What do you get when you mix two teachers from the United States, 180 men and women from all across the country of Mexico, and a camp near Ixmiquilpan in Hidalgo, Mexico?
You get a few days of great food, lively discussion, and training in theology and creationism straight from the Word of God!
In the middle of August 2019, Don Johnson and Dr. Earl Parvin traveled to this camp and Bible Institute in the east-central region of Mexico with Books for Pastors for a 3-day conference. With young and old, pastors-in-training and experienced church leaders worshiping and studying the Bible together, God was certainly in the midst of the group, and He was glorified constantly.
Throughout the country of Mexico, about half of the population is made up of indigenous people groups, and this was reflected among these strongly Christian brothers and sisters. For Don and Dr. Parvin, it was a new experience to be with Christians representing the Totonac, Nahuatl, Zapotec, Otomi and Amuzgo tribes who all spoke Spanish as a second language. Seeing and hearing these people from different cultures worshiping and learning and serving together is the fulfillment of Psalm 133:1, which says, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”
Don is making plans for a Spring, 2020 visit to southern Mexico to bring more teaching to these believers, and we would welcome your prayers for our preparations.
In July 2019, Don Johnson answered a telephone call that changed the ministry work in a tremendous way and showed that God has plans that are far above anything we could ever dream.Following this phone call, and after receiving a couple other emails in the weeks prior to this, Don spent some time in prayer and consequently decided that now is the time to help our brothers and sisters in the great continent of Africa.After receiving a request for Bibles for graduates of the National Theological College and Graduate School (https://ntcgs.org), Don found the African Study Bible—a Bible written by Africans for Africans. When others heard about this Bible and Books for Pastors providing this for the pastors there, the initial request for 40 Bibles turned into 130, then into 177, and is now just over 200. To meet this need, we will need a number of people who believe in equipping pastors with the right tools to donate $25 for each Bible. I hope that some of you who are readingthis will join the team as we branch out into Africa!