2017 was our first full year of being the designated leaders over the work in Mexico. Mountain Gateway founders Britt and Audrey Hancock were the pioneers missionaries who started everything where we are. Now they have assigned us to watch over their sheep that they brought into the kingdom. And even more importantly, God has made us pastors of over 200 believers spread out over many different villages. It is a huge blessing to be entrusted with that. It is also a huge responsibility that we don’t take lightly.
In English, “pastor” and “shepherd” are two different words.
But in the Spanish language,
the word for pastor and shepherd are the exact same word. This helped us realize how important it is to take care of the believers/sheep under us. This past year we’ve learned a lot. We experienced many new challenges. We were pushed at times beyond our limits and had to really depend on God’s power to get us through. But God has been with us every step of the way and we are excited about what’s going to happen in 2018!
Here’s some of the highlights of 2017…
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” – Romans 10:14-15
Thank you all for your support, both prayerful and financially. We could not do this with the help of other believers. We thank God every time we think of you.
Jeff, Mary Beth, Tybee Joy, and Isaiah