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Pray for Chuck and Ramona Shawver, training Christian leaders and ministering for Christ in Mexico.

November 30, 2011

Chuck and Ramona Shawver serve through the Baptist Seminary in Mexico City.  Ramona is currently serving as academic advisor to the seminary's residence students.  Chuck coordinates the pastoral work of students who serve in nearby churches.

The Shawvers are becoming increasingly involved in the various distance learning programs which serve more than 200 students through regional centers and extension programs.  Chuck also coordinates mission teams from US churches, and construction projects of seminary related churches.  Areas of ministry include:  Mexico City metropolitan area and rural churches in the states of Mexico, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas.
They share these prayer requests:

  • Please pray for Dora and Daniel (her son). Dora and Daniel are members of a small mission church where one of our students (Ismael) is doing his pastoral internship on Sundays. Dora is a single mom. Daniel is 14 years old and has been abusing alcohol and drugs. We were able to get him into a resident program here in Mexico City. He has made it through the first month, and now his mother is supposed to visit him on the weekends for counseling and reinforcement. She came last weekend--a very frightening ordeal for her--to come from a small town to Mexico City--a two or three hour bus ride depending on traffic, using the subway or buses here in the city, etc. Just pray for this fragile family--there is a five-year-old little brother, Cristian, also.
  • Please pray for our urban ministry in  'Chima'--it is a large metropolis in a very poor part of this big city--about two hours from the seminary by car, by bus, by subway, by taxi. A number of our residential students come from this area, and a few are working there for their pastoral internships. Please pray for wisdom, courage, grace and strength to make decisions regarding our involvement with churches and ministries in this urban area.
  • We ask for prayer for the future of the buildings of the Baptist Seminary of Mexico. 
  • Please pray for the Alpha and Omega Baptist Church in Yajalon, Chiapas. This is the 'mother' church in this part of our ministry. The senior pastor, Jose Sanchez, has started many, many mission churches through the years. It is just a very important church. Please pray for it to make good decisions and to honor Jose, and to move forward.
  • We just praise God very day for His great love and mercy so present in our brothers and sisters here in Mexico. These are not easy times, but, Christians, both Protestant and Catholic, are banding together to pray and actively seek peaceful solutions to the violence and corruption that is affecting daily lives