A Month of Short Term Teams Ends!

by Jim on 11 July 2017

We have reached the end of a month filled with short term teams! How can I sum it all up? Impossible.

I did show you a few photos from the Mt. Calvary Team’s first few days. I also wrote a bit more about their trip and the upcoming team here. You actually saw a video of an event that the Connect Team (team #2) was involved in here. Rod also posted some video/pictures of this team: Connect Group in Ixtapaluca and Veracruz (Video).

I didn’t have a chance to write after that. Nathanael and I were with the Connect Team in Villa Hermosa, a small village in the State of Veracruz (there’s more than one Villa Hermosa, so here it is on the map. Just zoom out to get an idea where it is. You can even see the main road on Google Street View.)

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The people in Villa Hermosa were very gracious and we enjoyed our time of ministry in a couple of churches there, although perhaps our greatest ministry was just spending time with people.

The last team to come was from Leroy Community Chapel in Ohio. They did a lot of work with the construction of the main sanctuary for the church in the community of Jesús María. They finished the stage and also put up lighting. They also were involved in hearing aid/reading glasses evangelistic events, visitation, a craft class, and service at a rehab centre.

By the way, there are dozens of new pictures in our photo gallery, if you’d like to see what all this looked like!

I was especially excited about the event we had in Las Palmas. We’ve never done anything like this in Las Palmas, but the party hall was full of people getting their hearing checked, and getting reading glasses. We partnered with the municipality, who also brought in a chiropractor!

Apart from seeing people’s eyes light up when they could actually hear with a new hearing aid, it was exciting to see people hearing the gospel, and to see conversations going on around the room, often with Bibles open. A new family came to our Sunday service who had gotten to know us through this event.

More video and pictures from this team from Rod: Leroy Chapel Construction and Outreach (video)

When short term teams come to Ixtapaluca, one of the things they almost always mention in the feeling of community. That’s because of the Mexican culture, but also the service of fellow believers that they meet here. The team members usually stay in Mexican homes, and get to know people in real life.

So I’d like to close with a few photos from the goodbye party that we had for team #3 in the church in Jesús María. This team, and all the teams, made an impact on people’s lives. And the people here in Mexico made an impact on their lives. And God continues to work!

New Mexican Family

Team members have new Mexican families

Happy birthday, Michelle!

A birthday surprise for Michelle!

Google Translate

Thankful for Google Translate

Cross-cultural Selfie

Cross-cultural Selfie

Prayer Time

Two churches from two countries pray together, under the newly installed lights!

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Gram July 12, 2017 at 12:08 am

This was a heavy few weeks for you four but I’m thrilled to hear about the many activities and the good response. Both ways. Of course God alone knows of spiritual results that may follow in the future. His Holy Spirit continues to work, as you say.

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