Pray for Chuck and Ramona Shawver, helping Christian leaders grow the church in southern Mexico.March 27, 2013
Chuck & Ramona Shawver
Chuck and Ramona Shawver have joined the 23 million inhabitants of Mexico City, living in an apartment at the Baptist Seminary. Ramona is currently serving as academic advisor to the seminary's residence students. Chuck coordinates the pastoral work of students who serve in nearby churches.
Both share administrative and student services duties with other faculty and staff members and the Shawvers are becoming increasingly involved in the various distance learning programs which serve more than 200 students through regional centers and extension programs. Chuck also coordinates mission teams from US churches, and construction projects of seminary related churches. Areas of ministry include: Mexico City metropolitan area and rural churches in the states of Mexico, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas.
They write: Just three days ago I married Hermilo and Emilia Eugenio in Pahuata, Puebla. What a celebration as this couple who have been married before God for 51 years were joined by their 7 children, 32 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren as they said their vows and did what they believed was right before their church. Late that night my friend Alfredo said something that surprised me: “What’s funny is that in our church we have never celebrated a wedding.” He explained that the custom in Zongozotla is that couples are married by the civil authorities and then have a reception in their homes rather than a formal ceremony at the church. As I thought about this I was a bit stunned because the members of the Zongozotla Church had really made the wedding happen in Pahuatla.
They didn’t think twice about serving this couple in an extravagant way. These are poor people, but like Paul said of the Macedonian churches, “they gave as thought they were rich.” This is nothing new for the Gethsemane Church. Ramona and I had the privilege of helping plant this congregation in the late 90’s. Their spirit is amazing as they have not only grown to a sizeable congregation but have tirelessly and generously established and served mission congregations. Every Sunday morning they send out teams to hold worship services in surrounding communities. They participate wholeheartedly in regional events organized by the Baptist Seminary travelling or hosting as the case may be.
We speak of this church and others with pride. They bring us great joy and we hope that you too are encouraged by the faithfulness of your Mexican Sisters and Brothers. They set an example even for U.S. churches. Your involvement in mission makes all our stories your stories. Thank you and God bless you!
• Pray for Chuck and Ramona as they serve Christ in Mexico.