Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Student Profile: Azucena Muruaga

Name: Azucena Muruaga
Age: 18
Level: University

Azucena is in her first year of university. She is studying Business Administration at the San Pedro branch of the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila. She can always be seen with a smile on her face and is willing to serve. Azucena is the only member of her family who is faithful to God and to the church. She is learning to be a panderista and is always ready to help, whether with the youth group, with special church events, or with the children's breakfasts in Torreon. She also attends our English school and is making rapid progress.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Trip to Chile

This morning Stephen left for a two-week visit to Chile, along with David and Elizabeth. They will be ministering in various churches and teaching and training church leaders. Please pray for safety as they travel and that God will bless their time there.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Id Pues Missions School

This week classes started at the Id Pues Missions School here at the property. We have 4 students enrolled, 3 from Templo Libertad and one from Torreon, who is staying here for the semester. We are so excited to see this project finally beginning, as it has been over two years in the making. The classes we are offering right now are: Doctrine, Old Testament Overview, Cultural and Human Relations, Biblical Missions, and special workshops in Phys Ed. and How To Study the Bible. Classes are taught by Stephen and Marcela; our assistant pastor, Jacob; Paul Ellsworth, the school director; and myself. We are looking forward to seeing how God will use the school and its students in the future. Please pray for the school, the students, and the teachers, especially Paul, who is carrying the majority of the workload right now.

If anyone would like more information about the school, you can email me at or Paul at

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

URGENT Need: Desayunador

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you will know about the children's breakfast project we run every Saturday in Cardboardland, the poorest neigbourhood in the city of Torreon. (If you are new to the blog, click on the label at the bottom of this post that says "Ministry - Children's Breakfast"to see a list of all the pertinent entries). Several months ago we obtained land to build our own desayunador, or building from which to distribute food and eventually open a medical clinic. We started building but have only been able to lay a very basic foundation. Recently we were given a deadline by the local government: we have until the end of October to complete the building or we will lose the property entirely. This is the only remaining property available in the area and we urgently need $5000 to completely construct and furnish the building. You can send donations through PayPal (see button at the top left of this page) or through regular mail to:

Seedtime and Harvest Ministries
8635 Callaghan Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78230 USA

Please help us continue this important outreach. As I have commented before, we are not only feeding the children's bodies, but more importantly we are feeding their souls.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Student Profiles: Clementina & Maria Ramirez

Clementina (Clemen) and Maria literally live in one of the last houses in town. They are part of a family of 7 children, only 3 of which are still at home. Their mother was a prostitute and their father left the family when they were still young. They came to the church when Clemen broke her arm (see other blog) and her brother brought her to church for help. Stephen and Marcela raised money to pay for her surgery and eventually both girls and their brothers, Dany and Luis, accepted Christ and became involved in the church. Clemen and Maria still attend services faithfully and are part of the tambourine ministry, and Luis is a leader in the church.

Name: Clementina Ramirez Campos
Level: University
Age: 17

Clemen is attending nursing school in the nearby city of Francisco I. Madero. She is in class from 2pm-7pm every day and in her spare time takes care of the home and participates in church activities.

Name: Maria Rosario Ramirez Campos
Level: High School (Public)
Age: 16

Maria is in her second year of high school, and her goal is to become a gynecologist. She has studied English for several years in our English school and speaks the language very well. She cleans houses to earn money.

Monday, September 03, 2007

El Calor Home Opener

On Saturday night the El Calor soccer team played their first home game of the season. The season began two weeks ago, with the team traveling 12 hours out of state. Ideally, the team arrives an hour or so before the game to warm up and prepare, but this time the bus driver got lost and they arrived at the field 20 minutes before the game! Despite the unexpected delays and rush, and a battle against altitude sickness, the team won 1-0.

This week the team played in Torreon, as their own field is not ready yet. A group of young people from the church traveled down in the bus to cheer on the team, and we must have done something right because we won 8-0! The team has been training extremely hard for the last two months and their efforts are paying off. Please pray for continued success for the team, wisdom for the coaching staff as they train the boys mentally, physically, and spiritually, and resources to equip the players. El Calor is more than a sports team; it is a ministry, and as their motto says, in all things, "To God Be The Glory". (El Calor in red jerseys)