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Myers, Debbie and Keith - International Ministries The latest from Debbie and Keith Myers https://internationalministries.org/teams/389-myers-debbie-and-keith.rss Bartimaeus Among Us <h3><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-weight: normal;">One of my favorite stories in the Bible occurs in the 10<sup>th</sup> chapter of the book of Mark. It is the story of blind Bartimaeus. I admire the fortitude and passion that he demonstrated as he cried out to Jesus passing by on the road outside of Jericho. His cry was, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Throughout our journey in missions with have crossed paths with many Bartimaeus’. They are the people that society has chosen to ignore. Their value has been weighed and humanity has determined them insignificant. Hidden within our sight, but out of our view. For the past three and half years, we have had the privilege of exploring southern central Mexico. We have hit countless number of topes (speed bumps) at high rates of speed, enjoyed roadside taco stands, getting lost (45 minute drives on dirt roads that turn into 5 hours due to a wrong turn), sleeping on the floor, bucket baths and a plethora of other stories forever seared into our memories; however, relationships trump all experiences.</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The average drive time to one of our churches is four hours. Along these routes, we pass through a myriad of different small communities. About three hours into our passage from Puebla to the indigenous zone of the Mixteca (Oaxaca, Mexico) we drive through a small community called Guapocingo. The town is nestled amongst the mountains of Oaxaca and has nothing that is out of the ordinary; however, it is the home Rogelio Sanchez. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>He sits in his wheelchair or sometimes on the ground extending his hat as passerby’s drive through his town. This is his only source of income. The things that I know about Rogelio is that his smile is contagious. He enjoys his life. He always asks when we are coming back through his town. And he calls me brother. I anticipate seeing him during each drive and worry when he is not there. In a sense, this is his cry for mercy (Son of David, have mercy on me). Our visits are brief and usually only consist of pleasantries and blessings, but these times have profoundly changed me. Next week, we will pass through Guapocingo on our way to a youth event in the Mixteca. Our plan is to bake cookies for Rogelio and share the Gospel.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; text-indent: 0.5in;">&nbsp;</span></span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">When Jesus was leaving Jericho, his mind was set on the cross that was before him, but the lesson that he taught along the way was the very essence of his call and teachings. No matter how busy or preoccupied we might be in our lives, there are Bartimaeus’ throughout our journey of life. They may be found in your school, workplace, community or the grocery store. 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style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>How can my heart be sad and happy at the same time?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>This is because God has taught me to love.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I’m sitting here on my patio enjoying the smells and sounds of Puebla, Mexico (home).<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It is overcast today but the birds are still singing.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Baillie made baked zucchini with pizza sauce and cheese.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>So as I sit here enjoying life and using all my senses as I’m reflecting on familiar.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>This word keeps coming into my thoughts.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>I love familiar…with that being said, living in another country is not totally familiar.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>One thing or person that does not change and is always familiar is my Lord and Savior.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I know that wherever we are in the world I can count on God being familiar.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>My familiar has changed a bit in the last week or so.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We took Boyden to college at Biola University outside of Los Angeles, CA.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>This was probably the hardest “see you later” that I have ever done.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I know kids are supposed to grow up and leave the house.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>But when they leave and go to another country for college in an unfamiliar place it is hard on the family left behind.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We have had many encouraging words during this time of transition from folks all over the world.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>God reminds me everyday that He has everything under control.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>As a Mom, I get concerned about things like, will Boyden fit in, will he have a family at Biola, who will take are of him when he is sick, etc.?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I have been praying for God’s peace to fill my heart and soul.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Without Boyden here in Mexico a piece of our familiar is gone.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I look in his room and his bed is always made, I don’t hear him and Baillie bantering back and forth, there is a hole where he sat at the table.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I don’t write this for you to feel sorry for us.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I write this to give God glory!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Yes, our familiar has changed but God never changes.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>His ways are better than mine.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I want to share a Facebook post from Boyden recently.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(22, 25, 31); font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14pt;">“Nearly a week ago, I moved to Biola University to start college. Coming in, I had the fears and excitements and emotions that most new freshmen face. I came knowing no one, but God has been at work this past week. My main concern was finding a group to fit into. A place where I could be myself and grow in God. Since last Monday, my prayers have been answered. God has provided a group for me to click with within the global community here, that’s quickly become my new family. We have already been able to share tears and laughter with one another. When I think if I have made the right choice or not of coming here, I have this peace that comes over me and a feeling that this is exactly where God wants me to be at.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#16191F">Thank you for everyone who has been praying for and supporting my family and I as we continue on this new journey. It has been hard, but through God, all things are possible. – Boyden”<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#16191F"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#16191F"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:#16191F">When I saw this on Facebook, God gave me His peace because He answered my prayers.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Boyden has found a global family so my heart is overjoyed.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I have to remember our family here in Mexico as well.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The other day we had friends in one of our communities in Oaxaca call and ask, “How are you doing?”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; 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color:#16191F"><br></span></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:44:17 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/62954-our-familiar-has-changed- https://internationalministries.org/read/62954-our-familiar-has-changed- IM Global Personnel in Mexico are Safely Out of the Path of Hurricane Patricia <p>Mexico is preparing for Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever recorded, to make landfall near the city of Manzanillo on the Pacific coast. The closest IM missionaries In Mexico are Chuck and Ramona Shawver in Mexico City, a distance of 833 km or (450 miles). Keith and Debbie Myers are in Puebla, a distance of 960 km (546 miles) from the hurricane’s path.</p> <p>The Myers sent this message, “Thank you for your concern. We don't have churches in this area. However, we have some friends from language school that work in Acapulco."</p> <p>IM’s partner seminaries in Mexico are Seminario Bautista de Mexico which is in Mexico City and Seminario Intercultural Mayense San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas. Neither are in the path of the storm as predicted at this point.</p> <p>Javier Ulloa of Seminario Bautista De Mexico is in Mexico City sent this message at 2:13 PM EST on October 23:</p><blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p>Thank you for your concern and prayers for the cities and the people who within a few hours will be buffeted by Hurricane Patricia, a category five storm that we have not seen in the Pacific for many years. I believe that we do not have a direct relationship with any church in this region of the States of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit and Northern Michoacán. Nevertheless, due to its magnitude and the arrival of a cold front coming from the north, it surely will bring a lot of rain to other States including those in the northeastern part of the country. Perhaps, the brothers and sisters in Baja, especially in the city of La Paz and that region may be most affected. Either way a large part of the country including Mexico City will feel the effects as it will be downgraded to a tropical storm. Please pray for the many people who will be affected and we will keep you informed.</p></blockquote> <p>For more information, read CNN's coverage <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/23/americas/hurricane-patricia/">here</a> or check any global news source.</p> <p>Prayers are needed for all those who will be affected by this terrible storm.</p> <p>IM welcomes comments on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/InternationalMinistries">Facebook</a>.</p> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/60179-im-global-personnel-in-mexico-are-safely-out-of-the-path-of-hurricane-patricia https://internationalministries.org/read/60179-im-global-personnel-in-mexico-are-safely-out-of-the-path-of-hurricane-patricia How Many Will Fit? <p class="MsoNormal">I believe that there are moments or events in our lives that actually change who we are at our core. When this change happens I don’t think we get any warning. At times it is a process that takes place without our permission and is determined by life factors and every day decisions that we make. As the busyness of summer winds down I am in the process of reflecting on how I have changed over the past months. Some of the events and phrases that have changed me are as follows. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>“Ministering without words is sometimes the deepest form of worship.” My daughter, Baillie, lead me to the throne room of God several times these past few weeks. One night she was helping in leading worship. Her voice rang out. Her eyes were closed. Her hand was raised and others were following her lead. Here she was leading others and me into the throne room of our Creator. She had not told anyone where she was going, but there she was worshiping The Savior and inviting others to join her. I think this is the most pure form of worship. When we seek to serve and follow God it is not always necessary to use words. Many times we lead others by the way we walk and how we treat others. This is purest form of worship. At its core this is Christianity and the best way to demonstrate the living Christ.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>“Those who know us know our knock, but even if it’s a different knock we still answer the door.” It’s a quick ring and a certain knock when those we know come to our house; however, even if it’s an odd ring we open the door. Our house has become an international stomping ground. At times we will have folks from the US, Mexicans, Koreans, Israelis and Canadians in our house at one time. Diversity is just another facet of the Christian’s walk. Racism is not a word or thought in our house, even if the ring of the door is not what we expected. An exciting observation is that when the doorbell rings it’s a race to see who it might be. I am learning to open the door.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>“Always walk with them to the door.” No one leaves our house without someone accompanying him or her to the door.&nbsp; This leaves folks with the notion that they are welcome back. It gives us the opportunity to say that this person is of value and always welcome to come back. I know that there have been times in my life when God has walked me to the door and allowed me to leave, but will never refuse my return. It’s important that people understand we will be there for them. As well, when groups leave, our entire family waves and says, “Hasta luego”.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>“There is always room for one more.” This phase could be the banner of our summer and our family’s mission statement. As we visit communities and travel about southern central México we never know who or how many are going to go with us or come back after our visits in our communities. Our 12-passenger van has had 15 and a baby as we ascended a mountain. The question I always present to our groups is “Do you know how many will fit?” and my answer is “One more.” I was leery of this idea at first. Isn’t this dangerous? How can we fit another? These were just a couple of the questions that were raised in my mind; however, with time I realized our van is a metaphor of life. How many folks can we fit in our lives? I believe that the answer is the same, “one more.” It may be dangerous, uncomfortable, difficult or draining, but as a Christian, I am called to fit “one more” in my life. This means others who are of another faith, have different opinions, look different or think differently than me. There is always room for one more. I am called to invite people to the table of my Savior, not change them.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 12pt;">A whirlwind summer is in the process of winding down, but our work is not done. With time, I realize how little I know and how much more I have to learn. I understand this much, God is good. No matter what this day has in store, God will always be the same. His love is not determined by my circumstance. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The hope I had these past few weeks is that I would not get lost in the busyness and forget my purpose.&nbsp; My final reflection of the summer is from a country song. As we drove our summer inter, John, to the airport I asked the question, “What song would be a good reminder of this summer?” After some moments of silence, John responded, “You should have seen it in color.”&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 09 Aug 2015 13:00:55 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59407-how-many-will-fit- https://internationalministries.org/read/59407-how-many-will-fit- Boyden Hears the Call <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:200%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp; &nbsp; Written by Boyden Myers.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:200%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>This past summer, I have been able to see God’s hand work in miraculous ways across His people here in Mexico and the United States. My family and I had our first team here in mid-June which<b><span style="color:red"> </span></b>consisted of seven women from West Virginia. They spent part of their time in Chiapas and the rest at different churches in the Sierra Norte of Puebla. The second team, made up of eight people from mostly West Virginia, was here in late June to early July<span style="color:red">.</span> They worked in a small community in Oaxaca. In the first part of July, we worked with a team from Kansas in The<span style="color:red"> </span>Sierra Norte of Puebla. Then, we worked with a small group from West Virginia, in Oaxaca during mid-July. &nbsp;The last group we had was from Idaho and they worked in a small community in The Sierra Norte as well. Throughout all of this time, we had a summer intern (John Hite) with us that became an older brother to me. Currently, we are working in various communities with a dental student from WVU for the next week.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:200%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At the closing time of each group being in the different churches, there would be a closing service. On the last night of each groups visit, we would have a final church service. &nbsp;During this time the people of the churches would share with the group what God had done for them. The groups would also do the same with the people of the churches. This was wonderful to see each time; a connection between cultures. It was a blessing to see what God had done in the lives of each person. He transcends the borders of different races and cultures to bring us all together in Him, because to God we are all hermanos y hermanas (brothers and sisters). I was able to be a small part of this because my family and I were the bridge to help connect them. The feeling of knowing that God is using you for something so much larger is better than words can explain. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:200%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It was hard, but gratifying on the night that the Idaho group was sharing with the church what God had done for them. For one, my new brother, John, was getting ready to go back to the States and this was the last time he would be able to translate and share his heart in this area for a while. The rewarding part of this was that I felt the Holy Spirit move in me. I felt the calling to missions that night in San Pedro. It hit me, that what my family and I have been doing here in Mexico this past year and a half, being a bridge and working aside the people of God, is what I have been called to do for the rest of my life. I couldn’t keep back the tears and every time I think about this, I become overwhelmed and begin to weep. As I write this, I have tears flowing. Feeling a calling from God is not able to be put down into mere words. It is a Heavenly feeling. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:200%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I don’t know what this calling has in store for me. Whether there are hardships or riches. But I know that God will use me in accordance to His great plan and this will be enough for me. As Paul said to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:6-7 “<sup>6</sup>For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. <sup>7</sup>I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (NIV) I want to be able to say the same when God calls me to be with Him in His Heavenly Palace.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:39:45 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59403-boyden-hears-the-call https://internationalministries.org/read/59403-boyden-hears-the-call A Morning Conversation with My Son <p><img alt="Thumbnail_637" class="thumbnail" src="http://www.internationalministries.org/uploads/picture/asset/57426/thumbnail_637.JPG?1425418672"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.6000003814697px; background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245);"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>This past weekend in the Sierra Norte, while we were waiting on the church service to begin at Zongozotla, Boyden and I were standing on top of a flat concrete roof that over looked the community. Words can not describe the beauty of the mountains and this small community. With the physical eye, it looks like a community that has nothing; however, the people are rich in contentment. I have so much to learn about what true contentment is in my life and they have so much to teach me.</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.6000003814697px; background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.6000003814697px; background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245);"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Boyden turned 17 last week. As a parent, I appreciate those time when I am able to have a mature conversation with my teenage son. We talked about the internal change that has happened inside of us over the past couple of years. There has been a priority shift in our lives. It is more than a shift.&nbsp; I have reflected much on our conversation this past weekend. I am no longer the same person that I was two years ago. I don't think that I will ever know that man again. A few years back, I read a book by Max Lucado called, "It's Not About Me." In the first chapter he mentions that before 1543 and Nicolaus Copernicus observations, we believed that the Earth was the center of the universe; not the sun. I think that is the transformation that is gradually occurring inside of me. The lives of others are of a great value in the Kingdom of God; should not the lives of others be the center of my universe as well? Each time with visit with our churches and our communities we see the poorest of poor. Just a year ago the scarcity was the focus of my eyes. Mud floors, outside toilets; sometimes just holes in the ground, body odor, no running water and many other signs of poverty are just a few of the visual indications that my eyes were drawn to. I praise God that He is allowing me to see past the poverty and just be with the people.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.6000003814697px; background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245);"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Trying to be more like Jesus is hard. Let's face it, He is perfect; however, is this not the challenge of the Christian faith? Striving to be like Jesus and allowing Him to change you from the inside to the outside.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15.6000003814697px; background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245);">Boyden and I talked about a few other things that morning on the roof top in Zongozotla, but I think that he and I both agree that we are content with these changes and challenges inside of us. As well, we both realized that we want to remain pliable to the call of God in our lives.</span><br style="line-height: 15.6000003814697px; outline: none; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245);"></p> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:25:05 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/57423-a-morning-conversation-with-my-son https://internationalministries.org/read/57423-a-morning-conversation-with-my-son Be strong and courageous! <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;My heart and soul is full and overflowing! &nbsp;I want to share a blog that Boyden had written. &nbsp;This year Boyden and Baillie are taking a blog class in school. &nbsp;<a href="https://mexicocommunitypeople.wordpress.com/">Boyden</a>&nbsp;writes about his experiences in our communities and Baillie writes about people. &nbsp;God is stretching our whole family. &nbsp;We have asked a lot out of both of the kids but this is a testimony how God is working in their lives. He is calling us all to be strong and courageous!</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; This past weekend, my family and I were in a community in Sierra Norte, Puebla. We left early Saturday morning and arrived their around 11 in the morning. My mom and sister were helping run a Women’s Bible Study in a church and my dad and I went and listened to what the men were doing. That evening, my dad was asked to preach at the church service at the church and he was also asked to preach the following morning at a different church. I heard about this and I asked my dad if I could preach the following morning. He told me that I could.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I then began to think and pray about what I would say. By the way, this would have to be in Spanish. I started off by thinking of preaching on the story of David and Goliath, but shortly after this, I changed to Psalms 83. After I thought about it, I decided to change it once again. I decided to preach on Joshua 1:1-11 and how God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. I read over the scripture in English and Spanish. I then went to work writing out my notes in Spanish, with the help of my parents. Throughout the rest of the day and the following morning I continued to pray and to read over what I would be saying.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On Sunday morning, we had to park our vehicle and walk up to the church since the roads were muddy from the rain the previous night. As we were climbing the path to the church, I was once again reading over my notes. I had this feeling of excitement all throughout the time I was preparing what to say and going over it. We arrived at the community, they had some coffee and bread for us, and then went up to the church. I began to become nervous the longer the service went on, but to take away this nervousness I began to pray that God would bless me with the words to say and that he would remove this feeling of nervousness.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I was called up front and I knew that this was the time. I was handed the microphone and I began to speak. As I was speaking, I would look around and I could see people nodding their heads, in what seemed to be a nod of “they understood what I was trying to say”. &nbsp;God blessed me with the words to say to those people. God broke down a barrier in my life, which was speaking Spanish. This was the first time I had ever preached in any language and it was in Spanish. God has shown me that He is larger than Spanish and that He will help me as I begin to dive deeper into the Spanish language and deeper into Him. I am very blessed to have been able to have this experience and I know that God will continue to bless me in experiences similar as this.<o:p></o:p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;Please pray for our churches and communities of CICEM. &nbsp;Thanks for your love &amp; support!</o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>Deb</o:p></p> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 06:53:25 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/57185-be-strong-and-courageous- https://internationalministries.org/read/57185-be-strong-and-courageous- How the Little Boy Jonny and a Rock Shook Our Family at the Core of Our Humility <p><font face="Calibri">Recently I was shook to the core of my humility. Being humble is a process that is complex in nature. I think that your humility is nothing that you can talk about without compromising being humble; chew on that awhile. The idea of humility can only truly be expressed through demonstrating acts of kindness, a quite spirit and even sometimes a holy “rage” (aka; passionate about what you do and in seek of no recognition or reward).&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">This past week my family and I traveled 8 hours south of Puebla to the most southern State of Mexico, Chiapas. The ministry that we partner with in Mexico, CICEM (Counsel of Rural Indigenous Evangelical Churches of Mexico) spans across four States of México and is made up of 32 churches. Our goal was to visit each region (5) before June. During our time in Chiapas we took part in regional meetings with the leaders and congregations. We were introduced as partners and had discussions on the work of CICEM. </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">To be honest it is easy to drift off in the meetings; especially these, because they were in two different languages. There comes a breaking point where your brain just kind of checks out for a while. Ministry happens when the meetings don’t. After the meetings are over are my favorite times because it is in those times that you get to spend with the people. There is this idea as missionaries that we bless so many people and there are times that it is easy to put missionaries on a pedestal. Just like all of people of the world, we have a sin problem. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>I have a confession; we are blessed more than we bless. </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">Each time we go into a community and we know that we are going to spend the night; I want to know where we are going to sleep. In five months we have slept on the floor, in Churches, and in beds (one time the four of us in one bed). <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Each time we have been well taken care of and more importantly, always given their best. This past week one of the places that we stayed was in the home of one of the leaders of the church. It was one room with a concrete floor, an old radio, refrigerator and two wooden beds with plywood as the mattress. As we settled in for the night, it dawned on me, if we are in their house, where are they? I never did find out, but what I did realize is that they gave us their best. It got me to thinking how often do I give my best without hesitation?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">Another life changing experience that we encountered was with a little boy, Jonny, and his rock. Many of the kids in this community in the mountains of Chiapas do not have shoes, but you would never know it. They run across the ground like there is nothing to stop them. We were preparing to leave and my son Boyden and I were playing with this little boy by tossing a perfectly round rock back and forth. We did this for about a half an hour. When it came time to go the little boy wanted to give Boyden the rock, but Boyd would not take it because he knew how much this meant to the little boy. When we were outside of the van, I opened the door and all of the kids surrounded me and wanted to see inside. One of them noticed an Oats and Honey box of nutrition bars. I did a quick assessment of the kids and realized we had enough to give them each one. We said our goodbye’s and headed to our next community. </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Building relationships and telling people about Jesus is what our ministry is currently about. After each visit to communities a part of me begins to change. I am learning what sacrificial giving and humility is all about. We arrived home after six days in Chiapas and began to clean out the van. Boyden grabbed the box of Oat and Honey bars and there in the bottom was a small round rock snuck inside; all because this young boy, Jonny,<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>was humble enough for us to have his best. </font></p><p> <br></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 07:54:18 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/54044-how-the-little-boy-jonny-and-a-rock-shook-our-family-at-the-core-of-our-humility https://internationalministries.org/read/54044-how-the-little-boy-jonny-and-a-rock-shook-our-family-at-the-core-of-our-humility I Dug a Grave; I Preached a Funeral; I Was Supposed to Drive the Hearse, but the Body Was Stolen… <p><font face="Calibri">One of my favorite sayings is “men make plans and God laughs”. It is funny how we can spend so much time making plans and in an instant they can be changed. This past weekend our family went to the Sierra Norte (Northern Mountains) of the State of Puebla for a regional meeting. This is one of five meetings that we have had or will have over our first four months. During this time our family is introduced to the churches. Our goal is to begin to build relationships with the leaders and people of the church.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>For the first year or so our main objective is to become familiar with our territory and focus on getting to know the folks. Our territory consists of four different States of México (Puebla, Oaxaca, Mexico and Chiapas). </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">On this particular trip, Deb and the kids went back to our home in Puebla on Sunday night because the kids had school the next day; however, I stayed with Carlos (aka Chuck Shawvers), a missionary colleague, for some ministry opportunities over the next couple of days. On Monday, we traveled from Zongozotla to San Pedro. This is a community of approximately 1000 people. It is situated deep in a valley of the Sierra Norte. Spanish is the second language of these communities; the first is Totonaca. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The church from Zongozotla (Ebenezer) has missions in four different communities that they consider their mission field. We had a group of five teens that had formed a worship team and they were traveling the week with us ministering in the communities. The daily plan was to have a morning worship service, spend the afternoon ministering to folks in their homes, doing street evangelism in the night and finishing the day with a concert. </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">Our first day, which was blistering hot, began as planned; we started with a worship service. I was supposed to preach during this service, but we were thrown a curve ball. They had 8 people who wanted to be baptized. So, we left the one room wooden church building and began an hour journey through the streets that led to cow paths up the mountain through forest, down the other side and into a beautiful stream area for a baptism. The journey there was breathtaking; literally. Once we arrived, we baptized the eight people. I got chills each time a person was put under, because on a large rock above, there were three guys who would burst out into song each time there was a baptism. We returned to the church and had a baby dedication and then the Lord’s Supper. It was impossible to quit sweating. Later that night we did street evangelism and had the concert. Afterwards, we all gathered near a home and had dinner that culminated with an elderly man playing his harmonica while we sat in amazement. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>It then began to rain…</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">That night the rain did not stop, and for as hot as it was the day before, it was as cold this day. We left early that morning and headed about 30 minutes away to our next community, Tapayula. It was deeper into the valley. Our plans were the same. This morning consisted of a light mist rain and thick fog. When we arrived at the community, our plans changed. The mother of a church member had died the day before. We now had a new focus, ministering to the family. This began my day of first. We walked to the home and when we entered, the deceased was laying on the coffee table (two boards on blocks) wrap in a white sheet. We sat in the front and were served coffee. Afterwards, we went out and help set up a tarp outside the house because&nbsp;more people would be coming later that day and&nbsp;we were going to have the funeral service there and a dinner. We had to wait throughout the day to find out the next step. </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">Early that afternoon, we headed to the cemetery to see the burial site, which was not completed yet. So, Chuck and I grabbed a shovel and jumped in to help dig. Once finished we watched them build the vault out of blocks and concrete. It was now time to eat. During lunch, I found out that I had been asked to preach at the funeral</font><span style="font-family: Calibri;">…</span><font face="Calibri">&nbsp;What? I have spoken at many funerals in the past, but in each case, I have known the family or at least had a day or two to get to know them. I said no at first because I don’t have the Spanish ability without preparation; however, I was reminded that 90% of the people in the community don’t speak Spanish, they speak Totonaca. I cried out to God in my spirit and he answered with the confidence that I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me the strength. During that time, I was also told that they were going to use the truck that I had been driving as the hearse. Let the service begin…</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">As evening approached, our youth set up the sound equipment and began the service with some worship songs. Their plan, unbeknownst to me, was to have three different speakers and then I would close. Now it gets interesting…</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">As soon as the first message began, several people entered the house and brought out the body in the casket and sat it in the doorway. As the Pastor continued to preach, several men, in white cowboy hats, carried the casket off, which I thought was odd, but thought maybe it was cultural; it wasn’t. They were taking the body to the Catholic Church. There were four siblings and only one was an evangelical; the others were Catholic. They did not want her body in an evangelical service, so they took it away. Immediately the Scripture in John 14:1, “do not let your hearts be troubled,” came to my mind, and when it was my turn to preach, I approached the son and put my arm around him. As we stood there, I told him that this is where God is right now, with his arms wrapped around him, and that once I remove my arm our God never does. What an amazing promise that we have in the Scriptures. We are never alone. Afterwards, we walked to the cemetery in the dark and we were able to watch her body be committed to the ground, without words being said. </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">It was five days of being stretched and learning the importance of daily relying on the promise of our God. At one point during our walks through the forest mountain trails going to the baptism, I look at Carlos and said that 10 years ago I could have never imagined myself deep in mountains of Mexico headed to a baptism. We serve a risen Savior that knows all of our needs and meets each one according to His riches in Christ Jesus. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Happy Resurrection Sunday to all!</font></p><p> <br></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/53617-i-dug-a-grave-i-preached-a-funeral-i-was-supposed-to-drive-the-hearse-but-the-body-was-stolen- https://internationalministries.org/read/53617-i-dug-a-grave-i-preached-a-funeral-i-was-supposed-to-drive-the-hearse-but-the-body-was-stolen- God Uses Every Detail in our Life <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"> <font face="Calibri">We are getting settled in Puebla. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>We found a house that can accommodate teams when we are ready for them.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Boyden and Baillie really like their school.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The kids made them feel at home right away.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The school is small; it was started for missionary kids years ago.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri">Life here is challenging but God is faithful. For the first few weeks we did not have a car so we had to walk or take a taxi wherever we went.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Then one day, a teacher from the school that Boyden and Baillie attend asked if we wanted to borrow her car. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>We had never met her before but she heard that we were in need. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We used her car until we could purchase a ministry vehicle.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"> <font face="Calibri">Every day we face new challenges.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Things that should be easy are not.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Two weeks ago I hit a brick wall…aka…culture shock.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The little things were getting to me.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We take the kids to school in the mornings, no big deal until they start closing roads because of construction.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I was getting so frustrated because I was trying to learn the route to the school.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The road construction has been a blessing; yes I said a blessing, because we now know the city better because we have to find alternate routes.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>One day I was so lost that I had to get the GPS out!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>LOL God has a sense of humor.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"> <font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;"></span>Back to the brick wall; that week Keith had to go to Mexico City to have our new van inspected for emissions.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>To make a long story short, he had to stay an extra day in the city.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Usually it’s no big deal.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The kids and I manage quite well when he is gone, but this day was different.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>One part of our house has a small garden with lots of rocks.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Our landlords were trying to make it look nice, but I wanted just the dirt so that I could plant a little garden.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>That morning I was grumbling about the all the rocks as I was shoveling them into a feed sack.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I got tired of that so, I started scrubbing a bathroom that we have off of the house.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The toilet was not flushing correctly and I tried to fix it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I fixed it alright…I broke a main piece inside the tank.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Water was running in and I couldn’t stop it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I called Keith to see where the shut off valve was.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It is on the roof of the house…really!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>That was not an option.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If I applied pressure on the tube it would stop running.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>So I would flush the toilet and run inside to find something small enough but heavy enough to stop the toilet from running and overflowing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I was praying for guidance and I remembered that I had an extra flower pot that was empty and I had rocks, lots of rocks.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>So I flushed one more time, ran and gathered rocks for the flowerpot.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The flowerpot fit perfectly and the rocks were heavy enough to stop the water.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I duct taped one part to the outside of the toilet.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>God uses every detail in our life for his glory.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I have to give God all the glory for my life.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Each day He is teaching us to rely more on Him and not ourselves or each other.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"> <font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;"></span>We are visiting many communities that already have our hearts.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The people in our churches are so welcoming to our family.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We are taking life one day at a time because we know that we are not promised tomorrow.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Laughter is truly the best medicine.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"> <font face="Calibri">Please pray for our communities, we are beginning to identify the needs in them.</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">Pray for Boyden and Baillie as they continue to transition.</font></p><p> <br></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri">Have a Blessed Day!</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri">Deb</font></p><p> <br></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/53487-god-uses-every-detail-in-our-life https://internationalministries.org/read/53487-god-uses-every-detail-in-our-life The Faith of a Fishing Line <p>I was thinking tonight about how many blessings that we miss when we don't respond to God immediately. It kinda comes down to, "my will for my life" verses God's will. I received an email this morning from a person whom I have never met before. I have had some electronic conversation with this person, but I haven't spoken to them in person. I read the email and toward the end there was a line where I felt God speak. The line read, if you have a chance, I would like to have an email sometime. My initial thought was to get the persons contact info to our communications person on our MPT (Missionary Partnership Team) and she could then put this person on our mailing list. This seemed like a simple solution. I could now go about my day. But then I felt God speak. Have you ever read Isaiah 55:8 :"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD". As I was ready to go on with my day, God was saying to respond.</p><p>I believe that many times a day God is wanting to speak to us, but we make our selves just too busy. For almost two years we found ourselves traveling from church to church raising our support and meeting some pretty amazing people. The main goal was to get to share the Gospel with others and to get to language school so we could begin studying a new language. Now that we have been in Costa Rica for three months, I have realized that we have not arrived at God's final destination for us. I don't think we get to that point until we take our last breath. No matter where we are there is work to be done and God still speaks.&nbsp;</p><p>One of the ways that He speaks is through our circumstances. A few weeks ago, Deb was wanting some fishing line to do a craft project that she was working on. She looked at several different stores and to no avail did she find fishing line. So, the next step was to ask people we know. She asked our friend Bruce and he did not know of a place; however, the next day while he was walking to our school he found, in a ditch, about 50 yards of fishing line wrapped around a piece of plastic. Many times it's the simple ways of life that God continues to speak to us.&nbsp;</p><p>As far as Kingdom work, its not about God's will in our life, but it is more about just God's will. No matter the task, we are called to GO. My assignment today was to take time to jot down a few notes to a stranger in faith. No matter how God uses it, the important lesson that I'm learning is to move when He says to move. It is through our actions towards others that we will demonstrate how close we are to God. </p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/47274-the-faith-of-a-fishing-line https://internationalministries.org/read/47274-the-faith-of-a-fishing-line Poco a poco...little by little <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>I want to start off by saying WOW!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>God continues to bless our family beyond our desires.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It has been a little over a month since we arrived in Costa Rica to attend language school.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The day that we arrived in Costa Rica the landlord met us at our new house.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>When we walked in we all loved it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The house had a sweetness to it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The house has lots of windows and a constant cool breeze.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Before our landlord left he asked if he could have prayer with us!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We knew that God had picked out our home for us. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>We have had many adjustments over the past few weeks.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I would have never thought that buying groceries would be so stressful.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Usually we walk or take a bus to the grocery store.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The first two days I felt so lost when we would go somewhere, I thought I would never find my way home.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It didn’t take very long for us to get acclimated; now we are taking shortcuts everywhere.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>On Saturdays we enjoy going to the farmers market to get fresh veggies and fruits.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Boyden and Baillie are getting very good at buying things at the market.<o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We started language school on January 9<sup><font size="2">th</font></sup>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>That morning the kids made breakfast for Keith and me.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; We are so blessed with our kids. &nbsp;</span>I was very overwhelmed the first couple of days of school.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Our teachers keep saying poco&nbsp;a poco.(little by little)<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>On the second day, one of our teachers had us read Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He will not leave you or forsake you.”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This was a huge help that day because I was afraid that I could not learn the language.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The next morning Baillie got up before we did and started making breakfast for us again.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I was praying and letting God know my fear of not being able to learn Spanish and He reminded me of the scripture from the day before.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>A little while later, Baillie yelled and said that breakfast was ready.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Keith and I walked out to the kitchen and were blown away.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She had flowers sitting on our breakfast bar with our eggs and coffee.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She had two candles in the midst of the flowers that she and Boyden had made the week before. It was beautiful! <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>In between our plates her bible was opened to Deuteronomy 31.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She said before you eat your breakfast I want you to read Deuteronomy 31:6.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Keith and I about fell off of our chairs!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Baillie had no idea that we read that scripture in class the day before and that I had read it first thing that same morning.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>At that moment I was so overwhelmed by God’s love.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>God reminded me that He has everything under control and that He is enough even in my frustration of learning a new language. Since then, I am amazed at how much we have learned over the last couple of weeks in language school. I can tell the taxi driver where I live... Don’t forget in the midst of life God is good!<o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">Thanks for your love and prayers!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Please continue to pray for Boyden &amp; Baillie as they start their new school and for God to give us an understanding of Spanish.<o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">In Christ,<o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">Deb<o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:09:45 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46572-poco-a-poco-little-by-little https://internationalministries.org/read/46572-poco-a-poco-little-by-little Our First Week at a New Normal <p><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt;'>A recent thought that has crossed my mind as we prepared to leave for Costa Rica over the next year to learn a new language has been, ” it’s time to put hands and feet to what we have been anticipating for the past three years since our first interview with International Ministries”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The month of December has been a roller coaster of emotion like one we have never been on before. Reaching the milestone of 100% funding brought a sense of joy, excitement, relief and a new expression of “Now what?”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>For me, our commissioning service was a “Top 5” moment in life. During the service, we felt a reflection of God’s love demonstrated by His people and a confirmation to the call. Another emotion that we experienced was saying “good” goodbyes. Our kids had an “Adios Amigos Festive” where their friends came to celebrate and say, “See ya soon”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Three weeks before we left, I had the opportunity to preach at three different churches that have been vital to our Christian growth for many years. Additionally, we had a fantastic Christmas at my mom’s house. It the midst of all of this, we also juggled getting affairs in order, a trip to Valley Forge for some final preparation, clearing out our house to be rented or sold, storage of vehicle, breakfast, lunch and dinner with dear friends, and several other last minute details before departure. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style='line-height: 150%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt;'>The day finally arrived for us to begin our new journey as the Myers family. After saying our final goodbyes, our day began with arriving at the airport 2 ½ hours early. It turned out that we needed every minute due to Visa issues at check in. Once we were airborne, we were able to take a nap and relax. About one hour before landing I began to feel queasy and experienced a major headache. After landing, I was unable to traverse through the airport and had to be transported by wheelchair through customs. This turned out to be a God-send because we had no issues with getting 19 pieces of luggage through security. We were greeted outside by our Big Brother from language school. He had arranged for transportation. By the time we got to our new home, my headache had subsided and I felt normal again. Our first week in Costa Rica has been spent learning how to traverse everywhere without hopping in a vehicle. We are probably walking seven to ten miles a day. Additionally, we have had no internet for eight days now. This has caused some anxiety, because there is a feeling of disconnection with the outside world. We are praying that we will have connection by the first of the year. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Unfortunately, we had five days without hot water to take showers. On Christmas day an electrician fix our problem. The Lord has truly blessed us with a nice home across from a park. We are trying to get use to fireworks every night.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This past Monday, I was able to attend a men’s bible study at another park up the street. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>It is in the midst of all of this that we are realizing more and more the importance of relying on God. There are souls to be saved is the reality of the call in our lives. It is here, in our new normal that we desire to be as a family called by God. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:27:59 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46146-our-first-week-at-a-new-normal https://internationalministries.org/read/46146-our-first-week-at-a-new-normal IM Announces Commissioning Service for Debbie and Keith Myers on December 1, 2012 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Debbie and Keith Myers have been appointed by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) and assigned to serve in Mexico with <i>CICEM, Consejo Indígena Campesino Evangélico de México, A.R. (Council of Rural Indigenous Evangelicals of Mexico, A.R.)</i>.&nbsp; The Myers hail from Worthington, West Virginia.</span></p> <span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">The Myers’ commissioning service will be at the Baptist Temple in Fairmont, West Virginia<span style="color:red">,</span> on December 1, 2012. Soon after, they will begin language study as commissioned IM missionaries in San Jose, Costa Rica. </span> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="text"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">“</span></i></span><span class="text"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">It is this special lament that has been the expression of our family’s faith over the past couple of years throughout the beginning of this journey,” explained Keith. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span class="text"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family: &quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Lamentations 3:22-24<span style="color:red">: </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Because of the </span></i></span><span class="small-caps"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;font-variant:small-caps">Lord</span></i></span><span class="text"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">’s great love we are not consumed,</span></i></span><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family: &quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;"> <span class="text">for his compassions never fail.</span> <span class="text"><sup><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></sup>They are new every morning<span style="color:red">; </span>great is your faithfulness.</span> <span class="text"><sup><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></sup>I say to myself, “The </span><span class="small-caps"><span style="font-variant:small-caps">Lord</span></span><span class="text"> is my portion;</span> <span class="text">therefore I will wait for him.”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="text"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family: &quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">“We have learned what it is to allow God to be God and us to be us,” he continued. “There has been a temptation to ‘push’ God forward in our timing and not wait on His. Loving and compassionately, the Lord has reminded us through circumstances, His people and His word that His portion is enough and that we are rewarded by waiting on His timing.”</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">As IM missionaries, the Myers will assist IM partner CICEM in its mission to provide encouragement and support to rural indigenous evangelical churches in their Biblical-Theological training. This consists of training pastors, church leaders, youth leaders and teachers for the children.&nbsp; Debbie and Keith&nbsp;have two teenage children, Boyden and Baillie<span style="color:red">, </span>who are enthusiastic about joining their parents in ministry in Mexico. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">“Debbie and Keith, along with Boyden and Baillie, have built a solid missionary partnership network of nearly 50 churches and groups and<span style="color: red"> </span>75 individuals or families from West Virginia and across the U.S.,” notes IM’s Director of Recruitment Jim Bell.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>“As they have spoken in churches and before a variety of groups, they’ve shared their sense of call and a vision for how God will use them to serve the churches of CICEM in Mexico.”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Myers and IM are appreciative of the great assistance they’ve received from their Missionary Partnership Team (MPT) and the West Virginia Baptist Convention in developing their network.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="mso-outline-level:2"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">Please join IM in celebrating the new ministry of Keith and Debbie and the children.&nbsp; You may send words of encouragement and communicate directly with the Myers at <a href="mailto:kndmissions@yahoo.com">kndmissions@yahoo.com</a>. <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">To learn more about the Myers and their ministry, go to <a href="http://www.internationalminstries.org/">www.internationalministries.org</a>, click on PEOPLE and then on Debbie and Keith Myers.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;"></span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;"><br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">For more information, contact Catherine Nold: catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</i></p> <p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/45163-im-announces-commissioning-service-for-debbie-and-keith-myers-on-december-1-2012 https://internationalministries.org/read/45163-im-announces-commissioning-service-for-debbie-and-keith-myers-on-december-1-2012 From a Mountain to a Hill <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">Have you ever had something in your life that looked like a mountain?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Something that you just knew you could not accomplish on your own.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A great deal has happened over this past year for our family.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We have discovered God's goodness and His grace.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>When we started this journey of raising support it looked like a mountain to us.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I asked the question, “Really God?”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Keith &amp; I were working full time, he was taking four graduate classes and the kids were in sports. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>I thought how are we going to be able to climb this mountain?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We started one step at a time by speaking every chance we could to congregations about Mexico. <!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Through this journey God's wisdom has abound.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>When you start the trek up the mountain breathing is easy but then the higher you climb the harder it is to breathe.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Over the last year we have stopped frequently to just breathe in God.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Our family has met some incredible people of God during this journey up the mountain.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>His people have welcomed us with open arms and our family has been truly blessed. <o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>As I write this journal I’m sitting outside in the precious sun gazing at the mountains in Colorado.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They are large, beautiful and treacherous all at the same time.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is how life can be.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If we allow God to guide us then the mountain turns into a hill.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Our family is in Colorado for cross cultural training.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We have gone to places deep within ourselves that are not particular pretty but necessary to live in another culture.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">Things are falling into place for us.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We need about 10% more of our monthly commitments to be able to go to Mexico. Over the last month we have given our precious dog, Bella away (to a great Christian home!), our house is on the market, and Keith has sold his Jeep!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Thanks for all of your support and prayers.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Our hearts long to be in the will of God.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>What looked like a mountain a year ago has turned into a hill by God’s grace!<o:p></o:p></font></p><p> </p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:16:35 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44961-from-a-mountain-to-a-hill https://internationalministries.org/read/44961-from-a-mountain-to-a-hill The peace of God visits our son <p><font face="Calibri"><font face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Over the last several weeks our family has been praying the prayer of Jabez every day together.&nbsp; It blesses me to know that God is answering that prayer&nbsp;with my children.&nbsp; Boyden &amp; Baillie recognized that God enlarged their territory this past weekend.&nbsp; Boyden has been so excited because he&nbsp;experienced God at work.&nbsp; This is his story:</font></font></p><font face="Calibri"> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; During the first weekend of March, I spent Friday evening and most of the day Saturday at a Baptist youth conference at South Parkersburg Baptist Church in West Virginia. While I was there, God really brought a challenge to my eyes that I have wrestled with for many years. To some people this trial is nothing, such as my sister, she can make friends with a brick wall, but I struggle with making friends and meeting new people. I had to wrestle with this over the weekend, because it was just my sister and I going to this youth conference and as we got there, we found out it was tailored more for youth groups than individuals or a brother and sister. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>So, we just had to find someone to hang out with. I tried this a few times and failed.<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>When my parents came to get my sister and me to go to the mall for free time, I broke down in the vehicle and started crying, because I could not meet anyone and become real good friends with them. On top of all this, we were asked to stand up in front of around 350 people and say something about our journey. After my mom and sister went into the mall, my dad and I stayed back and he talked to me. He also helped me understand why I was here this weekend. I was here to face a challenge I have always had. Later on he helped me make an outline of what I would say, which was based on 2 Timothy Chapter 1 Verse 7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (Taken from New Living Translation.) The two parts about love and sound judgment I seem to have a grip on, it’s the power thing that I stumble around with attempting. Dad also told me that I reminded him of Timothy because of my youth. He said that Timothy had a similar struggle with being bold. That night, I told 350 people of my challenge I had faced and I asked them to pray for me, so I can make friends in Mexico. I know that I can place my hope in Christ and I am blessed to have the support of my family. <o:p></o:p></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>As I walked up onto the stage I felt a peace come over me that I have never felt before. All my fears had left me and I was fully relying on the Holy Spirit to help me. I am realizing in my weakness that God is strong. As the time grows nearer to leaving for Mexico, I am becoming more and more excited to see how God will be glorified through my weakness. Please pray for my family and me as we travel throughout all of West Virginia and beyond raising money and prayerful support to go into the mission field.<o:p></o:p></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class="MsoNormal">In Christ,<o:p></o:p></p> <p><font face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class="MsoNormal">Boyden Myers<o:p></o:p></p> <p></p></font> <p><font face="Times New Roman"><o:p></o:p></font></p> <p></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></font></p> <p></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:11:15 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/42053-the-peace-of-god-visits-our-son https://internationalministries.org/read/42053-the-peace-of-god-visits-our-son Visions of Mexico Dance in Our Heads <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt"></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt">Our family’s typical Thanksgiving celebrations are spent tent camping in the mountains of West Virginia. The kids pray for snow and we prepare most of the dinner before we leave. One of the other traditions that we have is deep frying our turkey at the camp site. There have been times when the temperature has not gotten above freezing and we have had almost two feet of snow. This year there was a slight difference to our usual festivities. Since we had never been to Mexico, we felt that we could take the opportunity to spend our Thanksgiving exploring the mountains, forests and deserts of the place that we have sensed God calling us to go and minister. If we had any reservations about God’s invitation to join Him at work in Mexico, those reservations were eliminated with our week there. Since we have begun this journey of raising our support and discerning the will of God, we have tried to include the kids in on every part. This trip was a vision trip for each of us. We decide that in this writing we would each share in part of what was revealed to us individually about God’s work.<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt">Keith’s vision:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt">Proverbs 29:18 reads, “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keeps the law happy is he.” <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>I believe that God calls, prepares and then sends. My prayer as we left the United States and headed to Mexico was that God would give me His eyes and heart for the people of Mexico. On our third day there is all took shape. We were in Zongozotla, in the northern mountainous region state of Puebla meeting with some of the leaders of a Pentecostal church. Spanish is their second language and they spoke their native tongue, Totonaco. We began to talk about what vision that they had for the church. Their vision included making the church a gathering place for the community;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>not just for church, but a place for people to come and gather to feel safe. They are looking for ways to do outreach to effectively take the Gospel to their town. As I listened to them talk, what I heard was a passion for the lost and hunger to know God deeper. During our week visit, we traveled many hours across diverse terrain meeting church leaders who echoed the same passion for the lost and hunger to know God more. We saw no church on the verge of perishing because they didn’t <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>have a vision. As I have had some time to reflect over the past few weeks, I can say that God did open my eyes and cause my heart to long to be part of the ministry that He is already doing in Mexico.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt">Debs vision:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt">Our vision trip to Mexico was what we needed. One of the communities that we visited sticks out in my mind. I had the privilege of sitting down beside an elderly lady. I have always had a special place in my heart for older people and this lady particularly. As I sat beside her, she reached out her hand and took hold of mine. Her eyes gazed on my smooth skin as she placed it within her wrinkled and worn hands. I began to think of what her hands had been through. Her rough and calloused skin was the way it was because of the work they have seen. My prayer is that when my work on this earth is done, God will see my hands the same way for work that was accomplished in His name. I believe that during this trip God showed me His hands and what He desires of mine. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt">Boyden’s vision:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 20.0pt">This past Thanksgiving, I had an extraordinary time in Mexico. The people that we had the privilege of meeting were freely giving of their selves, by this I mean they gave the best they had. Only on special occasions would they eat meat, because they have put a lot of money into their animals. Almost every village that we visited they gave us meat to eat with our meal. In a way, this reminds me of the heart of God in the same way He is so giving to us. In our short time there, a challenge that God has laid on my heart is to be more like the people we encountered on this journey. I look forward to getting to Mexico and joining God in this work that He has already begun.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 20.0pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt">Baillie’s vision:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt">Part of our trip that sticks out in my mind was a small community that we visited on our last day of travel in Mexico. The place was called Huacapa (wa ka pah) and the ethnic group was Mixteco. As soon as we pulled in there was little girl who ran up to the van. She was excited to see Chuck, but she was shy at meeting us. Come to find out, she was the daughter of the Pastor who we were there to visit. After a short while of being there, she started to warm up to me. Her name was Elizabeth and she was six or seven years old. The Pastor showed us plans they have for building a church and discussed his vision for their community. During this whole time Elizabeth and I began to befriend one another.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>As we were leaving, she wanted to come with us. The feet that ran toward us when we arrived were just as anxious to go with us when we were leaving. It reminded me of the armor of God where it says to be ready to spread the gospel of peace. Through a little girl, God showed me His feet.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt">It was an exciting vision trip to see God at work all around us. In our short time there, much was confirmed with the call of our family to Mexico. We still have a long journey to get back to the place where God has called us. In the meantime, God wants us right where we are. There is no experience that he is permitting us to go through today that he won’t use tomorrow. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:34:49 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40916-visions-of-mexico-dance-in-our-heads https://internationalministries.org/read/40916-visions-of-mexico-dance-in-our-heads "Where is your Africa?" <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">WOW!! The Myers family is in full swing of raising our support for Mexico.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We are traveling every weekend and throughout the week.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>One of the things that we are learning as a family is togetherness.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Keith and I have a captive audience in the vehicle.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Short of jumping out of the car the kids can’t run away!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>All joking aside, the journey has been great.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;We have incorporated Boyden and Baillie into our mission presentation.&nbsp; They are doing a wonderful job. &nbsp;</span>We are overwhelmed by the love of God’s people.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>We have churches giving to us that have never given to missions before, that is so encouraging.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>I like the idea of building relationships with our supporters.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>It seems so simple because this is what God wants from us, a personal relationship.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>That is what missions is all about, building relationships with people.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></font></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">Several years ago, we took a class called “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>It was then that I realized that God wants a personal relationship with me, a girl from Jane Lew, WV.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>God is at work in this world and He invites us to join Him.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>That is super exciting to me!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>When Boyden, our son was about 3 years old he asked “When are we moving to Africa?”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>I said “wait a minute God, I’m not moving to Africa”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>About a couple years later we moved from a nice ranch style house on seven acres in the country to a house that had many issues in a small town. There were vines growing up the back of the house and in through the windows that were cracked.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Our neighbors were very close to us and a little noisy.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>I did not want to live in this town.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Looking back this was the best thing that could have happened to us.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Just as we have fixed up the house, God molded and grew us spiritually.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>That first Christmas in our new, old house, one of my friends drew me a wonderful picture.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>She had drawn a lion, giraffe, elephant and other African animals around the perimeter. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In the middle of the picture she wrote “Welcome to Africa”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>She told me that my Africa was Worthington, WV.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Your Africa is where God has placed you whether it is in your neighborhood, office, school or in your home.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>God has called us all to go and to love people.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>We will take the picture that says “Welcome to Africa” to Puebla, Mexico.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>We have a love for people that we have never met.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>The whole family can’t wait to be able to go, but we are trying to be patient raising the necessary support to be on the field.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>I leave you with one question, “Where is your Africa?”</font></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 06 Nov 2011 14:37:46 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40073-where-is-your-africa- https://internationalministries.org/read/40073-where-is-your-africa- "Go Brush Your Teeth" <p>It's a mystery how God speaks to us.&nbsp; I'm a tangible person, so God speaks to me in tangible ways.&nbsp; A couple of years ago I spoke at a church for Women's Sunday. &nbsp; I took my daughter, Baillie, with me to sing, because God has blessed her with a beautiful voice.&nbsp; As we walked into the church I was led by the Holy Spirit to sit behind a particular young women near the front of the church.&nbsp; Immediately, I&nbsp;started praying for her, because&nbsp;I felt that she was caring a heavy&nbsp;burden.&nbsp; Later on I learned that she was pregnant and was having trouble with the pregnancy. She had not been able to carry her previous pregnancies to full term. <br></p><p>That Sunday, I was also thanking the church for helping Keith and I financially to be able to&nbsp;travel to Bolivia on a mission trip.&nbsp; I told the congregation of stories about what God is doing in Bolivia.&nbsp; I said that I would like to take toothbrushes to a certain community when we went back, because on our previous visit they did not have running water, but they were going to have water by the time we arrived.&nbsp; Looking back, that statement was Holy Spirit led.</p><p>A few months went on and we as a family were planning another mission trip to Bolivia.&nbsp;&nbsp;We wanted to go in February because that was when we went the first time.&nbsp; God, in his infinite wisdom, had better plans.&nbsp; As time went on and money ran short, our plans of a February departure seemed bleak.&nbsp; One Monday evening, I was praying and whining to God about not understanding why we didn't have the means to travel on this mission trip.&nbsp; We wanted to go as a&nbsp;family to see if international missions would work for us.&nbsp; <br></p><p>That same week, on Wednesday evening after bible study, there was a message on our answering machine.&nbsp;&nbsp; It was the same woman that I had prayed for back in the fall.&nbsp; The excitement in her voice was apparent.&nbsp; The first thing that she told us was about her healthy baby boy and how after he was born they had a baby shower.&nbsp; She remembered what I had said that Women's Sunday about wanting to take toothbrushes to the children of Bolivia.&nbsp; She asked everyone that came to the baby shower to bring a toothbrush for&nbsp;the children.&nbsp; Because of her request, she had over 50 toothbrushes.&nbsp; I was so overwhelmed with God's love at that moment!&nbsp;&nbsp; I praised Him, thanked Him and apologized to Him. He let me know that He had everything under control.&nbsp;&nbsp; When given a chance to speak, I let everyone know about the toothbrushes.&nbsp; We had over 400 toothbrushes that we took to Bolivia with us.&nbsp; ABW groups, AB GIRLS groups and churches&nbsp; were all sending&nbsp; toothbrushes.&nbsp;&nbsp; Within two months of the phone call, we had our funding for the trip&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We traveled to Bolivia in June of that same year and stayed three weeks.&nbsp; If we had gone in February, we would have only been able to stay ten days.</p><p>When I start to doubt, whine or complain, God reminds me to brush my teeth! &nbsp; I'm so thankful that my God is real and wants a relationship with me.&nbsp;&nbsp; This past Sunday we were singing "How great thou art"&nbsp;in church&nbsp;and I was holding the little boy that I had the privilege of praying for while he was in his momma's belly.&nbsp;&nbsp; What a humbling experience.&nbsp; </p> <p>We have just started the next part of our journey in becoming missionaries to Central Mexico.&nbsp; When I start to fret about raising necessary missionary funds or general life situations, God is faithful to say, "Deb, go brush your teeth".&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/37675-go-brush-your-teeth- https://internationalministries.org/read/37675-go-brush-your-teeth- IM endorses two new missionaries for service in Mexico Debbie and Keith Myers, from Worthington, West Virginia, have been endorsed by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) to serve in Mexico with <i>CICEM, Consejo Indígena Campesino Evangélico de México, A.R. (Council of Rural Indigenous Evangelicals of Mexico, A.R.)</i>.&nbsp; The Myers will assist IM partner CICEM in its mission to provide encouragement and support to rural indigenous evangelical churches in their Biblical-Theological training. This training consists of training pastors, church leaders, youth leaders and teachers for the children.&nbsp;&nbsp; Debbie and Keith&nbsp; have two children, Boyden (age 13) and Baillie (age 11) who are enthusiastic about joining their parents in ministry in Mexico. <p></p> <p style="mso-outline-level:2"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">&nbsp;</span><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt"></span></b></p> <p style="mso-outline-level:2"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma;color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">As endorsed missionary candidates, the Myers will be working in the months ahead to build their Missionary Partnership Network.&nbsp; They will be inviting individuals, groups, and churches to partner with them by committing to share the spiritual, relational, and financial support needed for them to enter the ministry among indigenous churches to which God is calling them.&nbsp; They are now establishing their Missionary Partnership Team, the small group of coworkers who along with IM staff will assist them in building their Network.&nbsp; When their Network has demonstrated commitments of sufficient financial support, the Myers will be appointed and commissioned as missionaries and shortly thereafter will depart for Mexico.&nbsp;</span><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt"></span></b></p> <p style="mso-outline-level:2"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma;color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></span></b></p> <p style="mso-outline-level:2"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma;color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Dr. David Carrico, Executive Minister of the West Virginia Baptist Convention, has said of Debbie and Keith, “The Myers have prepared their lives well to be used by the Lord. The WVBC is so blessed to have another missionary family to support with our prayers and resources. Keith and Debbie are gifted and ready to serve the Kingdom.”</span><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt"></span></b></p> <p style="mso-outline-level:2"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">&nbsp;</span><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt"></span></b></p> <p style="mso-outline-level:2"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma">Please join IM in celebrating this new endorsement and praying for Keith and Debbie as they invite others to join them as active “partners in the gospel” (Philippians 1:6).&nbsp; You may send words of encouragement and communicate directly with the Myers at <a href="mailto:kndmissions@yahoo.com">kndmissions@yahoo.com</a>.</span><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt"></span></b></p> <br><br> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Gill Sans MT'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;">American Baptist International Ministries, organized in 1814, is the first Baptist Mission organization formed in North America. We serve more than 1,800 short-term missionaries annually, bringing U.S. and Puerto Rico churches together with partners in more than 70 countries to help people come to Christ, grow in Christ and change their worlds with Christ.</span></p> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/36829-im-endorses-two-new-missionaries-for-service-in-mexico https://internationalministries.org/read/36829-im-endorses-two-new-missionaries-for-service-in-mexico