This year started out with a short but sweet visit with our family in the Dominican Republic on Christmas day. Family, food, celebrations, baseball, and beaches made for a memorable first visit in three years and the first time our family has been able to meet our precious baby boys!
The church planter training program, called the Residency, has resumed classes with our twelve students and is now halfway through our launch year. We have endeavored to challenge the hearts and minds of present and future church planting pastors and their wives. Preaching for life change, outreach that results in rescue of lost souls, and clear organization that builds leaders are among the recent modules taught.
The training is going so well that we have decided to expand our vision and impact. Next year we plan to add online video training to the in-person training so that training can be shared with a broader audience across Mexico and Latin America. This new strategy is ground breaking and very exciting but will require our training staff, lead by Joe, to work overtime throughout the next months on our facility, courses, and training.
This week our team has organized our second church planter assessment, called Avanza, where three couples will be helped to find their next best step for ministry with hopes that some will be a good fit for future church planting.
Patty has been working hard developing a new strategy for informing and facilitating visiting teams and interns for Impacto Latino. She will be working at least 10-15 hours a week from home and a couple of days from the office. She is enjoying using her background to contribute to the team and mission while cherishing being a mom to our two sweet boys.
On a personal note, I (Joe) want to thank you for your prayers as both my grandparents went to be with the Lord in heaven the same week. They loved well, lived each day to the fullest, taught me so much and shared hope in Jesus with contagious joy.
Please pray for…
-The Residency Program and the online video training preparation.
-The completion of funds needed for the second church plant.
-Patty to find balance between ministry and family.
-Avanza (this weekend) and all the candidates, observers, and staff involved.
-Our family, that our boys will continue to grow and find joy while serving with us.
Thank you so much for your prayers and for standing with us to share Jesus´ rescue here in Queretaro, Mexico! We are so blessed to have you in our partnership team.
May the Lord bless you,