Maria Giron | Serving as Missions Mobilizer for Spanish Friends
We are very happy to have this opportunity to reach out to you and let you know what God has allowed us to accomplish these past few months. It is always very encouraging to know that we have prayers and support from people who love us and do not let us walk alone to carry out the tasks and ministry opportunities that God is entrusting us.
Missions Mobilizer Updates
As the Missions Mobilizer for EFM, I am excited to share that we are making many advances in translating materials in Spanish and EFM now has a bilingual website! We have made contact with more Hispanic Churches and even during the pandemic, I was able to connect through zoom and I was invited to some meetings having the opportunity to talk about our EFM missionaries. I am also excited to share that more of our Hispanic Friends have joined the EFM Luke 10:2 Prayer Gatherings. At our February meetings, about 1/3 of attendance were Spanish speakers. Lastly, I am excited to share that we made connections with Central America, Bolivia, and Peru.
Vision Mexico 32 Project Updates
My husband and I are happy to be part of the strategy team working together to fulfill the VM 32 goal that God gave as vision to the Friends in Mexico. VM32 is a project that has as goal to have a Friends Church in each one of the 32 States of the Mexican Republic by the year 2032 by sending 2-3 households to start new churches in different cities where Friends Churches do not yet exist. Two couples are ready to go out! They are ready to explore new fields and determine where to plant the next new Friends work.
We are mentoring Israel and Daria De La Torre, Pastor of Aguascalientes Friends Church. They are following up with the work in two towns in Zacatecas -we are seeing fruit, after many years of hard work. More and more people are coming to the bible studies and gatherings every month! Israel and Daira, with at least 12 other leaders from Aguascalientes Friends Church, are planning to make extra efforts to make at least two trips a month to help these new believers mature in their faith in Christ and make them new disciples of Jesus. Churches in Aguascalientes are now allowed to gather in their temples and during the pandemic attendance increased!
We have been coaching Jaime and Lupita Leon in Sinaloa . In December, Lupita and Jaime had to leave Sinaloa for over a month due to Jaime losing his brother of COVID-19 in Aguascalientes, and in less than two weeks Jaime also lost his father as well. People carried on with the programed activities in December, without the presence of the Leon Family. This talks about the good leadership and discipleship that Jaime and Lupita Leon have developed among the people in Sinaloa. Praise God! We are also coaching the Chacon family serving in Chetumal, Quintana Roo. Oseas is originally from Guatemala and his wife, Jessica, is from Mexico. The Chacons are starting a new Friends church in Southern Mexico.
Our son, Edwin Isaac, is a few months away from going to college. He will be leaving the nest this summer. I just cannot believe it! We enjoy having our daughter living close to us and we enjoy being together. We have been getting meals, playing games, and watching movies which is a great blessing after being apart for almost seven years. We have fully recovered, but our whole family was infected with COVID-19 in November. We are thankful that we only had minor symptoms.
Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to read our first highlights of this year 2021!