Pray for David and Joyce Reed, training Christian leaders in Baja, MexicoSeptember 15, 2011
Aaron, David, Ian & Joyce Reed at Goodbye Party
Since 2000, when
the Reeds arrived in La Paz,
they have seen the Mexican Baptist Convention of Southern Baja expand from 6
churches to 11, and three of those are planting new churches. An
interesting fact is that these churches are growing through new
believers. 98% of the people joining the Baptist Churches did not
previously know Jesus. One growing church doesn’t have enough space for
worship because more than 500 are now coming!
In 2005, the Convention partnered with Lacey Seminary in Oaxaca to begin a Theological Extension School to train new leaders. In 2010, the school will graduate its first group of students from a three year program, and 6 more people have joined the program as first-year students. David and Joyce have also seen one student travel from La Paz to Oaxaca to study full-time.
Their ministry to English-speaking people continues to grow by leaps and bounds! In the last 9 years, they have seen this ministry grow from 8 people that met for a Bible study in their living room to a stable church of 50+ called Crossroads. The Reeds have seen God glorified through the growth and transformation of many lives.
They write: There are many things to pray about!
- The Theological School we have helped establish is planning to move to a full time program and God appears to be leading us to initiate an Institute for Youth Ministry as part of that program. Youth Ministry as a calling is a very new idea here in Baja South and there are few places to study this specific ministry in Mexico. It is an exciting and new adventure! The potential is great. For instance, in Mexico City there are more children under the age of 15 than the entire population of Los Angeles, CA. Please pray this ministry is driven by God's heart. If an institute for youth ministry takes off we may have students from all over the Republic of Mexico coming to La Paz
- We are preparing for a conference for youth on walking worthy of your calling in Christ to be held October 21 and 22. We pray that out of this conference God will show us more of the need for equipping ministers for youth and call new students for the full time theological studies program.
- We invite your prayers for a couple to come to La Paz and pastor the Crossroads Church. It is a ministry to the English speaking people in La Paz.
- The churches are gathering in unprecedented ways, crossing denominational lines, to pray against the violence that is consuming this country. We stand together for answers to the violence generated by drug trafficking. Please pray with us.