We have been very blessed over the last months and we are grateful to you as partners who participate with us through your prayers and giving.
During the months of September and October we continued to visit potential supporters for the new churches in Mexico. We were blessed through meetings with several new friends and church families that we feel will eventually become partners with IMPACTOLatino in planting Churches in the great cities of Mexico.
Many of you may know that we also began the process toward a significant transition in our own ministry. We have been doing these two month trips to the United States to do fundraising and recruiting for IMPACTOLatino. However, after several years we have seen that the two month timeframe really limits our effectiveness to talk with potential new partners and continue contacts with existing partnering congregations. We and our team have come to the conclusion that we should spend more of our time in the United States dedicated to the development of new partnerships for each new church plant. Therefore over the next couple of year we will divide our time between Mexico and the United States, spending 6 months in each location.
During the two months in the U.S. last year we researched several locations and we have decided that we will be making a home base in Indianapolis during our six months in the United States. We will be setting up a living situation on the Southside of Indy. As ministry responsibilities permit, this will give Dee access to visit with her mom who is in a memory care unit on the Southside of Indianapolis. Our relationships are deep in Indy, so we feel there will be counsel and support for us as we use this centrally located city as a base to reach out to other regions around the United States.
On October 31 we returned to Queretaro, Mexico and made the next important steps in this transition. We began the process to move from the house we had been in for almost three years. We found a smaller, one level house and more importantly, with lower rents. We move the first couple of weeks of November while attending several important projects, including the meeting of the Board of Advisors of IMPACTOLatino that were meeting for the first time in Mexico.
Upon return to Queretaro, we were also asked to join in the Administrative Counsel for the coming new congregation, The Anchor church. This new congregation has its lead church planter and an additional staff couple that will most likely participate on a part-time arrangement. The original plan was that this congregation would launch at the end of 2019, however, fundraising goals were not reached and that launch has had to be delayed. The Administrative Counsel will be meeting in the next weeks to project when a new launch date is feasible. Of the the annual need only 34% has been committed to by partnering congregations. Fortunately, that is enough to pay the lead pastor and his family. Andy and Bitia (lead pastors) have been able to move to the target area of Queretaro and the team has been able to being the cell group ministry.