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Jun242010

June 2010 Newsletter

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Dear James,

Then little chlidren were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heave belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:13,14 But when the priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were indignant. "Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, 'From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise?'" Matthew 21:15,16

Vacation Bible School

  VBS

God has used children to declare His truth for centuries, all the way from the days of our Lord's triumphant entry and until today. We have also seen God's blessing in an abundant way working in the hearts of children here in Mexico and it has a very special place in our Bible School and mission outreach. There are special classes in the program to teach our students to teach children and to prepare our second year students for several weeks of VBS in the mountain village churches during the summer. However, many churches also send their leaders and teachers to take the courses and prepare for the same purpose. Last year, the theme and basic materials given in the Workshop were used in over 70 churches throughout southern Mexico. (For anyone not familiar with VBS, it is a week of Bible School held in local churches during the summer. The program is designed for children using special teaching aids, visuals, games and hands on projects that really help illustrate and provide understanding for the truth of God.) Many, many homes have been opened to the Gospel by this type of teaching. Parents see the impact of the Gospel in their young ones and the love of God they receive through the teacher and helpers. Also, several churches have started through the years as a direct result of children's ministry. Each year, Linda Webb (wife of Paster Mark Webb, from Grace Bible Church) comes down with many suitcases of supplies, complete lessons developed for the week, dramas, props, etc. and all that is necessary for a seven day VBS program. Working with Chuy, they teach the second and third year students and sometimes as many as forty VBC directors from churches in the region. This year, the theme was the Holy War based on John Bunyan's allegory. We pray that the Lord will bring much fruit for His glory through this means.

Alfredo Arce, who is our coordinator for the village VBS teams and also helps with many of our visiting groups' activities with children, shared this testimony: "Nancy came to the town hall to see what all the excitement was about. She got there in time to hear the last part of the Bible story and message of God's love. Next came a time of games with the kids from her town and the American youth from Cuero, TX. After that, refreshments were given out. As she saw the visitors getting ready to go, she looked for the person in charge. Finding Alfredo Arce, who took the team to the village of San Jose del Corral, she gave him a hug and said: Thank you for making this a very special day for me, today is my birthday, my 15th (where here in Mexico is very special for the girls) and my parents were not able to give me anything or have any kind of celebration. But you have given me a gift from God with this celebration. Thank you so very much."

(Photo: Alfredo Arce & the Children's Ministry)

God and Brooke at the orphanage

  BrookeIntern

God has kept the "door open" at the local municipal orphanage for our students to be able to visit once a week and teach the children. Joaquin (MITC teacher) and his wife, Chely, head up this weekly ministry working with several of our students. We are allowed to take visitors from the U.S. and they also go and share God's love and teaching. In addition to the orphans, many of the children there are abandoned or have been abused, and the city has taken charge of them. Several of these children have come to believe, love and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Helping with many of these activites and working with children is Brooke Carter. Brooke is a young lady from Shreveport, LA, graduate of LSU, majored in Spanish, and has been coming to Mexico for many years with her church's (Broadmoor Baptist) ministry teams. God led Brooke to give a year of her life as an intern here at MITC. She has not only worked with many children herself and with our students and groups, but also has taught English to children and to the staff here on campus. Her life has made an impact on many people and we are thankful for the blessing she has been to all of us here in Cordoba. We pray that God will continue to use Brooke as she returns to Shreveport.

(Photo: Chely and Brooke Carter)

Special thanks to our summer help

  Construction Crew

We give special thanks to God for our summer groups that came in May to help us with many needed projects, both on campus and in the village churches. The combined churches (five different churches from the U.S. and Canada) led by Pastor Mark Webb, Summer Grove Baptist from Shreveport, LA led by Cecil Snider and Pastor Rod Masteller, and the First Baptist Church from Cuero, TX, led by Pastor Glenn Robertson. These teams have helped with the Kitchen Renovation project, sewing projects, painting, welding, gardening, carpentry, eletrical, plumbing, the El Pochote church project, children's Bible clubs, women's outreach, etc.

(Photo: El Pochote Construction Crew)

In Conlusion

  Sissy Snider

There are many opportunities for service for all that come to visit and become part of our mission family. None of this would be possible if it were not for your God-motivated love, prayers and support, which allows us to continue serving here in Mexico.
Thank you! We praise His name, Hosanna it is all by Jesus, and to Jesus.

May his grace abound in your lives.
Dan & Chuy Hall

(Photo: Sissy Snider Painting Kitchen)

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AN EVERLASTING GIFT
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May192010

May 2010 Newsletter

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  Dear James,
"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any things as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;" 2 Corinthians 3:5 "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and do of his good pleasure." Philippians 2:13 "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Hebrew 13: 20,21

When God's work is accomplished in and through us, we must always praise HIM for His work. Our sufficiency is indeed from God. Only He is Able, but praise God, He DOES work in us and through us. What a privilege!

Meet Tania
  Tania
Tania is one of our fourth year students who is doing her year of practice in Cuicateco region in the mountains of Oaxaca. Her primary work is assisting the local church leader Brother Manuel Santiago, helping him with visitation, and teaching the children, youth and women in the church. This is in the village of El Cacique, where there are sixteen families in the church fellowship. God has been using Tania in her times of visitation in homes of the brethren to bring encouragement and reconciliation among the brethren, and the church is going through a special time of revival. The village of Cacalotepec is about an hour walk on a mountain trail from El Cacique. In this place several years ago, the Lord allowed students and missionaries from MITC to go and share the Gospel.

Several people have come to know the Lord Jesus, but there has been a strong opposition to those believers and to those who want to share of Christ, especially during the last few years. Tania visits Cacalotepec once a week, primarily to have a children's Bible club and to encourage the few brethren of this place, most of whom are elderly. God has blessed the children's Bible club, as kids from non-believing households are attending. Tania is then able to accompany some of the kids back home and visit a little with their parents. She was on one such visit and, arriving at the household, she was greeted by the mother of one on the kids from the club, who asked Tania to come in the house. The lady was making tortillas and Tania offered to help (all the girls learn cooking while they are in here at the school). While they worked together pounding out tortillas, Tania spoke with the lady about her child and struck up a friendship. A little while later during the conversation, the woman told Tania that she had been suffering from severe shoulder pains for some time, at which Tania said she could probably benefit from a massage to help soothe the pain. She offered to do this for the woman and asked if she had any oil she could use as a rub. The lady responded that she had all kinds of oils. Tania was a little surprised with the answer and as the lady brought out many kinds of "curing oils", it suddenly dawned on Tania that she was in the home of a local healer, or witch doctor! This woman had been a very strong opponent of all who visited this place with the Gospel and now Tania un-knowingly had established a relationship to share the Gospel with her and was a blessing to her in her home. God works in ways we do not expect and could never plan on our own. Please continue to pray for Tania and the work in El Cacique and Cacalotepec.

(Photo: Tania)

United Youth Choir
  United Youth Choir
This past month, once again, we had the opportunity for the United Youth Choir to sing in the Pedro Diaz theater in downtown Cordoba. The musical they presented contained a strong message about the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The concert was open to the public, flyers were distributed in the town square, and many came in off the street to listen to the kids sing. Once again, God used these young people to touch others with God's word and love. It was a special time as many heard the truth from the Bible regarding Christ and Resurrection Sunday (Easter). The youth sang beautifully and with great enthusiasm. Our hearts were blessed. We thank God for the opportunities the choir has to sing in these public venues, for at one time, it was not possible to do this outside of a church facility. Pray that the Lord would continue to open these doors for the proclamation of His Word.

(Photo: United Youth Choir)

Prayer Request
  Dr. Biff
Medical work has been a central part of the outreach ministry of MITC for many years. We have had hundreds of medical and dental campaigns with the purpose of sharing the love of God. This past month one of our dear friends, Dr. Biff Cook, was recognized by the state government of Oaxaca for his many years of altruistic labors in surgical campaigns in Mexico. Biff is presently having some serious health problems that have stopped his surgical trips. We ask your prayers for Biff and his family during this most difficult time and we are thankful for his love for the work here in Mexico and his service to many using his surgical skills.

(Photo: Dan, Dr. Santos, Biff Cook & Dr. Santos)

In Conlusion
 
We begin our summer months of co-ministry with different groups and churches. Please pray for God's direction and protection as they travel and come to serve among us.

Thank you for your love, prayers, and support. May God always be our sufficiency and may He receive all honor and glory.

By His grace,
Dan & Chuy Hall
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AN EVERLASTING GIFT
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Thursday
Apr152010

April 2010 Newsletter

April 2010 MITC April Newsletter
Dear James,
"For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even beyond death." Psalms 48:14.

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 11:25
Don Beto Medinilla
  Don Beto
Don Beto Medinilla, was one of the first Christians in the village of Usila. Soona fter his conversion and as his faith in the Lord Jesus became evident to all in the area, the once mayor of Usila suffered the stoning of his house for hours by angry townsmen. His fellow Chinanteco brethren felt betrayed because he renounced idolatry and the common sinful lifestyle of the place, were trying to make him recant and turn back to the old ways. But Don Beto's new faith was rooted in the Rock of our salvation and he continued to believe and serve Jesus Christ. Soon the Gospel was received by other and they began meeting in Don Beto's house, which became the Usila Church. To testify of his new life in Christ, he poured out a storehouse full of beer and liquor and used the empty bottles to make a monument in his back yard. There were no half-way thoughts in this man. God used him to bring Luis Pacheco, a Catholic priest, to a living and true faith in Jesus, and was also instrumental in spreading the Gospel to at least fifteen other villages in his region. His home was also the place where we stayed, at, and had medical and dental clinics for many, many years. His home and heart were always open to those who served the Lord Jesus. Two years ago, we received word that he was very ill and that preparations were being made for his funeral. But he got well. And when we were back in Usila for a Bible Conference a few weeks later, we were greeted by Don Beto who then said, "Hermano Dan (Brother Dan), don't call me Beto anymore, call me "Lazarus", because the Lord raised me up from my deathbed so that I can go share the Gospel with some people in a nearby village." He shared the need of salvation with every friend and relative he could. We visited with Beto a few weeks ago as we heard again the news of his deteriorating health. I asked him, "Beto, you know that the Lord is our Shepherd and He will lead us even beyond death." He replied, "Dan, Our God is a great God, of course I know He is with me always. I am ready to see Him." The Lord finally called Don Beto home on April 6th of 2010. He was known by believers and non-believers alike as one who served Christ faithfully and lived the Gospel to the end of his days. We thank God for blessing us with the life of this special Chinanteco servant and dear brother in the faith.
Campus Projects
 
We continue with projects here on campus, as the time has come for the complete overhaul of the mission kitchen. It has served us well for many years, but needs a good facelift. We are restructuring the sewage, water, gas and power. Hopefully, this will make it more functional and sanitary for all the food preparation that is done. During certain events, we serve meals that feed over 600 people. So we pray that this will be a blessing for our cooks, Regina and Luisa, and of course for all those who eat here every day of the year. Also, we are working on a new classroom facility to help with the increased number of students, especially in the Saturday Seminary program. We look forward to our summer visiting teams who will help us with manpower and materials to get these things done.

(Photo: New classroom)

Our Growing Community
  Pancho
We were blessed by the visit of Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Moore and a group of brethren from Christ Fellowship from Shreveport, LA. We were blessed as Tommy shared with us from the Word of God and as the team did some hard work digging the trenches and helping with the masonry work for the new sewage lines for the kitchen. The fellowship with these young adults was sweet and during their stay, we visited the church of Pancho, one of our alumni pastors. It was a special invitation to go to a baptismal service at his village up in the mountains two hours from here. Pancho graduated a few years ago and he presently pastors the church up in Cruz Verde. He also does masonry work here on the compound to help with his support and to help Brother Freddy with our building projects, on and off campus.

(Photo: Pancho, alumni pastor)

Mixe Region Bible Conference
  Gildardo, Felix, and Dan
Chuy and I had the blessing of visiting the Mixe region for a weekend Bible conference with the church leaders from that area. Brothers Victor, Felix, and Gildardo continue to work among seven churches in the area and have a group of men that have shown leadership gifts and good testimony and are in continual training for pastoral roles. Felix has started a youth choir among the Mixe and they share the Gospel through public presentations. God is at work in a special way in the area and we are thankful for the lives of these leaders. Gildardo and Felix are both former graduates from MITC Bible School. Please continue to pray for the Lord's strength and blessing for this part of the ministry.

Once again, thank you so much for your faithful prayers and loving support. May the Lord Jesus receive glory and honor.

Yours in His grace,
Dan & Chuy Hall

(Photo: Gildardo, Felix, and Dan)

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AN EVERLASTING GIFT
IN MEMORY OF: FROM:
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Dr. Robert Bernard Black Dr. & Mrs. John Preskitt
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Mrs. Mildred Cotten David & Ruth Bryant
Mrs. Nell Hall Dr. & Mrs. W.H. Worley
Mrs. Mary McConnell Steve & Sherri Patton
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Apr152010

March 2010 Newsletter

March 2010 MITC March Newsletter
Dear James,
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ... Philippians 3:20 Who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." Acts 1:11

We have a hope that is out of this world, literally. Our hope is in HIM, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Savior, Redeemer, and our eternal Hope rests in him. This is a present source of encouragement and strength in the midst of this world full of trials and temptations. Praise the Lord we have a great Savior!

Thank You on Behalf of Beto
  Beto
In last month's letter we shared with you regarding Beto, Mary's son, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. We want to thank you for your prayers for him, and also share with you the wonderful news about this problem. First of all, the Lord allowed Beto to get an emergency appointment in the US Embassy in Mexico City to see about a visa to travel to the US for medical treatment. This appointment was granted 2 days after it was requested and a visa was issued immediately for his travel! God provided a neurosurgeon, and a radio neurologist, and a urologist, to check him in Shreveport.

After running special full body scans as well as brain scans, it was determined that this was not a dangerous or growing tumor, but a fatty mass that has been with Beto possibly from birth, and that he should only be under observation for 3 to 6 more months. No surgery was necessary or any kind of treatment! He has been doing and feeling great! We are grateful to the Lord for his provision and for this turn of events and blessings upon Beto, Mary, Marlene, and all of our mission family. Special thanks to Mrs. Sherri Hagerhjelm who was the medical coordinator for Beto, and to Dr. and Mrs Rudolph Troup who opened their home for the duration of their stay in the US. Also we thank all the doctors who saw Beto during this trying time. Now we pray for God's continued grace and guidance for Beto, and that his life will continue to be a testimony to the mercy and grace of God. Once again thank you for your prayers.

God and Surgical Team help 40 patients in 3 days
  MITC - powell kacy surgical group
Also during the last month we saw the Lord's hand upon the surgical teams led by Drs. Kacy and Powell. These brethren came once again with several doctors and nurses and performed surgeries in the Chinanteco town of Usila, and also here in Cordoba. As each of these teams worked in the Operating Room our students worked outside, with the patients and relatives, sharing of Christ, and their need of Him, also praying with them before and after surgery. God blessed this time of service and many people were helped with surgeries of their hernias, gall bladders, and several gynecological procedures. Over 40 people were helped during the 3 day surgery trip. We are thankful for the good outcome and recovery of all the patients, and for the testimony shared of God's love and hope during this campaign.
Bill Britt and the United Youth Choir
 
We also had the visit of brother Bill Britt who came and preached for several evangelistic meetings with the United Youth Choir, and also shared with brethren from the mountain village churches during our bi-annual Study sessions for village preachers. In spite of catching a serious stomach virus, God used Bill powerfully in the preaching of the Word, and we were also blessed with the messages in song shared by Wendy (Bill's wife). One of these meetings was held in a downtown Cordoba theatre, there many people who had never heard the Gospel message before, were exposed to the truth of Christ our only Hope. God blessed this time in a special way, many hearts were moved to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are thankful for the Britt's visit and also for the Youth Choir that continues to be a blessing in a special way.
Woodcreek Church Partnership
  MITC - men
Woodcreek Church has partnered with us in the ministry for many years. This past month they sent two very special teams to serve among us. First was the Men's Work group that came and built a roof on a new classroom here on campus, and also helped put the walls up on the church building at El Pochote. This group was led by Pastor Bill Brewer and brother Tom Belter. It was exciting to see these men put together trusses, then mount them, and in less than a week have a new roof and ceiling on this building here on campus. A unique blessing was to see these men from the US joined by our 3rd year men working together as one team. This also allowed our guys to learn how to use many building tools and techniques. Of course the fellowship and camaraderie was great during this time of service to the Lord.

Then a week later, the Women's Group came from this same church, to help with the annual Women's conference. Carol Brewer and Chuy Hall, were the speakers for the ladies this year, and once again it was a special time of spiritual refreshing and encouragement for all those who attended. The theme of the conference was "God of Promises". Over 200 ladies who came for this 2 day event. In addition to the conferences there were classes and small group sessions led by our girl students and staff wives. Once again many lives were touched, and the Hope in Jesus Christ was strengthened in the hearts of many ladies as the faithfulness of God was seen in his never failing promises.

Thank you for your support
  MITC - woodcreek roof
God is at work, bringing many to the one and only true Hope through faith in Jesus, we are thankful for all the opportunities that we receive to be a part of his work, and pray that in all He would receive glory and honor. Thank you very much for all your prayers, love, and support on our behalf.

May the Lord bless you,

In his grace,
Dan and Chuy Hall
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AN EVERLASTING GIFT
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Mrs. Mary Monroe Mrs. Mary Edlin
Dr. John Leopard Dr. & Mrs. W.H. Worley
Mr. Hoy Strickland Dr. & Mrs. W.H. Worley
Mr. R.A. Bob Mackey Mr. & Mrs. David J. Bryant
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Mr. Joe Cobb Boyce & Judy Pate
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Dr. John Leopard Dr. & Mrs. Ben Singletary
Mr. Johnny Mullins Mrs. Florence Gorum
Mr. Johnny Mullins Mrs. Dale Deloach
Mr. Johnny Mullins Mr. & Mrs. Bill Dunlap
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Thursday
Mar042010

February 2010 Newsletter

February 2010 News for the Mexican Indian Training Center in Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico. In this edition, we discuss the visits from Emmanuel Baptist, a team from Canton, Texas and some other related news and prayer requests.

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