Sunday, December 23, 2012

Posada TCL 2012

This past Thursday was our annual Christmas posada at the church. We had worship, dramas, special music and of course, food! The ladies of the church formed teams and made tamales, and the men were in charge of the beverages. The church was full and several people responded to the message of Christmas and accepted Jesus into their hearts. From everyone in San Pedro, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Full house!

View from the front platform.

Responding to the call.

Waiting for Christmas treat bags!

Drama presentation.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Music Ministry Update

A quick news item for your Friday!

Last Sunday our worship team from TCL went to the nearby city of Monclova to minister in a new church that has been planted there. The church planting came about because of a young man, Juangerardo Uribe, who was converted through the English school along with his girlfriend at that time. They decided to follow Jesus despite suffering much persecution from their families. After being part of the congregation of TCL for several years, God called them to Monclova where Juangerardo is now the manager of a textiles factory. God placed in his heart a burden to start a work to minister principally to businesspeople, and this is where our worship team ministered last week. There was a great anointing and sense of the presence of God in the service. Please help us pray for this church, that God will bless it and make it prosper, and that he will send worship leaders to be part of the ministry. The church currently uses karaoke tracks in their praise and worship services. While we wait for God to answer this prayer, we will be looking at ways to send someone from San Pedro to help, since we have been blessed with many music ministers. Thank you for praying for this need and for all areas of ministry here in San Pedro!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ministries and Christmas Preparations

Tonight we had our second leaders' meeting this month, with the leaders of the different ministries of Templo Cristiano Libertad discussing the progress of their respective areas and plans for the holiday season and the new year. 

One of the biggest areas of growth is that of children's ministries, which has been put in charge of one of the newer sisters in the church. Right now the children are preparing to present dramas at the Christmas posada, which will be December 20.

As a church, we are preparing our annual offering of blankets, which we collect and distribute to the needy both in and outside of the church. We are aiming to help at least 50 families this year; for those of you who don't know San Pedro, yes, it gets really cold! 

A new ministry in TCL is part of compassion ministries, and involves taking food to our local hospitals (there are 4 in San Pedro) to distribute to the people who are there caring for sick relatives and friends. At the same time we minister to these people with the Word of God and prayer.

Another ministry which has been going on for several months now is "Operación Canasta" or "Operation Basket". In the church are two baskets that are filled each week with non-perishable food and grocery items and then distributed to those in need. We are mainly reaching older couples who have been abandoned by their families and are unable to work, and who completely depend on this ministry.



Sunday, November 25, 2012

El Calor Dinner

On Friday we held our end-of-season gathering for El Calor: a meal, a short devotional and some songs, and fellowship. Please be in prayer for the new season which gets underway Monday with preseason training, and for the upcoming tryouts on December 15th.




General Update: Discipleship, Outreach and Expansion

We have been discipling a new couple in the church and this past Monday, Luis decided to give his life to Jesus. He was so eager to be baptized that he didn't want to wait for a baptismal service so we filled up the tub we're using and he was baptized.This coming Saturday we are continuing the effort to evangelize couples and are having a special dinner and outreach for new couples, hosted by the youth group. Please be in prayer for this event, and look for more information and pictures from the evening next week.

Also a short soccer update: El Calor was eliminated from the playoffs last Saturday with a 10-1 global score in the first round. Although we're disappointed, we're also proud to have made it to the playoffs in the first season after ascending to 2nd Division, a feat that no other team has ever accomplished. The team had a week off and the preseason starts this Monday. We are waiting and praying for the new players who will arrive and ask that you be in prayer also, that God will send the necessary people and that he will open their hearts to receive his Word and be saved. Thanks to an unexpected offering, we are also in the process of repairing and expanding the clubhouse, and hope to double the number of players who stay here. We are also expanding our asylum facilities and are waiting on the arrival of more children and teens who need to be rescued from violence and drug trafficking.


Thank you to those of you who support these ministries both financially and in prayer; may God bless you many times over and above what you put into the work here.

Friday, November 09, 2012

General Update

Hi everyone!

Here's what's been happening in San Pedro the last little while, some upcoming events and a testimony. We're glad to have Stephen back after his yearly trip to the States; he said his time there was a blessing and is happy to have had the opportunity to minister and be ministered to.

We're keeping working on the church building, trying to finish up final details little by little. This past week some of the men of the church met to install rain gutters (yes, it does rain here!). This summer we have had quite a bit of rain and it tends to leak into the church, but we hope to have solved the problem now.

We are getting ready for a March for Jesus here in San Pedro tomorrow afternoon. Our youth group has been busy making signs and preparing to participate in the march, which starts at a local high school and ends with a service in the evening. Hopefully I will have pictures to post in the next couple of days.



And finally, some good news in the form of a testimony. A little while ago Marcela received a message from an ex-Calor player named David that said, "Sister Marcela, I'm really happy because I have become a Christian. All of the teaching and prayer that you gave us when I was on the team have finally paid off!" When he was on the team, David was a boy who, with almost every sentence that came out of his mouth, cursed or said inappropriate things. It was difficult to deal with him but we never lost hope that the Word of God would bear fruit in his life and with those around him. So it was very encouraging with he told use about his relationship with Jesus and how his life has changed because he's serving God.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Youth Group


As promised, a better picture of part of our youth group from Saturday's event.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Youth Group!


Watching a drama performed by church youth
 A great youth service tonight, something different to invite new young people to the church. We had a short service with dramas and music and then dessert! Lots of new faces that we'll hopefully be seeing again tomorrow and in the coming weeks. Here are a couple of pictures; tomorrow I will hopefully get my hands on some better ones, but this is the best my camera could do.
Group picture (bad lighting!)
Another drama

Monday, August 20, 2012

Update: El Calor registration and new season


Stephen is back in San Pedro after a 2-day trip to Mexico City that lasted 10 days. He went to register the team and submit all the paperwork needed for 2nd Division, which has turned out to be much different than 3rd Division. In the service tonight Stephen told us how for the first time we have encountered discrimination from the soccer federation because El Calor is a Christian team. One of the many letters that he submitted among the paperwork was signed “Dios les bendiga” (God bless you), which is a common greeting here in Mexico among Christians, but when the lawyer in charge of the paperwork saw this, he became extremely angry and said that he wouldn’t accept our papers and that we were kicked out of 2nd Division because Christianity and sports don’t mix. Many things happened after this; our paperwork was “lost”, the lawyer refused to see Stephen (one night Stephen stayed until 12:30 a.m. waiting for the lawyer, who refused to leave his office in order to avoid talking to Stephen), and it seemed to be an impossible situation. God was working through all of the difficulties, however, and people started calling from other organizations and teams from 1st Division, telling the officials of 2nd Division to approve our registration. Stephen finally received the information he was waiting for late on Friday night but when we entered the information to begin the online registration process, a notice came up that our registration time period had expired. There is still a struggle ahead, and Stephen will be heading back to Mexico City later this week to try and finish the registration process. Thank you for your prayers, for those of you who always pray for the team and the El Calor ministry, and those of you who may have started praying in response to one of these posts. Please keep Stephen in prayer as he travels and is at the soccer federation headquarters, please pray that we will find favour with the officials and won’t have to struggle through the season, and pray that the registration process will go smoothly and that the funds needed for it and for the season will be provided.

The season starts on Sept. 2, and you can follow news here or through the El Calor Twitter feed (@CalorDeSanPedro)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Update re. Soccer Registration

This is just a quick update on how the registration process is going for the team. Stephen is still in Mexico City waiting for some paperwork to arrive and waiting for the soccer federation to check everything and approve it. They had given us a short extension for the payment deadline, but I haven't heard any further details. The need I mentioned in the previous post still exists, and we are waiting on God's provision in order to carry on the El Calor ministry. I want to say thanks to those of you who have been praying for us, who have written to us, and who have given toward this need. If you feel that God is directing you to give financially, you can use the PayPal button on the top left of this page, or go through one of our snail mail addresses on the lower left of the page. Please keep remembering this ministry in prayer and ask God for his provision in everything, in finances, in resources, in safety, and in victory. We are expecting God to do great things this season!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Urgent Prayer Request

I have been talking to Stephen and Marcela today and we are up against an important deadline for the El Calor soccer ministry. Overall, we need $40,000 for the upcoming soccer season. Our main sponsor in Mexico has been sold and is putting its support on hold, and several deals that were in the works have fallen through. Tomorrow we have to pay the inscription fee for the team, which is $20,000. Please be in prayer today and throughout the next few days for this specific need. If we aren't able to make the payment then there will not be a team. It is an important ministry and we have already been seeing results this year; last week a coach from one of the 3rd Division teams that played against us contacted Stephen, saying that he wanted to become a Christian and asking if he could be discipled. Thanks to everyone who prays regularly for this ministry. I'll be keeping you posted this week as I hear news.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Paperwork

This past week Stephen was in Mexico City submitting the paperwork required for El Calor's entrance to 2nd Division....sadly, many trees were harmed in the making of this paperwork, but I'm happy to report that everything was accepted the first time it was submitted, which Stephen says is very, very rare (it never happens). The soccer federation also extended the deadline to pay the inscription and registration fees, so please pray with us that the money will come in this month (if you would like to give toward this ministry, you can use the PayPal button on the top left of this page). Thanks for keeping this ministry in prayer, and pray for Stephen as he returns to Mexico City this week for a planning meeting. The team played another practice game yesterday and won 7-2 against a team that is heading off to play in Argentina (and it must be noted that the 2 goals against us were scored against our second string of players!). There is about a month left before the start of the season, and we have 6 players staying with us from out of the area. Please be in prayer for them as well, as several of them aren't Christians and are just learning about God, and two others are still new Christians.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Videos

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/23517020

This is a link to an interview done before the final game of the season. Marcela, Stephen, and several players are interviewed (in Spanish).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5qiGFN_PuQ&feature=plcp
This is the link to the video from the church dedication.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Dedication of Templo Cristiano Libertad

This past Saturday and Sunday we held special dedication services for the new church building. We had visitors from all over Mexico as well as from the U.S., and we enjoyed special music, presentations and fellowship. Here are a few pictures of the Sunday evening service; hopefully I will have some more pictures to post later in the week.

Stephen and Brother Walt before the service

Ribbon to be cut...
Stephen speaking to the congregation before the ribbon-cutting.

One ribbon down thanks to Stephen and Marcela....


The second, thanks to Brother Walt and Sister Vicky

The congregation entering after the ribbons have been cut

Tambourines, flags and musicians during the worship service

Choir

Prayer of dedication

A full church during the service

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012


El Calor won their semifinal round yesterday and will play in the finals this Wednesday and Saturday. Later today we will find out where we will be traveling to. With this win El Calor moves up from Division 3 to Division 2. There are two levels of Division 2 soccer, 2A (Premier) and 2B (Talentos). The winner of the final goes up to 2A; the loser to 2B. Here's a (small) diagram to help visualize the organization of Mexican soccer:

  • 1st Division (comparable to the English Premiership, NHL, NFL, NBA etc.)
  • Division 1A 
  • Division 2A
  • Division 2B
  • 3rd Division

It's possible for a team to climb the ranks and arrive at 1st Division, and El Calor has now taken the first step. Thank you for your prayers throughout the season and the playoffs, but keep praying this week for the games that we will play and that we will be victorious this week. Today the national newspapers carried the story of El Calor's victory yesterday and all of them said: To God Be The Glory. The greatest goal of El Calor has always been this and to have it recognized throughout the country, and now it is coming true! Here are some links to videos from the game yesterday:

Goals yesterday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw2D2quYz6Q
End of game celebration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uG47f9YJgE
Yahoo! news story (in Spanish): http://es-us.deportes.yahoo.com/noticias/san-pedro-finalista-liguilla-divisi%C3%B3n-005800319--spt.html

Monday, April 30, 2012

Twitter

Some of you may remember that about a year ago we opened a Twitter account (@SHMSanPedro) and the updates have been posted to this page - well, they are supposed to be. This is just to make you aware that we have been posting to Twitter recently and you can follow us if you're interested!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Baptisms

Today after the afternoon service we had 7 baptisms. 6 of these were young people and of them, 3 were players from El Calor. We had planned to have the baptisms right after youth camp finished on Friday (more on that in the next post!) but ran out of time. Here are some pictures!


Luis from El Calor

Giovani from El Calor (he thought the water was too cold!)


Oscar from El Calor

Willi from the church youth group

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Altar Construction

We have had the pleasure of hosting a group of workers since last Tuesday, sent by ANM to build the altar. After an interesting experience in Houston thanks to some unsettled weather, they arrived on Tuesday and got to work....kind of, because we still had to get the wood and other material for the construction. By Wednesday afternoon, this is what they had accomplished:

In under 24 hours the base and the top layer of plywood were in place.

Finishing the top of the platform.


The platform is about 3/4 the width of the church building.
Thursday before the evening service.

Taking advantage of the extra help, we were also able to get the ends of the roof covered with leftover laminate strips. 



We borrowed a ladder from the fire department!


A huge thank you goes out to the team and to ANM for all your time, effort and generosity. May God repay you many times over what you have given to us!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kermés (Fair!)

On Sunday we held a special fundraising fair at the church to help with our ongoing construction costs. The format was similar to our September 16th party with different booths selling many types of food and beverages as well as games and activities. There was a contest for best booth and best costume as well as karaoke (where there were some pleasant surprises! There were also some other types of surprises....but everyone had fun!). We are planning more activities in the future in order to draw people from the community to the church and make it an accessible place for everyone.

Selling fruit-flavoured water

Bottle toss activity organized by some of our youth

Ping-pong tournament!

Selling banderillas (hot dogs wrapped in tortillas and fried)

A new ministry, banderas (flags)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Construction Update

The roof is finished! Mostly.....we just have to fill in some of the edges and get the rest of the pigeons out (they aren't happy about it!). On Saturday we sent for the missing sections of laminate and on Monday a group of men from the church worked all morning and most of the afternoon to install them. Everything was going really well until it was time for the workers to come down from the roof - since the hole had been covered, they didn't have any way to get down! So we called the fire department and they came to rescue the stranded men (along with the police and the ambulance!)

Inside view of church from front to back, with completed roof section at the back.

One of the remaining pigeons, left, with the soccer ball used to evict the others, right.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Baptisms

On Sunday we had a number of baptisms at the end of the afternoon service. We don't have a baptistry yet and the canals are dry, so out came the inflatable pool! The person doing the baptisms is one of our church leaders, Luis.