For over 25 years our church has supported a missionary couple serving Mexico, Central and South America. Due to the places where they serve, for security reasons we are not putting their names on the web, but will call them R&E.
R was initially involved primarily in church planting and discipleship in the dump areas surrounding Tijuana, Mexico. His ministry has expanded over the years to include tribal groups in Central and South America, as well as in various areas of Mexico. Some of these churches have planted other churches and event sent missionaries out on their own!
Years ago, R developed the Cimientos Firmes (Firm Foundations) Bible teaching and training material. It has formed the base for much of their ministry, each complementing the other: church planting, children’s education and discipleship, national missionary development and training, chronological Bible teaching, and the development of educational materials. As they disciple others in teaching God’s Word, they, in turn, do the same.
This work has led to the development of Edifiquemos Sobre Cimientos Firmes (Building on Firm Foundations) chronological Bible teaching and training ministry. In 2011, R&E held nine training programs in South and Central America and Mexico, seeing over 650 individuals trained. R feels that even using conservative estimates, more than 25,000 people have been clearly taught God’s Word over the past ten years, just counting the “first generation” teachers’ ministries – not taking into account those who have further multiplied this outreach in their own communities and countries.
They continue to get encouraging feedback from their teacher training programs. At a recent session, a participant commented: “It makes so much sense and this is very good. We need to focus our ministry on seeing people understand God’s purposes, story and message, not just blindly accepting it with no understanding as has been our tradition for many years.”
The fruit of seeing leaders and teachers challenged with foundational principles of integrity, responsibility, team work and discipleship in their own ministries continues to multiply in diverse places. God’s Word is not only being clearly taught in urban areas, but also in some large city prisons. In rural communities, God’s Word is touching displaced families caught up in the middle of guerrilla warfare. In a few isolated areas, indigenous tribal leaders are multiplying their work in unreached jungle villages.
In inner city barrios and in small towns, among university students and the illiterate, with established churches and new outreach ministries – lives are being transformed, churches planted and mature service is growing deep roots in Mexico, Central and South America. R&E have combined Bible teaching with other community development efforts and practice service skills to reach into closed and remote communities. They consider it a privilege to work with highly motivated churches, ministries and teams.
For contact or other information about these missionaries, see Pam Kitchen or any member of the Missions Board.
THBC sent teams to Juarez, Mexico in 2001, 2006 and 2008. While the ministry was in a different location from where R&E serve, the following videos may give you a little glimpse of what life is like in some of the areas where they serve as well as a look at what has been done in the past by short-term missions teams from THBC.