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

March 14, 2012

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

The Shawvers are 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 recently wrote: Dear Friends,  In celebration of this International Day of Women, we send along this recent update on a project that Mayan Women in Chiapas Mexico are developing.  It is a joy to work with them, see their enthusiasm and watch their growth.  God bless you!

What a joy to see green: cabbage and chives and compost piles and women working and learning together.  So many have helped to make the “Plant a Garden” reality for the Mayan women who have embraced it.  We just visited La Ceyba, Chiapas to begin the third year of the program.  Thirteen new women asked to join and were assigned mentors.  The group sent three of their best gardeners to help a new group get started in the nearby community of Chacacal.  After church on January 29 we met for several hours for a time of sharing, a workshop on homemade natural pesticides, and distribution of seeds.  Chiapas Baptist Seminary student and university senior, Eleazar Perez, has become the groups technical consultant and presented the workshop.  He is working with the women of both communities as part of his social service requirement.  To reduce dependency in the future Eleazar is finding non hybrid local varieties of vegetables that are both disease resistant and allow the harvesting of seeds from the best fruits and vegetables each year.

On Monday we all traveled 45 minutes to Chacacal for a workshop and seed distribution with a new group of 20 women recently formed with the encouragement of Eleazar and the women of La Ceyba.  They had already prepared some seed beds and were working on their compost piles.  Three of La Ceyba’s best gardeners shared experiences and advice with the new group who in turn prepared a tasty meal for our team.   We all visited the planting beds the Chacacal women have been working on and distributed seed to group members.

  • Pray for Chuck and Ramona as they train Christian leaders and as they work alongside of the Mayan women of Chiapas to learn new ways to grow produce.