Saltillo Ministry Center: The Wow House

Ministry venues can be a church, school, someone’s back yard, or even just beneath a mango tree. God can work in people’s hearts in any location, but having a place that is perfectly suited to a variety of ministry opportunities is a huge blessing. Mark and Serena Dunbar and their team in Saltillo, Mexico, found the ideal building for pastoral training, youth events, hosting teams, and much more. They called it “the Wow! House.”

From Mark and Serena:

“We had the most fun time. It was an unforgettable Mexican independence celebration!” – Youth leader

“Just let me know when you hold another all-night party and I’ll be there!” – Youth

“Our whole family loved the stay at your house. Thank you for hosting us.” – Visiting pastor

The first two comments were given after Serena and I hosted an all-night party for the youth groups from two different churches here in Saltillo. The third one was from one of our pastors from the Bajío (7 hours south of Saltillo), who brought his whole family with him to a speaking engagement. It is also very exciting to have enough room for the theological education classes that we hold here. All of these events were made possible because you have been faithful! Thank you!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by God’s blessings? Just last April, we put out a letter informing you of God’s leading to purchase the “WOW house”, a property that perfectly matches our ministry here in Saltillo. In May, we acted on faith and moved into the new Saltillo Ministry Center so that we could work more effectively. Immediately you started responding and continue to do so. At the end of this year, with God’s help, we will make the final payment of $150,000 on this property. Another overwhelming moment was when we received word from the Pacific Conference Foundation that they set up a matching fund of $25,000 to duplicate the gifts you send in from now through December. If you match that amount, we will have enough to make our payment to the owners and will only need to pay back an internal loan to our mission. Would you like to be part of duplicating that gift?

 

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Click here to donate to the Saltillo Ministry Center, the Wow House.

 

OSU Tackles Sustainable Housing in Honduras

Back in March, we shared a story from Honduras about a partnership between Ohio State University and Larry and Angie Overholt, WGM missionaries in Choluteca. A team of engineering students and faculty had visited a village near Choluteca and came away with a desire to help a family improve their living situation. They returned to the US, planned a home design, and returned in May to help complete the project. Here’s a video recapping the experience:

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God uses men and women, children and young adults, with a wide variety of skills on the mission field. This team of engineering students used their strengths in precision and problem-solving to give a needy family a new place to live. Check out this list of available ministry opportunities around the world. Are they waiting for you?

Growing Fruit in Mexico

Although there are great challenges and difficulties around the world, God is still building His kingdom – and we should celebrate! Here’s a great report from Bill and Lydia Allshouse, missionaries in Irapuato, Mexico. 

“Here, in front of our house in Irapuato, there is a mango tree that is attracting a lot of attention!  It’s been producing an abundance of beautiful fruit of which no passerby can resist stopping to pick some. Seeing that tree as I leave the house, I often pray that our lives in ministry will also produce an abundance of spiritual fruit for His Kingdom. These past few months have certainly borne fruit in a variety of ways.

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 Valle de Santiago Fruit  

How exciting to see the entire street blocked off by order of the mayor. It was filled with neighbors watching the Howardsville team’s  evangelistic presentation thru drama, puppets, clowns, and music in front of the church.

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Men With Vision Mexico also came from Irapuato to finish putting up the front wall of the church and storm gutter in Valle de Santiago to protect the church from water damage caused by the rains.

Teamwork Fruit

Our Community Church in Lazaro, Irapuato, is needing a kitchen to start a feeding program for children who go to school without a meal. Thanks to the Calvary Church team who partnered with us to help build the cabinets.

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Kids Fruit 

Recently a group from Wesley Chapel came and partnered with the Transformation Church to reach out to kids who live just up the mountain in a very needy neighborhood. They learned stories about love and faith. The warm of Jesus was felt thru those that worked and played with the children. The church is now planning a seed project in this needy area to bring wholeness and restoration to these families. starting with the kids.”

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Potential Fruit

It’s exciting to share in God’s vision for present and future ministry. After much searching and prayer we have found a new ministry center and guesthouse in Saltillo! Recently the Dunbars have moved in and have started studies and ministry training classes there. There is great potential for neighborhood ministry in that area as well. The one thing missing is to close the gap on $80,000 needed to finish the purchase by December 31st. You can be a part of this potential fruit by sending a check to WGM Saltillo Ministry Center #268-21580 or donate online www.wgm.org/saltillo-ministry-center. Come help us close the gap!

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Precious Gift Affirms Missionary’s Purpose

Solheim FamilyToday’s story comes from Kelly Solheim, missionary at Escuela El Sembrador in Honduras with husband Steve and son Nick. In a recent post on her blog, she shared how God used a student’s gift to assure her that their family is where He wants them to be.

A Tisket, A Tasket, Yahir’s Special Basket

When Nick was little, he used to come home from school and proudly present me with his latest construction paper masterpiece. It was his life’s work and he was more than thrilled to give it away. To a mom, those crayon scribbles and drops of glitter glue are precious. Of course, its not the value of the components or the artistry of the work. No, the joy of such a gift is knowing that someone that you care about thought of you. It’s confirmation of precious and meaningful relationship.

As passionate as I am about the importance of our ministry in El Nido, I must admit that I sometimes question if it really makes a difference―if I make a difference. This thought is especially on my mind as we prepare to leave El Sembrador. We’ve had such precious few moments with the students and I can’t help but wonder if they’ve even mattered. It can be an overwhelming and heart-breaking reflection at times. Thankfully, the Lord knows my thoughts and my insecurities. So this week He sent Yahir bounding into El Nido with a little treasure in his pocket. With a big grin, Yahir pulled out a tiny handmade basket and offered it to me. “I made this for you,” he exclaimed before hurrying past the desk to meet his friends at the ping pong table.

I don’t know what kind of impact we’ve had at El Sembrador, much less the nation of Honduras. But now I know that God has used us this year. And I have a little basket on my coffee table that reminds me that we’ve been building more than a rec room. We’ve been building relationships.

Yahir’s basket