A season in life
We are coming out of a very interesting season in life. In Spanish season is translated a temporada which is closely related to something being temporary, not permanent, regardless of how long it may be or seem. It was definitely a challenging season, but it allowed us to rely on God, trust His sovereignty and hope for the best. At the beginning of it all I was sharing with my team from 1 Peter 5:8-10. These verses helped us look at our circumstances with different eyes.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
It seemed like a long time, I am sure we all had something to say about how tired, and weary we felt with some aspects of global circumstances. That same passage, now that cases have remained low and steadily decreasing, at least in our state, provides a testimony of how truthful Scripture is. We have endured this season/temporada of life. We have seen God’s provision for our lives, our ministry and our church partners. On behalf of my team, we want to say thank you for your prayers, your phone calls and emails, definitely your support. Many of you have played an essential role in the way God extended his faithfulness to all of us.
The beginning of the year was a little bumpy, as we were and are eager to welcome groups again, even though it is not what we do on a daily basis, we do miss it! We had hoped to welcome many groups again this summer but are excited about the interest churches are expressing for 2023 and to have one church already signed up. And God has provided individuals who are coming down to help us run our ministry outreach programs this summer. We have plans to do our English Summer Camp, our BBQ camp and our Baking Camp, as well as help Refugio 121 with their renovation project. We are so excited to see what God is going to do.
VBS is back!
One of the most exciting things as well is to see how the body of Christ is ready to step things up. VBS is a huge aspect of summer ministry and for two years, there had been honorable attempts of what pretended to substitute VBS the way we all know it. VBS is happening this summer, there are still challenges and obstacles to sort through, but not too long ago, over 400 Sunday school teachers and volunteers from many different churches in Monterrey attended a training session for the VBS program they are all doing this summer. It is the perfect VBS program for 2022 since it is called: It is TIME to go out! Our team is helping our churches with VBS. Pray for those kids, their parents and for everybody involved in making this happen. So, they Know God and Advance Missions!
We have a new team member! Paola is our latest addition to our team. She was a summer intern last summer and she applied to be a full-time missionary with TIME. Paola and Kike got married in January and she moved to Monterrey. She is doing well and is a blessing to our team and many more. Keep Paola and Kike in your prayers!
Another positive change for us was the possibility to welcome local churches to use our facilities. We recently hosted a group of 50 students, high school, and college from a church in Monterrey. After that, more churches have shown interest and we already have some dates booked for the second half of the year! We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve the local church and help them in their mission to know God more!