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,
In August we held a youth outreach in three different communities. Around 120 kids showed up in total over the three days. 21 kids decided to give their lives to Jesus! We are trying to start up a youth ministry here and this was a great way to start it off! It was great having the Donattos here, our fellow missionary family. They have five kids. Josiah, their oldest, was very involved each day. He lead worship with the guitar each day, and on the last day was the one to preach! 4 kids decided to accept Jesus that day!
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New Church Building
|We started off 2017 by moving into a new building for our main services on Sundays and Wednesday nights. It is located on the main street of town, right next to the market. Our hope was more people would be able to come to church from out of town, because Sunday is market day. The response from the locals has been great. We have seen a increase in attendance, averaging around 60 people on Sundays.
Being in the center of town, there are a lot of people who pass by the church. We have been praying that people would see the church sign and God would draw them in. We have already seen fruit from these prayers! There have been multiple families who didn’t know anyone, but seeing the sign, entered, heard the message, and decided to follow Jesus. They have been faithful in returning every week as well! (more…)