LIVING GOSPEL MINISTRY
Justin & Tracy Schroeder Family
We started our ministry in June of 2012 in Texcoco, Mexico which is a city of about 200,000 people located just outside of Mexico City. Mexico City is the largest city in the Western Hemisphere with about 20.1 million residents. We are working with a church planted in 2002 by Adrian and Lula Sanchez of Southern Mexico Missions which has about 50 members. We are currently the only church in Texcoco that preaches Jesus Christ as our Savior who forgives us of our sins, that when we confess that we believe in him we experience the freedom of a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, and that teaches the importance of being, and how to be, a disciple of Jesus Christ. There is a huge need in the area, and in Mexico in general, for the gospel.
We currently serve through the church by helping to lead services and plan events. We also teach English to help give people more opportunities to better their lives. We currently lead three different English classes in our home for children, young adults, and adults, and we also lead two different discussion clubs at an English school in town. Through these classes and clubs we have the opportunity not only to share our knowledge of the English language, but also our knowledge of Jesus Christ our savior.
Special Project: Texcoco Christian Academy
The Mexico education system ranks as one of the lowest of developing countries worldwide. With a heavy focus on seat based learning and completion of task as opposed to making sure students truly master new concepts, students who have a more difficult time learning or who need movement in their day tend to get further and further behind. Mexico has opened itself to the private education sector to help bring positive change to education. Unfortunately, most private schools are run as businesses which means high quality education comes at high prices for families. We are in the process of starting Texcoco Christian Academy to help families come to know Christ in Texcoco. By running our school as a not-for-profit, we can provide high quality Christian education to those who usually would not be able to afford it, and to kids who are not thriving in traditional Mexican schools. With activity based learning and by helping students master new concepts we can bring positive change to families. With the teaching of Christian values and character traits we can transform families with the saving message of Jesus Christ. Our school facilities can also serve as an expanded church location or an additional church plant in Texcoco.
How you can help: Due to the current limitations of our church facilities and lack of space, land must be purchased to meet the government requirements for a school. We also must construct classrooms, purchase the needed supplies such as tables, chairs, and marker boards, as well as pay fees during our certification process. This comes as an upfront expense of about $150,000. YOUR partnership can make all the difference. We cannot do this without your faithful support. Will you help be the difference? Will you help transform lives?
Needs: We are always in need of your prayers for the hearts and lives of the people that we serve here in Mexico, and for us as we strive to be a light for Christ to those around us. We are also in need of monthy financial partners to help us cover the financial requirements of service here in Mexico.
Opportunities: We also host short term missions trips. If you or your church is interested in missions and would like to experience the work being done here in Mexico we would love to have you!
829 E. Gay Street
Warrensburg, MO 64903
Justin and Tracy Schroeder
Callejon del Volador 109
Col San Jaunito
Texcoco de Mora, Estado de Mexico
ME & MY HOUSE OUTREACH
Josh & Susan Sanchez Family – Manzanillo, Mexico
“As for ME & MY HOUSE, we will serve the Lord”. Joshua 24:15
We came to Manzanillo, Mexico, a city of 125,000 with no previous Independent Christian Church or Church of Christ, in January of 2006 to begin a church with a small group of 10 believers that were living here. The closest CC congregations are a 3 hour drive.
We are located on the western coast of Mexico, in the largest sea port. 1 in 5 work for the port, so our city’s main source of income is trade, not tourism. The main religion is cultural Catholicism, with Jehovah’s Witnesses running a close second. JW’s, alone, have over 30 different congregations spread throughout the city.
Missionaries involved: Josh & Susan Sanchez with teammates Ben and Melissa Johnson (joined 2008) along with Dane and Ashley Denker (joined in 2011).
201 Bahia de la Paz,
Fraccionamiento Sol del Pacifico,
Salagua, Manzanillo, Colima. C.P. 28869
Ray & Alicia Bacon
149 East 4th St.
Bethel, MO 63434
Needs: We are currently in the process of raising funds to buy land and build a church building here in Manzanillo. The land has been purchased, and we are collecting material estimates, and scheduling groups to arrive and build. We need toiletry items, travel size, for a nearby village we evangelize and give supplies to. We also collect school supplies year round for the children in the village and here in Manzanillo, as simple things like back packs, colored pencils, glue sticks, kids scissors, 24 pack crayons are all more than double the price you would pay in the U.S. Let us know of any items you would like to collect, and we can have them sent down with one of the teams that we receive every few months. If shipped they may not arrive, or we will have to pay huge taxes to get them out of the post office. So, PLEASE DO NOT MAIL PACKAGES.
Opportunities: We host interns every summer, if anyone is interested in working with church planting, children’s ministry, missions, etc. We welcome anyone interested in teaching seminars, we also have a women’s ministry that welcomes women teachers and trainers. We have a huge need for music ministry.
ME & MY HOUSE OUTREACH
Dane & Ashley Denker – Manzanillo, Mexico
We joined teammates Josh & Susan Sanchez along with Ben & Melissa Johnson in September 2011 in Manzanillo, Mexico to work with the only Christian Church in a highly Catholic area. Our focus during the first year on the field was to become accustom to the lifestyle in Mexico, learn Spanish, meet new people, and help where needed. Dane has been very involved within the youth group ministry that was already in place when we joined the team as well as participating in a weekly Bible study with the men in the church. He has also been helping with construction on the church property. Dane has also been focusing on a new ministry within the neighborhood in which he has reached out to a core group of eight youth through their interests such as playing soccer, going to the beach, skimboarding, playing video games and building relationships. Ashley helps out by preparing meals for youth group and short-term mission teams, teaching baby class on Sunday mornings, preparing our home for Sunday Church service, reaching out into the community by teaching English to teenagers and adults as well as meeting with college age women for conversation and study. Our goal is to show Christ daily through our actions, build up the current body, and encourage a personal life changing relationship with Christ.
#203 Bahia de la Paz,
Fraccionamiento Sol del Pacifico,
Salagua, Manzanillo, Colima. C.P. 28869
Don & Connie Cimaglia
1140 McGowan Blvd.
Marion, IA 52302
MEXICO MISSIONS – MEXICO
Allan Contreras- Manzanillo, Mexico
Allan graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO and returned to Mexico in the summer of 2014. Allan gained most of his ministry experience and discipleship while growing up in Mexico with his grandfather, Gil Contreras (a long-time missionary to Mexico). After Allan’s graduation he returned to Manzanillo, where he and his wife are now serving with Josh & Susan Sanchez. He is active in leading youth group Bible studies, College-age Bible studies, evangelism, and is helping to develop and train leaders in the church. It is his hope that the church will be independent after five years, at which time he plans to move and repeat the process in a new town/city to spread the Gospel of Christ to unreached areas of Mexico.
Ben & Melissa Johnson – Manzanillo, Mexico
“…As for us, we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever.” -Micah 4:5
Ben and Melissa have been working as missionaries in Manzanillo, Mexico since 2009. Their daughter, Tabitha Ruth was born in Mexico in 2011. They have been working along with Josh and Susan Sanchez to establish a self-governing church with trained church leaders, a youth program, children’s program, and women’s and men’s programs. Dane and Ashley Denker joined their efforts in Manzanillo in September 2011. Ben is currently in charge of the youth. They have the goal and hope of one day moving on to another part of Manzanillo or another city in the state of Colima to start the process all over again.
2043 S. Rosemont
Tucson, AZ 85711
Mike & Kathy Trillingham Family
We are in the most southeastern state in Mexico. Chiapas is the poorest state. Most of the people are subsistence farmers. Yearly income is around $13,000 U. S. dollars per year. Most of the people we know make less than $150 dollars per week.
There are many churches in the area, but few have pastors. Since our ministry is new, we are working our way into being accepted into the community. Right now we are teaching English. It is required in the schools and many are interested as reference books many times come from the U.S. We are using the Bible in teaching phrases and reading. Pastors in the area have also signed up for the classes.
We are focusing on a soccer ministry for young men. They get together to play soccer and get a Bible reading along with a salvation message twice a week. There are other times when they are able to watch Christian videos, and listen to a message from one of the nationals.
We also are working on relationship building, with the people, with their relationships to the community and most importantly their relationship with God. That it is a relationship, not a one time event. Using scripture memorization and small groups, we are able to start and equip teachers to better serve the children and their community.
Needs at this time are monthly financial and prayer support. We are still short of our monthly goal for financial support.
Mike & Kathy Trillingham
1085 West State Road 26
Rossville, IN 46065
Email address: MKTrillkids@yahoo.com
Greg & Sheila Stephens
411 Pebble Court
Russiaville, IN 46979
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