Well, the dust is finally beginning to settle after a busy month! We're about two-thirds of the way through an exciting, but busy summer. So far we've had 58 visitors, a street kids camp, a trip up to OMS world headquarters for meetings, a seminary graduation, a 25 year anniversary celebration for OMS Mexico with over 500 adults and over 100 kids, a field council meeting where we spent three days together as a team reviewing the past year and planning the next, plus a vision day for our seminary and a another for our church planting ministry.
It has been wonderful, but exhausting. We shared a couple of weeks ago highlights from the street kids camp and hope to bring you a fuller report in the coming weeks. My trip to the USA was amazing, I met with other national and international directors from the 4 corners of the world hearing stories of how God is bringing millions to Christ through OMS. Then our President Bob Fetherlin shared how God has given him a vision to see one-billion people have an opportunity to hear, understand and respond to the gospel within the next 10 years. So through our One Mission society, we take our One Lord, with our One life and calling and use it to bring at least One opportunity to some of the most dark and broken places on earth.
At our seminary graduation we had a great time too (first pic - me leading everyone in, second pic, welcoming everyone). We graduated five students with their bachelor's degree in theology (third pic). We also recognised my good friend Dr. Leroy Lindsey as the rector emeritus (forth pic) and installed a new director or 'rector', Troy Gentry. Troy and is family are still trying to complete their fund raising in the USA, but I'm excited to have Troy come and take over from me when they return to Mexico, as I've been directing the seminary for the past couple of years. Now I can move into more of a supervisory role with Troy working as one of my direct reports.
The day after graduation we gathered as many people as possible to thank God for all He has done during the 25 years OMS has been in Mexico. We shared that celebration with the national church OMS founded all those years ago, UNIFAM.
In In this picture I am moving my way up the line of pastors whom we wanted to thank. The pastor I had paused with had travelled over 4 hours from another part of Mexico to join in with the celebration, here we are looking for where the members of his congregation are sat.
I had the honour of preaching which I never thought I would do in a million years - preaching in Spanish to over 500 people, with the front two rows filled with pastors, and with more experienced and fluent missionaries in the congregation as well! Only God can do that believe me!
None of the things we are attempting to do would be possible without the Holy Spirit's help and the grace Jesus offers us day by day. The team in Mexico around Helen and I are amazing. We are all facing some challenging circumstances, but we see God's faithful hand at work as His church grows and thousands of new Christians come into His kingdom in Mexico. Thank you for your prayers they make a huge difference, and we need them more than ever as we are all feeling quite exhausted at the moment and know we need to rest in God and rely on Him to work through us in what He has planned in the months and years to come.