Many of you have been following the construction of the building for the church in Jesús María (Path of Life Bible Church) since the first brick was laid. Those of you who have donated to the project through Camino Global have also received a report twice a year.

So this is an update for all of you who have given or prayed over the last few years.

For various reasons, included waiting for permits, lacking of funds, and opposition from people who do not want to see Christians in their community, construction has been slow. It was just over two years ago that we moved onto the property for our first Sunday service.

At that point until now we have used a room that is a temporary sanctuary, because the main sanctuary has not yet been built.

Some work that has been done over the past few months:

  • Sunday school rooms (also used for community centre classes) have been completed above the temporary sanctuary
  • Landscaping completed at the front of the property
  • Water piped onto the property, flush toilets installed

But let’s face it, we’re all tired of saying “temporary sanctuary”. Quite often it’s been filled over-capacity. And the setup really is far from ideal for services.

Soooo…. you guessed it! It’s time to actually build the sanctuary!

The view below is taken from the second level, outside the Sunday School rooms and above the temporary sanctuary. The area on the left, filled with rubble (much of it from the pigsties that were originally on the property), is where the sanctuary will stand, Lord willing (the greyed-out area is an estimate).

Future Sanctuary LocationWe have most of the funds that we need to complete it. If we can finish off the Ixtapaluca Project, we will have all the funds that we need to complete the sanctuary, complete with stage and baptistery. The project is 97% complete – for more details, feel free to contact us here.

If you would like to be a part of completing the sanctuary, now’s your chance, because it’s about to happen! Find out how you can give here.

Also, pray with us and watch this space for more progress!

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No, no, not ALL movies. But I’ve noticed that recent movies about the life of Jesus have this tendency.

It’s a little weird. And when you start to see a pattern, you start to wonder if there’s a reason. And if so, what is it?

There are two things that are left out – maybe three. Of course this wouldn’t apply to a word-for-word reading of a Gospel, but movies such as Son of God or Risen.

  • Thomas’ Declaration: When Thomas saw Jesus, did he touch Jesus’ hands or side? I doubt it – he was so overwhelmed, he said simply,“My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28) Why do movies frequently include Thomas, but frequently leave out his great declaration of faith?
  • Lord: I haven’t done a scientific search through transcripts, but it seems that Jesus is rarely called “Lord” at all. This actually isn’t very common in the Gospels, but it’s more common after Jesus rises from the dead. (Once you get into the epistles, “Jesus” is usually paired with “Christ” or else “Lord” – rarely is it just “Jesus”.) Peter seemed to like to call Him Lord.
  • Father, Son, and Spirit: It’s the Great Commission, of course – which is sometimes included in some way shape or form in these movies. But I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the whole thing. Why is “the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19) frequently left out?

I’m not saying that every movie about Jesus’ life is bad unless it’s a word-for-word transcript from the Bible, necessarily. But these things, especially the first and the last, seem pretty glaring by their absence. Especially when the scene is included – and the scene with Thomas in the Bible is pretty short (it’s not as if these things would have to be cut because of time)! – but the key words are left out.

Have you noticed this? Any reason why this might be?

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A Week With The Mt Calvary Team

18 June 2016 Ministry glimpses

We just finished a crazy week with the team from Mt Calvary Church! We were a little disappointed that we couldn’t spend more time with them (one of Hannah’s school projects ended up taking over!), but we enjoyed the time we had. Last Saturday was the soccer tournament. In spite of some trouble (again) with […]

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Retro: Making Pizza

18 June 2016 Family

Ah yes – 10 years ago today. Our lives were starting to fill up with boxes and bins as we prepared for our move to Mexico. Nathanael had just fractured his arm (jumping off his sister’s bed that stood only a foot off the ground!). And so what do you do? Stop everything, and make […]

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Tweets 3-17 June 2016

18 June 2016 Twitter

Awoke to the sound of crashing, sliding, and breaking glass, as our “closet” collapsed. I have a new weekend project. (3 June 2016) The grand finale of the football club in Santa Barbara ⚽ 👍 (4 June 2016) ✞ Today in Mexico City – MEGAService of the Bible Churches! (5 June 2016) #megaculto2016 #iglesiasbiblicas [image] […]

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Coming Up: Mt Calvary Church Team

7 June 2016 Practical matters

I’ve been wondering how exactly I was going to cart around all these team members with a van that had … well, problems. Yes, it’s been about a month we’ve been trying to get some things fixed. The adventures have involved visits to mechanics and parts stores, hours of driving around and walking around … […]

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