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Crawford Connection

  • August 7, 2017 08:57 am
  • by: Betsy Crawford, Mexico

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I was looking at our Connection newsletter and reflecting on how these past 23 years of ministry in Mexico have been “connectional,” in that we have been a bridge of support and encouragement to the growing Mexican church. Most of our involvement has been encouraging the planting of new churches in Nogales, and the sending of mission teams and missionaries. Guy and I have made an important decision that will impact our involvement in Mexico. We will be moving to Tucson this summer, where Guy will work in the same medical group he has worked with in Nogales, Arizona. We have sensed God leading us in the past year to this decision, though it’s difficult to leave!

What will this mean for our involvement in Mexico? The biggest change will be our daily interaction with our Mexican brothers and sisters, as we have always been part of a church planting team: first the Los Encino Church, then the Manantial de Vida church and for the past two years the new mission, Luz y Vida.  We will stay on as Associate missionaries, continuing to support church planting and compassion ministries in Mexico. The Mexican church is in a growth stage, becoming a self-governing Provisional General Conference with their own bishop and administrative team.  Guy and I will continue to make frequent trips to Mexico, help as needed, and support and encouragement the CCP (Community Church Planting) vision. Recently, we had a wonderful training course with the leader and founder of CCP, Bruce Bennett with about 45 leaders attending.

Please pray for our emotional, spiritual and physical stamina as we say goodbye to our Mexican friends and move to Tucson. Pray that God will lead us to the most effective ways to continue our connection with the growing Mexican church. Pray also for those who attended the CCP training in May that God will work in and through this teaching in the lives of all the participants in order to bring the transforming gospel to Mexico! Thank you for your support through the years!

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