kids total, participated in Word of Life Bible Institute Mexico’s “Week of Bible Institute” time, which is specifically designed to encourage young people to consider devoting at least one year of their lives to study the Bible. WOL Mexico is located very close to beautiful …

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Unrest in Mexico

Some of you have heard about the unrest in Mexico, primarily due to several hikes in gasoline prices. Gasoline prices are set to increase by at least 20%, to somewhere around $3.17 U.S.  Keep in mind that Mexico’s minimum wage hovers around $4 per day. Gas prices not only affect the percentage of the population …

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