In this update I wanted to share with you about the amazing things that God did as my wife Sarah and I took a missions trip in March to visit Guanujuato Mexico. The state of Guanujuato is located in central Mexico and it has a rich heritage.
Many of the most famous events of Mexico’s foundation and history took place in this amazing state. Guanujuato is also one of the most unreached parts of Mexico with less than 2% professing Christians. A special highlight of this trip was being able to travel with our good friend (and our pastor’s wife) Debbie Douglass.
Our main purpose of this trip was to visit our good friends and church planters Jose Luis and Isabel Rangel along with their two children, Luis and Elias. You might remember that this precious family lived with us for a number of years, served on full time staff at the church, and then we sent them out to plant a church in their hometown 2 years ago. The Rangel family lives and ministers in a large city called Irapuato, where they each host a thriving men’s and women’s weekly Bible study in their home. We brought their studies together for a mini marriage conference that I was able to teach at. We were blessed as three other local pastors were able to attend with their families and we were able to develop a connection with each one of them.
During our time in Guanujuato, we did a ministry trip out to a mountainous region called “The Sierras.” Our friend Jose Luis was born and raised in this isolated community, and we were happy to provide a meal, worship, and the Gospel as we served alongside of a church from a neighboring city called Silao.
It was an amazing experience to witness how these families still live in primitive conditions with no electricity, running water, or cell phone coverage. We found the people in this village very responsive to the Gospel and our friends have committed to do a monthly ministry trip there with a church being planted in the community as the long term goal.
Finally, on Sunday we were able to visit and share at a wonderful local church in a city called Silao. We were also able to spend some time visiting with their Pastor Alejandro and his family. Over the years, we have developed a deep relationship with Pastor Alejandro, and we were blessed to ordain him last year and provide him with the ministry covering that he was desiring. This is a young vibrant church and we know that God is doing to do great things in Silao and the surrounding cities.
We believe that God has placed this strategic state of Guanujuato as a focus for our church planting and missions work. To that end, we are planning to send out our next church planters (Pedro Ramirez and his wife Angeles) to Pedro’s hometown of Leon Guanujuato. (Population 1.5 Million) We are making future plans to visit this region each year to do ministry projects and host a free conference open to all of the local churches. When we have the dates set for that mission’s trip in 2015, everyone will be invited to fly down to Guanujuato and join us! (including you!)
The spiritual ground in Guanujuato Mexico is hard and dry, but we believe that God has great plans for this state! And on our missions trip, we were able to witness that God has raised up a number of faithful pastors and church planters to plow the ground and bring in a harvest.
Finally, I would like to once again thank you for your partnership with our family and ministry this past month. It is through your prayers that we are strengthened spiritually, and it is through your financial partnership that God provides for our needs.
Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel