After graduating from The Master's College, I wanted to begin to pursue my desire to fulfill the great commission and to GO! I was accepted into a bilingual credentialing program where I studied in Queretaro, Mexico for six months, and then in San Diego for six months. I found this to be a wise opportunity to start the process of learning a second language, and to further my education at the same time.
The six months I spent living and studying in Mexico I saw "How Great is our God!" Through hardships I saw blessings, and I came out of the fires more refined. My vision to serve the Lord in Mexico grew and developed during these six months through different blessings.
Teaching was a growing experience for me. I truly learned that "I can do ALL things
through Christ who strengthens me", as I struggled through teaching 43 first graders in Spanish.
"Maestra, Maestra" became a tender word in my heart.
Maestra means Teacher.
I learned about the mixture of Catholicism with the Indian culture.
I met Iteam missionaries by the grace of God. Julian, Whitney, and Micaiah. I was able to serve alongside them by using my ESL degree to teach English classes in their coffee shop with the purpose of meeting people and making disciples of Christ.
I also was blessed with the opportunity to meet weekly with Whitney
and two sisters in Christ to study the life of the Christ through the four gospels. Julian and Whitney's ministry is to reach out to university students through discipleship. To teach them how Jesus walked, and to say follow me as I follow Jesus!
We met weekly.
Through the church I met Alma Rosa who quickly became my best friend
in Mexico. She was an amazing sister in Christ. I am so thankful for our
times of encouraging one another.
Whitney (ITeam missionary) invited us over for sleepovers, and I loved being
able to learn by watching Whitney who is a a child of God, a wife, a mother,
a missionary, a friend - balance all those roles.
Horizonte fellowshiped through monthly potlucks.
I attended Horizonte and was extremely blessed from the warm welcome of the
families in the church. We played soccer or volleyball after the service each Sunday.
They have a school of Evangelism where college age students or adults come
from all over Mexico to get this Bible education for a year.
The best part of the six months was when Marilu (on the left) accepted the Lord
as her personal Savior. She was in my ESL class that I taught at the coffee shop,
and we built a friendship by going to tacos every Tuesday after class, and
the Lord did a mighty work in her life, and now a year later it is awesome
to see that she is now bearing fruit!
I learned that so many people in Mexico desire to learn English, so TESOL
(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an awesome tool to
use to spread the gospel!
Our Lord is good.
"But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a
few find it." - Matthew 7:14
I also had the experience in "pueblitos" or rural areas.
There are so many deaths.
This was one of the hardest moments of my life, I walked away weeping,
as I watched people bow and worship Mary instead of Jesus when
Jesus said "I am the way and the truth and life. No one comes to the
Father except through me" John 14:6
In the small pueblito of Santa Ana Nichi, I met the pastor of the only
Christian church. He moved there to plant a church seven years ago.
They endured persecution and now in 2006 they are building their church.
They asked me to stay, to teach them. Their congregation started with the
pastor's family and has slowly grown. The majority cannot read and so
desperatly want someone to teach them to read, so that they may read God's
Word for themselves. They are hungry to learn more and asked for prayer.
Alma Rosa gave me a suprise going away party the night I flew home. I was deeply
impacted by the people I met and grew and learned so much in six months.
Pray that the truth will grow in Mexico.
Pray for the lost souls to find their true Lord and Savior.
My heart is to go, to go and serve the Lord in this country, for these people.