â€¦for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. â€”Gal 6:9
As we traveled to MÃ©rida, YucatÃ¡n, in late January, the place where we had lived and ministered for 13 years, we couldnâ€™t help but remember how we had worked to cast a vision for church planting throughout the district. There were hours spent with leadership to formulate a plan and create a team, miles traveled cross-crossing the state to introduce the concepts, and months spent training the prospective workers, walking alongside them as they founded new communities of faith. The work was arduous, and we faced our share of resistance along the way, but we labored on, believing that we would someday reap a harvest.
The harvest came in 30 churches planted or revitalized at the end of our time in YucatÃ¡n, but as we stepped away from the district to take on our current role as Area Directors, we were disappointed to know that church planting had been placed on the back burner.
You can imagine our surprise when Pastor Castillo, a colleague with whom we worked in Tixpehual, called to invite us to inaugurate the newly formed district-wide church planting school in YucatÃ¡n. â€œWe called to invite you,” he said, “because you were the ones who cast the vision. We wanted you to witness what the Lord has done.â€
It was truly a sight to behold. Not only had 23 students enrolled to plant new works throughout the state but many from the district were on hand to mark the occasion, even some who had shown resistance to our efforts in the past!
Dave preached that opening service and taught the first course module. We also celebrated the 38th anniversary of Pastor Castilloâ€™s church, “Camino a Emaus,â€ where Isabel and her family from Tixpeuhal now attend. Our weekend in MÃ©rida proved the veracity of Galatians 6:9â€”the seeds of vision sown and the labor of cultivation brought forth a harvest, both then and now for another generation.
Thank you for your prayers and support that helped make this all possible!
- Dave praying over students during the inauguration of the new YucatÃ¡n church planting school. This group of 23 students is preparing to plant works statewide.
- Memories: the first church planting module was held at Bethel where Dave first taught in 2006!
- Celebrating 38 years at “Camino a Emaus” with Pastor Castillo and his wife Olga.