Chuck and Ramona Shawver
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.
Chuck writes: Part of being a missionary is falling in love with another country, developing a bond, a secondary patriotism and allegiance to one's land of service. Ramona and I don't look Mexican but in many ways we have deeply identified with our second country for the past 24 years.
MEXICO IS HURTING. This young country, where the average age is 25, is embroiled in a terrible war with organized crime; huge super-organized and armed gangs made unbelievably wealthy by illicit drugs they export to the United States. We love both countries and, like most Mexicans, we are caught in the middle. The death toll rises as every week gang members, police officers and soldiers and of course the innocent by-standers die violently. Cities and towns become no-mans-lands. People flee or live bunkered lives. Businesses and employment dry up but many have no where to go. Drug money seeks to corrupt local, state, and national leaders. Those who stand up are too often shot down. Many doubt the wisdom of the current government's aggressive and confrontational policy.
Ramona and I feel safe. We have never felt threatened and the battlefield is still far enough from the places we serve that we encourage mission teams to come. We've had three groups already this year with three more scheduled in coming months. We are grateful for sisters and brothers in Christ who follow the Spirit's leading to come to Mexico when sometimes family and friends question their judgment.
We also celebrate the young people. Young People. Get 'em to the river, get 'em to the streets, get 'em 'round a campfire, get 'em in the Word. Let the Holy Spirit do the rest. Thank you for supporting ministry to young people in Mexico. God bless you! Ramona and I are so grateful for your prayers and generous support and so awed by what Jesus is doing.
· Pray for Chuck and Ramona as they help train leaders and minister with the Christians of Mexico.
· Pray for their safety as they travel and serve in various locations
· Pray for the generation of young people being raised up to bear witness to Christ in Mexico.