The last few weeks have flown by! Our last trip to Villages EZ and CD in N Mexico were terrific! We were blessed to have multiple evangelistic Bible Studies with unbelieving families in Village EZ, had great fellowship around the Word and table with the believers in both villages, played soccer and presented the gospel to the teens/young adults in village EZ, and had a great time doing Bible storying giving a clear gospel presentation to the children! The church in village CD that myself and Garry Weaver have been working on planting together has been doing well and growing, There have been 20+ people at the Sunday gatherings recently. I will not be going back into Mexico until we return to August since we are waiting for the baby which will come any day now and we will be leaving in a few weeks to visit family, friends, and ministry partners in IL and KC (Can’t wait to see everyone and looking forward to spending some time with our home church family – Christ Fellowship KC).
Last week several missionary trainees that we have had the joy of playing a role in their training and mentoring completed their time at the Center for Pioneer Church Planting with several of them making final preparations to go to unreached people groups in Papua New Guinea, South Asia, and the First Nations people in NW Ontario, Canada.
Of course the big transition we are awaiting is the new baby which will be here any day! On a totally different note regarding transitions, the Director of the Center for Pioneer Church Planting, Steve Best (whom I pastored with in IL seven years ago) has felt called back to pastoral ministry and thus has accepted a position in Florida where he and his wife, Terri, will also be able to direct more care and attention to Terri’s aging father. It has been a joy to serve with Steve again. As a result, David Sitton will step in as the Director of the CPCP. David has also asked me to not only stay on the CPCP staff for this upcoming training year but I will have more leadership responsibilities in addition to what I was already doing in developing/overseeing the mentoring program. My role in the classroom will also increase as I will be teaching Bible exposition classes as well. I am very excited about this opportunity and about having an experienced pioneer church planter like David having a much larger role in the program.