Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bible Institute - Class Time

Students taking notes during one of the Sessions.

Pastor Manuel and his wife with the young people they brought from their church in the tiny village of Pedregales in central Mexico. Our prayer is that these classes will edify and encourage those who are already in the ministry and educate and empower a new generation of Christian workers.

Rev. Rusty Rundell translating for Rev. Walt Hedstrom.

Steve teaching his class.

Present and future ministers.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bible Institute - Technology

During the Bible Institute Sessions in Mexico, we try to use a wide variety of quality, but low cost resources. Here is Rusty Rundell teaching his class on the book of Romans, using a Power Point presentation.

Steve showing several of the Pastors how to use the clipboard program on his computer to organize their sermon notes.

Explaining the benefits of the Power Bible CD, showing them the available Spanish versions of the Bible, along with how to use the study guides, take notes and prepare sermons.

Pastors and wives watching a video clip of the Music Class on Rev. Rundell's cell phone.

Steve explaining how to use the English/Spanish Translator, Dictionary and Thesaurus to Pastor Dolores and Pastor Bernardo.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bible Institute - Food and Fellowship

Rev. Rusty Rundell and Rev. Walter Hedstrom at an overlook in Saltillo. These men did a wonderful job in their classes and were a real blessing!

Waiting to buy elotes (corn covered with mayonnaise, then sprinkled with lime juice, parmesan cheese and chili powder) from a roadside stand.

The corn roasting over a wood fire.

Rev. Hedstrom enjoying elotes.

Eating tacos at the Sankey home.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bible Institute - The City and Ladies Meeting

One view of Saltillo, which sits at an altitude of 5700 feet and is completely surrounded by mountains.

Another view of the city of 750,000 souls.

The desert mountains surrounding Saltillo.

The women gather in the Dining Hall for Ladies Meeting.

Giving a devotional to the ladies.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bible Institute - Dining Hall

One of the favorite parts of the Institute day is gathering for meals and fellowship in the dining hall. We enjoy delicious food and deep camaraderie around the table.

Chelo and Manuela, from the Saltillo Church, fixing lunch.

Sylvia, Pastor Dolores' wife, planned and organized all the wonderful meals.

Spaghetti with Cilantro-Jalapeno Salsa, Fried Chicken Cutlet, Broccoli Salad and Toast.

2 students enjoying a more typical Mexican meal of scrambled eggs, beans and tortillas.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bible Institute - Materials

Pastors and Pastors in Training study their Bibles during an Institute class.

A stack of homework and study aids: Bible, resource materials, books, folders, collateral reading and notebooks. Thank God for providing these valuable educational supplies.

Students selecting tracts, Bibles, and pamphlets to take back to their churches and villages.

Thank you for giving so that we can provide these important resources for our people in Mexico.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bible Institute - Professors

We are thanking God for His help during the Bible Institute Session held in Saltillo, Mexico a few weeks ago. The Institute is ably led by President Eli Balderas. He directs with professionalism and excellence backed by enthusiasm and passion for our youth. He is a deeply commited Christian and an excellent preacher, as well.

This is the Institute Choir practicing during a Music Class taught by the Sankeys.

Our Guest Professors: Rev. Walt Hedstrom, President of the Alabama Bible Methodist Conference and Rev. Rusty Rundell, Director of Finance at Union Bible College.

Field Director, Marc Sankey, teaching Church Planting.

Missionary Steve Stetler teaching Christian Life.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sweet Kids!

While their parents were studying in Institute Classes, some of the children worked on projects in the dining annex of the Bible Methodist Church in Saltillo.

Children participate during a Sunday School program in La Soledad, while Pastor Homero Luna looks on.

These boys are trying to cool down with popsicles after a service in La Florida.

A young, mother holds her new baby girl ...

... and lets me have a turn, too!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Special Services in La Soledad

In a tiny, cement block church in northern Mexico, we gathered together for several days of special services.

Brother Teodoro sang a special song in one of the services.

A trio of young people from the Rio Bravo Church sang, as well. We are so thankful for their desire to serve the Lord!

Daniel Luna was the evangelist for the meeting.

A great group of attendees, worshipping God.

Some of the ladies of the church singing. They are precious: solid, steadfast, faithful! God is at work in Mexico! We are privileged to labor here.