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Winter Ministry

Of course, it never really seems like winter here. Sure, it can dip down into the low 40s or even sometimes into the high 30s, but later on in the day you’re enjoying 70-75°F weather. As I write, David at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is getting buried in 10″ of snow. It was …

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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, Iztaccíhuatl (translated the white woman, or sleeping woman) and Popocatépetl (the smoking mountain), which is a very active volcano. Izta and Popo for short.  It’s really a beautiful area. We went to celebrate Sendero Palmas’ fifth anniversary.  …

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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 disasters?  Read on! God continues to work in the hearts and lives of people. Mexico City is probably 2-4 weeks behind much of the U.S. in dealing with the virus. Churches have been re-congregating little by little. …

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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 outreach in Violeta’s home. Mayra organized the program, including an ice breaker, and Viri clearly shared the gospel. Six people responded, indicating that their desire was to put their faith in Christ!  The ladies prepared some delicious …

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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 group can go from awesome to nearly non-existent in the space of 6 months?? We have certainly had some challenges with the youth ministry here in Ixtapaluca. I won’t go into the details why, but we’ve been …

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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 course on hermeneutics, which deals with how to correctly interpret the Bible. We have looked at different passages of scripture together, from texts as diverse as Genesis 1, Psalms 51, the book of Haggai and the book …

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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) Palmas 1 church. After having relatively low numbers last year, we were all excited to see how many kids would attend this year’s club. The first three days, between 53-56 kids were present, and we finished out …

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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 July 20-28, including the church’s senior pastor, Kirk Belmont. While here, the group of teenagers and adults participated in a soccer tournament, an English class, two hearing aid/reading glasses outreach events, and a visit to a nearby …

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