Thursday, April 12, 2018

The two week Easter vacation here in Mexico is now over. We had our youth camp during this time with 64 youth registered. It was a week of  blessing for them filled with fellowship, interactive games, competitions, devotionals and intense services. On the last night of the camp, 10 were baptized and have already entered our new converts class. Here following I will share some pictures with you.
Blessings
Stephen Tolman









Monday, February 27, 2017

Update 2017

   How time flies by! The first two months of 2017 have already come and gone. We have been blessed to see growth in all areas and are excited with what God is doing. Two weeks ago Stephen went to visit our sister church in the city of Monclova to give a two day conference on the flow of the the Holy Spirit. We were expecting an maximun of 80 people to attend but over 350 people arrived on the first day. The presence of God wea very strong and when the time came to end the session, the people asked for more teaching and stayed another two hours withour anybody leaving. The next and final day of the conference more than 500 people were in attendance with standing room only.
   Here in San Pedro we have been praying on how to best keep on ministering to people in need of drug and alcohol rehab. Several years ago, during the cartel violence, the state government ordered closed all 24 hr rehab centers. The two centers we worked in were also closed. Last week we started here in the local church a new group on an outpatient bases using Celebrating Recovery. The response was great and soon we will have tow grooups going in our city.
   Thank you for your continued prayer and support for the work here in Mexico. May God richly bless you.



Monday, November 21, 2016

The Most Important Meal of the Day

Hi everyone! Those of you who have been following the blog since it started may remember the breakfast ministry that we were involved in for many years in Torreon. Every Friday we would go to the food bank and bring back and prepare food for anywhere between 80-120 breakfasts. We took them to the poorest part of Torreon, Cartolandia (Cardboard Land) and would have a short service before handing out the packages. We had to stop for some time because of dangerous and violent conditions throughout the region, but we have started the ministry back up again, this time working with a church group in Torreon. Here are some pictures from a couple of weeks ago, as well as a video we made to briefly highlight this important work!















Monday, October 10, 2016

Baptisms

The last couple of weeks have been filled with baptisms here in San Pedro, with 7 people deciding to take the plunge...here are pictures from the latest baptism, of a young man named Marco, which took place yesterday after the morning service.


Praying for Marco


Our assistant pastor, Jacob, and youth pastor Paco


Baptized!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Flooding

         Throughout the months of July and August, we have had an unusual amount of rain, which is good, but it means that the dams that control the Río Nazas were in danger of overflowing. This happens every few years, and so the dams were opened and the water began to make its way from Durango to Coahuila. Since the original riverbed has been built on and isn't available to receive the water, it has to be diverted. This causes a lot of problems for the small villages and towns that find themselves in the way of the oncoming water which, even though it's coming from several hundred kilometers away, arrives strongly and rises quickly. Since last last week the towns around San Pedro have been working constantly to dig out new riverbeds, fill sandbags and build barriers in order to keep the water away from homes and other buildings. On Sunday we cut short the morning church service in order to go and take food to the workers, who had been working through the night. We ended up staying for almost 6 hours, distributing food and helping fill and place sandbags along the riverbanks. Smaller groups from TCL went back on Monday and Tuesday to do more of the same. The amount of water being released has been reduced, so the immediate danger is lessened, but we are still on alert. Here are some pictures from Sunday.

Arriving at one of several work sites.

The river arriving on the other side of the barrier.

We distributed food and water to workers who had been there all night.

Filling sandbags.

The river crossing under the highway that goes to Saltillo.

Water coming from the other side of the barrier to the highway.

The river on the other side of the highway.

Taking a break after running out of bags to fill...

The river running quickly along the highway.
Red Cross workers from San Pedro helping with the work.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Youth Camp 2016 Pasión Sin Límites

Last week July 19-22 we held our annual youth camp, which we normally have during Easter vacation. We had about 60 young people attend and as always we finished the week exhausted but touched by God's Word and the teachings we received. Here are some pictures!


Photo rally - Team Blue Ghosts in the plaza

Minute to Win It challenges Day 2 - build an apple tower (close but no!)

Minute to Win It challenges - move a cookie from your forehead to your mouth (this one got stuck!)

Day 1 - writing a team song and cheer, Team Red Bulls

Team Minions coming up with song ideas
 
Team Avocado doing team-building activities

Ahh, lunchtime!
 
Photo rally - a picture of the entire team in the air

Kitchen staff in a rare quiet moment!

A bit dark, inside the church in another workshop

More teambuilding...I don't know how they did this without dropping anyone....

Day 1 rally - walking two planks forward 20 feet is harder than it seems!

Day 2 photo rally

Day 2 photo rally - fraternizing with the enemy!

Day 1 water games (there's soap on the tarps, careful!)

More water games...campers were very committed to not losing the tire to their opponents


More water games, passing a sponge back and squeezing it out into the jug without looking (everyone cheated here...)

Photo rally - team picture with dogs!