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Rhonda in Acuna

Posted in Family, Missions on September 28, 2007 by Lee

About a week ago now Rhonda (a long with the M&Ms) took a trip with Southland Baptist Church to Acuna, Mexico. Southland goes on a regular bases to do ministry with this orphanage.
Rhonda and baby
Rhonda went to help translate and to expose our M&M’s to a different world. There are some pictures on our flickr. You can find the link HERE or to the right of this page.

Enjoy!!

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Chihuahua, Mexico – More New Friends

Posted in Chihuahua Mexico, Missions on March 14, 2007 by Lee

See the whole Chihuahua story HERE.

Chihuahua Mexico – Day 4

Day four began at our meeting with Abram Cervantez. It was a great meeting and very confirming. We were able to talk about college ministry in Mexico and get a little history on the area here. We will now begin working toward a meeting with some national ministry leaders here in Mexico to discuss possibilities in Chihuahua. We were able to close our time with Abram by praying for him and his church family.

Monday was disignated as a day to see the city. So we headed down town (with Abram’s help) and connected with Jose and some of his friends (students or graduates of Tech de Monterrey). We spent the entire day with him and his friends. It was a great day of building our friendship with these students. They were terrific host.

Some of our tour guides in Chihuahua

Jose and his friends gave us tickets to a theater production that he and two of his friends helped write. It was a musical – dance – drama presentation of the history of the Tango. So we attended the production. It was a great cultural experience and allowed us more time with Jose and his friends. (BTW: Guess who else was at the theater – Abram Cervantez, his wife and the associate pastor and his wife of Abram’s church.) We closed the evening with dinner with Abram, his wife and the other couple – along with Manuel and Natalie (two of the friends we were with all day.)

It was a great day. The time with these students was well spent.

Chihuahua, Mexico – Day 5

This day was much more intense and full of some great encounters with college students. We headed out for our campus tour at Tech de Monterrey. We met up with Jose – as well as two other students on the campus. These two students are part of the Christian prayer group we were hoping to connect with.

Tech De Monterrey

These guys gave us a great tour of the campus. We stopped for lunch on the campus and spent time with the students from the prayer group and Jose, Natalie and Manuel.

Group on tour at Tech

After lunch Rhonda and I stepped aside to meet with David and Ruth. They are the leaders of the prayer group on the campus. David shared with us his vision for ministry with college students of Tech de Monterrey. It was incrediable and there are some very real possibilities of us helping him in this effort.

At about 1:30 we rushed over and joined the prayer group. It was an incrediable experience to sit and listen to these students plead with God for their campus. I was very touched and moved by all of it.

Prayer Group at Tech

I was able to share with this small group about the two year journey I have been on to get to Chihuahua. To see God begin to open doors has been very encouraging and humbling.

Ruth and David wanted us to meet their pastor and youth pastor. So they rushed us off to meet with the two of them. We spent a couple of hours at this church. Most of the time we visited with their youth minister to talk about some of the things he is doing to reach out to students. He was a great help and provided some good direction. He will be an asset to us.

We headed back to the campus to pick up Jose and Natalie. This time Jose took us to eat Eletas. This was another one of those great cultural experiences. Jose and his friends led us back to our hotel where we said our good byes. It was bitter sweet. I hope and pray we get to see them again.

Sign at Elotes

Some of the Group eating Elotes

We took about 30 minutes and headed out to dinner – 8:30 PM. We called up Elizabeth (from day 2). She met up with us. We were able to talk to her about her campus. I asked what she envisioned about ministering to students on her campus. Would you believe her vision was very similar to that of David’s. I think God is up to something!!!

We spent about an 1.5 with Elizabeth. She is a sweetheart and will be a great assest to future ministry on her campus.

Final thoughts

I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams that so many connections would be made, in the fashion they were made. Oh, me of little faith!! The meeting of people, timeing, and vision were all brought together in a way that was divinely set into motion. Only God can receive glory for what happened.

It is difficult on this blog to paint the picture for you. I hope as I continue to process the week to update you on the progress. I also hope to fill in some details on the events of the week – I have left some out. I will also post pictures here and set up an album on flickr by the end of the week.

It will take time to pray through everything. It will take divine wisdom to figure out what needs to happen next. In the mean time, I am looking to return soon to start diving in and make a reality out of ministering to students in Mexico. I only hope to be a part of what many are already doing.

Pray for us. We are returning home on Wednesday (3-14). It is a long drive.

Thanks for praying and feel free to post any comments you have.

Chihuahua, Mexico – Arrival & New Friends

Posted in Chihuahua Mexico, Missions on March 12, 2007 by Lee

See the whole journey here.

Chihuahua, Mexico – Day 2 Juarez & Chihuahua

Day 2 went off with out a hitch. God provided some great people to help us get to our destination.

The first was the Olmos family. Sam and Monica along with their young son hosted us for the night. They were great host and made us feel very welcome in El Paso.

Olmos Family

Monica took some time out and led on across the border into Juarez.

Sign in Juarez

She helped us get our visas, exchange money and find the road on to Chihuahua city. We were so blessed to have their help. They were great host and great guides for our journey.

From Juarez we headed south for Chihuahua. After about 4 hours and a whole lot of nothing we made it to Chihuahua and found our hotel.

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We checked into our rooms and I made a few phone calls (with Rhonda’s help). The students went took some time to get settled in the rooms. Micah and Megan enjoyed some cartoons – in Spanish.

Two more great people God placed in our path were Abram and Elizabeth. Abram is a graduate of the university we will be touring on Tuesday. He studied at Angelo State for a year – he was involved in the BSM and plays a very mean bass. Elizabeth is currently a student at a university in Chihuahua. Her father is a minister with the Methodist Church in Mexico.

Abram and Elizabeth

They took time out of their evening and showed us a few sights in the city. It was great to see Abram and to meet Elizabeth. Spending time with her gave us more insight into college students in Mexico and into the heart of two young people who truly love Jesus and want to impact their world for the gospel.

We end up going to church the next morning with Abram and Elizabeth. This brings us to day three….

Chihuahua, Mexico – Day 3 Church Visits

Service times are a bit different here in Chihuahua. We did not leave for church until 11:30 AM. So we were able to sleep in a bit and recover from the crazy trip in. The service began at 12 noon.

ASU at Shalom

The night before Abram invited into his home for lunch after church. We excepted!

Abram met us at the hotel to take us to his church. He plays in the praise band. We enjoyed a great service and another cultural experience.

After church we headed to Abram’s house. We met his parents and enjoyed a great meal. We were able to spend our time during lunch with 4 college students who attend church with Abram. Again another opportunity to see and encourage Christian college students in Chihuahua. We spent our entire afternoon with the family.

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Abram took our team to the mall near by where they met up with Jose. Jose is another one of those people who God has provided for us. He is currently studying at ASU but returned to Chihuahua for spring break. He is going to be our guide on Monday and possibly Tuesday.

That evening we attended church at Primera Iglesia Bauptista. Another opportunity God placed in your laps. The pastor of this church is very good friends with one of the key players to starting student work in this city once again. We were able to meet with him for a bit after church and make a better connect to Abram Cervantez – the key player in the city. We will be meeting with him on Monday morning.

It has been amazing to see how God is working. It seemed every place we went we were connected to people who may end up being a player in the efforts to start something or they pointed us toward people who could help.

There are other details – like meeting a student from Pennsylvania who is here working in an school that teaches English. Or tonight at dinner our waiter is a student on the university we will tour on Tuesday.

Be praying for Abram, Elizabeth, Abram Cervantez and for additional people with a heart for students and a love for God.

Chihuahua Mexico – Day 1

Posted in Chihuahua Mexico, Missions on March 11, 2007 by Lee

For the most recent post on Mexico see the link here.

Chihuahua, Mexico – Day 1 (Traveling to El Paso)

Our journey began about 2 PM on Friday afternoon. We hit the road for El Paso, TX. We would travel to El Paso and spend the night and continue on the next morning to Juarez, then on to Chihuahua on Saturday.

We pulled into McKamey, TX about 5 PM. The van we are using begins to run very hot and nearly over heat. I pulled in to assess the situation. McKamey lacks mechanics open after 5 PM – nor do they have any auto part stores. So the van cools down – we turn the AC off and continue on to Ft. Stockton.

We pull into an auto parts store – who helps us determine we may have a themostat that is sticking. They help find a mechanic. We had over to the mechanic (after hours) and they agree to stay open and fix it for us. This is a family business and it is the Birthday of son – who is the mechanic who ends up working on the van with his dad.

Van in the Shop

We head on to resturant to eat.

Hitching a Ride

Resturant in Ft Stockton

After a great meal we walk back to van – she is fixed and then it is on to El Paso – only a 3 hour delay.

We arrive in El Paso and try to get some rest. It is another day of driving tomorrow. This time in the country of Mexico.

Not quite what I was Thinking

Posted in Blogging, Chihuahua Mexico, Family, Missions, Personal Updates on March 8, 2007 by Lee

Well, as you can see. It has been only one week and I have failed already at posting on this blog the way I have planned. So I guess I will have to start over – AFTER SPRING BREAK.

In the mean time here is a little update:

Rhonda and I (along with the M&M’s) will be leading a group of students to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. We are going into Chihuahua to look at the possiblities of establishing, or helping an exsisting work to college students on at least one campus.

The Lord as already begin to open some doors for us. I will share more about the open doors later.

I plan on posting on this blog while we are in Mexico – so be checking back often between March 9 – 15 for the full story of our journey into Chihuahua. I hope there will be a few pictures as well.

I am very excited about this trip – especially about taking Rhonda and the M&M’s. This will be Rhonda’s second mission trip together. This will be the first time to take the M&M’s with us. We are looking forward to modeling the truth of missoins to them during the week.

A Few Reasons for Missions

Posted in Missions on September 14, 2005 by Lee

We are grearing up for mission in our ministry. Been thinking a bit about it. Here are 3 good reasons why we do missions out of Romans 1:5. (This is a very general breakdown – hopefully more expansion later.

Reasons for Missions – So many good ones

1. We have received grace. Since we have been receipents of grace we need to be proclaimers of the grace we have received.

2. We have a calling. An apostleship or calling is place before each of us to take the gospel to the nations.

3. For the sake of God’s name. The most important – ALL is to be done for the sake of God’s name. So that his name is made known amoung the nations.