Greetings from Mexico,
I hope this update finds you and your family healthy and blessed! In our updates, you usually get a generous dose of what is going on in the church and ministry, and even my life (Mike) personally. But in this update, I am excited to focus on the rest (and better part) of my family, to give you an update on what the family is up to.
Throughout our 18 plus years of service here in Mexico, I couldn’t have done a thing without my amazing and virtuous wife, Sarah. Sarah isn’t only my partner in ministry, but my best friend and a key part of everything God has done here over the years.
Presently, Sarah is teaching Spanish to American homeschool families two days a week. This unique job connects Sarah’s love for the Spanish language along with her love for children. (You may not know that Sarah is a credentialed California teacher, who taught Kindergarten in the California public school system for our first three years of marriage!)
With the coronavirus affecting everything we do, this year Sarah’s teaching load has doubled. Not only is she offering live classes with social distancing up in Orange County, she is also doing ZOOM online classes. This adjustment has not been easy for Sarah or her students. It has been a blessing for me to witness the zoom meetings and hear these youngsters excelling in their Spanish. Please keep my favorite school teacher Sarah and her Spanish classes in your prayers.
My daughter Grace is now 20 years old and she has been staying busy finishing up her AA through the local San Diego Community College. Grace is and always has been diligent and self-motivated in her college studies, and continues to get straight A’s in her classes. (I guess she takes after her mother in that!) Grace is still deciding what her college major will be, but I know that wherever the Lord directs her, she’s going to work hard and excel.
On the church side of things, Grace enjoys spending time with her friends in our church’s young adult group Agamos! (Greek word that means “unmarried” ) She also assists me in my live preaching by being my faithful media assistant. In this important position, Grace is in charge of putting the worship slides and sermon notes up on the video screens for the services. This job has taken on added significance as much of our congregation is now tuning in online for our services. I am very thankful that God has given me a quiet, godly daughter that has brought much joy to my life.
My son Daniel just graduated from high school and also turned 18! After I jokingly posted online that he was looking for a car (while standing in front of two old junkers) a ministry partner donated their used Cadillac. I have never seen a young man more excited than Daniel was to receive this 23 year old car that was still in great condition. Daniel has now become the main errand boy in the house, as he looks for each and every opportunity to go out and take his new car for a drive.
Daniel is very focused on his basketball and he has progressed to the point where his old man can’t keep up with him anymore. This summer he tried out for and made the local youth all star team, and he has even traveled to different Mexican states with his team to compete in tournaments. As the only gringo (white guy) on the team, his opponents are amazed to see this white boy that speaks perfect Spanish. Of course they aren’t aware that Daniel has lived in Mexico since he was 2 weeks old.
Daniel is also active in ministry at the church. He leads a weekly discipleship group on ZOOM where he disciples a couple of the freshmen boys in our church youth group. Daniel also helps lead worship three times a week at the church in our men’s study, youth study, and on our main worship team. A special blessing for me was having Daniel lead worship with me on the keyboard during three of our services in September.
I am so blessed to have a family that loves Jesus and serves with me in the great work that God is doing here. We feel honored and blessed that you have chosen to partner with us through your prayers and finances which allow us to serve full time with you in the ripe mission fields of Mexico! THANK YOU!
Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike, Sarah, Grace, and Daniel
1- That God would provide for our family’s needs, and raise up 3 new financial partners to cover our friends that are no longer able to continue!
2- That God would bless Grace as she prays about her next steps in schooling. (Her major and her new college)
3- That God would bless and strengthen Sarah in her online and live Spanish classes!
1- Praise God that He has kept our family safe from the coronavirus.
2- Praise God for our new batch of church planters who are studying and preparing to be sent out to church plant in the future!
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