Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Update: Mexican Church

We just learned about the damage to the church caused by the 7.2 earthquake that hit Mexico Easter Sunday. The building is largely intact but the back wall of the church "crumbled." It had been damaged by the fire previously which had caused the brick wall to crack in multiple places. The roof is now being held up temporarily.

Here is a picture of the wall the week before Easter.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Danae's Baptism!

Danae was baptized Easter Sunday. She had expressed a desire to be baptized for a quite a while and two weeks before she was baptized her Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Irene Z., taught a lesson on baptism. This gave Danae the encouragement that she needed. She was brave and beautiful as she gave her testimony in front of the congregation on Easter Sunday.

Todd was able to baptize her; he has also baptized Alanna, Linea, and Levi.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mexico Outreach 2010

Alanna and Linea went to Mexico again this year with a group from our church, Central Bible Church. Each year they assisted a Mexican church in Abasolo as well as hosting a Vacation Bible School and Women's Bible Study.

The group left Montana not knowing how they could help the local Mexican church which had been burnt down recently, but when they arrived God blessed them in unexpectant ways. First of all, God provided the know-how. A contractor from Hotville, California, along with some of his employees came down to help install trusses in order to replace the roof. Secondly, God provided the manpower. With having a smaller team and only six guys, they were lacking manpower but the contractor brought some men and a pastor from another Mexican church came to help along with some men in his congregation. Lastly, God provided the finances. Partway through the week the team realized they were short nearly $500. They let their needs be known and early the next day God had provided the entire sum through members of the team and other teams ministering in Mexico.

Also, God kept each member of the team healthy throughout the week. One of the girls on the team started to lose her voice. The team prayed and the next morning her voice was as strong as ever.

The Vacation Bible School went well as the children learned of Jesus Christ's sacrifice for them on the cross and how they could be saved. The team was able to give each child their own bag with pencils, coloring pages, and a Bible.

Throughout the week God showed His grace and even spared the team from being in the center of an earthquake. On Easter Sunday, there was a 7.2 earthquake with its epicenter right were the team had been only days earlier. Although there were few causilities, injuries, and structural damage, continue to pray for Mexico for its complete recovery.

Bible Clubs

Each week Todd has four Bible Clubs in public schools here in the Flathead Valley at Helena Flats School, Olney-Bissell School, Cayuse Prairie School, and Smith Valley Elementary. At the clubs, they play games, sing songs, pray, study the Bible, and get treats. This years theme has been "God Provides for Us," a study through the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Brenda has been able to help Todd as Alanna is now able to pick the younger kids up from school. Along with Brenda's assistance twice a week, God has blessed Todd with an additional helper, Ryan Nice, for the remaining clubs. Ryan is a intern at Big Sky Bible Camp from Pennslyvania. Along with assisting Director Jamy Landis at BSBC, Ryan has also been learning from Todd in order to gain practical experience in children's ministries. Ryan has also recently been teaching some lessons.

Another great blessing has come through the women at Central Bible Church. They have been providing treats, such as cookies, for the children on a weekly basis. The children have really enjoyed the vast variety of cookies! This has also lightened Brenda's workload immensely and helped to get others involved in our ministry.

If you would like to get involved as well, please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.