April News: New & old friends, plus a community center update!

April 30, 2018|News|

A team from Monterrey with the staff and volunteers after pouring a roof in Reynosa

Working with Brothers and Sisters from Monterrey

We had the honor this month to host the students from Berea Bible Institute in Monterrey, a large city in Mexico about three hours away from Reynosa. Our executive director David’s parents co-founded the school 52 years ago, and David himself graduated from there, as well as our current pastor Carlos. For the past couple years, students have been coming up to Reynosa and Miguel Alemán on the weekends to assist with church activities. Because of this special bond, it was exciting for us to have the whole student body working in Reynosa with us! They poured a roof, helped with activities at church, and hosted special events for the local kids for Children’s Day. What a blessing!

The students from Monterrey performing a skit for Childrens Day at the clinic in Reynosa

The students from Monterrey putting on a show for Childrens Day at the church in Reynosa

The students from Monterrey performing a skit for Childrens Day at the clinic in Reynosa

Carlos and David with Pablo the director of Berea in Monterrey

Building a Home

This month, we hosted a new team from North Carolina with many familiar faces. They built a home for a deserving family and volunteered in different areas of the ministry, including the children’s nutrition program at the clinic and the garden in Naranjito. A downpour one morning delayed the work a little, but it brought cooler temperatures, and the team worked hard to get everything done!

We have a few spots left for the fall and are already booking teams for 2019! If you or someone you know is interested in bringing a team to Mexico, get in touch. Check out our mission work group schedule online and email Colleen to schedule or for more information!

Friends working together on the jobsite in Reynosa

Singing Unidos Unidos together at church in Reynosa

Harvesting fresh onions from the garden in Naranjito

Wife and husband Kathy and Doug on the jobsite in Mexico

A downpour of rain in Reynosa

Community Center Update

We’re getting so close to finishing our community center in Miguel Alemán! On the inside, we’re installing cabinets and necessities, like sinks and toilets, and putting in the interior doors and hardware. On the outside, we’re pouring the sidewalk/patio around the building. We are so excited at the progress and can’t wait to open this center to be a blessing to the community!

Progress at the community center in Miguel Aleman

Progress at the community center in Miguel Aleman

Prayer Requests

We believe in the power of prayer, so please join us in praying for:

  • Our founder Deantin, who is currently battling cancer. He had a procedure for his treatment this month that went smoothly and is now recovering at home and is doing well. Keep praying for him, his health and his wife Lidia.
  • Dora, our caretaker in Reynosa, who is still recovering from a fractured wrist after a fall in February. She is now out of the splint but not cleared to work yet, but we can’t wait to have her back. Pray for her as she continues to heal.
  • Petra, the wife of our retired foreman Ezequiel, had a stroke a couple months ago and continues to slowly recover. Pray for her and her health, as well as Ezequiel, as being her sole caretaker has taken a toll on his health and stress level as well.
  • Praise! Carmen, the wife of our Miguel Alemán pastor Benito, is doing much better after suffering from health issues for several months. Praise be to God!

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” 
Romans 12:12

Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Faith Ministry in Mexico

In April, we celebrated National Volunteer Week! In the past year, we’ve had over 400 volunteers come and work with us from across the U.S. (and Scotland!), and we couldn’t be more grateful for them. One thing you don’t get back in life is time, and we truly appreciate the time volunteers give when they come to work alongside us in Mexico.

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