Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stop being stiff necked and start loving foreigners!

"....do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the Lord your God....shows no partiality....He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt." Deuteronomy 10:17-19

It is no secret that much of the conservative Christian community in the USA is vehemently opposed to immigration. Media outlets and politicians have fanned the flames of fear, hatred, and resentment against those from other cultures who have come to the USA. How are we to respond? With Scripture. We need to see God's view on foreigners.

The reality is that we live in a world of migration and immigrants. People all over the world are on the move - not just in the United States. We also need to realize that this is not not new. As we see in the verses above, over and over again in the Bible, we read about the vital importance of caring for widows and orphans. What we tend to forget is that in many of those same passages, we are also commanded in the same breath to welcome, protect and yes, even to provide for the needs of foreigners.

There have always been Peoples on the move. How should Christians respond to the peoples residing among us in our land? According to the verses above, by loving them, and helping them, for the people of God have been, (and continue to be) foreigners in a strange and hostile land.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Maximum Impact Mixtec Summit 2015

Maximum Impact Mixtec Summit 2015
“You are to love those who are foreigners” Deut. 10:19
Jan. 15-17, 2015
Gateway Baptist Church
3300 Bell Rd.
Montgomery, AL, 36116

Join us for an interactive dialogue with IMB Connecting Missionaries and the Mixtec Task Force as they share about the issues and challenges of reaching Mexican Mixtecs in the USA with the Gospel of Christ. Share your stories and ideas and network with others around the country who are engaging these unreached peoples in our back yards. Sessions will emphasize best practices in how to effectively begin disciple-making ministries.

Lodging: Available at Gateway Baptist Church (basic) or at nearby hotels
Montgomery Airport Pick-up Available
Registration Fee: $20
Attendees: Christian churches and ministries reaching out to Mixtecos throughout the United States, as well as those interested in doing so

· Top-level missionary trainers
· Roundtable discussions
· Interactive case studies
· Authentic Mixtec food
· Prayer walk in Mixtec community

Link to Flyer

For registration, please contact:
Lisa Rose
Director, Church and Community Ministries
Montgomery Baptist Association

Link to Facebook event page

Sponsored by IMB Connecting and the Montgomery Baptist Association Mixteco Task Force.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Month of Prayer Follow-Up

Thank you so much for your prayers for the unreached peoples of Mexico during the Month of May! Many of you prayed as a result of the calendars that were sent out and placed in church bulletins, as well as more than 1000 people who visited the blog, and between 200-600 who saw the prayer requests on Facebook each day throughout the month. Even before the month was over, we saw answers to your prayers! Populations of three of the target unreached people groups were located in nine different places in the USA, including one people group that we did not know was present in the USA!!! Locating these people groups is the first step toward engaging them with the gospel. If you or your church is interested in reaching out to these unreached people groups from Mexico who are now living here, please contact us so that we can assist you in finding a people group near where you live and minister. Your prayers will have an eternal impact far beyond anything that we can imagine – thank you! AND REMEMBER --if you ever meet a Mexican who doesn't speak Spanish, please LET US KNOW!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Month of Prayer for the Unreached Peoples of Mexico

Every May, many throughout the USA celebrate Cinco de Mayo and remember the heritage and customs of Mexico. The history of the peoples of Mexico goes back thousands of years to the many distinct tribes and languages who were present both before and after the Spanish conquest. After the Spanish left and Mexico was formed, the survivors of these once proud civilizations became persecuted minorities in their own lands. The years passed, and they continued to worship their idols and live and die in bondage. Why? Because nobody went to tell them about what Jesus is really like. These people groups share a border with the USA, but nobody went to tell them about Jesus! And now, these people groups have come to the USA by the tens of thousands, but they continue to be just as lost as any people group anywhere in the world. Won't you join us in praying for the Unreached Peoples of Mexico throughout the month of May? If you would prefer to get the requests by email, you can subscribe at mexicanmonthofprayer (dot) blogspot.com or join the facebook fanpage at www.facebook (dot) com/MayMonthofPrayer. Thank you so much for your prayers!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Upcoming Month of Prayer for the Unreached Peoples of Mexico

Just a quick reminder that the Month of Prayer for the Unreached Peoples of Mexico is coming up in May. We will be emailing you the complete prayer calendar a few days before the end of April. If you would prefer to get the requests in the form of a daily email, you can subscribe yourself at mexicanmonthofprayer (dot) blogspot.com or join the Facebook fanpage. Also, if your church is interested in having bulletin inserts with the daily prayer requests, the first insert will need to go into this coming Sunday’s bulletin. Please email us as soon as possible to request your master copies, which are formatted for easy copying and cutting. Stay tuned for your prayer requests!

Friday, March 28, 2014

March Update

Did you know that in Mexico alone, there are 30 distinct people groups that are unreached with the gospel? Many of these groups are immigrating to the USA, providing the American church with an unprecedented opportunity to reach them in our own backyard. When last we wrote you, we shared that we are now working to research indigenous unreached people groups from the Americas who have come to the USA. We are doing direct research, training others, and networking with various ministries as we seek to find these people groups, link them up with churches and ministries to reach them here, and then help them to take the gospel back to their people group in their home country. As such, Jeff is doing a good bit of travel as he participates in and teaches at workshops to help recruit and train volunteers who are interested in helping to reach out to the peoples that God has brought to the USA. If you are interested in helping find out who your Latino neighbors are so that they can be reached for Christ, please contact us so that we can help you! In an effort to raise up prayer support for these people groups, we are inaugurating our first ever Month of Prayer for the Unreached Peoples of Mexico. It will be in May (think Cinco de Mayo!), and each day will highlight a different people group. We are making master copies of inserts available for weekly church bulletins (please email us to request them if your church is interested), as well as launching a blog http://mexicanmonthofprayer (dot) blogspot.com that will have the daily requests throughout the month, with plans in the works for a facebook group and regular tweets. Please plan on participating, and encouraging your church, Sunday school class, or small group to participate as well. Stay tuned for further news as we prepare for the launch on May 1st! Our family continues to adjust to this season of our lives in the USA. Cam’s health is stable and she is able to function well with her pain under control. Her doctors continue to investigate the possibility that she may have been at least partially misdiagnosed. Blake is enjoying his freshman year in high school, and has been participating in the Army JROTC Drill Team, the Technology Student Association (he recently won second place in the state in a digital music production contest), and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also coaching and refereeing soccer at a neighboring church and has been playing in our church’s praise band. Parker enjoys playing soccer, swimming, and piano, as well as drama classes at the local library. Please pray: 1. Asking for complete healing for Cam, including being able to come off all of the medicine (she has been able to reduce her medicine recently) 2. Asking God to give us special wisdom and anointing to know what He wants us to do and how to do it so that we can bear fruit for Him. 3. Asking God to raise up volunteer helpers who will be able to help us locate the unreached peoples of the Americas 4. Asking God to raise up churches and ministries that would step up to adopt both the people groups around them here, and their parent people groups in their home countries. 5. Asking God to give us a special anointing and ability to continue to learn Spanish quickly!