Changing Seasons…From the Desert of Baja Mexico, to the Snowy Foothills of Alberta.

If you’ve read our latest e-newsletter, you’ve already read the following, but just in case you’re not on our mailing list, here’s the content of that newsletter, the last one we’ll send from Mexico. (If you want to see it nicely formatted, check it out here, and then subscribe to our newsletter!)

We are wrapping up our final week of outreach here in San Antonio Del Mar, and fly back to Alberta on December 16th. In between we’ll have a few days of debrief, and a few days to relax and process the last three months of ministry in Mexico.

God has been faithful throughout our time with Titus Mexico. Like any season, this time has had its highs and lows, but God’s faithfulness has been consistent, whether it’s been with finances, with giving us energy to teach, or with allowing us to build relationships with new friends. We have been so blessed to be equipped as teachers through the Titus Project, and it has been a privilege to teach to a wide variety of people here in Mexico.

When we arrive back in Alberta, we’ll be heading into Christmas break, but starting in January we’ll be transitioning into a new season of ministry. We’d love to share with you both about our time in Mexico, and about what’s next for us!

Ministry in Mexico

After a three-week lecture phase in which we were equipped as teachers, we, along with the rest of our outreach team, had the opportunity to teach several different audiences. In the last weeks some of Michael’s favourite teachings have included our time teaching Luke in Ensenada, which we wrote about in our last newsletter, teaching Bible Overview to a group of teenage boys from the Colonias, and preaching at La Roca, a church in Tijuana that serves men and women who have been deported and live in poverty. I (Helen) also really enjoyed teaching Luke in Ensenada, but the highlight of the last few weeks has been teaching Job to the Chronological School of Biblical Studies (CSBS) students at the YWAM base here. You can read my reflections on my study of the book of Job on our blog, here.

Our Titus team taught Bible Overview in a local elementary school, to kids and adults at the YWAM base, and for kids and youth from the Colonias. We preached in La Roca, and in a church in the Colonias. We taught the Inductive Bible Study method to men recovering from drug addictions at a place called “The Ranch,” and to Homes of Hope staff. We’ve had so many opportunities, and we’re thankful that God has been able to use us in the lives of so many. When teaching kids in particular, it’s hard to know the fruit those teachings will bear, but we’re trusting God will use our work for His glory, and that these kids will come to know Jesus, or that their relationship with Him will deepen as they see how God fulfilled His promises to His people through His Son.

Thank you so much to everyone who has sent us encouraging emails or thoughtful snail-mail throughout our time in Mexico, and of course, thank you so much to everyone who has prayed for us and financially supported us in this first stage of our involvement with the Titus Project. We’ve been blessed beyond what we’ve needed financially, and have been able to set some funds aside for our next steps with the Titus Project, which is really exciting! We’re so grateful for all of you, and your partnership with us in equipping God’s people with a world-changing knowledge of the Bible.

Ministry in Turner Valley

We fly from California to Calgary on December 16th. Christmas break begins December 20th, and we’ll be spending our holidays in Turner Valley. We’re looking forward to celebrating the joy of the Christmas season at home – we’ll get to attend our church’s Christmas Eve service for the first time (we’ve been in Edmonton for the past two Christmases), and hopefully we’ll get some snow-shoeing in (while snow is still a novelty!). We’ll miss our family and friends in Edmonton and Ontario at this time, but are looking forward to staying off the highways and are excited about not living out of a backpack for a while!

YWAM Turner Valley resumes its normal schedule on January 5, 2015, and Michael and I will very much be part of that schedule. Our main role will be running the kitchen. I’m looking forward to introducing some more Mexican food to our menu! In addition to being in the kitchen, Michael and I will be teaching in the School of Biblical Studies. This quarter, Michael will be teaching Genesis, and I (Helen) will be teaching Leviticus. Michael will also be helping in facilities, and is very keen to be involved in local outreach. We both hope to be involved with Bible teaching in the wider community in the months to come. We’re excited about our new schedule, and the different places we’ll be able to serve the base through working in a variety of departments.

This next season will be a real time of prayer and discernment for us, and we would love for you to be praying with us through that time. We are still very much looking towards planting Titus at YWAM Turner Valley – we so believe in this program, and its ability to equip SBS graduates with the tools to teach the Bible around the world. Our next step in bringing Titus to Turner Valley is to staff Titus. Returning to Mexico to staff in the Fall of next year is a possibility, but we really want to seek God in this, and ask Him what His next step for us looks like. We will definitely keep you posted as God reveals His plans for us. We would like to staff Titus in 2015, but we are placing our timetable in God’s hands. Please pray with us, and feel free to contact us if you receive a word from the Lord that He is prompting you to share.

Helen getting ready to teach Job for YWAM San Antonio Del Mar's Chronological School of Biblical Studies (CSBS).

Helen getting ready to teach Job for YWAM San Antonio Del Mar’s Chronological School of Biblical Studies (CSBS).

For Job, Michael, two other Titus participants, and one of the CSBS staff re-enacted Job's dialogue with Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.

For Job, Michael, two other Titus participants, and one of the CSBS staff re-enacted Job’s dialogue with Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.

Michael preaching at La Roca, a church focused on serving the poor and deported in Tijuana.

Michael preaching at La Roca, a church focused on serving the poor and deported in Tijuana. (Photo by YWAM San Diego Baja).

Celebrating American Thanksgiving with staff and students at YWAM San Antonio Del Mar. (Photo by YWAM San Diego Baja).

Celebrating American Thanksgiving with staff and students at YWAM San Antonio Del Mar. (Photo by YWAM San Diego Baja).

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