Christmas programs in rural Mexico are already underway. We are so grateful to all those who made these life-impacting outreaches a reality. The Gospel of Jesus is preached to over 16,000 people every year in the small villages and towns of northern Mexico .... since 1987.
Missions:a Privilege Not a Price
After a year and a half of two vehicles in limbo on the Mexican border, (due to legalities/national strikes) waiting to be imported to Mexico (for two Institute El Shaddai ministers to have) we are right in the middle of crossing them in-- please join us in prayer for favor and safe passage.
Focus: Pastors Beto and Zulma Ruelas.
Town: New Cumpas
Population: part of the 5000+ of Cumpas
Beto and Zulma have 3 children. Betito is 19, Isela who is 12, Jason is 7....
Zulma graduates from our very first generation of Instituto El Shaddai, in fall of 2003. Her husband, Beto graduated the very next term.
Before the life changing call of God of their lives, they were faithful serving in their home church. Zulma and Miki served together on the praise team at that church and had many fun and wonderful times together.
Beto and Zulma left their home and family for their first assignment in the small village of Jecori. They led that church very well until they felt it was time to turn it over to a local.
They have been praying and seeking God and He has moved upon a man in the town to donate the land for a church building and a home.
Beto and Zulma already have a congregation meeting in their home while they construct their church and home.
We are honored to be their spiritual covering as they move forward to fulfill the assignment on their lives.
Focus: Pastors Jesus and Adelina Espinosa.
Town: Cumpas, Sonora
Extra Facts: an indigenous language is spoken by 14 of these towns people (and also speak Spanish).
For me, Miki, these were the very first pastors I really knew in Mexico. Back before Bob and I were even married, I met them, and they are dear to me.
Bob and I spent 2 weeks a month here in Cumpas teaching in their Bible School. What an act of love that was!!! In those days we translated our teaching WORD FOR WORD into Spanish-- I can only imagine just how horribly they came across. Lol. But Pastor Jesus continued to have faith in us and allow God's developing gifts to have a voice in his school.
Adelina tried, many times to teach me how to make the famous large, paper thin tortillas-- which to this day, I cannot do.
They have been pastors of the same church here in Cumpas for around 45 years.
Focus: Pastors Rodrigo and Olga Sujas.
Town: Tepache, Sonora, Mexico.
Bob and Miki, as FMI reps first went into this village in 1991, October or November.
Rodrigo and Olga have 3 beautiful children. Natan, 12, Cristal 9, and Riguito 5.
Rodrigo attended and graduates from our Ministry Training School, Instituto El Shaddai in 2004.
Before leaving their home town of Navojoa to pastor in Tepache (about 9 hrs drive over a mountain range), Rigo and Olga both faithfully served in their local church where they met and were married.
They have been pastors in Tepache for almost 11 years now.
In addition to being Pastors they have recently been supernaturally able to purchase a tortilla shop to support themselves (since the church is small and unable to financially care for them at this time).
Rigo and Olga have proven themselves diligent students of the Word; Spirit-led pray-ers; intentional and wise, and attentive in their parenting; and committed in their marriage; and we are honored to have them as part of the FMI team in Mexico.
We have been traveling on the east side of the Sierra Madre mountains (which run down into Mexico from Arizona) visiting and ministering to the churches and our graduates.
Tonight we have a joint reunion of graduates in the area of Navojoa (on the west side of the Sierra Madre mountains).