Wednesday, 12 March 2014

So we have been here in Guadalajara for 62 days! WOW! How time flies. Some of you may be wondering what exactly we are doing here, or what fills our days. I thought I would try to enlighten those of you who have no idea why we are here, and help clarify things for those of you who know we came to "church plant".  

Let me start this explanation by answering the part about what fills our days. If you have been following this blog you know that Ernie was away for quite a bit of it. So, some of that time felt a whole lot longer than it actually was. Being alone with few friends or contacts makes the hours drag by.

That said, what have we filled the time with? Well, a lot of the time has been spent on getting settled into a new home, a new culture and a new city. That has taken a bit of time, as this city is huge; you can drive for what seems like forever and you are still in the city. We have to admit we spend a fair amount of time trying to figure out where we are and how to get back home! No matter what we are doing, whether it is grocery shopping, getting the car washed, going to the mall, going for a walk in the park, whatever, we are always trying to meet people and keep an open posture for relationships.

"Church planting" a cell church or house church, is not as simple as planting a seed.  It means hoping to meet people and develop relationships, in the hope that we can share the gospel, which will lead to a Bible study, which will lead to a group that makes a cell.  I, Diane, had the opportunity to meet my neighbor ladies at a birthday party one of them hosted; and will go for a birthday breakfast with several this very morning. Those are the things that lead to developing the friendships that hopefully will continue to move us forward. It is harder for Ernie, as the men work long days and are often not around. He is trying to find ways to connect with the men and to meet on a social level. We are presently looking into fitness clubs.

Pray that God would lead us to the people He wants us to meet. That we would hear His voice and be obedient to what He wants us to do, where He wants us to do it, and how. 

Here are some of the people we have met (just names):
Adriana & Fernando, Alejandra & Mario, Laura (haven't met her husband), Sandra, Marissa, Fabiano, Raul & Liliana, and Jorge and Hugo.  These are all neighbours.  Pray that God would develop these relationships according to His plan.
My Favourite place to spend time with God, my backyard

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