Tuesday, May 12, 2009

El Calor

Good morning!

A prayer request for this week - El Calor won their game on Saturday and are now in the quarter finals for the second year in a row! They left late last night for a 20h trip to Caborca, Sonora, where they will be playing on Wednesday night*. The return game is here in San Pedro on Saturday afternoon. Please pray for their safety as they travel to and from the game and also that they will win, but over all that they will give glory to God.

*The game is supposed to be broadcast on the internet - if anyone would like the link, email me at sanpedroshm@gmail.com.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Swine Flu and Soccer

Just a quick update on some important stuff happening here in the last few days....first of all, thank you to all of you who have asked about us here in Mexico. Everyone is fine and we are confident that God is with us in and through all situations. We are praying for the affected people and families and that the cause and cure of this flu will be discovered quickly. Psalm 91 reminds us that

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

Also, El Calor made it through to the second round of playoffs and played their first leg on Wednesday. Unfortunately they lost 2-1 and need to win their game tomorrow by 2 goals (assuming the other team doesn't score any more). Please pray for the team as they prepare to play tomorrow afternoon, that they will be calm, confident, and that in all they will give glory to God.

Youth Camp 2009

Our 2009 youth camp took place from April 7-10 over Easter vacation. I wasn't able to attend, so today we have a special guest blogger...Paul Ellsworth! Here is a short account of the camp from his perspective.
I have lived in Mexico for four years now, and something that has always confused me is the lack of organized events with other churches. Many churches are private and do not seem interested in socializing with each other. Every year our church really breaks the mold by inviting youth from all churches and denominations to our spring break camp, and this year, many churches responded.

Camp this year was incredible!! It was the most amazing, most fun, and most tiring camp that I have been to (although it was well worth it). Everyday, there were several activities, Bible lessons, sports, games, workshops, and a service every night. It was great to see churches respond to the invitation and send their youth to camp. There were also quite a few unbelievers at the camp. God moved strongly in the services. Everyone received a personal touch from our amazing Lord.

My personal favorite aspect of the camp actually happened afterward. Most camps that I have been a part of in the past were excellent, but the week afterward, everyone starts falling back into the routine of life. God answered our prayers, and many of the youth who were at the camp have kept coming to church and have filled the front seats. It just goes to show that Jesus can do more than we ask or imagine and when he does a miracle in someone's life, he doesn't do a temporary job. That is exactly what we were praying for at camp: lives that would be changed forever.
You can link to pictures from the camp here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/enochabdias