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Gonzalez-Barnes - International Ministries The latest from Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes https://internationalministries.org/teams/46-gonzalez-barnes.rss Rejoicing with Joy and Singing <p> <br></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt; text-align: center;" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. Isaiah 35.1-2a NRSV</font></span></i></b></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">I landed at the airport in Habana and went through customs. The airport seemed like an image out of the past and I felt a little apprehensive. They checked our box of meds to make sure that none of the dates were past their expiration date. We left the airport and all bundled into this van and suddenly I felt myself fill with excitement. What would the future bring? Would Cuba be like Puerto Rico? Was my heart being prepared to fall in love with this new place of ministry?</font></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">It’s been a few months since my whirlwind trip to Cuba and I still feel excitement and emotion when I think of the people. During the last few months I was preparing myself to say good-bye to Mexicali and the seminary. I loved teaching and spending time with the students. During graduation exercises I found myself filling up with emotion and tears as they handed me a plaque. Wherever you go you leave a piece of your heart. Yet at the same time I felt at peace with my decision. It was time to leave and to embark to the new things that God is preparing for our family.</font></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Please pray for our family as we discern the right timing for relocation. Pray for Joshua as he begins his junior year of High School. Pray for Rick as he searches for God’s leading for a new place of ministry<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">. I do want to partner with all of you as I begin to explore what this new call to ministry will require. I do so with fear and trembling and with excitement for our God has shown me the desert rejoicing and blossoming with joy and singing.&nbsp;</i></b></font></span></p> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:04:43 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59438-rejoicing-with-joy-and-singing https://internationalministries.org/read/59438-rejoicing-with-joy-and-singing Holy Ground <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">Holy Ground</font></b></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri">This summer and early fall has been an experience of Holy Ground for me. Holy Ground is that moment when we come face to face with the presence of God and God’s demands on our life at that moment. In July, I went to Green Lake for the All Staff Gathering and met colleagues that I only knew on paper. We laughed, worshiped, prepared skits and planned for the future. I watch as the missionary kids shared their needs in the planning sessions with eloquence and touched our hearts. Did we as parents have anything to do with those extraordinary human beings? </font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">HOLY GROUND!</font></b></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri">I met with leaders from our supporting churches that came to the World Missions Conference. There we worshiped in many different styles, which made some people uncomfortable yet God was present through it all. I met with people who were searching for God’s direction as they pondered the call to missionary service. I met with leaders from around the world and somehow our world became a lot smaller. I prepared workshops and shared with people at the Missions Display Hall. I purchased beautiful items from their displays and felt blessed at being part of this community. </font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">HOLY GROUND!</font></b></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font face="Calibri">I returned home and, together with my colleagues, planned a <a href="http://internationalministries.org/read/55152-faith-leaders-pray-for-central-american-children-on-both-sides-of-border-fence">prayer vigil</a> for the undocumented and unaccompanied minors that were in the news during the summer. I visited Friendship Park on the border area between Chula Vista, California, and Tijuana and felt in my heart the separation and pain of the border. I had Communion at the border and tried hard to see who was on the other side. The fence was covered with a grate and you could only touch someone from the other side with the tip of your finger. I heard a voice and was surprised to discover that the person on the other side was my colleague and friend Adalia.</font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">HOLY GROUND!</font></b></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri">I’ve been teaching my classes on Church History, Eschatology and Conflict Transformation and am learning more about my students. Each day the Holy Spirit touches my heart, redeems my soul and continues to transform me. Sometimes that experience hurts as I realize that there is much in me that needs to change. I continue to speak about the Church and our role in the world, and those words continue to challenge me. I am planning a Thanksgiving trip to Chiapas to teach an intensive course in Church History and am wondering what God will be teaching me through this experience.</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">HOLY GROUND!</b></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri">As I write this newsletter, I am conscious of the turbulent times in which we are living: ISIS, beheadings, Ebola, wars, gun violence and violence in general, refugees searching for safety, hunger, etc… At the same time I am aware of a culture that continues it its thirst for things: new houses, cars, new experiences</font><span style="color: rgb(84, 84, 84); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.2000007629395px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">—</span><font face="Calibri">people trying to fill the void for meaning</font><span style="color: rgb(84, 84, 84); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.2000007629395px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">—</span><span style="font-family: Calibri;">and I include myself in the desire for things. As I ponder these turbulent times, I ask for God’s guidance and for God to straighten my pathways. I ask for safety for my colleagues around the world as they strive to serve in diverse cultures. I ask for our churches here in the United States as they continue to be faithful in their service to their communities and also as they serve with us in our ministries. I pray that you may find yourself like me on </span><b style="font-family: Calibri;">HOLY GROUND</b><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> and that you may respond to God’s demand upon your life. Take these words into consideration as you plan your support of my ministry and those of my colleagues through the World Mission Offering and through the targeted support of specific missionaries and ministries.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri"><br></font></p><hr><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><font face="Calibri">Tierra Santa</font></b><br></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span lang="ES-PR" style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;"><font face="Calibri">Este verano y otoño ha sido para mí una experiencia de tierra santa. Tierra Santa es el momento cuando nos encontramos cara a cara con la presencia de Dios y con las demandas de Dios sobre nuestra vida en esos momentos. Durante el mes de julio estuve en Green Lake, WI para la reunión de todo el equipo misionero y conocí a colegas que sólo había conocido en papel. Juntos nos reímos, adoramos, preparamos dramas y planeamos para el futuro. Observé a nuestros hijos/hijas de misioneros mientras ellos compartían sus necesidades en las sesiones de planeación con mucha elocuencia. Ese compartir de nuestros hijos e hijas tocó me corazón. ¿Es posible que nosotros como padres hayamos tenido algo que ver con esos seres humanos tan extraordinarios? </font></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">¡TIERRA SANTA!</font></b></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span lang="ES-PR" style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;"><font face="Calibri">Me reuní con líderes de las Iglesias que nos apoyan que llegaron a la Conferencia Mundial de Misiones. Juntos adoramos en muchos estilos diferentes que nos hicieron sentir un poco incómodos sin embargo Dios estaba presente. Conocí a personas que estaban explorando y buscando la dirección de Dios mientras ellos discernían el llamado al servicio misionero. Me reuní con líderes de alrededor del mundo y de alguna forma maravillosa nuestro mundo se hizo más pequeño. Preparé talleres y compartí con personas en el salón donde se encontraban las mesas de los misioneros. Compré muchos artículos procedente del ministerios de los colegas y me sentí bendecida al formar parte de esta comunidad de fe. </font></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="ES-PR" style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;"><font face="Calibri">¡TIERRA SANTA!</font></span></b></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span lang="ES-PR" style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;"><font face="Calibri">Regresé a mi casa y juntos con mis colegas de Baja planeamos una vigilia de oración para los niños y menores no acompañados y sin documentación que viajan solos a través de la frontera que estuvieron en las noticias este verano. Visité el parque de la amistad que se encuentra en el área fronterizo entre Chula Vista, CA y Tijuana, México y sentí en mi corazón la separación y el dolor de la frontera. Tomé la santa cena en la frontera y traté de ver quien se encontraba al otro lado de la verja. La verja está cubierta por una reja de hierro y sólo puedes sentir la superficie del dedo de la otra persona con la orilla del dedo suyo. Escuché una voz y estuve sorprendida cuando descubrí que esa voz le pertenecía a mi colega y amiga Adalia quien se encontraba al otro lado de la verja. </font></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">¡TIERRA SANTA!</font></b></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span lang="ES-PR" style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;"><font face="Calibri">He estado enseñando clases sobre historia de la Iglesia, escatología y transformación de conflictos y he estado aprendiendo más acerca de mis alumnos. Cada día el espíritu santo toca mi corazón, redime mi alma y continúa el proceso de transformación de mi persona. A veces esa experiencia duele ya que me doy cuenta que hay mucho en mí que necesita ser cambiado. Continúo hablando acerca de la Iglesia y su rol en este mundo y esas palabras son retadoras para mí. Estoy planeando un viaje durante la semana de Acción de Gracias para ensenar una clase intensiva sobre historia de la Iglesia en el estado de Chiapas. Ya estoy pensando acerca de qué será que Dios me querrá enseñar a mí a través de esta experiencia. </font></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="ES-PR" style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;"><font face="Calibri">¡TIERRA SANTA!</font></span></b></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span lang="ES-PR" style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;"><font face="Calibri">Mientras escribo este artículo estoy consciente de los tiempos turbulentos en los cuales estamos viviendo; ISIS, personas torturadas y decapitadas, Ebola, Guerras, la violencia con armas y la violencia en general, los refugiados en busca de seguridad, el hambre, etc… A la misma vez estoy consciente de nuestra cultura que nos mueve a aspirar y desear COSAS; una sed de casas nuevas, autos nuevos y experiencias nuevas. Este deseo en sí no es malo y me incluyo entre las personas que luchan con estos deseos por las cosas materiales. Le pido a mi Señor que balancee estos deseos de acuerdo a su voluntad. Mientras que medito acerca de estos tiempos turbulentos, le pido dirección a mi Señor; que él allane mis caminos. Le pido por la seguridad de mis colegas alrededor del mundo mientras ellos intentan servir en sus diversas culturas. Le pido por nuestras Iglesias aquí en los estados unidos mientras ellas continúan su tarea de ser fieles en su servicio a sus comunidades y también por su servicio junto con nosotros en nuestros ministerios. Le pido al Señor que ustedes también se puedan hallar sobre la <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">TIERRA SANTA</b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>y que puedan responder a las demandas de Dios sobre su vida. Tomen estas palabras en consideración mientras estén planeando su apoyo del ministerio en Baja o el de mis colegas alrededor del mundo a través de la Ofrenda Misionera Mundial y a través del apoyo específico de misioneros y sus ministerios. </font></span></p><p> <br></p> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 17:30:42 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55840-holy-ground https://internationalministries.org/read/55840-holy-ground Faith Leaders Pray for Central American Children on Both Sides of Border Fence <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"><font face="Calibri">On Friday, August 29th, American Baptist International Ministries (IM) missionaries, along with faith leaders from the Episcopal, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, Catholic and Jewish traditions, joined in a prayer service for Central American children fleeing violence. Faith leaders held a vigil on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border at Friendship Circle in Tijuana and San Diego.<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"><font face="Calibri">Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, and Jim E. Winkler, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, led the prayer vigil and called upon all faith communities to show welcome to the children seeking refuge as they flee gang violence and life threatening circumstances in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.<o:p></o:p></font></span></p><p> <font face="Calibri"><span style="font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN">Also providing leadership for the event were several IM missionaries serving in Mexico: Ray and Adalia Schellinger-Gutierrez, Mercy </span><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Gonzalez-Barnes</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN;" lang="EN"> and Tim and Patti Long.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p><p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">“Faith communities across this nation continue to urgently respond to the physical, spiritual and legal needs of thousands children and families who have sought protection in our midst,” said Winkler. “We’re a nation of more than 300 million. We can easily muster the moral courage and resources to protect children who are fleeing for their lives from violence, rape and exploitation. It’s simply a matter of justice.”<o:p></o:p></font></span></p><p> <span style="color: windowtext; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;">Leaders prayed for members of Congress to maintain and extend due process and humanitarian protections for unaccompanied children. Clergy also called on President Barack Obama to end the pain of deportations and provide administrative relief to as many undocumented people as possible. Community members and faith communities recommitted themselves to work together to alleviate the injustice of this crisis.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="color: windowtext; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;">Medley said, “We have come together because the love of God is not held back by borders, and neither should our love and care for our neighbor. Every day, International Ministries works to serve these people on the other side of this fence; we must do our part once they come to the U.S. side to ensure they have humanitarian protection and assistance. Today we pray these protections stay in tact and are extended to not just Central American children, but also to Mexican children. We lift up our president up in prayer, that he might be on the right side of history in creating new administrative policies that keep families together, and stop deportations.”</span></p><p><em><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">Read a <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/55130-prayer-vigil-on-the-u-s-mexico-border-noon-pct-today">letter</a>&nbsp;from the Schellingers, the Longs and Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes.</span></b></em></p><p><em><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">Watch a <a href="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/abcprayervigil">live video feed</a> from the prayer vigil.</span></b></em></p><p> <em><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/churchworldservice/sets/72157646598280648/">High-resolution photos</a> are available for press usage.</span></b></em></p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55152-faith-leaders-pray-for-central-american-children-on-both-sides-of-border-fence https://internationalministries.org/read/55152-faith-leaders-pray-for-central-american-children-on-both-sides-of-border-fence Mission Project to Build a Church in Mexico Completed <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> 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style="color:blue">The “Build a Church in La Rumorosa, Mexico” mission project is completed!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>$3,300 was raised to purchase building materials, cement blocks, tiles, wiring and concrete.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Now more than 30 families of the Monte Sinai Baptist mission have a place to worship.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>International Ministries thanks all those individuals and churches who helped complete this mission project.&nbsp; Below is a story about this mission project from missionary Mercy Barnes, who brought the idea of building a church to the attention of American Baptists</span><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b><i>Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves </i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b><i>with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. </i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b><i>&nbsp;Colossians 3.12</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">What would you like to do in your “Golden Years”? <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>About five years ago that was the question that Eleazar and Rosita Romo were asking themselves. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>He had just retired from his last position as a pastor and had gone through some health challenges. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>They decided to move to their weekend home in the mountains of La Rumorosa, Mexico. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>On the first Sunday there Rosita ask Eleazar, “Where are we going to go to church?” <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>A few days later some neighbors ask for a Bible study. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>So what do you do when you retire after 50 years as a pastor? <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>If you are Eleazar and Rosita you plant a church. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">They started to meet in their home and afterwards they were using a small building and now there is a new building up on the mountain. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>With your support they are preparing leaders, ministering to families and children and making a difference in their community. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>They are still working at building bathrooms and God always provides new goals for them to accomplish. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Please keep Eleazar and Rosita and the newly formed church “Iglesia Bautista Monte Horeb” in la Rumorosa in your prayers. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Pray for new leadership as the time will come in which they will decide to retire again <span style="font-family:Wingdings">J</span>. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>I only hope that I can use my years now as fully as they are using their Golden years. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">As I close these thoughts I think about these words in Colossians, surely they describe these dear servants of God. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>I want to say “Thanks” to Eleazar and Rosita for their ministry and for their example of Christ like service.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes</p> <p class="MsoNormal">IM missionary in Baja California, Mexico</p><p class="MsoNormal"><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>There are dozens of mission projects submitted by your missionaries and their partners in ministry.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/projects">Click here to see the list </a>of projects and find out how YOU can help.&nbsp; </b><br></p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span 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Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">March 8<sup>th</sup> is International Women’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We invited your women missionaries to answer this question: <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u>How have women leaders impacted you?</u><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></b>Their answers are printed below and they will also appear on International Ministries Facebook wall throughout the day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Some of the missionaries have taken this question to their own Facebook wall.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Jill Lowery is living in the United States right now, and wrote that she is missing the observance of International Women's Day back in Congo.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Kihomi Nzunga reported last year about parades in the streets in Haiti.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Mayra Giovanetti in Nicaragua has written a journal in tribute to International Women’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>(<a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/47187-women-gaining-momentum-mujeres-ganando-impulso-">Click here</a> to read it.)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And Mylinda Baits shared <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnq2QeCvwpw&amp;feature=shar">this link to a song called "One Woman"</a> from the United Nations that is a shining example of the global community working together.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Originally called International <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Working </b>Women’s Day, this annual event has a different focus depending on the country and culture.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In some places it is a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women, while elsewhere it lifts up women’s economic, political and social achievements, and examines the struggles of women worldwide.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The day has lost its political flavor in some regions and has become an occasion for expressing love, similar to Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u>How have women leaders impacted you?</u></b></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><br><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">I'm so thankful for the many women leaders that God put in my life, starting with my own mother.&nbsp; I could name several more of them, but wouldn't want to forget anyone.&nbsp; What they all have in common is their passion for the Lord and faithfulness to serve Him, even in the most difficult circumstances.&nbsp; Their example encourages me to try to do the same.&nbsp; </span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Jill Lowery, missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo</i></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Women leaders have impacted my life by showing me that I am not limited by my gender but rather I have been gifted with unique abilities to show God's grace and love. &nbsp;Others have also shown me that I can do anything I set my mind to!</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Kristy Engel, missionary in the Caribbean and Iberoamerica</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">My seminary professor Carol Schreck invited me to do a first person narrative of the bent-over woman in Luke 13 as part of a worship service celebrating women in ministry.&nbsp; The physical act of portraying a bent-over woman, and then being set free to stand up in Jesus liberated my soul that evening.&nbsp; It marked the beginning of letting go of all the "bent-over" places in my life. It is a story I go back to over and over when I feel overwhelmed by physical &amp; emotional wounds, as well as by legalistic restrictions imposed on me by the Pharisees in my life.&nbsp; Later, I asked Carol why she chose me to enact that woman's story.&nbsp; "Lots of reasons," she responded, "But mostly because you needed to be set free."</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Joyce Anderson Reed, missionary in Mexico</span></i></b></i></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Dot Yoder was my favorite teacher. &nbsp;I took elementary school art classes from her at the Agnes Irwin School. &nbsp;She instilled in me a love for creating art that continues to this day.&nbsp;One day in early elementary school, I painted "The Parting of the Red Sea". &nbsp;It consisted of a field of red paint on the left third of the page, another field of red paint on the right third of the page and the blank, white paper in the middle. &nbsp;Mrs. Yoder laughed and laughed and said it was, "just perfect!".&nbsp;&nbsp;Come to find out later that Mrs. Yoder was a committed Christian believer and sang in the church choir. &nbsp;Memories of her warm, tender smile and encouraging spirit hover over my shoulder even now when I paint and when I teach art classes for our girls at the New Life Center. &nbsp; Mrs. Yoder passed away in 2005, and I never told her how much I loved and appreciated her. &nbsp;So here's to Mrs. Yoder. &nbsp;You made a difference in my life!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Kit Ripley, missionary in Thailand</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Manay Ruth Corvera once told me “everything you put on the table should have beauty - this is a good life rule as well!” &nbsp;Manay Ruth dedicated her life to releasing the hidden potential in others, to helping people help themselves. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;She adopted our young family in the Philippines and cared for us as friends and colleagues, even becoming an honorary grandmother to Elena and Asa, our children. &nbsp;She is a strong, fierce, loving, woman of God.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Today Manay Ruth is now retired.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>She was the Founder and Director of the Katin-aran Center, the Christian community outreach program of Central Philippine University. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Manay = honorific meaning respected, beloved, admired.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mercy Bedona was my dear sister and colleague in the Philippines. &nbsp;She was a female Barnabas who encouraged, guided, and mentored others in their personal and professional growth. &nbsp;She was a committed, visionary leader in both the local church and the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, urging us all to live out kingdom values. &nbsp;As my dear friend, she walked with me through some dark valleys.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Mercy and I served together at Central Philippine University, the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, and Community Christian Church in the Philippines. &nbsp;She went to be with the Lord in January 2012. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Ann Borquist, missionary in Brazil</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">My mom was a single parent for most of my early years so she taught me never to give up, the importance of education and the strength received through my relationship with God and the faith community. &nbsp; Later as a young woman growing up in the church in Puerto Rico, I was surrounded by many female role models. They taught me to acknowledge and respond to my call. God gives us what we need at the right time. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Around that same time I heard a woman preach at our church and what stands out with her was her appearance. You could hear the passion for ministry in the sound of her voice; you could see her confidence by how she stood and presented herself. I don’t remember her sermon but do remember that she wore a beautiful scarf. She taught me that public speaking is part of a complete package. The final woman I want to mention is my daughter as she shows me her willingness to meet each challenge head on, sometimes with fear and uncertainty but she continues the journey. She reminds me that the call to serve will continue even after I become a memory.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">I have met many women in ministry who have influenced me in so many ways; yet the main lesson that is repeated is the dedication, compassion and love they demonstrate to the people they serve and with whom they serve. Some are young while others wear gracefully the trophies of age; yet all of them have taught me that the struggles I have encountered are not new and that I am not alone on this journey. They are my teachers, partners and friends and part of the great cloud of witnesses. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes, missionary in Mexico</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span><p></p><p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Women leaders gave me opportunities to try my hand at leading, encouraging me and giving me constructive criticism as I learned.&nbsp; <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Women leaders working out of feminine strength taught me that I have unique contributions to make just because I'm female.&nbsp;</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Debbie Kelsey, missionary in Italy</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">As a young seminary student, I had little, to no previous exposure to women in leadership, let alone those pursuing pastoral ministry. My first roommate was a graduating senior, Joan Friesen, who now serves the churches of the Indianapolis region as their executive minister. As I observed her in her studies and interactions with people, I got a glimpse of a life called out to serve within and outside of the church. Joan continues to this day to be a person who calls out the best in me, stays connected in tangible ways, and lives a life worthy of the Gospel to which she was called.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mylinda Baits, missionary in Costa Rica</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black">On this International Day of the woman, I think of so many women who have changed their world. But they all stand in the background, almost as a backdrop to one woman who changed my life. Her name was Carol Kimbriel. She was not a simple woman. She was a mother and a housewife, a leader in her church, and the financial manager of her husband´s business. But most importantly for me, she was my mentor. She was my best friend´s mother, who somehow in her busy life, found space for me. She encouraged, me believed in me, and “straightened me out” when I needed it. She changed my life and she is the inspiration for the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Talita Kumi</i> Girl´s Clubs ministry, matching young girls who need some encouragement, with women who are always willing to make a little extra room for one more.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Barbara Bolick, missionary in Chile</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p> <p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:25:18 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/47218-missionaries-comment-on-international-women-s-day https://internationalministries.org/read/47218-missionaries-comment-on-international-women-s-day Todavia hay Esperanza! <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">Se alegrarán el desierto y el sequedal;</font></span></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">Se regocijará el desierto y florecerá como el azafrán.</font></span></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">Florecerá y se regocijará; gritará de alegría!</font></span></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">Se le dará la Gloria del Líbano,</font></span></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">Y el esplendor del Carmelo y de Sarón.</font></span></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">Ellos verán la Gloria del Señor,</font></span></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">El esplendor de nuestro Dios.</font></span></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Isaías 35.1-2 (NVI)</font></span></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri"></font></span></i></b>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">El sábado pasado llovió todo el día. La lluvia es normal para los que viven en el caribe pero para nosotros los que vivimos en el desierto es algo extraordinario. Mis hijos que ya son adultos todavía salen a contemplar la lluvia con alegría. Una de las cosas que yo disfruto es el cambio inmediato en el ambiente. Lo que una vez fue una escena árida y sin color inmediatamente se enverdece. Los ocotillos comienzan a florecer y todo se ve más brillante y lleno de vida. Las semillas adormecidas se despiertan y el milagro de la vida nueva comienza otra vez. Lo asombroso es cuan rápidamente uno comienza a responder a este cambio. Siento que mi estado de ánimo comienza a cambiar tan pronto veo los tonalidades diversas de verde y observo el follaje asomándose debajo de las rocas. </font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">¡TODAVIA HAY ESPERANZA!</font></span></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri"></font></span></b>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">Muchos de ustedes ya conocen que este año ha sido uno muy desafiante para nuestra familia. Este verano pasado fui diagnosticada con cáncer del seno derecho. Esta noticia me pegó con fuerza ya que fue un recordatorio de la pérdida de mi mamá hace 23 años. Ella falleció a la edad de 54 años, la misma edad con que cuento ahora que estoy repitiendo la batalla. Regresaron todos los sentimientos de coraje, lamentación y pérdida con un impulso que me sacudió hasta lo más íntimo de mi ser. Yo no quería que mis niños sufrieran lo que yo había sufrido. Sin embargo en medio de este torbellino me encontraba rodeada por una comunidad de amor. Mis colegas, familiares y desconocidos me sostuvieron mientras yo navegaba el desierto árido; me sentía sola y sedienta. Yo clamaba al Señor y proclamaba a voz alta; “No temas, el Señor está cerca”.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">¡TODAVIA HAY ESPERANZA!</font></span></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri"></font></span></b>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">Este pasado lunes cumplí con mi último ciclo de quimioterapia. Este camino con cáncer de los senos se está convirtiendo en un camino con menos temor mientras aprendo más acerca del proceso, los tratamientos y mientras comparto con otras personas que me acompañan en la jornada. También me siento más cercana a mi mamá y de una manera poco usual, eso me hace sentirme menos sola. Mis hijos se han adaptado y les puedo compartir con ustedes lo bueno que se sintió mandarlos a limpiar sus dormitorios durante las navidades pasadas</font></span><span style="font-family: Wingdings; mso-ansi-language: ES-PR; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-char-type: symbol; mso-symbol-font-family: Wingdings;" lang="ES-PR"><span style="mso-char-type: symbol; mso-symbol-font-family: Wingdings;">J</span></span><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">. Mi esposo y yo nunca nos hemos sentido tan unidos como en el presente momento. Este pasado diciembre en la fecha de nuestro aniversario, renovamos nuestros votos matrimoniales. De veras que fue un momento maravilloso. Estoy comenzando a ver las tonalidades diversas de verde y puedo ver el follaje nuevo que comienza a crecer bajo las rocas. Estoy comenzando a sentir esperanza y regocijarme con el milagro de la vida nueva. </font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">¡TODAVIA HAY ESPERANZA!</font></span></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri"></font></span></b>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><font face="Calibri">El cáncer de seno ha sido mi camino a través del desierto. Yo sé que ustedes (mis lectores) también están teniendo su propio camino personal a través del desierto. Recuerden que ustedes también están rodeados por una comunidad que les alzará en oración y en hechos. Las semillas de esperanza yacen alrededor de ustedes entre medio de la arena y la tierra. Alcen sus voces y proclamen “No temas, el Señor está cerca”.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"></span></b></font>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR">¡PROCLAMAMOS QUE SI HAY </span><span style="text-transform: uppercase;">ESPERANZA!</span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;"> <span lang="ES-PR"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></span></span></b></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-PR;" lang="ES-PR"><o:p><font face="Calibri">&nbsp;</font></o:p></span></i></b></p><p> </p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:57:44 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46713-todavia-hay-esperanza- https://internationalministries.org/read/46713-todavia-hay-esperanza- There is Hope! <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><font face="Calibri">The desert and the parched land will be glad;</font></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><font face="Calibri">The wilderness will rejoice and blossom.</font></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><font face="Calibri">Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;</font></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><font face="Calibri">It will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.</font></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><font face="Calibri">The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,</font></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><font face="Calibri">The splendor of Carmel and Sharon;</font></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><font face="Calibri">They will see the glory of the Lord,</font></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><font face="Calibri">The splendor of our God.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></font></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Isaiah 35.1-2 </font></i></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><strong><em><font face="Calibri"></font></em></strong>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Calibri">Last Saturday, it rained all day. This may not sound unusual to some of you but I live in the desert and it rarely rains. One of the things I enjoy is to see the immediate change in the environment. What was once an arid landscape with lots of brown and tan immediately turns green. The ocotillos start to bloom and everything is brighter and full of life. Seeds that were dormant spring to life and the miracle of new life begins anew. The amazing thing is how rapidly I respond to this change. I feel my mood change as soon as I see the darker shades of green and the new growths of foliage peeking out from underneath boulders. <strong>THERE IS HOPE!</strong></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Calibri">Many of you know that this year has been a challenging one for our family. This past summer I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This news hit me with a vengeance as it was a reminder of losing my mother 23 years ago. She was 54 years old when she passed away, the same age I am now as I repeat this battle. All of those feelings of anger, grief and loss came back with a force that shook me to my core. I did not want my children to go through what I went through. Yet in the midst of this whirlwind I was surrounded by a community of love.&nbsp;But like someone navigating the arid desert; I felt parched and alone. I kept calling out to the Lord and proclaiming out loud, “The Lord is near, do not be afraid”.&nbsp;</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Calibri"></font>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Calibri">This past Monday I had my final cycle of chemotherapy. The journey with breast cancer has become less scary as I learn more about the process, the treatment and I share with others who are also walking this same path. I also feel closer to my mother and in a strange way feel less alone. The kids have adjusted and I can’t tell you how good it felt this past Christmas as I nagged them to clean up their rooms. Rick and I are closer than we’ve ever been before. This past December on our anniversary, we renewed our vows and it was truly an amazing moment. I am starting to see the darker shades of green, the new growth of foliage and some blooms. I am starting to feel hopeful and the joy that comes from seeing the miracle of new life.&nbsp;</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Calibri"></font>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Calibri">Breast cancer has been my walk in the desert. I know that you my readers also have your own personal walk in the desert. Remember you too are surrounded by a community that lifts you up in prayer and deed. The seeds of hope are lying amidst the grains of sand and dirt. Lift up your voices and proclaim “The Lord is near, Do not be afraid”.&nbsp;</font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">THERE IS INDEED HOPE! </font></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri"></font></b>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Calibri"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font></font></p><font face="Calibri"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><font face="Times New Roman"></font>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></o:p></i></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Times New Roman"></font>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><o:p></o:p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNoSpacing">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><o:p><font face="Calibri">&nbsp;</font></o:p></i></b></p><p> </p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:56:47 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46677-there-is-hope- 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mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapedefaults v:ext="edit" spidmax="1026"/> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapelayout v:ext="edit"> <o:idmap v:ext="edit" data="1"/> </o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">El espíritu de Dios está en este lugar</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">El espíritu de Dios está en este lugar</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">El espíritu de Dios se mueve en este lugar</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Esta aquí para consolar</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Esta aquí para liberar</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Esta aquí para guiar</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">El espíritu de Dios está aquí</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Muévete en mí, muévete en mí</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Toma mi mente, mi corazón</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Llena mi vida <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>de tu amor </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Muévete en mí Dios Espíritu</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Muévete en mí. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 09:56:04 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44029-grace-is-the-the-most-important https://internationalministries.org/read/44029-grace-is-the-the-most-important Como caido del cielo <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> 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a Aquel que es poderoso para hacer todas las cosas mucho más abundantemente de lo que pedimos o entendemos, según el poder que actúa en nosotros. Efesios 3.20 NVI</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">¡Como caído del Cielo!</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Por Rick Barnes</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Hace 23 años Mercy y yo nos casamos en Puerto Rico.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>La primera vez que conocí a su familia fue cuando llegué a la isla por primera vez para nuestra boda. Aunque me encontraba entre extranjeros, se hizo evidente que era parte de una familia. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Los primeros en aceptarme fueron el sobrino y las sobrinas de Mercy, especialmente Gretchen, quien para ese tiempo contaba con dos añitos de vida. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Yo me encontraba descansando sobre una hamaca, casi completamente dormido cuando escuché la voz de esta niñita llamándome emocionadamente, “Tío Rick, cógeme”. Para ese tiempo no hablaba en español, pero al escuchar mi nombre, me desperté lo suficiente para abrir los ojos y ver a esta pequeña niña a medio vuelo a mi dirección. Simplemente por instinto levanté los brazos y la agarré antes que cayera al suelo y los dos reímos juntos. Pensar en algo que te ha caído del cielo. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Recientemente he tenido otra experiencia que casi literalmente me cayó del cielo y necesito compartirlo con ustedes.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>El año pasado durante nuestro tiempo de promoción misionera, tuve la oportunidad de tomar clases de CPE (Educación pastoral clínica). <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Este es parte del entrenamiento que uno toma para tener los credenciales de capellán, también es una manera de analizar a la forma en que uno ejerce su ministerio, el por que y su contexto ministerial. Al final de ese año de estudios, me preparé para utilizar estas nuevas destrezas en México. De hecho, uno de los cursos que he estado impartiendo es el cuidado pastoral clínico. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">De repente, me enteré de una oportunidad aquí mismo al norte de la frontera que me permitiría utilizar más completamente los dones y talentos que yo creo que Dios me ha dado. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>La organización de “Church World Service” me ha extendido la invitación para ser el Coordinador de Servicios Religiosos para el Centro de Detención de Inmigración en El Centro, CA. Yo he aceptado esa invitación y debido a esto, mis once años de servicio con Ministerios Internacionales llegaron a su fin el 31 de diciembre del 2011, y ahora estoy trabajando con “Church World Service”.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">La política de inmigración del gobierno de los estados unidos es un asunto complicado en los cuales existen múltiples opiniones. Pero a parte de lo que uno sienta o crea acerca de este asunto, hay aproximadamente 300-500 hombres en esa institución que se encuentran a mucha distancia de sus hogares y confrontan un futuro incierto. Ellos necesitan a alguien que les demuestre la presencia compasiva y el cuidado de Dios presente a través de su cuerpo (la iglesia). Al igual los empleados de esa institución están sujetos a las luchas de la vida y también necesitan ese cuidado espiritual. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Para mí, esto es tanto un salto de fe personal como lo fue para Gretchen cuando se tiró a mis brazos esperando con certeza que yo no la dejaría caer. Quizás más para mí que para Gretchen. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Dios me ha estado llamando a desarrollar estos talentos y también a usarlos, y ahora me ha dado la oportunidad de responder a ese llamado. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Déjame</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%" lang="ES-MX"> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">clarificar</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%">. </span><u><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Mercy continuará trabajando con ministerios internacionales</span></u><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">. Yo acepté el llamado de Church World Service solamente después que fue claro de que Mercy podría continuar con su llamado y su pasión como misionera. Ustedes han sido fieles en su apoyo cuidadoso de nosotros; nos han levantado en sus oraciones, nos han apoyado con sus finanzas y nos han fortalecido con su correspondencia y su colaboración misionera.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Yo les pido que continúen siendo fieles con sus oraciones, su apoyo financiero al ministerio de Mercy en México. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">A través de los años he llegado a apreciar mis queridos compañeros hermanos y hermanas, tanto Mexicanos como estadounidense, y me mantendré en contacto con ellos. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Yo vislumbro poder colaborar con ellos mientras buscamos como mejor ministrar con los hombres que han sido deportados cuando lleguen a México. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">El aceptar un llamado nuevo significa el dejar el llamado antiguo y eso me ha dejado con emociones mixtas. Otra vez, les doy las gracias por esta década de apoyo y hermandad. Les pido sus oraciones para que Dios me dirija y bendiga mis esfuerzos al responder a este nuevo llamado. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Al igual les pido su continua oración de bendición por Mercy mientras ella también continúa respondiendo a su llamado en México, y mientras nosotros hacemos de nuestros ministerios unos ministerios que cruzan la frontera de diversas maneras. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Que Dios les guarde y les bendiga...</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Rick <br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> 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Gretchen ama <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>a la vida y la vive con pasión. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Una de las muchas lecciones que he aprendido en mi vida (Mercy) es que la vida continúa cambiando. Rick estará ejerciendo su ministerio con hombres quienes están atravesando un tiempo muy difícil en sus vidas. Nosotros vemos este ministerio nuevo como una oportunidad en donde podemos expandir nuestro ministerio y las maneras en que Dios nos usa. Quizás ustedes tengan preguntas acerca de esta transición. A continuación yo trataré de responder a esas preguntas. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">Yo, Mercy, continuaré trabajando con ministerios internacionales como misionera a Baja California, México trabajando con nuestros estudiantes en el seminario proveyendo herramientas para mejor servir a sus comunidades y congregaciones a través de la plantación de nuevas obras. También estoy mirando hacia el futuro para ver como Dios me usará en esta nueva etapa como individuo de mi ministerio. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">A continuación están algunas de las metas para este año y les pido que continúen orando</span><span style="mso-ansi-language: ES-MX" lang="ES-MX"> por </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ansi-language:ES-MX" lang="ES-MX">éstas para que Dios abra y cierra las puertas de acuerdo a su voluntad. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;mso-ansi-language: ES-MX" lang="ES-MX"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 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12pt">Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, </SPAN></I></B></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0pt" class=MsoNormal align=center><B><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">according to His power that is at work within us…”<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)</SPAN></I></B></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0pt" class=MsoNormal align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></SPAN></I></B>&nbsp;</P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">By Rick Barnes</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Almost exactly 23 years ago, Mercy and I were married in Puerto Rico.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>The first time I met her family was when I flew down for the wedding. Even though I was definitely among strangers to begin with, it became very quickly apparent that I was part of the family. The ones who were fastest to accept me were Mercy’s nephew and nieces, particularly Gretchen, who was two at the time. I was resting on the patio in a hammock, barely awake, when I heard this little girl call out to me excitedly “Tio (uncle) Rick.” At the time I didn’t even know Spanish, but hearing my name got my attention enough to see this little girl flying toward me in mid-air. Just by instinct, I reached out and snagged her, and we both laughed and giggled. Talk about something falling into my lap!</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">I have had something else almost literally fall into my lap that I need to tell you about. As many of you know, in my recent US/Puerto Rico assignment I took the year to participate in Clinical Pastoral Education. While this is part of the training a chaplain undergoes, it is also a great way to look at how one does ministry, and why, in any setting. At the end of my tremendous CPE year, I started gearing up for using these skills back in Mexico. In fact, one of the courses I am currently teaching is “Clinical Pastoral Care.” Suddenly, I became aware of an opportunity in my own back yard that allows me to more fully use the gifts and talents I believe God has given me. Church World Service has extended an invitation to me to be the Religious Service Coordinator for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Center in El Centro, CA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Because of this, my eleven years with International Ministries came to an end on December 31, 2011, and I am now working with Church World Service.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">The immigration policy of the United States government is a hot button issue, I know. But regardless of how one feels about this, there are 300-500 men in that facility who are a long way from home and facing an uncertain future who need someone to demonstrate a caring and compassionate presence. There is also a staff that is subject to the trials of life and need that presence too. </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">For me, it is every bit as much of a leap of faith to go into this new setting as Gretchen jumping into my lap, perhaps more. But God has been calling me to hone and use these gifts, and has now given me the opportunity to respond. </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><B><U>Let me be clear. Mercy will be continuing on with International Ministries. </U></B>I only accepted the call from Church World Service after it became clear that Mercy would be able to continue with her call and passion as a missionary. You have been so very faithful in your caring support of us, including prayers, encouragement, and finances. I ask you to continue to remain faithful, even as Mercy continues faithful to her call.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">And I have grown to dearly love my Christian compañeros (brothers and sisters,) both Mexican and American, and will still stay in contact with them. In fact, I envision working with them as we seek to get a handle on how to minister with deportees after they are deported.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Going means leaving, I know. I, too, have a mixture of feelings right now. And again, I thank you for being with us this decade plus. I ask your prayers of blessing as I respond to this new call. I also ask for your continued blessing of Mercy as she fulfills her call, and as we make our experience even more of a cross-border one. </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">May God bless and keep you…</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Rick</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal></P> <P style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.5pt" class=MsoNormal><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #0a74db; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">Our Adventures by Mercy</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #7f7f7f; FONT-SIZE: 8pt"></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.5pt" class=MsoNormal align=center><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #0a74db; FONT-SIZE: 14pt">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #0a74db">As you can see in the second picture Gretchen has&nbsp; gone on from being a trusting two year old to a beautiful young woman who plays soccer, enjoys sailing and owns her own business. She loves life and embraces it with a passion. As Gretchen has grown and changed, so have we;&nbsp; One of the many lessons that I have learned in my life is that it is always changing and evolving. That is a good thing! Rick will now be&nbsp;doing ministry with men who are going through a very difficult time in their lives. I will continue to do my work in Mexico but in a different way. There will be new challenges as we seek to serve. We see this as an opportunity in which we can expand our ministry and the way in which God uses us. You may have some questions about this transition. I will try to answer them as best I can. </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #7f7f7f; FONT-SIZE: 8pt"></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.5pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #0a74db">&nbsp;I,&nbsp;Mercy will continue to be working with International Ministries as a missionary to Baja California, Mexico working with our students at the seminary equipping them to better minister with their communities and congregations in planting new churches. I also look forward to see what new and exciting adventures God has in store for my ministry as I start this new phase on my own. Here are some of the thoughts for this year and I want you to pray for them so that God may open and close doors as God sees fit. </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #7f7f7f; FONT-SIZE: 8pt"></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.5pt" class=MsoNormal><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #0a74db">&nbsp;</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #7f7f7f; FONT-SIZE: 8pt">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN face="Times New Roman"><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #0a74db">Goals for the next year</SPAN></STRONG></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #0a74db"></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN face="Times New Roman" color="#000000"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #0a74db"></SPAN></SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <UL style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in" type=disc> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Continue to strengthen collegial relationship with local church partners as we transition from being a couple in ministry to an individual in partnership with the convention</SPAN></LI> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Identify leaders (male and female) for New church plants and support them during their seminary training. </SPAN></LI> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Resource churches who seek to plant new churches</SPAN></LI> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Continue teaching classes at the seminary </SPAN></LI> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Develop an electronic newsletter that would highlight new church planters, methodology, seminars, retreats, resources, etc...</SPAN></LI> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Continue to support new church plants via short term mission teams</SPAN></LI> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Provide workshops to equip local church leaders</SPAN></LI> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Encourage the placement of Women in new church planting settings</SPAN></LI> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Continue to raise support with existing partners in the United States as well as new partners. </SPAN></LI> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Welcome Sheila and Stephen Heneise who will be volunteering here for the next semester. </SPAN></LI> <LI style="COLOR: #0a74db; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'">Above all be open to God's Spirit.</SPAN></LI></UL> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #0a74db">&nbsp; As&nbsp;you can see ministry will continue to happen and I continue to be in need of your prayers, support and partnership. Please consider becoming part of my network of supporters.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: #7f7f7f; FONT-SIZE: 8pt"></SPAN></P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: rgb(10,116,219); FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Mercy</SPAN><BR><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; COLOR: rgb(10,116,219); FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><B><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Family News</SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Change seems to be a constant theme in our household. As we are writing Aida has just arrived to Lille, France for five months of study abroad. As parents we were quite anxious about her solo journeying but she is doing just fine. We skyped with her and she is tired and happy. Please keep her in your prayers. </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN>Richie also left to return to Chicago for his second quarter of studies and we just spoke with him a few minutes ago. He is safe and on the shuttle back to his dorm. It doesn't seem possible that he was here for three weeks. </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN>Josh keeps growing taller each time I turn around. He is almost as tall as Aida. He enjoys being the only child at home and is going through the process of changing from a child to a teenager. He is doing wonderfully in school and is doing some fundraising to attend an educational trip to Florida.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">All of the family went to our yearly missionary retreat at Palomar Mountain with the other Baja missionaries, with Bob and Barbara Santilli and with Virgil and Lynn Nelson. It was a wonderful time of renewal with gorgeous weather. Sirius our black Lab was very happy to see us when we returned from our trip!</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"></SPAN></SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <P class=MsoNormal align=justify><B><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman', 'serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Happy New Year 2012 from the Barnes Family!</SPAN></B></P> <BLOCKQUOTE><BR></BLOCKQUOTE> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 12:26:09 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40994-falling-in-my-lap https://internationalministries.org/read/40994-falling-in-my-lap Commencement <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i>Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go….For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Joshua 1: 6-8; 9b (NIV)</i></b></p><br>There was a gnawing in the pit of my stomach as I read the email. Our son Richie had forwarded an email he had received from the University of Chicago. They had already accepted him but now they were accepting him to the summer program. He would be leaving within a week. My eyes filled with tears as the reality of this next transition hit me hard.<br><br> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">It had been difficult with our daughter Aida but now we were accustomed to her living in Charlottesville and slowly becoming a young adult. Now my middle child would be leaving our nest and the house will be oh so quiet. I know we still have Joshua and we will adjust to this new reality but there is a sweetness to the sound of driving on Interstate 8 from San Diego listening to all three kids speak and give each other a hard time. <br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">To add to the intensity of this transition is the fact that Joshua just finished his last year of elementary School. He seems to be shooting up right before my eyes. My baby is becoming an adolescent and though I rejoice in all of these new beginnings, part of me is sad and scared.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">I can’t imagine how Joshua (the leader of the Israelites) felt when he had to take on the role of the highly respected and iconic Moses. There is a reason why the scripture repeats more than once to be strong and very courageous. He must have been terrified; I know that I would have been. He has been given the mandate to lead his people on to conquer the Promised Land. People were expecting much of him. Yet of all the wonderful words of counsel that he could get; God tells him to remember two things, <b>hold on to the Law and be strong and courageous.</b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><br></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">I can imagine Joshua thinking ‘I am about to start this whole new part of my life and these people are depending upon me’, Is that it God? I don’t get a magic staff or some other symbol of authority. In Jesus time the Law was summarized by this phrase; Love the Lord your God with the totality of all you are and love your neighbor as yourself. God is telling Joshua to hold on to the Law, to depend on it, to not stray to the right or to the left. Just two things: he must depend on the Lord and be strong and courageous. Now to me this sounds a little contradictory. How do you depend totally on God and at the same time be strong and courageous. Isn’t that depending on yourself? Why didn’t God just say depend on me to give you courage and strength? <br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">You know, maybe Joshua is a little like many people who have positions of leadership. We have gifts and talents. Moses recognized those gifts and talents in Joshua and encouraged him to develop those leadership skills. There would be many challenges facing Joshua in the years to come and as he held on to the Law and depended totally on God, he learned that the strength and courage that he needed was coming from that relationship.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Most of us think that we can do it ourselves if we try hard enough. It is difficult for us to depend on God, to love him with all we’ve got, with all of our gifts and talents and to let God use those gifts and talents for his glory. It is not easy to let God be in control but God tells Joshua and he tells us, hold on to the Law and be very strong and courageous for if we do so, God will be with us wherever we go and we shall be successful. (Maybe the next newsletter should speak about what it means to be successful.)</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Now I know that our challenge is meager compared to what Joshua was facing, but I too am fearful and have to let the kids go and grow. I too have questions about what our life will look like as the years go on. As we look at the challenges of conquering the Empty Nest, as our children develop their gifts and talents and spread their wings to fly to new adventures; our life will be different, may we listen to God speaking to us in a silent home, may we hear God’s call to depend totally on him, to be strong and courageous and to continue to be faithful to what God is calling us to do and to be. For surely God will be with us wherever we go and will give us success.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b>So what’s next for the Barnes</b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We are coming to the end of our year of home assignment, to a year of many transitions, much travel and still many questions about the future. We look forward to returning to Mexico and to the challenges that await us as we minister with the Convencion Baustista Dios con Nosotros. We have made a list of new goals and now we present them to God. As I said above, sometimes we feel so self sufficient and act like we don’t need God leading us as we conquer the challenges before us. <br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">One of the biggest challenges we have is to meet our financial goal. We have been writing emails, making phone calls and asking different churches and individuals to become financial partners in our ministry to Mexico. I can assure you that reaching out to people is very difficult to do. We really do need to be strong and courageous as some will say no but will continue to support us with their prayers. We really need to believe that many of you want to participate in the challenges and ministry that await us in Mexico. <br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">These are some of the goals that we are setting for ourselves:</p> <p><span>1.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>To speak at every church in the convention challenging them to identify leaders of both genders to be trained in outreach and new church planting.</p> <p><span>2.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>To develop an electronic newsletter for New Church Planters.</p> <p><span>3.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>To develop a Women in Ministry Support Group.</p> <p><span>4.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>To develop regional partners in ministry groups so that church planters can support each other.</p> <p><span>5.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>To continue to teach at the seminary developing an emphasis on new church planting.</p> <p><span>6.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>To be open to God’s Spirit and leadership for new opportunities, new relationships and to discover the new thing that God is already doing in Mexico.</p> <p><span>7.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Personally, I Mercy would like to further my education and am applying to a DMIN program focusing on “the Beloved Community”.</p> <p><span>8.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Rick wants to develop a program that focuses on chaplaincy, and spiritual care in the Mexican context.</p> <p><span>9.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>We both want to continue to be supportive of our children as they study in Virginia, Chicago and Junior High School and work at enjoying this part of our lives as a couple.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">We share these goals so that you can pray for us and so you can consider prayerfully whether God is calling you to become a financial partner in ministry. Our financial goal is to increase our network of supporters by 20. We need twenty NEW partners who will commit to our support with $50.00 a month. If $50 seems like a lot, speak with a group of people from your network of believers who will come together to help become a financial unit for our support. This is very doable. Please pray for this goal.</p><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 1. You can support our ministry by giving at your local church.&nbsp; Write the check out to&nbsp;World&nbsp;Mission Offering and on the memo section write "ongoing support for the Barnes".</p><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 2. You can give directly to our ministry by calling International Ministries at 1 800 222-3872 and ask to speak with someone from the finance department at IM.&nbsp; They can process your checks or you can do a direct deposit&nbsp;with your debit card.&nbsp; <br></p><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 3. You can send your check directly to International Ministries at:</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;International Ministries</p> <h4 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">P.O. Box 851</h4> <h4 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">Valley Forge, PA. 19482-0851</h4> <h4 style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;"></h4> <h4 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">Remember to write “ongoing support Barnes” on the memo line. </h4> <h4 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; FONT-WEIGHT: normal;">&nbsp;</h4> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4. You can give online at <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/give">www.internationalministries.org/give</a>&nbsp; On the left, click on Missionaries.&nbsp; You'll see our name on the right and a box where you can enter your gift. <br></p><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">On a recent trip to West Virginia, Rev. Max Hill introduced the offering time after my presentation. He said not to give until it hurt but to give until it felt good. Please give until it feels good, be strong and courageous for the Lord our God will surely be with all of us. God bless you all!</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Mercy and Rick</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/36739-commencement https://internationalministries.org/read/36739-commencement Transiciones y Nuevos Comienzos <b><i><span>Se fuerte y valiente, porque tú harás que este pueblo herede la tierra que les prometí a sus antepasados. Solo te pido que tengas mucho valor y firmeza para obedecer toda la ley que mi siervo Moisés te mandó. No te apartes de ella para nada; solo así tendrás éxito dondequiera que vayas….Ya te lo he ordenado: ¡Se fuerte y valiente! ¡No tengas miedo ni te desanimes! Porque el Señor tu Dios te acompañará dondequiera que vayas.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></i></b><b><i><span>Josue</span></i></b><b><i><span> 1. 6-8; 9b (NVI)</span></i></b> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><br></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Sentí como un ardor en la boca de mi estomago mientras leí el correo electrónico que me había enviado mi hijo. Era un correo de parte de la Universidad de Chicago. Ya ellos lo habían aceptado como estudiante hace varios meses pero ahora le estaban aceptando para el programa de verano. Le quedaba solo una semana a mi hijo antes de salir de nuestra casa. Mis ojos se llenaron de lágrimas al sentir el choque de la realidad de esta transición. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Me acuerdo de lo difícil que había sido con Aida nuestra hija pero ahora ya estábamos acostumbrado a tenerla viviendo en Charlottesville en donde poco a poco se estaba convirtiendo en una joven adulta. Ahora mi segundo hijo se estaba preparando para dejar nuestro nido y nuestra casa se llenaría de silencio. Yo se que todavía tenemos a Joshua y que poco a poco nos vamos a ajustar a esta nueva realidad pero hay una dulzura en el sonido que escucho cuando estamos en el carro de regreso de San Diego y escuchamos a nuestros tres hijos charlando y bromeando. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Además de esto, nuestro hijo menor, Joshua está terminando su último año de escuela elemental. Me parece que se está estirando y creciendo frente a mis ojos. Mi bebe se está convirtiendo en un adolescente y aunque me gozo con estas transiciones y nuevos comienzos, una parte de mi ser se entristece y tiene temor. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>No me puedo imaginar como se sintió Josué (el líder de los Israelitas) al tomar el lugar del líder icónico y respetado Moisés. Hay una razón por el cual las escrituras repiten varias veces el llamado a que él sea fuerte y valiente. Sería completamente normal que Josue sintiera temor y hasta momentos de duda en sus decisiones como líder. En su lugar yo me sentiría aterrorizada. A él le habían dado el mandato de guiar a su pueblo a conquistar la tierra prometida. Se esperaba mucho de él. Pero nuestro Dios le dice dos cosas, que se sujete firmemente de la Ley y que se mantuviera fuerte y valiente. La Ley se resume en que uno debe amar a Dios con la totalidad de su ser y que uno debe amar al prójimo como a uno mismo. Dos cosas: depender del Señor tu Dios y ser fuerte y valiente. Ahora a mí estos consejos me parecen un poco contradictorios. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Debemos depender de Dios, sujetarnos a él y a su Ley y a la misma vez demostrar nuestra valentía y fuerza. Porque no decirle simplemente confía en el Señor para que te de fuerza y valentía. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Saben, quizás Josué es semejante a muchas personas que se encuentran en posiciones de liderato y autoridad. Todos tenemos nuestros dones y talentos y Josué los tenía también. Moisés reconoció estos dones y talentos en Josué y le impulsó a desarrollar esas destrezas de liderato. La mayoría de nosotros pensamos que podremos alcanzar nuestras metas y el éxito si trabajamos lo suficientemente fuerte. Se nos dificulta depender en Dios, amarlo con todo nuestro ser y con todos nuestros talentos y dones y dejar que Dios use nuestros talentos y dones para su gloria. Es fácil concentrarse en el yo pero Dios le dice a Josué y nos dice a nosotros que nos sujetemos a la Ley y que seamos fuertes y valientes. Cuando obedecemos este mandato tenemos la promesa de que Dios estará con nosotros en donde quiera que fuéramos y que seremos exitosos. (Quizás el próximo noticiero debe enfocarse en identificar lo que significa ser exitosos).</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Mientras nosotros miramos a los desafíos y retos que trae el nido vacío, mientras nuestros hijos crecen y desarrollan sus dones y talentos y levantan sus alas para tomar vuelo y comenzar sus propias aventuras; nuestra vida será diferente. Nuestra oración es que escuchemos la voz de Dios llamándonos a sujetarnos a la Ley y a ser fuertes y valientes para continuar siendo fieles a lo que Dios nos está llamando a hacer y ser. Ciertamente Dios estará con nosotros en donde quiera que fuéramos y nos dará el éxito. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span>Entonces que les espera a los Barnes</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Nos acercamos al final de nuestro año de promoción misionera y “sabática”. Ha sido un año de muchas transiciones, muchos vuelos y viajes a iglesias para compartir acerca de nuestro ministerio y muchas preguntas acerca del futuro. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Miramos con anticipación nuestro retorno a México y los retos y desafíos que nos esperan en nuestro ministerio junto a la Convención Bautista Dios con Nosotros. Hemos escrito nuevas metas y ahora se las presentamos a nuestro Dios. Como mencionamos anteriormente, a veces nos sentimos auto suficientes y actuamos como si no tenemos necesidad de un Dios que nos guié a conquistar los desafíos que nos esperan. Le pedimos al Señor que lo pongamos siempre primero. Como dice el seguidor de Jesús en las escrituras, ‘Señor creo, ayuda mi incredulidad’. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Uno de los desafíos más grandes que tenemos es alcanzar nuestra meta financiera. Hemos estado escribiendo correos electrónicos, haciendo llamadas telefónicas y pidiendo el apoyo financiero a varias iglesias e individuos. Les estamos invitando a aceptar el reto de ser nuestros socios y colegas financieros en nuestro ministerio a México. Les podemos asegurar que este proceso de llamar a las iglesias e individuos a esta relación es difícil. Necesitamos ser fuertes y valientes porque algunos nos dirán que no pero continuarán apoyándonos con sus oraciones. De veras creemos con todo nuestro corazón que muchos de ustedes desean participar en los desafíos y ministerio que nos espera en México. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Estos son algunas de las metas que estamos señalando para nuestro ministerio:</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>1.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Hablar con cada Iglesias de la convención retándoles a identificar y entrenar líderes de ambos géneros para capacitarlos en métodos de evangelismo, alcance comunitario y ser sembradores de nuevas obras. </span></p> <p><span>2.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Desarrollar un noticiero electrónico para sembradores de nuevas obras. </span></p> <p><span><span>3.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Desarrollar un grupo de apoyo mutuo para mujeres llamadas al ministerio.</span></p> <p><span>4.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Desarrollar grupos regionales mexicanos de apoyo mutuo para sembradores de obras nuevas. </span></p> <p><span>5.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Continuar ensenado en el seminario desarrollando el énfasis en la plantación de obras nuevas.</span></p> <p><span><span>6.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Continuar trabajando con grupos de misión de corto alcance de parte de iglesias en los estados unidos y Puerto Rico. </span></p> <p><span>7.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Tener apertura al espíritu de Dios para que nos guíe hacia nuevas oportunidades, relaciones con colegas y descubrir lo nuevo que Dios ya está haciendo en México. </span></p> <p><span>8.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Personalmente, (Mercy) me gustaría profundizar en mi educación y preparación teológica y para lograr esta meta estoy aplicando hacia un programa de DMIN enfocado en “la iglesia como comunidad amada”. </span></p> <p><span><span>9.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Rick desea desarrollar un programa que le dará énfasis al cuidado espiritual y la capellanía en los hospitales dentro del contexto mexicano. </span></p> <p><span>10.<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp; </span></span><span>Ambos deseamos continuar apoyando a nuestros hijos mientras continúan sus estudios universitarios en Virginia, Chicago y al menor en la escuela intermedia. También deseamos descubrir y disfrutar lo que significa ser una pareja en esta etapa de nuestra vida. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Nosotros estamos compartiendo estas metas para que ustedes puedan orar por nosotros y para que también puedan considerar en oración si Dios les está llamando a ser<span>&nbsp; </span>colaboradores financieros en nuestro ministerio. <b><i>Nuestra meta financiera es aumentar nuestra red de apoyo a veinte colaboradores nuevos. Nosotros necesitamos por lo menos veinte colaboradores que se comprometerán a proveer $50.00 al mes</i></b>. Si esta cantidad de $50 les parece mucho, hablen con un grupo de persona de su iglesia para unir sus esfuerzos y de esta manera convertirse en una “unidad financiera” para nuestro apoyo. </span><span>Esta</span> meta se puede <span>lograr</span>.<span>&nbsp; </span>“!Si se puede!” <span>Por</span> favor <span>oren</span><span> </span><span>por</span><span> </span><span>esta</span> meta. </p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span>¿Cómo pueden Ofrendar?</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <ol style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in;" type="1"> <li style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Ustedes pueden apoyar nuestro ministerio canalizando su ofrenda através de su iglesia local. Escriba su cheque a nombre de la ‘Ofrenda Misionera Mundial’ y en la sección del memo, escriba </span><span>“ongoing support for the Barnes”. </span></li> <li style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Ustedes pueden ofrendar directamente llamando a ministerios internaciones al </span></li></ol> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;"><span>1-800-222-3872 y pida hablar con alguien del departamento de finanzas de ministerios internacionales. Ellos les orientarán y procesarán su cheque o su depósito directo usando su tarjeta de débito. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <ol style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in;" type="1"> <li style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Ustedes pueden enviar su cheque directamente a ministerios internacionales a la siguiente direccion:</span></li></ol> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;">International Ministries</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;">P.O. Box 851</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;">Valley Forge, PA. 19482-0851</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;"><span>Recuerde escribir en el memo “ongoing support Barnes”</span></p> <ol style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in;" type="1"> <li style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Ustedes pueden ofrendar usando su computadora hiendo al siguiente “website” </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/give"><span>www.internationalministries.org/give</span></a><span> <span></span></span></li></ol> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;"><span>Vayan a ‘People who serve’, Barnes, Give y sigan las instrucciones para enviar su ofrenda. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Durante un viaje reciente que tuve a West Virginia, el ministro ejecutivo asociado Rev. Max Hill introdujo el tiempo de la ofrenda luego de mi presentación. Él les dijo que no dieran hasta que sintieran dolor sino que dieran hasta que sintieran bendición. El dar es un privilegio y una rendición. Recuerden lo que le dijo nuestro Dios a Josué, se fuerte y valiente porque de cierto nuestro Dios les acompañará en donde quiera que vayan. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>¡Que el Señor les bendiga grandemente!</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Mercy y Rick Barnes</span></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/36759-transiciones-y-nuevos-comienzos https://internationalministries.org/read/36759-transiciones-y-nuevos-comienzos Servant Leadership <strong>To serve or not to serve...</strong> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">This past December we celebrated our yearly Baja Missionary Retreat at Palomar Christian Conference Center. It was good to see Aida coming home from college for Christmas break. All of the MK's seem to be so much taller and so grown up. Our retreat was a time of silliness, fun and experiencing servant leadership. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">We wore silly hats, welcomed the New Year and had some wonderful times of worship and renewal with our colleagues.<span>&nbsp; </span>One of the highlights of the retreat was a service of foot washing. Now I have never really liked the idea of foot washing because if you say no, you appear to not be truly spiritual and if you say yes, then you have to deal with the discomfort and the intimacy of caring for someone else. Foot washing is one of those things that really pulls you out of your comfort zone. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Well, we started off with a Bible Study led by Virgil Nelson, retired missionary from the Congo. It was truly a time of learning and openness to the Spirit of God. Then Virgil explained the whole process and we all participated in getting the basins, hot water, and salt.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Rick washed my feet and I washed his. It was truly amazing and life affirming to watch my boys wash each others feet. This was love and servanthood at its greatest. Aida (our daughter) and Michelle Schellinger Gutierrez washed each others feet. Afterward we put lotion on each others feet and people spontaneously went around giving each other neck rubs. Tears came to my eyes as I watched Tim Long rub his baby grand daughter's little toes and she squirmed and loved it. </p></span> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">We all received so much as we ministered to each other and I kept wondering why was I so resistant to this experience. Jesus washed his disciple's feet to show them what it meant to be a servant leader. My prayer is that I can continue to learn at the feet of the master what it means to serve and to love. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">Home Assignment Update:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">This has been a year of many changes and plenty of travel. I have been to New York State, Nebraska, Puerto Rico, Seattle, Vermont/New Hampshire and will soon be traveling to Iowa/Minnesota and West Virginia. I will also be at the Biennial in Puerto Rico this coming June. We have also traveled to visit churches in California and Arizona that are within driving distance. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">If anyone wishes to learn more about our ministry in Baja, please feel free to be in touch with us and we will do our best to schedule a visit, a phone call, a Skype session to accommodate you.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">On a personal note it has been a year of transition on many levels: Rick lost his brother Matt and we continue to grieve his parting. On a happier note Richie will be graduating from high school on June 2nd and will be departing the nest to go to the University of Chicago. Aida is finishing her second year at the University of Virginia and Joshua is finishing elementary school and heading on to junior high in the fall. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">Throughout all of the highs and lows of this year, we have felt the presence and comfort of our God; sometimes not understanding but always feeling loved.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">We continue to be in need of support and could not do what we do without all of the community of believers in our churches. Please pray and consider supporting our ministry on a regular basis. God bless you all!&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">Mercy and Rick Barnes</span></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/35144-servant-leadership https://internationalministries.org/read/35144-servant-leadership And they say it’s dangerous in Mexico... <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">And they say it’s dangerous in Mexico. </p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">As you may know, Mercy and I are on US/Puerto Rico assignment this year. As we travel to different places to talk about our ministry, we are often asked many questions. A recurring one is ‘how dangerous is it in Mexico’? Because of all of the media coverage of the terrible violence happening in Mexico, there is a tendency to think that Mexico is a very dangerous place. Well, <i>parts </i>of Mexico are dangerous. There are areas that are suffering terribly right now. Fortunately where we serve in Mexicali, we have never felt any sense of danger. As I joke with the Short Term Mission groups that visit us, “If you are looking for trouble, I can help you find it. Otherwise things will be fine.”</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">And there is a tendency to think that once we are in the United States, that we are automatically safer. There is a sense of orderliness and stability here that can lead to this thinking. And then something reminds us that is just may not be so. For us, it was an alarming phone call two weeks ago from Joshua’s school telling us that there was a tragedy involving the “school community,” and that the children would be bringing home information. An hour after that call, we got a personal call from the secretary at the school telling us that Joshua’s teacher had been shot and killed on her way to work.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">As it turned out, the teacher had become a victim of domestic violence. She was shot and murdered by her husband/partner who then proceeded to commit suicide, all this in the presence of their ten year old son. Fortunately, the boy was not injured physically.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">The whole city of El Centro has been dealing with this for a couple of weeks now. There was a very large funeral for the teacher. There have been memorials made by the kids at the school fence. And the outpouring of support has been amazing. But one point must be underscored “it can happen here.”</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">And that leads to another point. This land, our country, needs to see hope. Mercy and I were commissioned by you and like minded brothers and sisters in Christ to proclaim the Gospel. We were invited to partner with a convention in Mexico to help them in planting churches, so that Good News could be extended to more and more places. And we have seen examples of Good News that has indeed transformed individuals and families and neighborhoods.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">But as the Good News is being proclaimed in places like Mexico, we are reminded that this land, our country, needs to see hope. When it becomes common to hear of another domestic violence incident that leaves a family and a community shattered, we need to see hope. </p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">We have all been called by God to be agents of transformation in our world. Some pack up and head to Mexico to do this. Some go into the ghettos. And some do it from their rocking chairs as they love children they have “adopted” to give stressed-out moms and dads a hand. There are myriad ways to do this. But two weeks ago, we were reminded that mission is for all of us, because each part of our world needs to see hope, and we are the ones called to do it.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">May God encourage you as you act on the call God has given us, and find a way to help transform your world in the name of Christ.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">Rick.<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><i>Even though we are on home assignment we were able to send&nbsp;deliver some sewing machines for a community project in Mexicali, see photo.&nbsp;Mercy will be traveling in Nebraska promoting our ministry and WMO from Oct 23 until Oct 31st. </i></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/27951-and-they-say-it-s-dangerous-in-mexico- https://internationalministries.org/read/27951-and-they-say-it-s-dangerous-in-mexico- Y dicen que es peligroso en Mexico... <p>Sin Embargo, gracias a Dios que en Cristo siempre nos lleva triunfantes y, por medio de nosotros, esparce por todas partes la fragancia de su conocimiento. Porque para Dios nosotros somos el aroma de Cristo entre los que se salvan y entre los que se pierden. Para estos somos olor de muerte que los lleva a la muerte; para aquellos, olor de vida que los lleva a la vida. Y quien es competente para semejante tarea?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2da Corintios 2.14-16 NVI</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><i><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Y dicen que es peligroso en Mexico... </span></i></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>Como mucho de ustedes ya saben, Mercy y yo nos encontramos en nuestro año de promoción misionero. Mientras viajamos a diferentes lugares para compartir acerca de nuestro ministerio, frecuentemente nos hacen preguntas. Una pregunta que se nos hace con regularidad es ‘ ¿cuán peligroso es de veras en México’? Debido a toda la cubertura en las noticias de la violencia terrible que está ocurriendo en México, hay una tendencia de pensar que México es un lugar muy peligroso. La verdad es que <i>partes </i>de México son muy peligrosas. Hay áreas presentemente en donde existe un terrible sufrimiento. Afortunadamente el lugar en donde nosotros servimos en Mexicali, ha estado básicamente libre de este tipo de violencia y no nos sentimos en peligro. A veces bromeando con grupos de misión a corto plazo les digo que <i>“si desean encontrar problemas, probablemente le pueda ayudar a encontrar esos problemas”</i>. Pero usualmente todo está bien.</span><span> </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>Hay una tendencia de pensar que una vez que nos encontramos en los estados unidos, que estamos automáticamente más seguro. Hay un sentido de orden y estabilidad aquí que nos lleva a pensar de esta manera. Entonces ocurre algo que nos recuerda que quizás eso es completamente cierto. Para nosotros, fue una llamada alarmante que recibimos hace dos semanas de la escuela de nuestro hijo más pequeño Joshua informándonos que había ocurrido una tragedia envolviendo a la ‘comunidad escolar’, y que los niños vendrían con información. Una hora después de esa llamada, recibimos una segunda llamada personal de parte de la secretaria de la escuela informándonos que la maestra de Joshua fue abaleada y muerta camino a la escuela.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>Según nos enteramos después, la maestra había sido víctima de un episodio de violencia doméstica. Fue abaleada y muerta por su esposo/compañero quien luego procedió a cometer suicidio todo en la presencia de su pequeño hijo de diez años. Afortunadamente, el niño no fue herido físicamente. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>La ciudad entera de El Centro ha estado lidiando con esta tragedia durante las últimas dos semanas. Hubo un funeral muy grande para la maestra. Los niños crearon un memorial sencillo en el portón de la escuela. Las señales de apoyo de parte de la comunidad han sido tremendas. Pero un punto debe ser reforzado, <b>“estas tragedia ocurrió aquí”.</b> No estamos exentos de la violencia.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>Y eso me lleva hacia otro punto, esta tierra, nuestro país, necesita ver señales de esperanza. Mercy y yo fuimos comisionados por ustedes y otros hermanos y hermanas en Cristo para proclamar el evangelio. Fuimos invitados a colaborar con la convención en México para ayudarles en la plantación de iglesias, para que las Buenas Nuevas puedan ser extendidas a muchos lugares. Y hemos visto ejemplos de esas Buenas Nuevas que en verdad y en hechos ha transformado individuos, familias y vecindades.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>Pero a la misma vez que las Buenas Nuevas son proclamadas en lugares como México, somos recordados que esta tierra, nuestro país necesita ver esperanza. Cuando se hace común escuchar de otro incidente de violencia doméstica que deja quebrantada a una familia y una comunidad, necesitamos ver esperanza.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>Todos hemos sido llamados por Dios para ser agentes de transformación en nuestro mundo. Algunos empacamos nuestras cosas y nos vamos a México. Otros van hacia los barrios pobres y caseríos. Algunos lo hacen desde sus sillones mecedores mientras ellos aman a los niños que han “adoptado” para darles una ayuda a los padres y madres estresados por la vida. Existen muchas formas en que podemos hacer esto. Pero hace dos semanas, fuimos recordados que esa misión nos pertenece a todos, porque cada parte de nuestro mundo necesita ver esperanza, y nosotros somos los llamados para hacerlo.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>Que nuestro Dios les anime a ustedes para actuar con esa llamada que hemos recibido, y que podamos encontrar una forma de ayudar a transformar nuestro mundo en el nombre de Cristo. Que seamos esa fragancia de Dios para vida, el mundo necesita esa aroma celestial. <span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">Rick</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">A pesar de que nos encontramos en&nbsp;nuestro anno de promocion misionero, pudimos ver a nuestros hermanos de Mejico y&nbsp;entregarle unas maquinas de cocer para un proyecto comunitario. Vease la foto. <span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><i></i>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/27960-y-dicen-que-es-peligroso-en-mexico- https://internationalministries.org/read/27960-y-dicen-que-es-peligroso-en-mexico- Remembering Iris Morales / Recordando a Iris Morales During the past three years, we saw Iris as she lived what she called ‘her journey with cancer’. The words that come to mind are the joy, hope, faith and courage that she expressed with each step she took. During the past few weeks, many continued to pray hoping for a miracle and for the best outcome. On July 28, Iris joined the Great Cloud of Witnesses and we as her colleagues were left with the job of mourning our loss and celebrating her life. Our hearts go out to Mario Morales, Mario Jr. and Seth Benjamin as well as their family as they grieve. We are comforted by the scripture that ‘NOTHING can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus’.<span> <br><br></span> <p>We know that all of you wanted to be present to show your love and support for the Morales family, so we are honored and blessed to have been your representatives at the celebration of Iris' life at the funeral services in Los Angeles. On August 7 and 8, two funeral services were held; these services reflected the mission that was so special for both Iris and Mario. The first one (in English) was held at Paradise Baptist Church (Rev. A.D. Iverson, Pastor) in south-central Los Angeles. This location was important, as Iris and Mario formed a ministry with Paradise in the first Hispanic church plant sponsored by a predominately African-American congregation in the LA Baptist Mission Society. The Spanish service was held at <span>Iglesia</span> Bautista <span>Jehová</span> Yireh in Brea, CA; there they ministered before accepting the call from International Ministries, and where their son, Mario, is currently the pastor.</p> <p>Symbolic of the many aspects of Iris ministry, representatives of various ministries, including Paradise Baptist church, Iglesia Jehová Yireh, the Hispanic pastors of LA Baptist Mission Society, the LA Baptist Mission Society represented by Rev. Doug Hubbard, and the West Virginia Baptist Convention represented by Dr. James Anderson (with whom they had a partnering relationship). International Ministries was represented by Executive Director Rev. Dr. Reid Trulson, who delivered the English message, and by Rev. Dr. José <span>Norat</span>- <span>Rodríguez</span>, Director for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, who led both services.<span>&nbsp; </span>Also participating on behalf of International Ministries were Patti and Tim Long, Ray Schellinger, and Mercy <span>González</span>-Barnes and Rick Barnes, missionaries serving with the Convención Dios con Nosotros of Baja California, Mexico, and David and Joyce Reed, missionaries serving with the Baptist Convention of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Both services were touching and meaningful and were filled with the hope that we all celebrate as Christians. The Morales family requests that memorial gifts be directed to support “La Casa de la Esperanza” in Bolivia, a ministry that was very dear to Iris heart. Please continue to keep this beloved family in your thoughts and prayers. </p> <p><b><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Recordando a Iris Morales</span></b></p> <p><span>Durante los pasados tres años, hemos visto a Iris vivir lo que ella ha llamado, ‘su jornada con cáncer’. Las palabras que vienen a mente son el gozo, la esperanza, la fe y la valentía que Iris expresó con cada paso que tomó. Durante las últimas semanas, muchos continuamos orando fervientemente esperando un milagro más mientras ella se encontraba recibiendo tratamiento en Texas.<span>&nbsp; </span>El 28 de Julio,<span>&nbsp; </span>Iris se unió a la Gran Nube de Testigos y nosotros comos sus colegas nos hemos quedado con la labor de dolernos con su partida y a la misma vez celebrar su vida. Nuestros corazones se unen en solidaridad y amor con nuestro colega y hermano Mario Morales, Mario Jr. y Seth Benjamin tanto como la demás familia. Nos sentimos consolados por la escritura que nos dice que ‘NADA nos podrá separar del amor Dios que es en Cristo Jesús nuestro Señor’.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span>Nosotros sabemos que muchos de ustedes deseaban estar presente para demostrar su amor y apoyo hacia la familia Morales y por lo tanto nos sentimos honrados y bendecidos de poder representarlos en la celebración de la vida de Iris en los servicios fúnebres de Los Ángeles. Estos servicios se llevaron a cabo los días 7 y 8 de agosto y reflejaron la misión que fue tan especial para ambos Iris y Mario. El primer servicio fue celebrado en ingles y se llevó a cabo en la Iglesia Bautista El Paraíso (pastoreado por el Rev. A.D. Iverson,) localizada en el centro-sur de Los Ángeles. Esta local fue importante ya que fue allí donde Iris y Mario formaron un equipo junto con la Iglesia del Paraíso quien auspicio y sembró la primera iglesia hispana plantada por una congregación afroamericana de la Sociedad Misionera Bautista de Los Ángeles. El servicio en español se llevó a cabo en la Iglesia Bautista Jehová Yireh en Brea, CA; donde ellos fueron pastores antes de aceptar el llamado para servir en ministerios internacionales, y en donde su hijo Mario Jr. sirve ahora como el pastor. </span></p> <span>Presentes estuvieron muchas personas quienes representaron varios aspectos del ministerio de Iris incluyendo representantes de varios ministerios; incluyendo la Iglesia Bautista el Paraíso, la Iglesia Jehová Yireh, Los Pastores Hispanos de la Sociedad Misionera Bautista de Los Ángeles, La Sociedad Misionera Bautista de Los Ángeles representada por el Rev. Doug Hubbard y la Convención Bautista de West Virginia representada por el Dr. James Anderson (con quienes tuvieron una relación de colaboración, MPT). Ministerios Internacionales fue representada por el Director Ejecutivo, el Dr. Reid Trulson, quien trajo la predicación en inglés, y por el Rev. Dr. José Norat- Rodríguez, Director de Ibero-America y el caribe, quien dirigió ambos servicios. También representando a los colegas y misioneros de Ministerios Internacionales estuvieron Patti y Tim Long, Ray Schellinger, y sus servidores Mercy González-Barnes y Rick Barnes, misioneros sirviendo con la Convención Dios con Nosotros de Baja California, México, y David y Joyce Reed, misioneros sirviendo con la convención bautista de Baja California Sur, México. Ambos servicios fueron conmovedores y ejemplos vivientes de la fe y esperanza que todos celebramos como cristianos. La familia Morales pide que donativos sean hechos a nombre de Iris a favor del ministerio de “La Casa de la Esperanza” en Bolivia, un ministerio que fue muy cercano al corazón de Iris. Por favor mantengan a esta querida familia en sus pensamientos y sus oraciones.&nbsp; <span><br></span></span> Sun, 15 Aug 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/24640-remembering-iris-morales-recordando-a-iris-morales https://internationalministries.org/read/24640-remembering-iris-morales-recordando-a-iris-morales Transitions and New Beginnings <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues,</span></i></b></p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"><span>&nbsp;</span>preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them,</span></i></b></p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"><span>&nbsp;</span>because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. </span></i></b></p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.</span></i></b></p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"><span>&nbsp;</span>Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”</span></i></b></p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 2in;"><b><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Matthew 9.35-38</span></i></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Transitions and New Beginnings</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">As I write this newsletter I am pondering about the last month of my life. There were many transitions marked by end of the school year events, Joshua was named ‘Student of the Year” for his class, there were also other events where awards and certificates were handed out. Richie found out that he had made it to Varsity Swimming and did extremely well in his SAT’s and his SAT-Subject tests. Aida finished her first year at the University of Virginia and traveled home feeling like an adult. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Rick and I had a few pizza parties with our students at seminary and basically said our good-byes to our partners in Mexicali as we prepared for our year of Home Assignment. I left for New England for 18 days to speak at churches and groups. Rick stayed home to take care of our family, attend graduation ceremonies at the seminary and a wedding for two of our students. Everything was changing and moving a bit too fast. We were celebrating the endings but at least I was not ready to plan for the new beginnings. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">As I traveled through Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, I was asked many times what were my biggest dreams and needs for our ministry. The truth was that I was struggling just to finish my ‘to do’ lists and collapsing every night to a fitful sleep. I called Rick and we took a breather to think about our dreams and our needs. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">What did we want to accomplish?</span></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"> We made a list of 32 things, some were needs and others were dreams<span class="msoIns">,</span> yet I still felt like the list lacked cohesion. I had been sharing this text with our supporters in New England, and it continues to speak to my heart. Jesus was a man on a mission. He was out in the community networking, making friends and enemies, and he was dealing with human need. He was moved (he felt a passionate need to respond) by the crowds in such a way that he actually sounds overwhelmed. I can relate to Jesus here. There is so much need and not enough people, resources, and time to fill the need. It is easy to feel overwhelmed yet Jesus shares the burden with his disciples. <b>‘Ask God to send out more workers because the harvest is ready.’ </b></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">My friends, Jesus did not go crazy trying to heal everyone and minister to everyone. He shared the task. The job is ours. We as the church are charged with reaching out to those who are hurting, to equip those who are called and to work together as the body of Christ to fulfill the mission. I will share our lists with all of you but right now I just want to invite you to partner with us to do what God has called us to do. Remember, the Harvest is ready, are you? </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Family Update</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">As I shared above, we are on our year of home assignment which ironically means that we will be spending less time at home and more time visiting churches. We have to intentionally plan time to be together so here’s what we’ve been up to.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">I, Mercy just returned from 2 ½ weeks in New England doing mission promotion. I spent ten days with Rick before he went on a cross country trip with Richie visiting universities and also doing some deputation in Illinois and Kansas.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Richie and Rick both enjoyed their visit of the University of Chicago. Richie was very impressed and is thinking about his options for the future. Please pray for him as he starts his Senior Year of High School in late August. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Aida is home for the summer and is working at the local community college with the Upward Bound Program. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Joshua is enjoying his summer playing on the computer and dreaming about Disneyland and amusement parks. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Where in the World are Rick and Mercy</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">As stated above I had a wonderful trip to Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island meeting with many of our local churches. I ate lots of delicious food and made many new friends. I highly recommend the Seafood Pizza, Yum! Rick had a wonderful time at Oak Park Avenue Baptist Church in Berwyn, Illinois and with Westside Baptist Church, <span>&nbsp;</span>Wichita, Kansas and a meeting of several churches at Meridian Avenue Baptist Church in Wichita. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Mercy will be in Puerto Rico from Sept 4-20 visiting churches and her family. If you would like to schedule a visit while she is in Puerto Rico, please contact her at <a href="mailto:mercyrickmx@hotmail.com">mercyrickmx@hotmail.com</a>. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Mercy will also be in New York State from Oct. 1-10 for a series of ABW events. And in Nebraska from Oct 23- Nov 1st. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">There are many other trips in the works and we will let you know when they are set in stone. As you can see, I (Mercy) will be doing much of the long distance traveling. Rick will be doing more of the deputation that is within driving distance (Arizona and California). If you would like a visit to learn more about our ministry, please feel free to be in touch with us or with our MPT. Our convener is Pastor Michelle Madsen-Bibeau <a href="mailto:michlmb@aol.com">michlmb@aol.com</a> </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Meet our MPT</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">This is a new segment of our newsletter in which we introduce you to the members of our MPT (Missionary Partnership Team). Our MPT is a wonderful group of people who partner with us in mission in many ways. While I was in CT this past June, they housed and fed me as well as transported me to many churches. Both Rick and I are so thankful for this talented group of people. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">They are: </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>1. Michelle Madsen-Bibeau Convener</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>2. Ellen Jones- Missionary Kid Care and Concern</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>3. Rev. Cal Lord- Short term mission team coordinator</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>4. Rev. Bruce Sandy- Pastoral Care</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>5. Rev. Greg Thomas- Finances and Wonderful Cook</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">This month we would like to highlight Michelle. I had met Michelle when I worked with ABCCONN (American Baptist Churches of Connecticut) but I truly got to know her when she came to Mexicali to participate in a short term mission experience from Norwich, CT. Michelle is married to John Madsen-Bibeau and has two beautiful daughters, Claire and Iris. Michelle is an interim minister at First Baptist Church Stafford and has done this immensely important ministry for many years. She is also an educator and volunteers in many groups. She gives herself 150% to whatever she is doing. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">I would like to thank her with all my heart for all the time she has given to support our ministry and especially for the coordination of my most recent trip to Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. So the old adage is true, if you want to get something done, ask someone who is busy to do it. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">****</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">If you wish to get a list of our dreams and needs please get in touch with us. We want to thank you all in advance for the prayers and financial support you give to all International Ministries Missionaries. Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as we celebrate the World Mission Offering.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Calibri;">Rick and I will be on Home assignment from June 2010 til June 2011. Please get in touch with us if you would like us to come visit your church. September and October are committed to&nbsp;Puerto Rico, New York State and Nebraska but the rest of the year is still open. God bless you all.&nbsp; Mercy and Rick</span></p> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/24212-transitions-and-new-beginnings https://internationalministries.org/read/24212-transitions-and-new-beginnings Mexicali Earthquake Update-World Relief <div>Mexicali Earthquake</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>What is the current situation? Tim Long asked me to pass this information on to all of you. He and I have been working on the distribution of funds in cooperation with representatives of the "Convencion Dios Con Nosotros". </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In some rural communities to the south and southeast of Mexicali there are still thousands of people whose homes, and in some cases, whole villages,&nbsp;have been condemned.&nbsp; They are now living in temporary makeshift lodging, have simply moved away, or have moved in with relatives and friends.&nbsp; Most all are registered now with the Mexican government, awaiting assistance in rebuilding or relocation.&nbsp;&nbsp;They are in a&nbsp;difficult position as any investment made&nbsp;to&nbsp;rebuild their homes would deny them&nbsp;future government aid, perhaps even go for naught if orders are given to completely vacate.&nbsp;Yet, few believe that&nbsp;their needs will be addressed as promised.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition&nbsp;thousands of families are still out of work.&nbsp;The entire Mexicali Valley is reclaimed desert land and in&nbsp;areas hardest hit by the earthquake, the infrastructure of canals and&nbsp;water pipelines has been destroyed.&nbsp;&nbsp;Large tracks of fields are&nbsp;no longer viable for planting, some of which have been rendered useless by the&nbsp;brackish water that&nbsp;emerged&nbsp;as a result&nbsp;of the earthquake and polluted fertile areas.&nbsp;These families depended on the crops for livelihood&nbsp;and are now in need of basic provisions.&nbsp; </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The critical period&nbsp;for&nbsp;the families who are out of work is just now beginning.&nbsp; Since the&nbsp;Easter afternoon earthquake, both government and private&nbsp;agencies have helped with basic provisions.&nbsp;&nbsp;But now, amidst&nbsp;a continuing need, the flow of provisions is drying up.&nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>How are we helping?</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>American Baptist World Relief has donated $5000 to help with&nbsp;our on-going earthquake relief.&nbsp; Money from the World Relief donation is used to buy basic&nbsp;provisions&nbsp;and these along with food donations from local&nbsp;Mexican churches, is distributed to the most needy families. </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The food is gathered and sorted at the Mexicali Seminary where bags are filled&nbsp;with enough basic provisions --beans, rice, vegetable oil, canned meat, vegetables, toilet paper, and the like --&nbsp;for a family of 6 for a week.&nbsp; Three seminarians, Evaristo, Rafael and Roberto, who live and minister in the most affected areas, then&nbsp;distribute the bags to the most needy as a ministry of their respective churches or new church starts.&nbsp; To date 103 families have received&nbsp;basic provisions for a week.&nbsp; </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Some of the World Relief funds will&nbsp;also be used as seed money to repair homes and facilities damaged by the earthquake.&nbsp; Assessments will be made during the next month to help decide how and&nbsp;where to assist with repairs needed to damaged property.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 25 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/22135-mexicali-earthquake-update-world-relief https://internationalministries.org/read/22135-mexicali-earthquake-update-world-relief Baja Earthquake Bulletin #2 <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Baja Earthquake Update</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">April 7, 2010</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">By Rick Barnes, International Ministries missionary.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">As you know, the area of Northern Baja California Mexico experienced a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Easter Sunday afternoon. Thankfully, Mexicali itself, while receiving some damage, is pretty well functional. Lights have been restored, and telephone and e-mail is up and running as well. The United States border crossing in downtown Calexico, CA is now reopened, so the 3-6 hour crossing to get back into the states is now diminishing.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We have been hearing news from the valley southeast of Mexicali of more serious damage than originally thought. Thankfully, the casualty toll continues to be roughly the same. We are hearing of more reports of damaged houses, and flooding due to broken canals. Pastor Moises Diaz, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church (<span>Iglesia</span> Bautista Ebenezer) in Mexicali, has worked tirelessly to be in communication with pastors in the valley. He heard from Pastor Roberto Guerrero, pastor of Bethany Baptist Mission (<span>Misión</span> Bautista <span>Betania</span>) in <span>Reacomodo</span> (see enclosed map). As reported earlier, he is fine, as is the church building. However, several congregants of the mission have had homes damaged to the point of condemnation, and are now homeless. Rafael, a pastor in the same town, had his house flooded, and is now living in his church’s building with his family. There have been numerous news reports of between 25 and 35 thousand people made homeless by the quake.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">The churches of Mexicali are responding. Tomorrow morning, an aid caravan will be leaving from the seminary in Mexicali to go to the valley to help with food, clothing, and basic necessities. This is by no means surprising, given our experiences of the people with whom we serve in Mexicali. But remember, they are only able to offer so much. </p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Many of you have written to express a desire to help. Right now, I would suggest that you send money. Clothing and food and basic necessities can be purchased on the ground here much more cheaply than purchasing and shipping items from your location.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">As you feel led to give, please send this to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851 Designate it for Baja Earthquake Relief. </p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Very soon, we will also need work teams to come and help rebuild. Angela Sudermann (<a href="mailto:angela.sudermann@abc-usa.org">angela.sudermann@abc-usa.org</a>) has information on Short Term Mission teams in general, and will soon have information on specific opportunities in the Mexicali Valley.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We have been relatively cool here, but soon will reach the 100’s and the displaced need a place to call home again.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We continue to clean up here. Aftershocks continue, including some in the magnitude 4 range, from now south of Guadalupe Victoria (near the epicenter) to near the Salton Sea in southern California, USA. The United Stated Geological Survey, on its most recent earthquake map, has revised the map to include 1563 earthquakes of various magnitudes in this area within the past week. We are getting back to normal; getting there, not there yet.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We continue to appreciate your prayers and notes, though please understand we may be slow to respond. We will continue to keep you informed.</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">God Bless</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Rick Barnes </p> Tue, 06 Apr 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19734-baja-earthquake-bulletin-2 https://internationalministries.org/read/19734-baja-earthquake-bulletin-2 Special Bulletin: Earthquake in Baja California, Mexico <table style="WIDTH: 600px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table id="ecxcontent_LETTER.BLOCK2" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 10px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; COLOR: #000000; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"><span>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~</span> <div style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; COLOR: #000000; FONT-SIZE: 18pt;"><b>Special Bulletin: Earthquake in Baja California, Mexico</b></div><br><b>April, 2010</b> <br><span>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~</span> </td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr> <tr> <td><a name="LETTER.BLOCK5"> <table id="ecxcontent_LETTER.BLOCK5" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 10px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; COLOR: #000000; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"> <p>April 5, 2010<br>Special Bulletin: Earthquake in Baja California, Mexico<br>Rick Barnes, International Ministries missionary.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>As you probably have heard, the northern Baja California&nbsp;region of Mexico and the southern part of California, USA experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake about 3:40 pm Pacific time, yesterday, April 4. The quake was centered approximately 37 miles southeast of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, and approximately 50 miles southeast of El Centro, California, USA.&nbsp; While according to seismologists this quake was roughly double the strength of the one experienced in Haiti, there has been, as of now, only one confirmed death due to the collapse of a building. Another person was killed in Mexicali when, in the evacuation of his house, he ran into the street and was killed by an oncoming motorist. In El Centro, CA, a person was hit in the head by a falling business sign, and is now listed in critical condition. There have been quotes of around 140 persons injured, mostly due to cuts and scrapes. Aftershocks have continued ever since the quake until this moment, and are expected to continue for some time to come, though lessening in intensity and frequency over time. The business district of Calexico, CA, has been closed, due to widespread damage, and the downtown port of entry on the US side in Calexico has been closed until further notice, apparently due to damage suffered in the port building. For general coverage, I refer you to one of the major news networks. For technical aspects of the quake and its aftershocks, I refer you the United States Geological Survey at tohttp://quake.wr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/Maps/116-33.htm <br>&nbsp;<br>Despite the intensity of the quake, we have very good news to report. I went to Mexicali this morning to survey the damage, literally with a hardhat in the truck. None of the buildings I visited had any structural damage. Primera (First Baptist Church), El Buen Samaritano, the Seminary, the mission building at La Ladrillera, and Ebenezer Baptist church all were structurally sound with minimal evidence of the quake. El Buen Samaritano will have to rebuild part of a wall of a bathroom under construction. One of the brick ovens in La Ladrillera, made of bricks to be fired, collapsed, but they will be able to recover and fire the bricks. The bookshelves in the Seminary are a mess. But again, no damage other than minor and minimal. We have heard from those even closer to the epicenter, such as the churches in Quintana Roo, Reacomodo, and Nuevo Leon, as being ok. And the people are OK as well. <br>&nbsp;<br>There has been damage. Many of the outlying roads are damaged, and there have been bridge collapses and some flooding due to breaks in canals. Electricity is being restored in Mexicali, with the parts of the grid with important buildings (hospitals, etc) receiving power first. But in my time in Mexicali today, the majority of the damage I saw was facades of buildings that have fallen. I did witness one house, probably abandoned for some time, that suffered a great deal of damage. And I did not go to inspect known areas of damage, such as a collapsed parking structure in downtown Mexicali, so as to stay out of the way of official business.<br>&nbsp;<br>However seismologists have remarked with surprise at the lack of damage with such a significant quake. As a person of faith, I simply give thanks to God. There is no way to slice this cleanly, as to why Haiti and not Mexicali, and right now I don't have the mental energy to deal with this. But I do give thanks for what we have experienced.<br>&nbsp;<br>And we as a family are alright as well. This has to be the most frightening thing I have ever experienced. We left the house when we realized the magnitude of the quake. We could see the whole house moving like a block of Jell-O, and our vehicles bouncing. We heard crashing, and the continuous roar of the quake. It seemed like hours, though I have heard reports of one minute in duration. But all we lost was some glassware, and apparently the hard disk to Mercy's computer.<br>&nbsp;<br>The largest prayer concern I have now is the mental health of those who experienced the quake. Every time an aftershock comes, there is the surge of fear and adrenaline, not knowing what will be the intensity of the shock until it has passed. All through the night last night, we had aftershocks, with a 5.1 this morning. And even in the midst of writing this, we just had a 4.6, about 20 miles from us. Nerves are on end, not just in this household, but in every one I spoke with today.<br>&nbsp;<br>We are so very grateful for those who have contacted us out of concern. We will continue to keep you informed. We have mentioned specific situations. If you feel led to help with them, feel free to contact us. As further needs emerge, we will let you know of those as well. <br>&nbsp;<br>God Bless<br>Rick Barnes (and Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p>We just heard that some people in Guadalupe Victoria have lost&nbsp;their homes. Still waiting for more information. Please keep this small town in your prayers. &nbsp;</p></td></tr></tbody></table></a></td></tr></tbody></table> Mon, 05 Apr 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19691-special-bulletin-earthquake-in-baja-california-mexico https://internationalministries.org/read/19691-special-bulletin-earthquake-in-baja-california-mexico El "Rap" de Gerardo (las cosas que hacemos por amor) <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span>“…Me hice todo para todos, a fin de salvar a algunos por todos los medios posibles”</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Ira<span>&nbsp; </span>Corintios 9:22b NVI</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Mientras les escribo, tengo que compartir con ustedes lo que ocurrió este domingo pasado en la noche. Como mucho de ustedes saben, Mercy y yo damos clases en el seminario. Los dos estamos tan emocionados con la clase sobre nuevas obras que ofrecemos los martes en las noches. Esta clase esta intencionalmente diseñada para personas laicas que sienten un interés en sembrar obras nuevas pero no pueden asistir al seminario como estudiantes diurnos. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Uno de nuestros estudiantes se llama Gerardo. Gerardo es un contratista general. De hecho, él fue el que construyó la casa del administrador del seminario hace varios años y lo hizo muy bien. Durante muchos años, él no tuvo más contacto con el seminario pero recientemente sintió el llamado para sembrar una obra nueva. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Gerardo nos explicó que él se había sentido muy complacido y contento con su labor como contratista, y que tenía más trabajo que lo que pudiera manejar. Recientemente él se casó, y él y su esposa comenzaron a compartir con sus familiares acerca de Cristo. Inmediatamente, hubo gran interés y varias personas aceptaron a Cristo como su salvador. Muchos de estos nuevos creyentes no tenían una iglesia para asistir. Gerardo pensó que los enviaría a una iglesia local pero luego se dio cuenta que quizás Dios lo estaba llamando a comenzar una obra nueva, y que este grupo pudiera ser el núcleo para alcanzar a otros. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Él nos invitó a adorar con ellos el domingo pasado en la noche. Habiendo tenido a Gerardo en nuestra clase, y escuchándolo hablar acerca de su obra nueva en sus tareas, estábamos curiosos de lo que encontraríamos. Ustedes necesitan saber que no todas las obras que han sido descritas como llenos de vida y florecientes han sido vistas por nosotros como tales. Una vez escuchamos a un plantador hablar sin cesar acerca de su congregación, solo para ver que la congregación consistía de él, su esposa, sus niños y su cuñada. Cada vez que visitamos un lugar lo hacemos con los ojos bien abiertos. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Fuimos placenteramente sorprendidos por lo que vimos. En esta obra de solo cuatro semanas, vimos a un grupo de niños salir para su clase de escuela dominical. Escuchamos música de alta calidad y especialmente un solo cantado por una mujer joven vestida en mahones rasgados y una camiseta que fue como escuchar a un ángel. (Nosotros no escuchamos buena música con frecuencia en nuestro trabajo). Vimos a un grupo de personas que eran muy amables y luego compartimos con ellos un delicioso plato de Pozole. (Es una sopa mexicana) <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Pero la cosa que me tocó más profundamente fue el “Rap” de Gerardo. La música rap es muy popular entre los jóvenes en nuestra parte de México. Gerardo explicó que él iba a intentar cantar una canción al estilo de “rap” aunque a él no le gustaba la música rap. Ahora este fue un esfuerzo serio de cantar, y no estaba tratando de burlarse de la música rap o de los que escuchan la música rap. Él cantó para modelar a su congregación un mensaje muy importante. Para alcanzar a los jóvenes, uno necesita estar dispuesto a <span>&nbsp;</span>navegar dentro de su cultura. En un sentido más amplio, uno necesita navegar la cultura de todo aquel a quien uno desea alcanzar para Cristo. Es esencial poder identificarse y hablar con ellos en el lugar en donde se encuentran, aunque no esté dentro de nuestra zona de comodidad. Yo puedo decir, que la canción no fue ejecutada profesionalmente pero el mensaje fue recibido por todos. Como dice esa canción antigua en ingles del grupo 10CC, que habla acerca de las cosas que estamos dispuestas a hacer por las personas a quienes amamos (</span><i>the things we do for love</i><i><span>)</span></i><span>, Gerardo demostró que debemos hacer un esfuerzo igualmente grande para compartir el amor de Cristo con otros. Que todos seamos animados e inspirados por la lección compartida por Gerardo.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>En el servicio del Señor, Rick</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span>Noticias de la Familia y del Ministerio</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span>Por Mercy González-Barnes</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Ya comenzó el otoño y junto con esta estación del año y todas las actividades que comienzan en el otoño, nuestra vida se ha ido acelerando y llenándose de actividad. Nos estamos acostumbrando a la vida con nuestra hija fuera del hogar. Tratamos de hablar con Aida vía “Skype” todos los domingos. Ella está muy bien, ajustándose a la vida universitaria y aprendiendo a manejar el tiempo y sus finanzas. Ella está terminando sus exámenes de mitad de año.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>El martes, 13 de octubre, fuimos a la reunión mensual de la junta de educación del distrito escolar de las escuelas superiores para acompañar a Richie a una ceremonia en donde lo reconocieron pos ser estudiante del mes del grado once de su escuela. Para lograr este honor tuvo que ser nominado y aprobado por todos los maestros de su escuela. Al presente él está tomando cuatro clases AP además de trigonometría y arte. No hace falta decir que estamos muy orgullosos de él. Por favor mantenlo en sus oraciones ya que el toma el examen del PSAT este sábado. Me parece que ya habíamos atravesado esta etapa con nuestra hija. <span>&nbsp;</span><i>“deja vu”</i>. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Joshua también está disfrutando su clase en el 5to grado. Él acaba de terminar un proyecto sobre Cesar Chávez. Yo participo en su clase como voluntaria una vez por semana y puedo testificar que se porta muy bien. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Rick y yo continuamos trabajando pintando y arreglando los dormitorios de nuestra casa. La verdad es que Rick hace la mayor parte del trabajo mientras yo soy la diseñadora y le ayudo pintando. Si ustedes vinieran a visitarnos hoy, encontrarían mucho desorden o “</span>clutter<span>” como lo describen los programas de decoración. Yo diría que es un reguero pero esperamos pronto ver un trabajo terminado y bonito. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Nosotros hemos estado extremadamente ocupados con nuestro ministerio también. Rick y yo seguimos enseñando una clase sobre nuevas obras y ésta ha sido muy divertida. Los estudiantes disfrutan del aspecto participatorio de la clase. Hemos visitado algunas comunidades cercanas al seminario, hemos tenido muchas dinámicas de grupo, compartido pastel y otras meriendas. La semana pasada cada uno de los estudiantes compartieron un mapa de sus comunidades y lo que aprendieron acerca de ellas. Algunos de los comentarios que resaltan en mi memoria fueron la cantidad de personas sordas en una comunidad, la cantidad de madres solteras en otra y los problemas con pandillas y gran cantidad de jóvenes en otra comunidad. Nosotros esperamos que los estudiantes en nuestra clase puedan ser de ayuda mutua los unos para con los otros. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>También hemos visitado varias obras nuevas y hemos disfrutado al ver la diversidad y creatividad que ellas demuestran. Como Rick compartió hubo un intento de cantar música rap y vimos a una pareja muy talentosa y comprometida comenzar a dar clases para adultos y niños. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>La convención con la cual trabajamos ha decidido apoyar el trabajo de una misionera proveniente de Tijuana a la población indígena en el estado mexicano de Campeche. Su nombre es Teresita y se está animando a cada iglesia a participar en su sostén. Como misioneros, estamos muy orgullosos de su esfuerzo y estamos concientes de las implicaciones financieras para ellos. Las iglesias en Mexicali también han decidido trabajar juntos en algunos proyectos y tener un servicio unido de adoración en diciembre</span>. <span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Nosotros ya estamos recibiendo solicitudes de grupos que desean venir a Mexicali para hacer misión a corto plazo este año. Hace dos semanas Rick y yo viajamos hacia Los Ángeles donde yo participé en un retiro de la femenil estatal y luego los dos compartimos en una iglesia local. En medio de tanta actividad nos sentimos bendecidos de ser partícipes de este ministerio y estamos tan agradecidos por su participación en el. Para ilustrar eso, queremos decirles que recibimos una silla pequeña (una obra de arte) de parte de un grupo de una de nuestras iglesias que se llama “Un lugar en la mesa” (</span>a place at the table)<span> y quienes venden esas sillas para recaudar fondos y apoyar la obra misionera. Nosotros vamos a llevar esta silla a Mexicali para demostrar simbólicamente la participación de todos ustedes en nuestro ministerio por medio de sus oraciones, ofrendas, apoyo y los grupos de misión a corto plazo. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b></b>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span>Peticiones y acciones de gracia</span></b></p> <ol type="1" style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in;"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor oren por nuestra familia y por cada uno de nuestros niños. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Nosotros estamos agradecidos por haber logrado nuestra meta financiera para el año 2009 y también por las personas que ya han hecho promesas para apoyar nuestro ministerio regularmente. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor oren por más personas e iglesias que se comprometan a apoyarnos. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor oren por Teresita y la disposición de las iglesias locales para apoyar su ministerio en Campeche. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor oren por Gerardo y la misión “Restauración Familial”(el nombre de la nueva obra).</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor oren por la Misión Monte Sinaí mientras ellos trabajan empañetando o emplastando las paredes externas de su edificio antes de que llegue el tiempo frío a las montanas. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Nosotros estamos tan agradecidos por la creatividad de nuestros sembradores de obras nuevas y les pedimos a Dios por una relación más cercana entre ellos y las iglesias establecidas. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor oren por la duración de nuestros vehículos. Nuestra meta es eventualmente comprar un vehiculo que esté dedicado al uso ministerial. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor oren para que podamos seguir estando abiertos a la dirección del Espíritu de Dios mientras ministramos aquí en Mexicali y en todo el norte de Baja California, México. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Estamos tan agradecidos por el apoyo de nuestro amigo y hermano en la fe Kerry mientras él continúa el trabajo desarrollando nuestro “website”. Por favor vayan a verlo y envíanos sus pensamientos y sugerencias para poder mejorarlo. <a href="http://www.barnesbajamexico.org/">www.barnesbajamexico.org</a> (Recuerden que todavía esta en la etapa de formación) </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><span>J</span></span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"> <span>&nbsp;</span></span><span>Hay planes para traducir todo el website al español. </span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor continúen orando por nuestros colegas que están ministrando alrededor del mundo. Ellos necesitan de su apoyo tanto financieramente como en sus oraciones. La Ofrenda Misionera Mundial continúa siendo una de vital importancia. </span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span></li></ol> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Si ustedes desean apoyar nuestro ministerio financieramente, vayan al siguiente enlace:</span><span> </span><span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/give"><span>http://www.internationalministries.org/give</span></a> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>O envíen sus ofrendas directamente vía el correo a: </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;"><span>Lisa Schnovel</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;"><span>International Ministries</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;"><span>P. O. Box 851 Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;"><span>En la porción del memo favor de escribir: <b>“Ongoing Support of Rick and Mercy Barnes” </b>(para el sostén del ministerio de Rick y Mercy Barnes).<b></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Sun, 18 Oct 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/14822-el-rap-de-gerardo-las-cosas-que-hacemos-por-amor- https://internationalministries.org/read/14822-el-rap-de-gerardo-las-cosas-que-hacemos-por-amor- Gerardo’s Rap (The things we do for love...) <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i>“I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some”</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;1st Cori</span>nthians 9:22 NRSV</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">As I write to you, I have to tell you what happened last Sunday night. As you know, Mercy and I teach classes at the Seminary. We are so excited about a <span>Nuevas</span><span> </span><span>Obras</span> (New Church Planting) class we give on Tuesday nights. This class is intentionally designed for lay people who have an interest in planting churches, but are not able to attend Seminary full time. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">One of our students is Gerardo. Gerardo is a general contractor. In fact, he contracted to build the Administrator’s house years ago at the Seminary, and did a very nice job of it. For years, he did not have contact with the seminary, but recently felt a call to plant a church. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Gerardo explained that he had been happy being a general contractor, and he had more work than he could handle. But he recently married, and he and his wife started sharing about Christ with (her) their extended family. Immediately, there was an interest, and several accepted Christ. The new believers had no real church background at all. Gerardo though about incorporating them into a local church, but realized that God might be calling him to start a church, and use the family to reach others later on. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">He invited us to participate last Sunday night. Having had Gerardo in our class, and hearing him talk about the new plant in his homework, we were curious as to what we may find. You need to know that not every work that has been described to us as vibrant and flourishing by the planter has been experienced by us that way. Once we heard a planter go on and on about his congregation, only to go and see that the congregation consisted of himself, his wife and children and a sister in law. So we go everywhere we do with eyes wide open.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">And we were pleasantly surprised to see what we saw. In this work of four weeks, we saw several children go to their Sunday School class. We heard good quality music, especially a wonderfully touching solo by a lady in torn jeans and a T-shirt who had a voice we don’t often (enough) experience in our work. We saw very amiable people, and we had a pretty mean bowl of Pozole after worship, too!</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">But the thing that struck me the most was Gerardo’s rap. Right now, rap music is pretty popular with teens in our part of&nbsp;Mexico. Gerardo explained that he was going to do a rap song even though he didn’t like rap music at all. Now this was a serious effort, not trying to make fun of rap or its listeners. He did this to model to his congregation something very important. In order to reach teens, you need to be willing and able to navigate their culture. In a broader sense, in order to reach anyone for Christ, it is necessary to be able to relate to them “where they are at,” even if it is way out of our comfort zone. It was not, ahem, the most professionally done song I have ever heard. But the point was well delivered and taken. As the old 10CC song recounts the things we do for the love of another human being, Gerardo demonstrated the lengths to which we must go to share the love of Christ with others. May we all be encouraged by Gerardo’s lesson.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">In Christ’s service, Rick</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b>Family and Ministry Update</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b>By Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">As the fall season has started our life has gotten busier. We are adjusting to life with one child out of the home. We try to “Skype” every Sunday to keep in touch with Aida. She is doing well, adjusting to University life and learning to manage time and finances. She is just finishing her mid-terms.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Last night, October 13, we went to the monthly School District meeting where Richie was recognized as the student of the month for the 11th grade. He had to be nominated and approved by his teachers. He is currently taking 4 AP classes plus Trigonometry and Art. Needless to say we are very proud of him. Please keep him in your prayers as he goes this Saturday to take his PSAT. It seems like we just went through all this with one child, <i>“deja vu”</i>. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Joshua is also enjoying his 5th grade class. He just finished a project on Cesar Chaves. I volunteer at his class once a week and I can testify that he is a well behaved young man. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Rick and I continue to work at painting and updating the bedrooms with Rick doing much of the grunt work. I do paint but most of my contribution is in the design aspect. So if you were to visit us today, you would see plenty of “clutter” as the design shows call it. I call it a mess. But we look forward to seeing a complete and beautiful job. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We have also been extremely busy on the ministry front. Rick and I are co-teaching a class on Tuesday nights on New Church Planting which has been lots of fun. The students certainly like the participatory aspect of the class. We’ve visited neighborhood communities, done group dynamics, shared cake and other snacks. Last week the students each shared a map of their communities and what they learned about them. Some of the comments that stand out in my memory were the amount of deaf people in one community, the amount of single mothers in another community; another one had problems with youth and gangs. We are hoping that the students in our class can be a resource to each other. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We have also been visiting new church plants and enjoy seeing the diversity and creativity displayed in them. As described above there was an attempt at rap, another one had a new couple trying out their wings at teaching the adults and children. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">The convention with whom we work has also decided to support a missionary from Tijuana to the indigenous population in the Mexican state of Campeche. Her name is Teresita and each church is being encouraged to give to her support. As missionaries, we are proud of their mission effort, and are aware of all that this implies. The churches in Mexicali have also decided to work together on some projects and worship in a joint worship service in December. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We are also getting request for short term mission teams for this year. Two weeks ago we were able to drive up to the LA area to share with a local church as well and I participated in an ABW retreat. In the midst of all this activity we feel so blessed to be part of this wonderful ministry and are thankful for your part in this ministry. To that effect, we also received a beautiful wooden chair from <b>“A place at the table”.</b> We will be taking this chair to Mexicali to symbolize how many of you are participating in this ministry by your prayers, offerings, support and short term mission teams.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b></b>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b>Prayer concerns and prayers of thanksgiving</b></p> <ol type="1" style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in;"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for our family and each of our children.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We are thankful for achieving our goal for 2009 and are thankful for the people who have already made pledges to support this ministry on a regular basis.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for more people and churches to pledge to our support. </li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for Teresita and the willingness of local churches to support her ministry.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for Gerardo and “<span>Restauración</span> Familial”(the name of his new church plant, “Renewing and Healing the Family”).</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for <span>Misión</span> Monte Sinai as they work on plastering the outside walls of their church building before the winter weather gets to the mountains.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We are thankful for the creativity of our new church planters and pray for a closer relationship between established churches and new church plants. </li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for the endurance of our vehicles, our goal is to eventually purchase a vehicle dedicated for ministry use. </li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray that we may be open to the leading of God’s Spirit as we minister here in Mexicali and all of Northern Baja. </li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We are thankful for the support of our friend Kerry as he continues to work on our new website. Please check it out and send us your thoughts and suggestions for improvement. <a href="http://www.barnesbajamexico.org/">www.barnesbajamexico.org</a> (Remember it is still a work in progress) <span style="FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><span>J</span></span></li><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please continue to uplift our missionary colleagues around the globe and the important ministries that they do in your prayers and in your support of the World Mission Offering. This offering continues to be as important as ever.</li></span></ol> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">If you wish to financially support&nbsp;our ministry, please go to the following link <span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/give"><span>http://www.internationalministries.org/give</span></a> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">or send donations directly via U.S. Mail to: </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">Lisa Schnovel</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">International Ministries</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">P. O. Box 851 Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">In the memo portion of the check write for the <b>“Ongoing Support of Rick and Mercy Barnes” (Targeted Giving)</b></p> Sun, 18 Oct 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/14817-gerardo-s-rap-the-things-we-do-for-love- https://internationalministries.org/read/14817-gerardo-s-rap-the-things-we-do-for-love- Ensenando a los pajaritos a volar <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span>“Estoy convencido de esto: el que comenzó tan buena obra en ustedes la irá perfeccionando hasta el día de Cristo Jesús.”<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Filipenses 1.6</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Por Rick Barnes&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><span></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Como mucho de ustedes ya sabe, Mercy y yo hemos estado preparándonos para este otoño por mucho tiempo. Nos hemos acercado a este tiempo con un poco de temor y trepidación. Lo que hace que este otoño enviar a uno de nuestros niños a una escuela cercana, nuestra hija mayor ha salido del nido para estudiar en la costa este de los estados unidos; de hecho al estado de Virginia. Aida ha comenzado sus estudios en la Universidad de Virginia. Le hemos educado y ahora hemos tenido que dejarla volar. Esperamos y oramos que hemos sembrado buenas semillas de fe y sabiduría y le hemos dado muchas otras herramientas para prepararla para el largo viaje que la espera. Pero la realidad es que el poco control que tuvimos sobre su vida mientras ella estuvo con nosotros ya no existe. Eso se hizo evidente hace poco cuando recibimos una llamada celular de parte de ella diciéndonos; <b>“papi, el candado de la bicicleta no está<span>&nbsp; </span>funcionando”</b>. Luego de intentar ayudarla con unos pasos técnicos, se hizo claro que yo no iba a poder arreglar el candado a larga distancia, y la verdad es que no podré arreglar la mayoría<span>&nbsp; </span>de sus problemas. Fue bastante frustrante el no poder ayudarla. Pero yo estoy confiado de que una vez se acostumbre a su nuevo ambiente, ella florecerá en maneras que nos asombrará.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>En muchas formas, esto también refleja lo que nosotros hacemos como misioneros. Cuando trabajamos con una obra nueva o enseñamos a los estudiantes, tenemos una influencia directa sobre ellos. Es una tentación el querer controlar como ellos hacen las cosas y como se lleva a cabo el ministerio. Cuando enseñamos, es una tentación el decirle como confrontar cada aspecto de su ministerio. Cuando trabajamos con una pareja en las etapas formativas de su obra nueva, nosotros tenemos mucha influencia sobre esa pareja con nuestro apoyo y animo hacia su ministerio. Les ayudamos a observar a las cosas desde otra perspectiva. Les animamos mientras intentan diferentes maneras de alcanzar a su comunidad. Y estamos allí para animarles durante los tiempos de gozo y los tiempos de dificultad. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Pero desde los primeros contactos, les explicamos que estamos allí para ayudar y animarles y compartir nuestras observaciones, pero siempre es <u>su</u> ministerio. Y vendrá un tiempo en donde nos damos cuenta que nuestros estudiantes y nuestros plantadores de nuevas obras necesitan poder “volar” por si mismos. A veces es difícil dejarles ministrar por si solos porque sabemos que se cometerán errores (como si nosotros no cometeríamos errores si estuviéramos en control, ja ja) Y se cometen errores. Y vemos como florece la creatividad en formas que jamás hubiéramos pensado. Y vemos al ministerio que ocurre de una manera real y genuina y que es apropiado para aquella comunidad. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Esto viene desde una filosofía que es parte de nuestra historia como Ministerios Internacionales. Nosotros trabajamos adiestrando a la gente del país, para que ellos puedan compartir a Cristo y llevar a cabo el ministerio de maneras autóctonas. Eso hace que el ministerio sea más genuino y apropiado para su contexto; también asegura que si los misioneros ya no son bienvenidos o no pueden volver al lugar, el poder del evangelio continuará con aquellos que están capacitados para poder hacerlo. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Es difícil soltar las riendas, pero cuando el ministerio florece de maneras asombrosas, es una afirmación de que la buena obra que comenzamos de veras será completada y perfeccionada. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span>Noticias del ministerio y de la familia </span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Este ha sido un tiempo muy ocupado para nosotros con muchas transiciones. Claro, como Rick ya compartió con ustedes, nuestra hija ha dejado el nido para estudiar en la universidad al otro lado del país. La echamos mucho de menos y a la misma vez estamos tan orgullosos de ella. Pues ahora tenemos un cuarto vacío que está siendo redecorado y pintado para Joshua (el más joven de casa). El cuarto de Joshua se convertirá en mi oficina/cuarto de huéspedes, Aida siempre tendrá un lugar para quedarse durante sus vacaciones. Richie tampoco escapará esta tormenta de mejoras de la casa; su cuarto también será redecorado aunque él prefiere que lo dejemos solo. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Este verano, visitamos a iglesias en Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Nueva Jersey y muy queridos amigos en el camino. Muchas gracias a todos los que abrieron sus hogares para hospedarnos durante nuestro viaje. Regresamos a casa el 4 de agosto y yo (Mercy) salí para Puerto Rico el día 10 para visitar iglesias y volver a ver a mi querida familia. Yo disfruté muchísimo pero estoy tan contenta de poder estar de regreso en mi casa con Rick y nuestros hijos.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span></span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Mientras se acerca el otoño, nuestra vida sigue llenándose de actividad. Rick y yo vamos a ensenar una clase nocturna juntos como pareja sobre las Nuevas Obras. Yo también estarle enseñando una clase sobre la transformación de conflictos y Rick enseñará una clase sobre el crecer una iglesia saludable. Hace dos semanas, fuimos con miembros de la Primera Iglesia Bautista a la “La Plaza de los Mariachis” para repartir desayuno a los que viven en la calle, los que están enfermos mentalmente y los que simplemente no tienen que comer porque no tienen trabajo y están pasando através de la ciudad o han sido recientemente deportados de los estados unidos. Le abre a uno los ojos el ver tanta necesidad y tanta gratitud por este ministerio. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>También, fuimos a La Rumorosa y vimos el progreso del nuevo edificio de “La Misión Monte Sinai”. El pastor Romo y su esposa la hermana Rosita están tan emocionados con el nuevo edificio al igual que los miembros de su nueva obra. Tomamos fotos y Rick está coordinando un viaje de misión de corto plazo para continuar el trabajo en el edificio. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span><span></span><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Pronto, visitaremos “La Misión de La Ladrillera” para ir a entregar sillas que fueron donadas por una de nuestras iglesias colaboradoras en California. El pastor Gregorio estaba tan contento de tener estas sillas. Esta nueva obra se reúne bajo un árbol y la mayoría de las personas simplemente se paran o se sientan sobre las raíces del árbol. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>También estaremos visitando otras obras nuevas para ver que es lo que ha estado ocurriendo durante nuestra ausencia. Nosotros sabemos que el Señor tiene muchas cosas buenas esperándonos. Estamos tan emocionados para ver a donde el Señor nos guiará durante este año. Por favor continúen orando por todos estos ministerios. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Peticiones y celebraciones: </span></p> <ol type="1" style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in;"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor oren por el ministerio en La Plaza de los Mariachis y por los recursos necesarios para poder continuar proveyendo desayuno y proveer para las necesidades especiales de las personas allí. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor oren por la misión “Monte Sinai” en La Rumorosa y el ministerio del pastor Romo y Rosita.</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor oren por el ministerio en “La Ladrillera” y<span>&nbsp; </span>para los recursos para poder ayudar a las personas que viven allí. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Oren por la misión El Buen Samaritano mientras ellos continúan con su programa de desayuno para los niños de la comunidad y capacitando a líderes para poder continuar el ministerio. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Oren por Rick y yo mientras preparamos nuestra clase nocturna sobre las Nuevas Obras y por las personas que van a tomar la clase. Hay tanta necesidad en este país. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor mantengan a Aida en sus oraciones mientras ella brega con los desafíos de su primer año fuera del hogar. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Nosotros estamos tan llenos de gozo y agradecidos que llegamos a nuestra meta y estamos ahora en 102% de nuestra meta para el año fiscal 2009 que termina el 30 de septiembre. Dios ha sido fiel através de su pueblo. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Estamos tan agradecidos por el trabajo arduo de nuestro equipo de colaboración (MPT) en Connecticut y por nuestro amigo Kerry quien está diseñando un “website” profesional para nuestro ministerio. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Por favor considere en oración si pueden apoyar nuestro ministerio regularmente con sus ofrendas y sus oraciones. </span></li></ol> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mercy</p> Sun, 27 Sep 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/14294-ensenando-a-los-pajaritos-a-volar https://internationalministries.org/read/14294-ensenando-a-los-pajaritos-a-volar Teaching the baby birds to fly... <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i>“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Philippians 1.6</i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i></i></b>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">As many of you know, Mercy and I have been preparing for this fall for quite some time. We have approached this time with a good deal of fear and trepidation. What makes this fall that way is that instead of our children going blocks from home to go to school, one of our brood is on the east coast of the US; Virginia in fact. Aida has started school at the&nbsp;University of Virginia. We have raised her up, and have released her. We hope and pray that we have planted seeds of wisdom and faith and many other things to prepare her for the long journey ahead of her. But when it comes down to it, what little control we had over her life while she was here is now gone. That was made even clearer this morning when we got a call saying “daddy, my bike lock isn’t working.” After trying to talk through some technical steps, it became apparent that I wasn’t going to be able to fix the lock via long distance, nor “fix” many problems. What a frustrating and humbling thing that is. But I am very confident that once she gets her “sea legs” for her new life, she will learn how to thrive in ways that will amaze us.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">In many ways, this also reflects what we do as missionaries. When we work with a mission or teach students, we have a direct influence upon them. And it is tempting to want to control how things are done and how ministry is conducted. When we teach, it is tempting to tell them how to confront each aspect of ministry. When we work with a couple on the formative stages of a mission, we have a good deal of input with that couple, as we support and encourage them with their ministry. We help them to look at things from a different perspective. We encourage them as they try different ways to reach their community. And we are there to encourage them in the joyous and the difficult times of ministry.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">But from our earliest contact, we explain that we are there to help and encourage and share insights, but it is their ministry. And there comes a time in which we realize that our students and our new church planters need to be able to “fly” on their own. It is the hardest thing to have them do ministry their own way, because we just know that mistakes will be made (as if we wouldn’t make mistakes if we were in charge, ha ha!).And mistakes are made. And we see creativity bloom in ways we would have never thought of. And we see ministry happen in&nbsp;a way that is real and genuine and right for that community.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">This comes from a philosophy that is part of our history as International Ministries. We work at building up the indigenous folk, so they share Christ and do ministry in ways that are their own. That makes for a more genuine ministry for their context; it also assures that if missionaries are no longer welcome or able to be in a place, the work of the Gospel will still go on with folk who are trained to carry it out.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">It is hard to let go, but when the ministry flourishes in amazing ways, it’s an affirmation that that good work we had something to do with will indeed be carried on to completion.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rick </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b>Ministry and Family Update&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">This has been a very busy time for us with many transitions. Of course, as Rick has shared with you, our eldest child has left the nest to study at a University all the way across the country. We miss her so much and at the same time we are so proud of her. So we now have an empty room which is being painted and redecorated for Joshua our youngest. Joshua’s room will become my office/guest room so Aida will still have a place to stay when she comes back home. Richie won’t escape the home improvement tornado going through the house; his room will also be redecorated even though he prefers to be left alone without mom’s touch. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">This summer we also visited churches in Colorado, Kansas,Iowa, Indiana, New Jersey and dear friends along the way. Thanks to all who hosted us each night as we traveled cross country. We returned home on August the 4th and I (Mercy) left for Puerto Rico on the 10th to visit churches and see my extended family. I had a wonderful time but am so glad to be home here in El Centro with Rick and the boys. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">As the fall season approaches, life is getting very busy. Rick and I will be co teaching an evening class on New Church Planting. I will also be teaching a class on conflict resolution and Rick will be teaching a class for Church Planters. Last Saturday, we went with members of Primera Iglesia Bautista to “La Plaza de los Mariachis” to give out breakfast to the homeless, transients and mentally ill who make their home there. It was eye opening to see so much need and so much gratitude for this ministry. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Yesterday, we went up to La Rumorosa and saw the progress on the new building for “La Mision Monte Sinai”. Pastor Romo and his wife Rosita are excited about the new building as are the members of the new church plant. We took pictures and Rick is now coordinating a follow up short term mission trip to continue to do work on the building. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Tonight we will be visiting “La Mision de La Ladrillera” which will soon be receiving new chairs donated by one of our supporting churches in California. Pastor Gregorio was so happy to have these chairs. This mission meets under a tree and most people just stand around or sit on the roots of the tree. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We will also be visiting many of the new church plants to see what has been happening during our absence. We know that the Lord has great things in store for us. We are so excited to see where the Lord will guide us to this year. Please continue to pray for all of these ministries.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Prayer concerns and celebrations:</p> <ol type="1" style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in;"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for the ministry in La Plaza de los Mariachis and for the resources to continue to provide breakfast and provide for the special needs of the people here.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for “Monte Sinai” in La Rumorosa and the ministry of<span>&nbsp; </span>Pastor Romo and Rosita.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please pray for the ministry in “La Ladrillera” and again for the resources to help the people who live there.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Pray for El Buen Samaritano as they continue with their breakfast program for community children and equipping leaders to continue the ministry.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Pray for Rick and I as we prepare our evening class on New Church Planting and for the people who attend. There is so much need in this country.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please uplift Aida in your prayers as she deals with her first year away from home.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We are joyful and thankful that we are now at 102% of our goal for the fiscal year 2009 which finishes on September 30th. God has indeed been faithful through his faithful followers. </li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">We are thankful for the hard work of our MPT in CT and also for our friend Kerry who is designing a professional website for us. </li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">Please consider prayerfully whether you would like to support our ministry on a regular basis. </li></ol> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mercy</p> Sun, 27 Sep 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/14289-teaching-the-baby-birds-to-fly- https://internationalministries.org/read/14289-teaching-the-baby-birds-to-fly- Is the Swine Flu affecting IM Missionaries in Mexico <span style="font-weight: bold;">Six IM missionaries weigh in…</span><br><br>The swine flu is making news in the U.S., and has already claimed lives in Mexico. See how the flu is affecting six IM missionaries serving in Mexico right now:<br><br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/46">Rick Barnes</a>: “[The flu] is affecting my ministry minimally right now.” (scroll down for more)<br><br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/74">Patti Long</a>: “The fear of this new disease on top of the daily fear of violence…is very unsettling for the children.” (scroll down for more)<br><br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/94">Adalia Schellinger-Guitérrez</a>: I worry about “losing the spiritual side of things as we become overwhelmed looking for ‘survival’.” (scroll down for more)<br><br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/91">David and Joyce Reed</a>: This is “an opportunity for Christians to band together to speak boldly, to pray boldly, about the PEACE that only Jesus can give, to bathe Mexico in the light and love of God.”&nbsp; (scroll down for more)<br><br><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/351">Chuck Shawver</a>: “A group of folks from Rocky Mountain Region…postpone[d] their visit until June.” (scroll down for more)<br><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Rick Barnes, Baja, Mexico: </span><br>As I think about the swine flu, I honestly get more concerned about this than I do with the violence of the drug trade. With the violence, you basically can avoid certain areas and be reasonably well assured that you can be safe. The face of the swine flu is the 23-month-old toddler and the 70-year-old grandmother and the 25-year-old college student. Since we know so little about source and transmission issues, this great void of knowledge leaves us vulnerable. We don’t know who has it or not. We don’t know where it will go. And we don’t know whether this is the tip of an iceberg, or a flash in the pan. <br><br>This is affecting my ministry minimally right now, other than just being concerned. The Mexican government closed all public schools in Mexico this week. I wonder if this is an overreaction, or legitimate concern. The problem with diseases like this is that by the time you realize there is a problem, many people have already been infected. But to shut everything down and have something minimal happen is like crying wolf. Our seminary functions normally. I am sure that the church activities will continue normally short of a documented outbreak in our region.<br><br>I think this demonstrates how interconnected we are in this world. I know there are those who would want to close the border and all would be fine, but things just don’t work that way. And this nonsense of certain commentators saying that infected illegals are responsible for the infections in the U.S. is simply xenophobic.&nbsp; I do wonder why those in Mexico are more adversely affected than in other parts of the world. Maybe these are the consequences of poverty and unhealthy living conditions. Maybe there are many more factors than we know.<br><br>And I don’t have any theological understanding of this, other than that God grieves with those who grieve a loss, and God is very present with us during times like these.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Patti Long, Mexico and the U.S.</span><br>Since my ministry is teaching special education in Tijuana, on Monday morning I went to school as usual. We spoke with the children about the flu, being more careful about hygiene, etc., yet were faced with the problem that there is seldom running water at the school and dust is continually flying everywhere.&nbsp; Some children came to school wearing masks and I took an extra supply of antibacterial wet wipes.&nbsp;&nbsp; At about 10:30 the school received notice that all schools were to close immediately and not to reopen until May 6.&nbsp; We stopped our classes and brought the children into the chapel to explain the situation and to pray.&nbsp; Different from what one might expect, the children were not happy about this.&nbsp; For one, Thursday April 30 is Dia Del Niño (Children’s Day) which they all look forward to and now will miss.&nbsp; Also, the fear of this new disease on top of the daily fear of violence in which all of Tijuana lives, is very unsettling for the children, and school is generally a place where they feel and are safe.&nbsp; I am very sad for all that is happening in Mexico and I miss my students very much.<br><br>&nbsp;I worry about the health and emotional impact of this fear in the lives of my children. Many come from the poorest and most vulnerable areas of the city. If there is an outbreak of the flu in Tijuana, many of these children and their families very likely will be affected.<br><br>There is still so much that isn't known about the disease, but the Mexican government is taking it very seriously and making every effort to educate and provide necessary resources to even the most marginalized communities.&nbsp; But living in dire poverty, often without water and with many people living very close together, it is very hard to contain illnesses.&nbsp; So far, thankfully, we have not heard of any confirmed cases of the flu in Tijuana, but with the constant influx of people from all over Mexico, it will most likely become a serious problem.&nbsp; Please pray for people to be able to fight off the disease and for it to fizzle out in all parts of the world!<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Adalia Schellinger Gutierrez, Tijuana, Mexico:</span><br>As a medical doctor, I have had many medical consultations/check-ups from people with regular colds and/or laryngitis to make sure they are out of danger.&nbsp; My regular advice is to rest, drink lots of fluids, take precautions so they don't infect anybody near them, work on building their immunity.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>What worries me the most about it as it relates to my ministry is losing the human/spiritual side of things as we become overwhelmed looking for "survival,” and we stop caring for other people. <br><br>We ask people in the U.S. to keep praying so that people who already have the disease might build enough body defenses to fight the illness; keep praying that the flu stops spreading worldwide; be precautious but never panic, nor lose hope: we are in God's hands.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Joyce and David Reed, La Paz, Mexico</span><br>People are scared, and the media is throwing people into a panic.&nbsp; As far as we know, there are no reported cases in La Paz, or Southern Baja, yet. But public places are deserted.&nbsp; Tourists are canceling trips.&nbsp; This is having a dramatic impact on our already weak and tenuous economy.&nbsp; A friend of ours who runs a fishing tour company had three groups cancel today.&nbsp; Restaurants are deserted.&nbsp; People are taking extreme measures instead of just precautionary measures.&nbsp; At a pastor's meeting today, David heard a conversation concerning Sunday's worship.&nbsp; Should they cancel church on Sunday to protect people's health?&nbsp; No consensus was reached.&nbsp; We have found ourselves doing a lot of listening, trying to sift through the fact vs. fiction to calm people's fears, and helping people make accurate risk-assessment based decisions.&nbsp; We are reminding people that God is sovereign, even over flus, and that panic-striken thinking will lead none of us to healthy, holistic lives.<br><br>What worries us the most is that Satan is gaining control as people give into fear and panic.&nbsp; In a country already ruled by idols and syncretic beliefs, Mexico's part in this flu epidemic is feeding a frenzy that Satan thrives on.&nbsp; However, it can also be an opportunity for Christians to band together to speak boldly, to pray boldly about the PEACE that only Jesus can give, to bathe Mexico in the light and love of God.<br><br>The most important thing that our friends in the U.S. can do is maintain a godly perspective on this pandemic.&nbsp; Bathe Mexico and our world in prayer.&nbsp; Pray that God will work through our Christian communities to bring healing and peace to a world already shaken by economic turmoil. <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Chuck Shawver, central and southern Mexico</span><br>So far, other than concern for colleagues in Mexico City where the problems are most prominent, we have not been directly impacted.&nbsp; Schools are closed but we do not have school-aged children.&nbsp; Lots of folks walking around in blue surgical masks.&nbsp; I just got off the phone with a group of folks from Rocky Mountain Region who had planned to come to Mexico next week on an exploratory visit.&nbsp; They made the decision last night to postpone their visit until June.&nbsp; I have several other groups with summer plans but I suspect that they, too, may be reluctant to spend money on airline tickets until things seem safe.&nbsp; So far, there have been no confirmed cases in Chiapas that I know of, so we are not dealing with families who have been sickened by the swine flu.&nbsp; Our colleagues in Mexico City are all safe, but the city is certainly a different place and all church and school activities have been suspended until May 6 as a precaution.&nbsp; Folks are worried and the mood there is somber. <br><br>To make a financial contribution to any of these missionaries’ support or to the ministry of International Ministries, click on Give on the tool bar above. Thank you for your support of International Ministries.<br><br> Thu, 30 Apr 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/11052-is-the-swine-flu-affecting-im-missionaries-in-mexico https://internationalministries.org/read/11052-is-the-swine-flu-affecting-im-missionaries-in-mexico Surprised by God’s people <p><span style="font-style: italic;">“Before they call I will answer, while they are still speaking I will hear.”</span><br style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Isaiah 65.24</span><br><br>Like many people, I like to live under the illusion that I have everything under control. As we plan for short term mission groups, we ask them to be flexible yet we try to foresee any possible complications and plan for the future. I deal with what I am able to deal with and leave the rest in God’s hands. Sometimes I only go to God after I realize that I can’t really handle all of the unplanned surprises that come our way. <br><img class="thumbnail" src="/uploaded/barnesmay1.300.jpg?1210956482" alt="Barnesmay1"><br>This past March, we had challenges that we could not have planned for, yet we saw God’s Spirit working in our midst. Even before the prayer was on our lips, even before we knew of the need to speak a prayer, God had already touched hearts and sent us the answer. God’s grace is everlasting. This March we were blessed by the presence of three special young women who offered their gifts and talents to our ministry. They are Molly, Christy and Marie. They are three former extreme team members who decided that they wanted to spend their Spring Break being stretched and used in another country. We took them up on their offer and they blessed us in so many ways. A planned, short-term mission team trip fell through and the girls picked up the slack. They more than picked up the slack, I believe that they were the ones that God intended that we have there that week to teach us a lesson. We need to depend on God to supply us in all our needs. <br> <br>The gals shared their love for the Lord in many ways, they uplifted us in their prayers, they mixed cement, they assisted at the Vacation Bible School, and they took pictures and helped us prepare a DVD for short-term mission groups. They also won the hearts of the people from Iglesia Bautista Getsemani. The last evening the leaders at Getsemani surprised the girls with roses. <img class="thumbnail" src="/uploaded/barnesmay2.300.jpg" alt="Barnesmay2">There were many tears of gratitude and a bond was made that will last for a long time. We were also blessed by having our daughter Aida work with the girls and she expressed her feelings this way, “<span style="font-weight: bold;">This is the best Spring Break ever</span>”! In the picture are Aida, Rick, Christy, Nena, Mauricio, Berna, Mercy, Marie and Molly. <br><br>Again, thank you for your support to our ministry in your prayers, through your generous offerings and through your partnership with us. Please continue to pray for our churches and new church starts as they strive to be faithful to God’s call to serve in midst of so many challenges. And Remember God will supply all of your “needs” even before you know that you have them.</p><p><br></p><p>God bless you!<br><br> <br> </p> Thu, 15 May 2008 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/5655-surprised-by-god-s-people https://internationalministries.org/read/5655-surprised-by-god-s-people Reflections on the "Church" <span style="font-style: italic;">But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong, He chose the lowly things of the world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are…</span><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">1 Corinthians 1:27-28</span><br><br>I have been giving a class this year on Ecclesiology; basically it’s theology of the Church, its essence, its mission. Why we are here and what does God want from us? It has been quite an interesting journey with the students as we get to look at “<span style="font-weight: bold;">The Church</span>” from many points of view. Ekklesía as a Greek word has many levels of meaning but one of them is those that are called apart to represent their community, to be witnesses, to be together as an assembly of people. <br><br>We’ve looked at the early church with all of its good characteristics and flaws. We’ve looked at the progression of the Church throughout history and now we are looking around to see the Church today. Sometimes its fun as we poke fun at traditions and other times it’s been quite eye opening as the Spirit speaks to our heart and we again see what the Church is called to do. We are called to be the community of faith, the Body of Christ, the followers of the resurrected One. We who are called to be Christ like and turn their world upside down with the power of the gospel. This class has really helped me to look with new eyes at the importance of our task and mission. <br><br>Rick and I have been called here to help empower and equip leaders as they follow their call to reach out to their communities and begin new communities of faith. Many times we just sit down to speak with the leaders, many with very little education but all of them with a burning desire to serve the Lord. Let me share a little bit about these humble servants.<br> <br><img class="thumbnail" src="/uploaded/barnesdec1.300.jpg?1204299678" alt="Barnesdec1"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Damian and his wife Ely</span> serve in a small rural community en la Iglesia Bautista Getsemaní de Puebla”. He used to live in Tijuana, their daughter use to attend private school and now they depend completely on their church. They live in what we would call the Christian education wing, but actually it is a small building next to the sanctuary that holds a small kitchen and dining area and small rooms that they use as bedrooms. Their air conditioning no longer works. The church has two empty lots and they dream of building a parsonage, Sunday school rooms, a Basketball court and so forth. They are also starting a new church plant in outer Mexicali. I look at their bright hopeful eyes as they share their dreams for the future. No complaints, just a desire to continue to work in their community full of unpaved streets and people who need the Lord.<br><br><img class="thumbnail" src="/uploaded/barnesdec2.300.jpg?1204299684" alt="Barnesdec2"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Roberto Guerrero</span> serves in Misión Bautista Bethania en Reacomodo, a new church plant that will soon become a full fledged church. They rent a home. They also dream of building a parsonage and a bigger church building. His son goes to the university in Mexicali and teaches a small group of youth how to play the guitar. They played during worship the night we visited and were quite impressive. I asked him how he learned to play. He said he watched his father; he cannot read music but he enjoys music. He is studying to be an engineer. His mom made us some delicious carne asada and tortillas. The dining room is small and crowded and I think of the decorating shows that I so love to watch. This is no “Great Room” but great things are happening as we break tortillas together. <br><br><img class="thumbnail" src="/uploaded/barnesdec3.300.jpg" alt="Barnesdec3">Both of these new churches were planted by Rosa de Sarón, the mother church whose pastor is <span style="font-weight: bold;">Odilón Cruz</span>. We shared with Odilón and his wife Esperanza a few weeks ago. They laugh as they say that they train their leaders to lose them as they leave to become new church planters. They are training a new group of leaders and ask us if we could help them get a “cañón”, (a projector for DVD’s) so they could show movies to their community. In stead of thinking about retiring, they are thinking about the next challenge that the Lord has for them. As we sit with them and eat another wonderful meal, we are humbled by his sense of peace and trust.<br><br>We have spoken before about Alma and Ramon and their home church. They are fencing in their church lot and every time I see them they are doing something new to pay off the mortgage. They sell ice cream, chocolate bars, food and different articles at the local flea market. They continue to have new ideas and frankly their enthusiasm tires me out. <br><br>Gilberto and his wife Rosa Elena have been at a preaching point and now they are starting their own new church plant in their home. Their home is extremely small and they have two boys to feed and clothe. Rick and I are constantly humbled by the <span style="font-weight: bold;">ekklesia</span> at work in our midst. We have only mentioned a few of the leaders that we work with and just share these examples of people who try to be faithful to God’s call to serve and be the Church in Mexicali.<br><br>We are all part of the body of Christ world wide. If you feel the Spirit calling you to partner with a new church plant in Mexicali, please write to us and we would love to connect you with one of them. Please participate in what God is doing to transform the world through his people. As always, we cannot do what we do without your help, your prayers, your donations, your short term mission groups and the many ways in which you help us. Thank you so much. <br><br>God has indeed chosen the weak, the lowly, the foolish and the despised things of this world so that the Glory of what is accomplished be given only to him. We pray that God may truly use our weaknesses for his glory. <br><br>In Christ’s Service,<br><br>Mercy<br> Thu, 20 Dec 2007 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/5034-reflections-on-the-church- https://internationalministries.org/read/5034-reflections-on-the-church- Dis-ease Part Two: As our children grow and consider poverty <p>It's my turn now as I bring you up to date on what's been happening with our family. As I ponder on Rick's article, I am reminded of our children and how they respond to poverty.</p> <p>Joshua our youngest (eight years old) will sometimes comment, Mami, why do people live in such small houses? I would say, "That's all they can afford." Josh would look at me with a look and say, "Then let's give them some money so they can buy a new house or let's make them a new one." Its pretty simple for him, there's a need so let's fill it. It isn't that simple but I wish we were all so willing to help as a young child is. Joshua has started third grade and is enjoying school greatly. Like our older kids, reading comes easily to him and he is reading way above his grade level. He continues to love airplanes and has re-discovered Legos. He is building and designing the inside of airplanes (the seating) and I love to see his imagination at work. Like most kids of this generation he loves You Tube and discovers new videos on airplane disasters, roller coasters and games. </p> <p>Richie is 14 years old and has started his freshman year at the High School. He is taller than me, has long wavy hair and his voice is so deep. It is nice to see him and his sister walk off to school together every morning. They seem to have discovered a new connection even though they say that they ignore each other once they get to school. We went to Back-to-School Night and his teachers already seem to appreciate him. He loves learning, reading, and computer games. Richie is very aware of the problems in our world. He loves to debate and he is taking French this year. </p> <p>Aida is 16 years old and is now a junior in High School. Both she and Richie went to Heifer on a retreat this summer and came home with a renewed desire to eat fresh vegetables, not to waste food and to make a difference in the world. Aida is very passionate about the crisis in Darfur and wants to do something to make a difference. She is taking three AP courses (Spanish, Language Arts and U.S. History). Plus she continues to participate in the Performing Arts Club and Ladies Ensemble. Rick continues to teach her to drive and hopefully soon she will be able to take her driving test and have some more freedom. As a mom I am truly proud of our three kids. But I do have to say that we are challenged with the usual problems of teenagers trying to break the apron strings, and not doing things the first time I tell them to do something. They are regular kids. <br> <br>Rick and I are trying to enjoy them because we know that before we know it, they will be off to college. We are also spending more time together as a couple and rediscovering how important our relationship is. We truly are a gift to each other and make each other better. Rick will be doing some deputation in September in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, so he will greet you in our family's name. We are both getting ready to give classes at the seminary, I will be teaching the "Intertestamental Period" (the time period between the Old and New Testaments) and Ecclesiology. Rick will be teaching a course on computers, one on sects and one on discipleship. We continue to work with our church planters and strive to support their ministries. <br> <br>As you hear so much about the work of International Ministries around the world and the "World Mission Offering," please remember us. We cannot do what we do without your help. We ask for your prayers, for your visits, for your financial support. Please consider adding a gift to us in your church budget or in your own family budget. Also don't forget about special projects. If you are interested in giving please click "DONATE ONLINE" on the www.internationalminstries.org homepage. You will find us in the Iberoamerica section of online giving. </p> <p>We thank you for your support!</p> <p>Blessings,</p> <p><b>Mercy</b><br></p><p><img class="thumbnail" src="/uploaded/barnessept2.300.jpg" alt="Barnessept2"></p> Tue, 11 Sep 2007 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/3586-dis-ease-part-two-as-our-children-grow-and-consider-poverty https://internationalministries.org/read/3586-dis-ease-part-two-as-our-children-grow-and-consider-poverty