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  • Praise for a nice visit to Querétaro to visit our fellow missionaries James and Barbarita Lee, who just moved there to work with COMPA (Mexico’s version of InterVarsity campus ministry). We were able to help them with projects to get more settled into their home, and we invited a new family from church to ride up and back with us, as they have relatives in Querétaro.
  • Praise for safe but exhausting travels to Ciudad Valles and San Luis Potosí for meetings. The first was the General Assembly of the National Presbyterian Church. The day I was there they voted to leave the World Council of Reformed Churches because of the way Mexican churches were treated because they do not agree with other denominations on the council with regard to women’s ordination and issues relating to homosexuality. The second meeting was the Central presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. I was able to take part in the examination and ordination of our church’s new pastor, Hernán Almaraz.
  • Praise that I seem to have survived the year end flurry of paperwork. It is frustrating that every year lots of things change, and usually new reports get added. Now they are telling me of more big changes coming up.
  • Praise that Alexandra has done well in the Entrada program at Calvin and ‘graduates’ from the program tomorrow August 2.
  • Please pray for Daniel as he continues to look for work in his field of digital animation.
  • Please pray for the ladies’ society at our church as they host the annual convention for the presbytery’s ladies societies. Blanca and the other ladies will be cooking and hosting and organizing logistics. Please pray also that the Lord will bring change and healing to our ladies’ society after a time of conflict.
  • Please pray for my trip to Ciudad Juárez August 11-18. I will be teaching a one-week intensive course on the book of Revelation at All Nations Seminary. Pray that Blanca will forgive me for being gone for our anniversary!
  • Please pray for our seminary in Mexico City which starts the same week, August 13. Pray for my class preparations (updating my course packets for Gospels, Hebrews to Revelation). Praise that a member of our church, Raúl Ocampo, is going to be a new seminarian this year.
  • Please pray for the usual – my preaching, teaching, team leading and resources, Blanca’s ministries to kids and youth, our physical and spiritual health, our relationships and finances and support, and for Mexico.