Thursday, November 20, 2008

Revolution Day Parade

Today is Revolution Day here in Mexico. Every November 20 is the day that it is commemorated. Each year the town has a parade featuring all the students from all the schools in Cofradia; from Kindergarten to High School. In addition to the students, some of the men of the town trail behind either walking or riding their horses. This year there were a lot of people in the parade and lots of colors. Here are some pics.
At the very beginning, everyone gets together at the center of town to salute the flag and listen to a quick history lesson of the Revolution.
These are the student who led the pack for the High School group. Karla is on the far right, she comes to youth group from time to time.
The High Schoolers made a pyramid; Ruben has the red hat, Mili is on the right in the third row (she's the one that lives with us), and Laura is on the top. They are all part of the youth group.
The Jr. Highers
Elementary School
Kindergarten--Rebecka's cousin, Luis, is the Sergeant on the left in the front.
The rest of the Kindergarteners rode on a trailer dressed up in culture.
Right before the parade finished, Hugo (Gena's brother) set up his trampoline and Rebecka and Emma were the frist one's on.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's getting cold....

Just thought some of you might be interested...
This morning I looked at last night's low of 65 degrees! That's the lowest its been all season. Two days ago was the first time it reached the 60s at 69. Once December and January roll around, it will be in the 50s in the early morning. The lowest I've ever seen it get was two January's ago at 41 degrees! Even though it gets cold in the early morning the days are still in the 80s.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Living Beyond the Possible

Living Beyond the Possible by Wayne Myers

This is a great book! It challenges us in our complete faith in God and how we manage our finances. I was given this book a couple years ago and was just now able to sit down and read it. It's an easy read with lots of great stories of how God's economy works. A great message for today with the way things are going in the world; a great challenge to depend on God. The subtitle reads, "Trusting God with your finances and your future."
Wayne Myers was raised in Mississippi and joined the navy where he met the Lord. After that, he dedicated his whole life...whole life to God. He and his wife Martha were missionaries for many years in Mexico and helped plant many churches throughout the world. He did a number of conferences on how to trust God with your finances.
This book is filled with nuggets that make you stop and think about where we put our trust. One comment he makes that I really like is, "Give according to your income, lest God reduces your income according to your giving." What a statement!
Are you nervous about the stock market? Are you worried about the global financial crisis? This book is for you! has a few available.

November Prayer

This month, would you please pray for…
* Special Need Emma is 2 ½ years old and is still sleeping in a travel crib. We need a bunk bed for the girls and I project it to cost around $500 including mattresses. Please let us know if you can help us with this. You can send a financial donation; click here to see how.
* LIFE Night youth meeting. An event that includes worship, games, and a message. This month, one of our students will be presenting some Rap Music he’s written. (Nov. 22)
* Direction for youth ministry. We are continuing to move right along with change. For the past few months, we’ve had an Intern, Luis Vazquez, helping us and he’s done a great job. He will continue to help with the youth group as well as many other areas in the church. We have a number of great student leaders and it’s exciting to see that there has been so much growth in the past couple of years. My role continues to move towards an overseer instead of “Youth Pastor”. I’m really excited about what God is doing. Please continue to pray for this ministry.
* Worship Ministry. I have been praying for a long time for a worship leader to be raised up. We have had a few students lead for a while, but consistency depends a lot on maturity. Please pray with me as I believe the Lord has something around the corner for us in this area!
* 8th Anniversary. Geña and I will have been married for 8 years on November 18. Thank you so much for your prayers over our marriage and family!