Lots of water under the bridge since my last update. I've got some information about the persecuted church, including an update from Nepal, but I'll save that for another entry. Just rest assured God IS hearing your prayers.
The purpose of this entry is to let you know that I'm leaving tomorrow morning with my best friend, Joel Dyke, to minister at a pastors' leadership conference hosted by Agua Viva church in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico (the church Joel and I started 20 years ago). I'm incredibly honored to be a part of this 3 year project in which pastors from southern Mexico will gather twice a year, six times, to go through the leadership material developed by John Maxwell's Million Leaders Mandate.
Joel went down back at the end of March for the first installment We had discussed alternating trips, but he found that it's too intense for one person to teach the entire session so I'm excited to get to tag-team with him. Over 350 pastors attended back in March and it's my understanding that over 400 have signed up for the 2nd session.
Needless to say, it's a great honor to get to be a part of the leadership development of these men and women of God in southern Mexico. Little did we know 20 years ago that God would increase our reach so significantly. It's definitely a "God-thing" and HE gets all the credit. We're like the pipe-wrench in the hands of a plumber - just glad to be used! :)
We're traveling Thursday and the leadership conference is Friday and Saturday. We'll be sharing in local church services on Sunday and fly back home Sunday evening/Monday morning. Please keep us in your prayers. I'll try to update the blog or my Facebook page as I'm able. And I'm excited that my dad will be filling in for me in the pulpit on Sunday. You CCI folks will certainly be blessed!
BTW, here's some information from Joel's blog about the training and his previous trip:
- Equip training for leaders (Feb 17, 2009)
- Finally in Mexico (March 27, 2009)
- Mexico Leadership Conference Recap (April 1, 2009)
- Mexico Pastors' Conference (Sept 30, 2009)
Thanks in advance for your prayers. And a big thank you to those who gave to make this trip possible!