Friends, Family, Ministry and Snow!

This early 2024 has been an exciting time in many ways, as Mayra and I began the year in Mexico, the returned to PA for two mission conferences at Cairn University and ...
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Friends, Family, Ministry and Snow!

This early 2024 has been an exciting time in many ways, as Mayra and I began the year ...
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Palmas Church first Sunday in 2024

We were delighted to participate in the Palmas Church's first Sunday of 2024. Afterwards we took a picture...thankful ...
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Ecuador: Where the World Divides in Two

I was humbled and honored recently to be invited by the Ecuador Liebenzell field director to speak at ...
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Short-term adventures, summer 2023

Mayra and I are taking a deep breath today, after being involved with a series of short-term experiences ...
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Summer 2023 Visitors, Part 2

Our summer ministry has gone through some significant changes over the past 10 years or so, from being ...
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Gas Prices and Economics in Mexico

I was watching the news last night here in Mexico City, and was reminded of something that we've ...
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Summer 2023 Visitors Part 1

This summer we are pleased to host three Liebenzell USA interns, one for 4 weeks, one for 6 ...
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An Important Step in the Life of a Local Church

This past Sunday the Path of Life Bible Church--Palmas celebrated the recognition of its first two Mexican leaders. ...
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Visiting Christian Colleges and Supporting Churches, Being with Family

Mayra and I have been in PA since mid-January, and during that time have had the opportunity to ...
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Reaching an Unreached Ethnic Group

We hear about unreached ethnic groups, villages scattered all over the world who have never heard the gospel, ...
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Baptisms! (with photos and video)

Baptisms are always my favorite services, because in baptisms, discipleship comes into focus, and both conversion and commitment ...
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6th Anniversary Path of Life Bible Church Palmas

On Sunday, November 6, 2022, the third Bible Church plant in Ixtapaluca celebrated its 6th anniversary. The church ...
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Precious in the LORD’s sight is the Death of His Saints

Two weeks ago, on a Saturday, Edgar Corona was walking to our house for a men's Bible study. ...
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A Visit to PA, a Conference in Guadalajara

Shortly after surviving a busy summer (see last post), we finally were able to do something we'd been ...
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Summer 2022

Talk about a rebound! After two years with zero visitors because of the pandemic, this summer possibly set ...
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Two Weeks of Fruitful Ministry (part 2)

Elizabethtown Grace Brethren Church, or E-town Grace, as it's now called, has supported me (Rod) since way back ...
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Two Weeks of Fruitful Ministry (part 1)

We have been pleased to host two church groups over the past two weeks. Gary, Kathy, Denny, Matt, ...
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Mount Calvary and Liebenzell Interns

Our summer started off with a bang, receiving three Liebenzell U.S.A. interns (Joshua, Amanda and Rafael), as well ...
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Summer 2022 has Officially Started

These last several weeks have been very significant, especially having been able to participate in the pastoral recognition ...
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Conversando con Friends

We've been back in Mexico now for several weeks, and they've been full and fun. Much of what ...
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The King has Come

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the first day of Passion Week, the intense, final week of Jesus on earth ...
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Winter Ministry

Of course, it never really seems like winter here. Sure, it can dip down into the low 40s ...
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An Important Announcement–Agency Change

If you've been following this site, you know we've been posting quite a bit about Liebenzell USA, and ...
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Fifth Anniversary Celebration

This past Sunday, about 40 of us traveled about 40 minutes from Ixtapaluca, toward our two towering neighbors, ...
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Heading South for the Winter

Yes, it's starting to get cold in PA after a remarkably beautiful and relatively warm autumn. So beautiful ...
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Changes and Transitions

This past year has been different in many ways, but still good. Still very good. Our time in ...
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Spring is Here!

It's been a LONG time since I've updated this space, so I wanted to take time to do ...
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Hope for Oaxaca

I have recently been communicating quite a bit with our pastor friend in Oaxaca, Gaspar Chable. It has ...
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Reality Check

This past Saturday we began our time be checking our average screen time on our cell phones. Turns ...
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Back in the Keystone State

I felt for a while like we were in a game of Frogger, us being the frog and ...
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First Sunday back with Baptisms

Need some encouraging news in the midst of ongoing discouraging national and world news about disease and natural ...
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Family News

Whereas much of the U.S. seems to be entering into a second phase of the covid crisis, here ...
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A Time to Remember

I've mentioned this before, but if you're like me, you've gone through various cycles of opinion about COVID. ...
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COVID Dynamics in Mexico

Mexico is a country that thrives, it seems, on making life more difficult than it should be. With ...
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A Special Prayer Request

Juan and Blanca Martinez...a few years ago. Juan is 52 years old now. The header picture was taken ...
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This is the Song that Never Ends….

Anyone else feel like that? It just goes ON and ON my friend! Here in Mexico we are ...
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The Latest from Mexico

I will spare you any philosophizing on this current epidemic, and simply mention some news here in Mexico. ...
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Prayers for Three Youth

I'm sure that you are getting weary of constant talk about the virus, as I am. Unfortunately the ...
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Mexico Ministry Update

Mexico along with much of the southern hemisphere it would seem has been spared from the worst of ...
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Not So Conventional Wisdom

I tend to be a contrarian by nature. Not sure why that is, but it certainly has gotten ...
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A Funeral and a Party

This past weekend was an exercise in extremes...from sadness to joy, from spiritual darkness to the celebration of ...
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OT Survey Course Begins

The second course, Old Testament Survey, began this past Saturday, the first of seven 8-hour Saturdays, at the ...
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A Sweet Time in Texas

I've written quite a bit lately on this ministry site about our ongoing partnership with Still Water Community ...
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Women’s Outreach Breakfast

This past Wednesday, around 25 women, about half of which were not church attenders, participated in a breakfast ...
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Youth Group Progress Report

Youth ministry is funky...fun but often unpredictable. Great participation...until there isn't. Why does it seem like a youth ...
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Conversando with friends

Conversando with Friends

We are excited to announce the theme for our short-term ministry this year (and probably next year as ...
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Understanding Young People–A Cultural Divide

I like studying and thinking about culture. A recent Kindle purchase that I'm working my way through is ...
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First Class Completed

If you've been following this ministry site, you know that since this past October we began a 40-hour ...
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FAMEX Missions Conference in Guadalajara

Mayra and I had the honor of participating last weekend in a FAMEX missions conference in Guadalajara, organized ...
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Sendero Bible Church, Palmas 1 3rd Anniversary

We celebrated the Sendero Bible Church Palmas 1's third anniversary this past Sunday...hard to believe it's been three ...
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Hermeneutics Week 2 (plus a video from Pastors Conference!)

We had our second 8-hour hermeneutics class this past Saturday, October 26. Once again, the attendance was 51 ...
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Introducing Matheus and Silvia

Matheus and Silvia will be married, Lord willing, on November 1st, in Portugal. Soon after that, they plan ...
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How to Interpret the Bible (class #1)

If you're familiar with theological education by extension (TEE) in Spanish, chances are you've heard about the CCBP ...
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United Service (Culto Unido) 2019

Every year the 10-12 Bible churches in the Mexico City metro area get together and have a joint ...
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Areli’s 15años

This past Sunday we celebrated Areli Abigail's 15th birthday as a church. The quinceaños celebration here is a ...
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Watching and Waiting from Afar

After a lot of agonizing weeks, Mayra and I finally made the decision that academically it would be ...
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A Month of Transition

After a very productive and exciting Spring/Summer of short-term teams, where we were privileged to receive a total ...
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Highlights from DVBS, Basketball and English Week

This year was the second year for our DVBS program in the relatively new (2 1/2 year old) ...
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Friendship Coffee and Mexico Matters

We are pleased to announce a new partnership between Friendship Coffee and Mexico Matters! Some of you may ...
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God is Working in the Church Here

Word of Life Bible Institute Mexico does a super job with their summer camps. Last year, David came ...
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Pastor Kirk Belmont–A Weekend of Teaching

Kirk Belmont, pastor of Hope Community Church, Mount Joy, PA, first came to Ixtapaluca last summer with a ...
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Baking Classes, Remodeling and Outreach Events with WOL

Our second week of team ministry here in Mexico was truly special, working hand in hand with some ...
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Baking Classes and Remodeling Project

In one day of promoting next week's baking classes on Facebook, we reached the limit of 40 women ...
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A Wonderful Week in Oaxaca

This past week, 17 of us traveled in three vehicles to the Mexican state of Oaxaca, and enjoyed ...
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Still Water Community Church and Lighthouse Community Church Weekends

Still playing catch-up with this blog...during the month of May we were privileged to be visited by old ...
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Fun, Weird Happenings

Today Mayra and I were returning from downtown Mexico City. Mayra had an appointment with an orthopedic specialist ...
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Cathy’s Graduation–MCSS Class of 2019

Cathy graduated from Mt. Calvary last Saturday! Below...a tribute I wrote to her. There is not just one ...
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Cathy’s Graduation (and a quick trip to PA)

I went up to PA last week for three reasons. The most important one was to be present ...
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Easter Week 2019

Kids have off school for two weeks over Easter, and the city empties out. Everyone, it seems, goes ...
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Church Basketball Team

A bunch of guys primarily from a couple of the churches here have been playing basketball for a ...
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Church Services and Combined Youth Activities

We are happy to report that our Sunday services in the new, rented facility are going well, aside ...
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A Special Evangelistic Project

If you've been down to visit us here, you've probably met Samuel. He is an elder at the ...
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Anniversary and Baptisms 2019

Next Sunday we're invited to the Jesús María church to celebrate their 9th anniversary. How well I remember ...
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Palmas 1 Church Plant 2.0

Thank you for your prayers for a new facility to rent. Our first Sunday this past Sunday was ...
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Saying Goodbye to “El Rincón Feliz”

Last Sunday was our last week at our first (and only) place of meeting for the Palmas 1 ...
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The Pilgrimage of Church Planting

If you have a church building that you go to pretty much every Sunday, and perhaps twice or ...
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Accidents and Vehicle Inspections

One reason no one in his or her right mind would want to live with the borders of ...
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Camp Bighorn 2019

We are privileged to host a group of 10 from Camp Bighorn, Plains Montana for the third year ...
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Back in the Swing of Things

It was good to be in church this past Sunday for just the second time after a four ...
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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 ...
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Cultural Differences

Everyone is aware that culture plays a huge role in how we view the world, but culture is ...
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Long Lines to Get Gas in Mexico

We are excited to return to Mexico after an extended time in PA over these past 4 1/2 ...
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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 ...
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Mexico Matters Grows Up

Same ministry, new capacity for facilitating short-term teams and projects. During our time in the U.S. we've wanted ...
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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 ...
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Cathy’s Health, Daniel’s Plans

Thanks to those of you who have been praying for our daughter Cathy. We had another appointment at ...
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Second Tournament, Dreamers Defend Title

Last Saturday, November 3, we organized our second soccer tournament at the Elizabethtown Poplar St. Park, and we ...
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David’s Season as an E-town Bear

Mini-Neymar. After Neymar's rather weak performance in the World Cup, with all the flopping and crying he did, ...
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Friendship Coffee and Latin Missions

I belong to a small missions agency in Mexico dedicated to encourage Latins to go to all the ...
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Hispanic Heritage Celebration E-town

We're excited about an activity this October 6, designed to bring Hispanics together around two favorite pastimes....soccer and ...
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Hope Community 2018

We very much enjoyed our time with 18 team members from Hope Community, Mt. Joy, PA, here from ...
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MK and Bi-cultural Missionary Families

I've been serving in Mexico now for 25+ years, having come to Mexico as a full-time missionary in ...
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Summer Adventures 2018 Part 1

We're looking forward to a great time with Hope Community Church, coming soon to help with our first ...
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Mexico’s New Political Reality!

This past Monday Mexico played Brazil in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Mexico has never gotten past ...
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Mount Calvary June 2018

I didn't have opportunity to post this past week...probably because I was too exhausted to do so! But ...
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What I’m Reading

How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/21/how-fortnite-captured-teens-hearts-and-minds Mexico's Ruling Party Is a Dead Man Walking https://www.realclearworld.com/2018/05/08/mexico039s_ruling_party_is_a_dead_man_walking_191909.html Mexican ...
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Visit from Lighthouse Community, Torrance CA

Several weeks ago we were honored to receive a small delegation of four people from Lighthouse Community, of ...
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A Preview of Summer 2018 Activities

This summer Lord willing we'll be again hosting groups from three different churches and some individual visitors as ...
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Exciting News!

We are excited to announce that Matheus da Silva, a young man who served with us on weekends ...
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Word of Life/Palabra de Vida Mexico for Kids Day 2018 (video)

This past weekend was the third year in a row that a group of young people from Word ...
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April Conference Mt. Calvary

Last week we had the opportunity to be in PA for a week, participating in Mt. Calvary's missions ...
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Easter Youth Activity (video)

These past two weeks have sort of been a blur...but I did want to post a short video ...
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8th Anniversary Celebration and Baptisms

Below is a video and some pictures of this past Sunday, when we celebrated the 8th anniversary of ...
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Future Projects

We're always thinking about ways to improve community, and foster outreach. One project for this summer is to ...
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Cultural Challenges Camp Bighorn 2018

For the second year, we had the privilege of hosting Camp Bighorn's Journey program. They spend just over ...
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Camp Bighorn Returns

Camp Bighorn is a Christian Camp located in the beautiful state of Montana. After an exploratory trip to ...
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What Are Your “Core Values?”

We just completed a 15-week study on the church's doctrinal statement, and are now transitioning into a series ...
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Community Center Week 2

The total participation for the different community center classes this past Saturday, the second week of activity, was ...
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Community Center Events 2018

As many of you know, the auditorium in Jesus Maria was coconstructed this past year, and services began ...
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2018 Here We Come

Oh, you never know what a year might bring! But a couple of things we do know will ...
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Oaxaca Relief Update

When a 8.2° Richter earthquake hits an area, it does not recover in a week or so. Or ...
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Power in Weakness

A different post this Saturday morning. It's easy to fall into the trap of talking about progress and ...
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First Service in New Auditorium, JM

Many of you have been involved with either praying for or giving toward the Jesus Maria auditorium project. ...
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Visit to Río Blanco, Veracruz

The Fry family had a great time this past weekend visiting friends in Rio Blanco, Veracruz, very close ...
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I Love My Van

Yesterday Francisco and I drove the 3 hours to Toluca to pick up 30 wheelchairs, half of which ...
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Palmas 1 First Anniversary!

Hard to believe it's been a year already! Yesterday our service was dedicated to celebrating the goodness of ...
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Kaycee and Alex’s Wedding

We were privileged to attend Alex Yee and Kaycee (Kaba) Yee's wedding in Torrance, California, on Saturday, September ...
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Anniversaries, Relief Work and God’s Protection

We're in Puebla this Sunday, visiting Chalo and Beth Sandoval's latest church plant, Maranatha Bible Church. I'm preaching, ...
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To Juchitán and Back: The Shocking Power of an 8.2° Earthquake

I left Thursday at 5:30 a.m., and returned home around 10:00 p.m. Friday, after driving 1,005 miles, much ...
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Relief Work, Studies and the Best Cake Ever

A sincere thank you to all of you who have donated and prayed for the ongoing relief efforts ...
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Tarps and Blankets

Our relief efforts continued this past Thursday, with another foray into the state of Morelos, visiting some of ...
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Relief Work in Morelos

It was a long day, but a very good day today. We found ourselves doing some things we ...
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Earthquake(s) in Mexico

"The dog ate our homework" has been replaced by an equally unlikely excuse; two earthquakes in the last ...
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Back in the Groove

It's been great to get back into a bit of a routine with the ministry in Palmas 1. ...
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PA Peacefulness

After waiting around 5 hours in an immigration office the day before our flight left, I was able ...
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Leroy Chapel Construction and Outreach (video)

What a week we had this past week! Sort of a blur, actually, but the results remain. The ...
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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, ...
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Mt. Calvary STM trip–2nd Half

The following schedule will give you an idea of what we attempt to do with short-term teams.  Obviously ...
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Pictorial Review of the Last Four Days.

Mount Calvary Team June 2017, First 4 Daze: Hearing aid and reading glasses outreach with skit and song ...
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Summertime Summertime

As is often the case during the summer, there's a lot going on here. Today, a group of ...
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Oikos (not the yogurt) and English

One focus of our community center activities here is English classes.  I currently teach English every Tuesday and ...
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Wall Going Up! Roof Soon Going On!

The Jesus Maria church property was fully paid for by the grace of God in June, 2013, and ...
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Weekends…a bit quieter! Gracias chicos!

If you've been following this blog at all you are aware that we've been receiving student interns from ...
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Renacidos “Reborn” in Ixtapaluca

This past weekend, as I mentioned previously, two of the churches here hosted 19 students from Word of ...
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Missions, Relationships and Grace

Hard to believe how many spiritual and family connections can be made in one short weekend!  It all ...
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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 ...
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David Crazy…and other prayer requests

David is with his multiple student intern friends at Word of Life Bible Institute Mexico this week, participating ...
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Guano and Seeds

What does the word guano mean? Ok, some of you may be thinking...well, that's a Spanish word, and ...
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What the Church Looks Like (and Gibson City)

I was impressed these past several weeks at the nature of the ministry team here. We had the ...
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Theme T-shirt 2017

Every year we have a theme for the year...here are some past themes: Haz lo mismo en tu ...
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Adventures in Culture

I mentioned in a previous post that Camp Bighorn was going to be with us. We had a ...
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A Short-Term Team Runs on Water and Coke

A group of 11 people from Camp Bighorn in Montana arrive tomorrow, to spend the first week of ...
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Ruth and Elena

We met Reg and Cesca Genter way back in 1997 (I think), before any of our kids were ...
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Energy Price Increase in Mexico

You may have heard that Mexico's gasoline prices have gone up significantly recently, prompting some isolated rioting, and ...
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Video Update

Several videos from this past weekend. http://mexicomatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/excercise-class.mp4 http://mexicomatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/liga-invictos.mp4 http://mexicomatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/youth-matheus.mp4 http://mexicomatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1-second.mp4  
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Weekend in Pictures (2)

This past weekend was another great time, with several kids making decisions for Jesus in the soccer league. ...
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Articles I’m Reading

Here are some articles that I've been reading lately...on a wide variety of topics. I’m Pro-Life and Pro-Refugee ...
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Weekend Update in Pictures

Weekends are such fun times around here. Productive ones, too, with a Bible study, kids club, soccer league, ...
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Astro Transmission Issues

This past Friday I dropped the kids off at their school in Puebla, and took advantage of the ...
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PA Dutch Pig Stomach

I mentioned previously that I was going to dedicate a post to making Pig Stomach...so here it is! ...
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Community Center Events January 2017

This past week we created and had printed out 3 foot by 4.5 foot vinyl banners to promote ...
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Soccer, English, Growth

After a wonderful time in PA (coming...a post on pig stomach), we returned to Mexico in time to ...
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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. ...
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

This past week has been full of year-end activities. Some of the highlights...a Christmas youth group get-together complete ...
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Journey Program Mexico

This March a unique Christian wilderness/extreme sports ministry is going cross-cultural, and we're excited to be involved. Josh ...
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Ministry and a Mini-Road Trip (Part 2)

Mexico is a beautiful country, with some very unique urban areas and rural landscape. After church last Sunday, ...
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Ministry and a Mini-Road Trip (Part 1)

Rod's cousin Marla and her son Kyle came for a visit this past week, and we really didn't ...
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Church Plant Update

Thanks to so many of you who have been praying for the new church plant in another of ...
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Around 2700 students in 4 days

Matheus, Cheila and Karen, three of the four WOL students who normally visit us on the weekends, were ...
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Third Church Plant in Ixtapaluca!

Some of you know that this past Sunday, November 6, we officially began Sunday services in Palmas 1, ...
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Schoolhouse Rock

A couple of weeks ago David, Cathy and I (Rod) went to the Jr. Hi School where Samuel ...
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An Extended Death Celebration

I was explaining a Christian's position regarding multiple holidays throughout the year last night to a couple of ...
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WOL Pastors Conference 2016

Last year was the first year that we attended a Pastors Conference sponsored by Word of Life Mexico. ...
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Play. Eat. Sing. Eat. Teach. Eat, repeat…

Teaching. Eating. Singing. Eating. Playing. Eating. Ministering. Do you see a pattern here?  So was our second weekend ...
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First Youth Meeting (with Sendero and WOL kids)

Had a great time with Matheus, Cheila, Rebecca and about 15 kids from both Sendero de Vida churches ...
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Meet Rebecca Contreras

Rebecca is the third member of a group of students from Word of Life Bible Institute, who will ...
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Meet Cheila Fernandes

Meet Cheila Fernandes! She and Matheus are both from Portugal, and we met them both last summer at ...
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Meet Matheus Da Silva

If you've been following this blog you know that we're super excited to be able to work with ...
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One Neighborhood at a Time

You may remember (ok, probably not) a post from last Fall that mentioned Matheus and Cheila, and how ...
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Two Videos from September

The two videos below are: 1. A very short visual of some of the food we ate as ...
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Remember the Pokémon Go Craze?

It wasn't more than a couple of months ago that it wasn't uncommon to see groups of young ...
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Auditorium Progress

There are a lot of parallels to the construction of a building and the formation of a life.  ...
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FAMEX Conference in Guadalajara

I (Rod) am privileged to participate in a small Mexican missions agency based in Mexico called FAMEX, short ...
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Where Language Divides, Love Speaks (by Kaitlyn Black)

Going to Mexico I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and I guess you could say I was ...
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Hydroponic Projects (and submersible pumps)

I had the unexpected treat of spending the weekend with Gaspar Chablé, a pastor, rancher and friend from ...
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Word of Life Connection

We are pretty familiar with Word of Life Bible Institute out of Schroon Lake, NY.  Although we have ...
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Summer Fruit

This summer has been busy for us. I actually hate using the word "busy" because so often it ...
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Hope Community and DVBS 2016

It's been an exciting week for our annual church DVBS, this week setting some records as far as ...
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Short-term Missions Preparation

Short-term missions trips require a lot of work, both on the part of the organizing church leadership as ...
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Eternal Matters

If you've been paying attention to this blog (and others) and to our FB page, you've seen a ...
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“Immeasurably More!”

It's been a while since I've posted anything here. Sorry about that. I've been running around with 36 ...
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Auditorium Addition

We are extremely grateful for all of your prayers and financial investment in the church in Jesús María. ...
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Mt. Calvary Church–Review of the Week

These past 9 days we were privileged to host a group of 20 people from Mt. Calvary Church, ...
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Summer Power Shuffle Begins

Tomorrow our summer of activity officially begins, with the arrival of a group of 20 (plus our son ...
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Wheelchairs!

I finally got word mid-week last week that I could deposit funds for 30 wheelchairs and go pick ...
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Confirming Details

A group of around 20 people from Mt. Calvary Church, Elizabethtown PA will be arriving June 10, Lord ...
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Preparation

This past week I was involved in a series of meetings, and there are a lot of details, ...
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Book List

I get my book list probably from the same place you do...from friends who say, "Hey, you gotta ...
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WoL/PdV

Usually when I use the initials "Wol" I'm referring to my home church, Word of Life Chapel. Over ...
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Word of Life Bible Institute Zona de Impacto

This weekend we are excited to have a group of students from Word of Life Bible Institute, located ...
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Cantando en Español and English

If you need a prayer request, pray for this woman. Her name is Deborah Giese (pronounced GEESE-Y, yeah, ...
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Hearing Aids and Beautification Project

A fairly new outreach for us here is the donation of hearing amplification devices. All we require is ...
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Exponential 2x2x2 Timmy

Every year we think about a general theme to caption the gist of our we do here for ...
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Mexico City Madness

It's not easy to live in the Mexico City metro area. It really seems like the city government ...
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Our own Sweet 14, and the “Undefeated” Soccer League

This past week we put on two major sports outreach events. The first was our 5th soccer tournament ...
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Rio Grande Bible Institute and the Landrums

This past Wednesday, son David and I, along with pastor friend Erik Morga and his wife Patty and ...
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Make our World Beautiful

The picture at the top of this post is an actually picture of the wall in front of ...
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Daniel’s Recovery from Knee Surgery

As you may recall, our son Daniel tore both his ACL and MCL in the last two minutes ...
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How to Reach Out?

One of the questions I like to ask churches (and ask myself) is this: How do we as ...
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Oaxaca Men’s Week 2016

After our week in CA with Valley Bible we arrived home on a Monday night. On Tuesday I ...
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San Francisco and Valley Bible

The last two weeks for us have been a blessed blur, as we spent a week with friends ...
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Uncharted Waters and Tiempo de Vivir

Our relationship with Uncharted Waters Sports Ministry in Ixtapaluca goes way back to 2007, when a team of ...
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Gracias Kaycee!

We have been privileged to work alongside Kaycee Kaba for the last year as she has served the ...
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ACL Surgery Prayer Request

Many of you know that our son Daniel tore his ACL and MCL (two ligaments in his knee) ...
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Top 10 posts from 2015

Here are the top ten posts from 2015. A sincere thanks to those of you who occasionally visit ...
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Wheelchair Ministry Thank You (video)

This is going to prove to be a classic post. Below, our daughter Cathy doing a short video ...
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Drywalling

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Gethsemane (a poem)

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A Story of Forgiveness and Redemption

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Urban and Rural Outreach

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A Van Full of Goodies

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Good Neighbors

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Summertime Happiness

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Baptisms!

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Cars and Corruption

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Request List #1

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Summer Teams

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Summer Overdrive

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Too Fearful to be Sorrowful

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We Can Afford to be Generous People

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Cursed is the One who Trusts in Man

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Doctrinally Sound, Lovingly Tolerant

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A Broad Definition of Faith

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Playing with Baby Dolls

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Community Center Rationale

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Christmas Weekend

This weekend was a special one, with a prayer walk Saturday morning, an evangelism time Sunday morning and ...
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Quick Trip, Two Purposes

Last week I flew into Harrisburg, PA, then drove up to Boston for three days with son Daniel. ...
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Illustrating God’s Word

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Wheelchair Outreach Recharged

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I wrote recently that many in the U.S. are enjoying plunging gasoline prices. Take a look at what ...
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Theological Fruits and Nuts

I’ve been discouraged lately about the state of the evangelical church in Mexico. For the last two weeks ...
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Day of the Dead Outreach

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Construction and Chicharrón

I stopped by the church around 1:30 p.m. today and found our construction foreman, Miguel, with his group ...
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Mini-Neymar

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Daniel’s Day Off

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The Church and the Building

Necessity is the mother of invention! Necessity dictates that we become more concerned about security after our church ...
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The Volcano is Still There

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Theft and Missions

I just got a call from Samuel informing me that the church was broken into yet again. This ...
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Back in the Deep South

Our trip from Pennsylvania back to Mexico City was full and fun. Adam Landrum and his son Lucas ...
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It's so beautiful in Lancaster County, PA! Daniel has survived two weeks of "two-a-day" football practices, in spite ...
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So...it's been a while since I published here. Everybody needs a little time away, and we are so ...
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MissionXChange Internship 2015

Some of you may have heard that Rod and Mayra Fry are teaming up with Dave Miller and ...
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End of Internship. Lessons Learned

Earlier this week the 5 students that composed this year's summer internship experience boarded a plane and returned ...
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Soccer Tournament Outreach

What a Saturday! Actually the success of last Saturday began about 5 weeks ago. At least twice a ...
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Painting Project

Over the last several weeks the inside of the church has continued to undergo transformation, with the rough ...
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A Blessed Weekend (part 2)

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A Blessed Weekend (part 1)

Through an interesting sequence of events we were introduced to a Christian rehabilitation center in a nearby neighborhood ...
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We're gearing up for a full weekend, preparing for a "Mini-fería" or Mini-Fair in a public area in ...
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Baptisms July 2014

We all have messed up. We stumble through life searching for something to give us purpose, to grant ...
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Teaching and Learning

The interns are involved in teaching English in several neighborhoods nearly every day, and on Tuesday were invited ...
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Nacho Libre

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All in a Day’s Work

You never know what you're getting in for teaching English at the local jr. high school. Today, Peter ...
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Superstar Soccer Status (video)

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Redemption

We just finished week 4 on our Tuesday night study on salvation. Now that we totally have mastered ...
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The Importance of Meals

The Mexico national team won in dramatic fashion today, over a strong Croatian team. Final score...3-1. The victory ...
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Influence

I was talking to a new friend, Hussam, yesterday about the importance of the gospel impacting a community ...
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So How Long Have You Been in Mexico?

Every now and then I get this question. Just compare the two photos below and it will give ...
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Cleaning up the Neighborhood

Those of you who know me pretty well know that one of my requests for a future occupation ...
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That’s just something I do.

This week has been a busy one as far as teaching. On Tuesday I began a 6-week series ...
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Short-Term Missions Done Right

Thinking about a short-term missions experience? Not sure you want to deal with the hyper-activity? Not sure you ...
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Only One Worthy

I've written about the celebration of Ixtapaluca's patron saint, El Señor de los milagros, or "Lord of Miracles" ...
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Some of you know that we're excited about kicking off a new 6-week long mission experience next summer, ...
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Dysfunctional Communication

We're preaching through Genesis as a church, and I've had the privilege of preaching through chapters 25-32. Preaching ...
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Do you really know what tacos even are?

Some helpful hints to help you determine if you are eating a real taco: Taco Bell tacos are ...
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A Three Hour Tour

Depending on how old you are, the phrase "a three hour tour" might bring to mind lyrics like ...
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Daredevil David

If I'm not mistaken, "riding the rail" is Chicago slang for "going to the racetrack." Well no, we're ...
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Blogging with Friends

All of our co-workers, and even a future co-worker, are communicative. Communicative, mind you, can be used as ...
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Blogging with Friends

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Take a Mission Vacation. Come to Mexico.

Mayra and I just talked to the owners of a two-bedroom house in a nearby neighborhood. We are ...
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Milk, Gas and Razors

A gallon of milk in Mexico (at Walmart) costs 51.50 pesos, or about $3.96 U.S. Minimum wage in ...
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Hi there! I've begun to transition over to a new website entitled MexicoMatters.org. Check out the latest post, ...
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Food and Ministry

While at a missions conference at Mt. Calvary Church, lead pastor Richard Vaughn mentioned that book that I ...
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Earth Movers R Us

A bunch of church people showed up at 10 a.m. this morning to move several cubic meters of ...
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Wheelchair Donation Request

I just sent a petition for 50 more wheelchairs to Operation Blessing today. Apparently they do not have ...
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New Logo!

Take a look at our brand new MexicoMatters.org logo, which Samuel just created for us. We are just ...
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New Logo!

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Summertime Preview…and a new 1st

Summers are without a doubt one of our busiest times of ministry in Mexico, largely due to the ...
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If I Were a Mission Agency President (part 2)

I remember graduating from Bible school and talking to the pastor of my home church about the possibility ...
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If I Were the President of a MIssions Agency (part 2)

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Two Videos of Sendero de Vida’s Church Service

Below, several videos of services that we've had at the new property. The first video was made by ...
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If I Were a Missions Agency President (part 1)

I remember a long time ago a number of people told me that I was going to be ...
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If I were a Mission Agency President (part 1)

I remember a long time ago a number of people told me that I was going to be ...
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Getting Missional

Word definitions are curious animals, especially when a new word or word phrase makes a debut. The American ...
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Let’s Get David Back to Uruguay

The video below is about David Gomez's ministry in the country of Uruguay. David is a good friend ...
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Sendero de Vida JM 4th Anniversary Celebration

Check out some pictures from the church's 4th anniversary yesterday. What a great time we had, with both ...
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MexicoMatters.org

Over the course of the next couple of weeks (and maybe sooner) we will be changing the way ...
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Big News for Daniel and Our Family!

A big thanks to Mt. Calvary Church and School. We spent a full, encouraging four days with Pastors Dick and ...
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Daniel will be a Charger!

A big thanks to Mt. Calvary Church and School. We spent a full, encouraging four days with Pastors ...
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Worship Languages…Nature and Community

Quite a challenging sermon by Dr. Dan Sheard, who is also superintendent at the school. Are we beholding ...
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This Weekend at Mount Calvary

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Cornerstone Youth Center Event

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Video of Last Sunday’s Service in JM

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Property Progress Pics

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Moses at Sight and Sound

Thanks to some gracious people who my parents know who are employees at Sight and Sound Theatre, the ...
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Good Conference at Wolc…and Snow!

This past weekend we were extremely privileged to take part in Word of Life Chapel's missions conference. I ...
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All of Us (Daniel too) Made it to PA

After a smooth day of travel yesterday with a slight delay on our connecting flight from Chicago to ...
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Language and Culture…a Barrier, but also a Bridge

Last Sunday David Gómez shared in our Sunday morning worship hour. David is one of several Mexican missionaries ...
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Passport Trauma Continues

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Core Values of the Sendero de Vida Bible Church (part 1 of 2)

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Language and Culture. Barriers, Bridges, Trampolines.

Last Sunday David Gómez shared in our Sunday morning worship hour. David is one of several Mexican missionaries ...
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A Pictorial Rewiew of the Property Development (en español también)

It has been a little over 14 months since we signed a contract to buy a property for ...
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Quietly Extraordinary (part 2)

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Quietly Extraordinary (part 1)

This past Tuesday I ordered arrachera fajitas and he ordered stuffed chipotle peppers. The conversation that followed was ...
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Trip to Veracruz (part 3)

I mentioned before church services practically happened around the clock. The velorio did not lack for pastors and ...
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Trip to Veracruz (part 2)

I was weak because of lack of sleep and literally nothing in my stomach. A 6-hour trip through ...
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Trip to Veracruz (part 1)

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Passports. Grr…

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Seeing Things

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Reflecciones del amor y el matrimonio, C.S. Lewis

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My Temporary Office…and Reflections on Jonah

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Changes and Vision

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20 More Wheelchairs, 20000 more pills

A big thanks to those who have donated for our ongoing wheelchair ministry. To date we've donated about ...
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Less than Circumspect Inspection

Something happened to me today which didn't seem all that surprising to be honest, at least to me. ...
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Mission Field to Mission Force (part 3) The Education Virus

I remember graduating from Bible College (MBI) and thinking I knew something about the local church and about ...
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Mission Field to Mission Force (part 2) Ethnocentrism

I am not a statistician. I am not a missiologist either. But I am involved in missions in ...
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Marrying and Burying People

Part of the reason I wanted to become a missionary was so that I wouldn't have to marry ...
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Mission Field to Mission Force? (part 1)

Much has been said about the potential of Latin American countries becoming a significant force, perhaps even the predominant ...
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Tiempo de Vivir Community Center Activities

The week we kick off another semester of community center activities. I'm heading in to teach our first ...
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A Horrible Accident

On Wednesday, a group of of including all the members of FAMEX (all three of us!) drove up ...
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Wheelchair Events (pictures)

I wanted to put some pictures of the three wheelchair events we did over this past weekend, but ...
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Sledgehammers and Wheelchairs

These last three days have been full and productive ones. I'm exhausted! Really. I can't hardly type. For ...
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Wheelchair Events in New Neighborhoods

Over the next four days we will be donating 21 wheelchairs to needy people in three different neighborhoods ...
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The Decline of a Society (part 2)

I remember when President Bush invaded Iraq. I have no desire to get into the politics of that ...
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The Decline of a Society (part 1)

My recent short visit to Lancaster County, PA, was delightful, and surprising my parents was priceless. I almost ...
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Faith Sees the Unseen

This Christmas season has been full of diverse events, both joyous and melancholy, full of surprises and sickness, ...
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End of Year Surprises

I like surprises, and like surprising. Turns out we received several generous Christmas gifts at this year's end, ...
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Thank You, Feliz Navidad!

The Fry Family wants to wish you a blessed Christmas season, and a new year rededicated to listening ...
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Weddings, Funerals and Festivities

Over the last month we've had the privilege in participating in three of the most significant life events ...
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Exchanging the Glory of the Immortal God for Images

This is one of the rather intense blog posts, so if you're not really interested in getting a ...
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Short-term Teams Done Right (part 2)

In my last post I focused on some misconceptions regarding short-term teams, in this post I'll be more ...
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Short-Term Teams Done Right (Part 1)

I've had several conversations recently with churches desirous of making missions more relevant to their local congregations. Unfortunately ...
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Short-term Opps Done Right. (part 3) Openness and Humility

This is the final blog on Short-term Opps Done Right. If you missed the first two blogs, click ...
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Short-term Opps Done Right (part 2)

In my last post I focused on some misconceptions regarding short-term teams, in this post I'll be more ...
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Guitar, Drums, Watching TV. All at Once. Sure!

Here's Daniel on the drums and cousin Israel on the electric guitar. Oh, can we watch football while ...
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Short-term Opps Done Right (part 1)

I've had several conversations recently with churches desirous of making missions more relevant to their local congregations. Unfortunately ...
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Quinceaños, Weddings and Tattoos

This year's final month is going to be full of special activities, with a girl from our church ...
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You Just Gotta Smile

For those of you who know David a little bit, well, you know he's pretty active. My wife ...
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Justice and Injustice: The Need for a Supreme Being

This past Sunday afternoon Samuel and Aurora invited us up to their house, and we spent the better ...
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20 Wheelchairs, a Drum Set, Random Kitchen Appliances and Two Dogs

Just when Tina thought that nothing more could fit into her garaje space, I show up with 20 ...
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Prayer for Don Ruben

We'd ask your prayers for Aurora´s father Ruben. He had a heart attack, and was transferred from a ...
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Valley Reunion. Good Friends. Same Language

We've had a lot of people in our house over the years, including many visitors from the U.S. ...
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A Church Making a Difference

Mayra and I have the wonderful privilege of being supported by Valley Bible Church, in the San Francisco ...
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Valley Journal. Diversity and Unity in the Church

We first met a group from Valley Bible Church way back in 2002 (maybe). One thing led to ...
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A Child Against the Darkness

I've commented before on how Mexico makes a five-day weekend out of celebrating death, so I won't go ...
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Charlie’s Plowman’s Farm

Check out Charlie Estañol's fascinating new ministry project, The Plowman's Farm, and the video that informs as to ...
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Getting our Hands Dirty…and Transitions

Last week we stopped renting a two-bedroom home, affectionately known as "la casa de David," a house on ...
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Mensaje para Halloween y Día de los Muertos

NO TE DEJES ENGAÑAR…POR ESTAS FIESTAS Y TRADICIONES En este país celebramos la muerte. La muerte es un ...
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Praying to Mary. Part 5 in a Series. Is Mexico a Christian Country?

There is a very common misperception in the U.S. today (and unfortunately even in missiological circles) that Mexican ...
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Gotta be Some Sort of Record

Last night David ordered and polished off 3 orders of his favorite taco, beef without cheese. That's like ...
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My Cousin Ben and the Tragedy of Abortion

Recently a friend in Minnesota, Alyssa, has been reminding many of us of the tragedy of abortion, and ...
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When Mexico Loves the U.S.

My sons and I and practically the whole entire country were watching Mexico's crazy game against Costa Rica ...
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Jour de l’Action de grâce

We're excited to celebrate Canada Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l'Action de grâce) with the Cottrills today...well, at least most ...
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Nuevo curso: la apologética cristiana

La apologética cristiana ¿Cuántas personas que conocemos han empezado a creer en Santa Claus o en los Reyes ...
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The Whole World Will Be Ours…but in the meantime

We are in the process of forming a Mexican non-profit to give our community center ministry here more ...
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Recent Top Blog Posts

Recent popular blog posts. If you missed them, check them out! Stick out Like a Sore Thumb. Translating ...
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Missions Conference Time and “The Call”

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Vocabulario prohibido en la casa Fry

Abajo, una lista de palabras no gratas en nuestra casa. En sí tal vez no son groserías...¡pero tampoco ...
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WoW at Corban

The banner at the top of the blog is the banner that friend Paul Johnson will be using ...
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Stick Out Like a Sore Thumb

Friday at ExpoCristiana I had the opportunity to translate for Elizabeth George during an interview on live TV ...
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Guitar Class and Random Thoughts

First of all, a quick prayer request for Aurora, Samuel's wife. She has been suffering from unusually high ...
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Book List and Community Center Update

Here's a list of books that I've either just finished or am in the process of reading. Most ...
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A Circular Dinner at the WTC Mexico City

After never visiting the World Trade Center in all our years here, turns out going there is becoming ...
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Innovative Organizations

Organizations and websites that are on my radar. Operation Blessingis a huge relief organization based out of Virginia ...
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Miriam, Tashami, Carmen and God

Last night Miriam called us. We met Miriam two summers ago at our first wheelchair distribution event, in ...
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No News and Good News…Property Update

I spoke with Rodrigo today, the architech who is helping us navigate through the legal obstacle course of ...
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Community Center Activities for Fall 2013

This week marks the 7th (I think) semester of classes for our community center Tiempo de Vivir, affiliated ...
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Rain, Rain Go Away

Thanks for those of you who have been praying for Aurora's parents. It would appear that the majority ...
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Prayer for the Coasts

The picture of Mayra and Aurora is from 2010, when a bunch of us (19) took a 5-day ...
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Unimaginable Dangers, Many Secrets

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Wheelchair Video (from event yesterday)

A big thank you to co-work Jim Cottrill who accompanied me yesterday to this event and produced this ...
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Which is Easier, to Heal or to Forgive?

Mark 9:1-12 is a great passage to read right before you donate wheelchairs to a group of people ...
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The Essential Ingredient

I found myself talking for a long while about all sorts of very good stuff yesterday, in a ...
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Land, Mobility and Migraines

So much to write about...so much that is difficult to express and explain in such a small space. ...
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$21 per Wheelchair

Ismael and I cruised into the Mexico City today to pick up 20 Generation 2 wheelchairs to be ...
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Had a great time this past weekend with Josiah Heigel and his (special) friend Heather Nero. We took ...
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Wheelchairs and Oaxaca

Next Thursday Ismael and I will be going into the city a bit to pick up 20 wheelchairs. ...
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Small Steps Toward Progress

Well, the church property project drama continues. Apparently on Monday night, overnight, about 35, 18 ft. lengths of ...
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Tale of Two Trees

Turns out our tree cutting party was shut down because of a minor error on the part of ...
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The Weightlessness of Evil

One of my favorite sections from all of C.S. Lewis' writings. What evil is when compared to the ...
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Progress Being Made, Slowly

With permits in hand, progress is being made at the property. Today, a small door was opened in ...
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Our Little Girl is 13!

Hard to believe that we have two teenagers in the house now. Cathy turns 13 today, and the ...
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LCC Pastoral Visit at 12,000 ft.

After a pretty busy summer it has been great to hang out and fellowship with Jeff Pierce and ...
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How Great is Our God

Yesterday was a full day and another standing-room-only service at Sendero JM. Really a special time of worship, ...
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Mexico City Excursion

The Wolc team and half of Mexico was in downtown Mexico City this afternoon. Highlights of our time--several ...
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Kid’s Club Wrap-Up

I didn't post anything yesterday because we only arrived home around 12:30 last night, after a great night ...
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Day 4

Below, several pictures from Day 4 of the kids club. Marla also helped with a baking class, bringing ...
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Day 3 Kids Club and Construction

Once again, not a whole lot of time to write an extensive report...because it's already about 11 p.m. ...
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Kids Club, Day 2, Craft time Day 1

We really have no idea how many kids we had today...estimates go from 65 to 90, but was ...
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Day 1 Wolc Team

All ten members of the team arrived on time, but we're still waiting on Shawn's luggage! Everyone else, ...
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Teachers Dressed as Flight Attendents

Last night the many in the church turned out to help clean up the área in front of ...
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It’s Not as Hot Here As You Think

This morning I went to the local Office Depot and got a bunch of orientation packets printed out ...
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Sleep-overs, Nerf Wars and Puzzles

This post is dedicated to our kids and our nephews! They've been engaged in a permanent pajama party ...
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Giving a Bit of Orientation

Thanks to those of you who prayed for my prayer this past Sunday. It was a really neat ...
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A Sunday Prayer

When Daniel's football season began, we were happy to see that of 8 weekend games, only two were ...
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Kid’s Club Extravaganza

Every year for the past 10 years, long before the Jesús María church began to meet, Marta and ...
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Minion Birthday

Here's some pictures of David's birthday party yesterday. The amazing thing is that he actually smiled normally for ...
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Internship Program Finale and the Red Dragons

Our 2013 summer internship is officially over, with our interns returning to Dallas/Denton for a short debrief time ...
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Community Projects, Part 2

Today was our second day of community service projects, and the first day of a youth day camp ...
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Serving God through Serving our Community

After a challenging devotional time talking about the last days of King Josiah in 2 Chronicles (is that ...
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Baptisms Sendero de Vida

Lots happening here, but one really special event that we participated in as a church family here this ...
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Visitors and Activities

These last few days have been a blur of sorts, with people coming and going (mostly coming), trying ...
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Football…with Helmets and Such

This past Sunday Daniel played his second official football game, and his team, the Cherokees, dominated the entire ...
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Everybody Needs to Get Sick at Least Once While Here

Mayra and I got a call at 5:30 a.m. this morning. Now, that's never good news! And it ...
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Interns and Vocanoes

Tomorrow our interns return from Guadalajara after being there about 12 days, participating in a youth retreat, being ...
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Honor Guards (video)

Can you find our two youngest kids? This was the official, former transfer of flag duties from one ...
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Cathy’s Graduation from 6th Grade

Here's some pictures from Cathy's graduation this Friday. Where did my Little girl go! More comments later.
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Christmas in July. Sort of.

It's a rare thing indeed to wake up on a 4th of July and find the world was ...
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Summer DVBS Poster and Airplane

Every year we have multiple kids clubs. Just a couple of weeks ago we did a sports camp, ...
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Standing Room Only

Here's a shot of our church service on Sunday, with David Mena outside. Thanks for the picture, Jim ...
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We Need a New Meeting Place!

Yesterday was a fun day at church, with probably a record attendance. I always get a kick out ...
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Do Math First Next Year

Last night we once again had a full house, with a send-off party for Jacklyn Punt. Always great ...
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Truth Stranger than Fiction

In another example that true is sometimes stranger than fiction, several of us were once again judges for ...
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Quinceaños. No Big Deal for Boys

We've begun our annual five-month birthday run. Turns out that the five of us have birthdays in June, ...
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More than Overnight to Deliver

Had a great time of worship and hearing the Word today. We did a lot of traveling over ...
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Rain, Sports and Evangelism

A big shout-out to Mike Contreras and Teo Moreno, and the Uncharted Waters program that they use. All ...
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TESOL and Sports Day #2

Fun night last night watching the 6th game of the NBA finals with Mike Contreras and Teo (or ...
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Sports Week in Ixtapaluca

Check out Tina's blog post and Jim's blog post about the first day of a summer sports week ...
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Is Mexico a Christian Country? Part 6

The following is the latest in a series of blogs entitled "Is Mexico a Christian Country." It is ...
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Post-Conference Interview with Dave Miller

Last night we had a great time celebrating Daniel's 15th birthday with some friends, including Abbie Middleton, a ...
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Rain, Traffic, and Daniel’s B-Day!

I take Daniel to his practices twice a week usually, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. His football practices go ...
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How Much to Rent a Backhoe?

Last night Samuel and I met with a man who will be helping us navigate through the maze ...
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Algebra Class

Daniel has taken a sudden interest in algebra. Could it be that his current teacher, Jacklyn, is much ...
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72 Hours of English Classes…Go!

Marcy Metzger, our first intern to arrive this summer, has already begun to teach English. She will be ...
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Fullback or Linebacker?

I thought I'd post some pics of Daniel during an early practice this morning (6 a.m. to 8 ...
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Let the Games Begin

Tina has a great post summarizing some of the activities of this summer. Check it out HERE. Daniel's ...
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Summer Internship and Activities

We are excited to begin our summer internship program here. Marcy, an MBI student, is the first to ...
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Bulldozers, Pig Sties and Church Planting

Every now and then I am reminded of the differences between ministry in the U.S. and ministry here. ...
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16 kids, 40+ grandkids

I went with Lydia, Allan's mom and a friend of hers to deliver our last Gen1 wheelchair today, ...
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Saying Goodbye to Victor

This past Friday night we had another 40+ people in our house, most of them young people, to ...
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Living Counter-Culturally

Yesterday I took the Green 1999 Chevy that we have to have some minor repairs done. The term ...
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Sillas y Pastillas (Chairs and Pills)

"Sillas and pastillas" sounds a lot better in Spanish because it rhymes. "Chairs and pills" just doesn’t jingle ...
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Equality and Fiestas

Victor Monterroso from the Boston area has been with us for the last three weeks, and has been ...
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Iztapalapa Anniversary Sunday

The Iztapalapa Bible Church, renamed Peña de Horeb a few years back, started Sunday services way back in ...
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FAMEX Missions Conference 2013

This past weekend is a bit of a blur, but a pleasant blur, with much blessing and challenge. ...
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Lost Phone. Pyramids. Cool Stories

Ok, so I pick up Tony Vasquez at the airport last night and return to where Daniel has ...
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Victor’s Adventures at Aztec Stadium

Victor is back with us after a few days in Ciudad Azteca with the Topp family. While there ...
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153 Big Fish

I'm in the midst of studying for a sermon for next Sunday, May 26, at Peña de Horeb, ...
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Residency Exam

Yesterday was a fun day at the Fry household, with over 40 people in our relatively small house. Late ...
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Two Videos about Good Works and God’s Love

Here are two videos related to two workshops that will be presented at the FAMEX missions conference coming ...
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Colorful and Aromatic (!) Xochimilco

Yesterday we took advantage of Teacher's Day (May 15 in Mexico) to take Victor and the family to ...
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Reaching the World is Better Together

Planning continues for the FAMEX missions conference coming up in two weeks. Tony Vasquez will be the main ...
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What? I Have a Car But Can’t Drive It?

This past weekend, after a nice time with Mayra's mother for Mother's Day on Friday (in Mexico that ...
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On the Roof of the Cathedral

Yesterday Mayra needed to buy some things downtown, and the kids had off school (again), so we took ...
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Harvest Bible Mexico City

Yesterday I had the opportunity to preach at Harvest Bible, Mexico City, doing pulpit supply for a week ...
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Families Together!

Rare indeed to have our two families together...but we managed to make it happen earlier this week! The ...
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Remembering A Year Ago With Thanksgiving (A pictorial review)

A little over a year ago, at around 1 p.m. in the afternoon, a got a rather frantic ...
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Mr. Fix-It

Whenever my dad comes to Mexico, we save some things for him to do. Not really. But he ...
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La Antigua, Veracruz

My dad and son officiating mass (not really) in a chapel in La Antigua, Veracruz, constructed in 1523, ...
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One of My Favorite Things

One of my favorite things to do in all the world is fishing, and now I can always ...
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Dan and Dad

Great to have mom and dad Fry down for a visit! Here, Daniel and my dad go head ...
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Generation 3:16

Last night I took my son to football practice, and planned to talk to my good friend Toño ...
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Noah and Claudia

Some of you may recognize the names Noah (Noé) and his wife Claudia, and their two boys, Claudio (17) ...
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Drum Classes and Visitors

Our church is blessed to have a great drummer, Allan, who really lights it on Sunday as part ...
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Promo Poster FAMEX Missions Conference

Below, a promo poster for our FAMEX missions conference, here in Mexico City May 24-25. We're excited to ...
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Not of this World…Visa Process and Citizenship Issues

It always is funny to me when people say things like, "Well, because your wife married you, she ...
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Political and Religious Conquest Do Not Mix (Part 5 in a series)

Check out previous postings on this subject HERE.The Spanish conquest of the New World, including Mexico, commenced around ...
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Top Posts for the last 12 Months

Here are the Top 10 posts from April 2012 to April 2013. Click on the link to check ...
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An Action Packed Missions Conference in May

Friend Erik Morga and I spent a good part of Tuesday morning planning this year's FAMEX missions conference, ...
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Evaluación DISC

Hoy al rato, en una reunión de líderes, vamos a evaluarnos usando una herramiento que se llama DISC, ...
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Women’s Conference April 27

Here's a promo poster for a women's conference that our church is hosting the end of this month. ...
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Phillipines Report, Fish Farms and Finishing the Task

I was delighted to confirm the participation of Operation Blessing Mexico at our upcoming missions conference the end ...
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Wanna Play Football in Mexico?

Yes, I know, when I say football I should mean soccer, right?  Especially because we live in Mexico, especially ...
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Mr. Joe Ata

Over the past year we've distributed around 60 wheelchairs through an organization called Operation Blessing. Marta and I ...
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Is Mexico a Christian Country? (Part 4)

Missed previous entries? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3Pre-Reformation CatholicismMonumental events occurred in the early 1500s, history altering ...
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Third Anniversary Celebration Picture (and update)

Below, a picture of most of us at Sendero de Vida Jesús María's 3rd anniversary service. The church ...
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Is Mexico a Christian Country? Part 3

Check out Jim Cottrill's blog post on some recent events here.What follows is a short entry on what ...
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He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

I grew up attending Easter Sunrise Services in my home church in PA, and now celebrate this super-special ...
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Is Mexico a Christian Country? (Part 2)

Miss part 1? Check it out HERE.Disclaimers I was recently with a friend, and I gave him grief ...
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Space Portals, Cool Trees and Hippies

(Yes, I know I promised to write about Mexican Roman Catholicism, but this is so much more fun!)When ...
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Third Anniversary, Sendero 2

What a great time we had at church yesterday, celebrating the church's 3rd anniversary with a packed house! ...
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Community Center Program

Last evening, after a rather raining afternoon, we had our 8th(?)closing program at the community center. It was ...
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Is Mexico a Christian Country? (Part 1)

If you check out Operation World's facts and statistics regarding Mexico, you'll find that Mexico is 95% "Christian."  ...
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Calculus is a Foreign Language in Any Language

Last night after the Bible study on Daniel 9, I took Charles and Samuel out for tacos. I ...
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Zach, We Have to Board!

We so enjoyed two couples who visited us here in Ixtapaluca for the last week or so. Pete ...
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Egg Hunt

It's been a crazy weekend. I'm still recovering! Fortunately the kids didn't have school today in honor of ...
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Snow on the Volcanoes

Co-worker Jim Cottrill took several pictures this morning of the spectacular view we have from where we live ...
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An Historic Moment

Yesterday Daniel and I were with friends Pete and Beth Gross, Zach and Vonnie Netzly and Abigayle English, ...
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Escape to the Mountains

Great to have Pete and Beth Gross, Zach and Vonnie Netzley, and Abigayle English. A big shout-out to ...
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Hector and Lilia

The power of the gospel is most clearly seen in the transformation of people's lives, and rarely have ...
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Football Family

Yeah, when thing get a bit rough in the Fry residence, we all put on our helmets and ...
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Property Project Update–Crunch Time!

As many of you know, we are smack dab in the middle of a project to raise funds ...
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New Life in Christ Studies, Revive Ministry

Our friend Samuel has been working on the artwork Volume 5 of New Life in Christ, or Nueva Vida ...
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Church Planting Questions

What is your opinion with regards to these important aspects of starting a new church? Is a full-time ...
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Cold Day in Mexico City

This morning when we left home for church around 8:45 a.m., the outside temperature was 37°F. We are ...
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The Uncontrollable Nature of Idolatry

Our daily trip to drop the kids off at school every day is an obstacle course, as we ...
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Radical Grace (Part 2)

(if you missed Part 1, you might want to start by clicking HERE.)Romans chapter six reminds us that ...
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Radical Grace (Part 1)

I’ve been preaching through two chapters in Romans, chapters 6 and 7, and have been learning tons. Perhaps ...
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Father Son Outing at 12,000ft

Just so happens that this year Ismael and I are circuit coordinators this year. Basically we coordinate events ...
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Board Games and Future Projects

I received word recently that Operation Blessing Mexico (click here for U.S. site in English) now has second ...
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Dave and Popo

Yesterday I spent the morning with new friend Dave Miller, from Adventures in Life Ministry. We met through ...
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Authenticity and the Missionary Enterprise

Lastly in this brief foray into authenticity in ministry, I’d like to talk about the missionary enterprise.  I ...
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