Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March Update

Wow! I can't believe how fast time has flown lately--and how bad we have been about writing here.

We are well--and want to take a minute to write about some of the things we have been up to in the last few weeks. As always, we are thankful to God for our friends and family who are interested in God's work here in Guadalajara and who join us in prayer for this work.

Nancy and the Kids

Several weekends back, Nancy and the girls had a pijamada (slumber party) with some of the girls that live in La Nueva Santa Maria--one of the colonias where there is a house church. Adrianaita, Fatima, Melani and Nicole joined Ceci, Morgan and Natali for a great time togehter making bracelets, watching a movie, eating popcorn and studying about Jesus around the table. We topped it off with a silly picture.

The youth also spent several weeks in February and March planning and practicing a play to perform at the all-church retreat. They worked up a spanish rendition of the story of Punchinello called Tu Eres Especial (You are Special). They worked each Saturday on the play, songs and the backdrop. The process and the final product were both lots of fun!

All Church Retreat

Three weekends ago, we had our annual all-church retreat at a camp ground outside of the city. Almost 90 of us representing at least six different house churches spent Friday night through Sunday afternoon playing, talking, praying, singing, eating, studying, working and listening to God together. It was a great time to recognize and celebrate God's work among us and to grow closer to one another and to the Lord.

The adults had a special workshop on Spiritual Cleansing called, "Get up and Walk." The children were blessed to be led by a group from the University Group of the Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock who spent their Spring Break with us.

Several of the youth presented the larger group with their rendition of "You are Special"--based on a children's book by Max Lucado. It was a great success and lots of fun!

New Christians

Two Sundays ago, a young couple, Quique Garcia and his wife Monica were baptized into Christ. It seems that they began being drawn to Jesus several years back and since then have spent time off and on with Christians here. However, in the last couple of years, they have spent more time with Cory and Toni Burns--studying and beginning to live as a community of Jesus followers. What a great joy for them to take this step of faith!

As always, we thank God for your partnership with us in prayer!

Tu Eres Especial

This is a video clip of the skit several of the youth did a few weeks back at the All-Church retreat. It is a spanish version of "You are Special."