Last week I (Matt) had the opportunity to travel to Mexico City. While there I was a part of 2 different meetings where the Foundations Discipleship training was presented. The first meeting had 25 denominational and association leaders. The second meeting had 15 association leaders. The receptivity was amazing and it appears that we will be launching 4 new training centers in Mexico City (targeting April). In addition to these 4 training centers in Mexico City, we continue to work with Pastor Cirilo with Iglesia Nazaret on six new cities in Mexico that we have identified and hopefully will also be launching this Spring as well! This is amazing and exciting news. Pastor Cirilo, in addition to be a strategic partner with his local church in Mexico City, is also the head of the Evangelical Alliance in Mexico (CONEMEX).
While I have been in Mexico City I had the opportunity to meet Luis (on my right in the photo). Luis is planting a church in Mazatlan, Mexico in August. He would like for us to bring our pastor training to Mazatlan. His big question last week was this, “Do you do any pastor coaching?” The answer to this question is a resounding “YES!” Please pray for this new relationship with Luis that we will be able to encourage him personally and coach him well as he starts a new church in Mazatlan.
Amazing Ministry In Veracruz with Pastor Cirilo
While in Mexico, I had the opportunity to preach at a gathering of rural churches in the state of Veracruz. The churches are a part of the association of churches that our ministry partner Pastor Cirilo is connected with. The ability to travel together for two days was both relationship building and also key to talking about future ministry partnership together. Please pray for continued growth in that relationship with Pastor Cirilo.
Matt & Bruce Training In Peru
Right now Bruce (one of the other Foundations trainers) and I are in Peru preparing to do seven different trainings, in five different cities in Peru. We will also be meeting with key leaders in the Peruvian church on Tuesday to discuss the future of our training in Peru. All the workshops will be on how that pastor/leader cares for their soul and manages their time. It is a very key workshop because many of these leaders struggle with living lives that have healthy margin. Please pray for the leaders as they evaluate how to implement this workshop in their personal lives.
Mark Your Calendars For Two March Events!
We would like to personally invite you to join us on March 7,
And for those of you in Central California-please join us on Friday March 15th at 6:30-9:00pm for a dessert at the home of Bill & Karen Dufresne (2435 Oppelt Way Turlock, CA 95380). We will be sharing a ministry update as well as news about what exciting opportunities are opening up in the future for Onalee and I. Please RSVP to Onalee at (480) 329-0580.
We have been raising support now for 10 months and we are so thankful and excited to share that we are over 75% of our monthly support goal! God is so good-and we are aware that we couldn’t do this without all of the prayer and financial support that we receive!
Please join us in praying for:
- Bruce and I as we will be training pastors and leaders in Peru this next week. Pray specifically for the meeting we will have on Tuesday with strategic leaders about new opportunities in Peru.
- The new opportunities in Mexico! We are so excited about the new opportunities in Mexico City, and are praying about the new cities that we have identified as strategic cities to launch new training centers. In order to meet these opportunities, we need more trainers!
- Us to continue to reach our monthly support goal. We are so humbled at all that God has done. We continue to meet with people about joining our financial support team.
- The ministry of coaching and mentoring these leaders that we are developing relationships with. In every country we travel to, natural relationships are formed and these leaders are looking for ongoing coaching. Pray that we invest in and coach the right leaders who will continue to promote discipleship in their ministries and countries! Our vision and mission is to abolish global discipleship poverty and these leaders that we identify and coach are the key to this strategy!