Tuesday, 29 November 2016

I am thankful!

There are so many things to be thankful for, this time of year makes everyone think about all the blessings in life!

I am thankful that a bunch of us got together for thanksgiving! It was fun to be able to have an American style thanksgiving with some of our team mates! (thanks Alan for the pic!)

I am thankful that the last few weeks I have finally been able to move in and begin settling into my house here in Amealco! I absolutely LOVE the house and I am excited on how God is going to use this house!

                    I have been getting everything I need to survive the winter here in Amealco! For          
                   example... lots of wood for the fireplace! We went out and loaded it onto the truck, by the  
                   load--- donkey load that is! 

I am super thankful that all three of my dogs are at my house now-- and healthy! Hippo had Parvo virus but is happy, healthy and a growing pit bull now! Maggie is still queen of the house, and she just ignores the very existence of the others. And Gerty is crazy but I am working with her to make her a little more obedient to match her sweet personality! These girls will keep me busy! But they will be the perfect alarm and security system in my house!

I am excited and thankful for the future of the ministries that are, Lord willing, going to be starting in Amealco after the beginning of the year! The market spaces we are renting are nearly done and it is fun to watch the progress! The person we are renting it from is super excited about the ministry that is going to be happening there... so much so that he is giving it to us at a SUPER SUPER low cost. He is also trying his hardest to get it done as fast as possible--- even to the point of selling his wifes car to help with the cost. 

I am also thankful for the opportunity to serve here in Mexico. While change is hard and there are so many things to learn and get use to here in Amealco. God is faithful and it has already proven to be something fun and exciting. We have been able to see God's hand in the details. 
I miss all of my friends and team mates in Ixtapaluca, ALOT! But, I am thankful for the team that I am on now too! It has been a blessing the last few months to get to know the Hower's. We have had a lot of fun getting my house ready, playing lots of board games, planning the next stages of ministry etc. 

Monday, 31 October 2016

What is going on?

"Unless there is an element of risk in our exploits for God, 
there is no need for faith" - Hudson Taylor 

I knew going into this fall it would be full of travel and events along with moving and everything else, and I am glad to say that I believe as of today I am done traveling for the fall! Now I can soley focus on things in Amealco for the rest of the year. 

Things are getting up and rolling in Amealco as we prepare for many things that are getting ready to happen. 

- First of all, I get to move into my house (Lord willing) this next weekend! It is dependent on a plumber, the brick people and the door people. But, it is getting to the end of what we can do on our own. I am excited to finally begin settling into Amealco and even more excited to not live in a suit case anymore (its only been 3.5 months!).

- I am picking up my new puppy today! She is a blue pitbull that is named Hippo (because they look like little hippos). I love dogs and that puts me up to having three bundles of joy! Even though I enjoy having dogs and I would have a hundred of them, if i could... Hippo, specifically, is a protection dog. 

-We (as a team here in Amealco) are busy preparing and getting ready for all the really fun ministries that are going to be getting started in the next several months. Our market spaces are being constructed, as you read this, to house the coffee shop and community center. The logos are being made and we are making progress with all the plans. 

- I have had several opportunities open up about an orphanage or other "on the side" ministries that I will check out in the next month. 

It has been amazing to see God work in and through this season of my life. Please continue to be in prayer for this season of setting up new ministries, settling into a new town and getting to know everything all over again. 

Sunday, 2 October 2016

What happened to September?

Coffee shop logo

September seemed to fly by with lots of activity. I spent the first two weeks in Nebraska enjoying a few football games, lots of time with friends and family, and speaking a couple times about what God is doing here. 

Last week all the Camino Global missionaries in Mexico got together for our yearly fellowship conference. It is a great time to visit with the missionary family here in Mexico, worship together and play games!

Between those two things, we have been busy here trying to get my house ready to be moved into in Amealco. My house is... rustic, but it is getting there. I hope to move in and begin to call it home in just a few weeks! You can pray specifically for next Sunday when we have a huge workday to get as much plumbing, electrical, cleaning, putting up fence up, etc done as possible. 

There is also a lot of planning and praying for future ministries in Amealco. If you missed the last update (or want to read about it again), You can read about it here.  There is also the financial need for those ministries, if you would like to give, please go to the Camino Global website, and put in Specific designation: project # 063651. You can also shoot me an e-mail for more information.
Please be in prayer as we raise money and start these exciting new ministries. Pray that God would be glorified, many would come to know Him and that it would be fun!

Monday, 12 September 2016


Change is something that brings on excitement and hope. But it also comes with a little "oh wow, what the heck did I do?"

The last month has been full of new, full of exciting... full of change.

--- I moved to a new city... in a new state... and sometimes it feels like a new country.
--- I have gone from big city to small town.
--- I have been living with a family- whom I love (until my house is ready)- when I am use to living alone with my dog.
--- I have started going to a new church
--- I have met new people and have to make new friends.
--- I left ministries i LOVED and now faced with the challenge of starting new ministries.
--- I have gone from super busy to not-so-busy yet.
--- I am selling my car to get something more functional in the new town (I am super excited about getting a new car even though i will miss Madam Blueberry).
--- I am getting new dogs and maybe a cow?
--- I went from a place where I was comfortable to a place that I am not. I am relearning where to buy things, who to talk to and how to not get lost!

God's timing is perfect and even though plans changed, He moved me at the exact time that I needed to leave. Being reminded, yet again, that Gods plans and timing are perfect.

Not only do I know that His timing is absolutely perfect, He also provides everything I need to keep going in the direction He wants. Those are evidences of His hand at work. It makes changes and new experiences a little less scary knowing that He is in complete control, I just need to be faithful.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

New Ministries!

Aroma Coffee Shop, Bookstore, 
and Amealco Community Center -
Ministries of Iglesia BĂ­blica 
Manantial de Vida (Spring of Life Bible Church) 

Brock and Heather Hower (and their four children), and Tina Barham

Key Verse:
2 Corinthians 2:15 
“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing” 

2 Corintios 2:15
“Porque para Dios nosotros somos el aroma de Cristo entre los que se salvan y entre los que se pierden” 

The Gospel has not been in Amealco for long.  It is an old town that is deeply rooted in traditional religions and beliefs and the people in the area have been reticent to embrace the good news of Christ.  God has blessed, however, and the local Bible church has taken root over the last seven years.  As disciples grow and mature in Him, we are excited to see a harvest of believers and we are now planning the expansion of the church’s ministry to extend ever further to the unsaved of this unreached field.  There are two specific ways in which we plan to expand the influence of Christ in Amealco.

The first initiative is that the church has made a deal to purchase a piece of property in town.  Until now, the congregation has met in an extra house out in the country where they have not had to pay any rent or utilities.  This has worked well, but the new property will allow more accessibility and visibility and will enable the church to reach neighbors and friends that can walk to the services. 

The second initiative is to start Aroma: a Coffee Shop, Bookstore, and Community Center rolled into one.  We plan to set up two spaces to accommodate this outreach ministry.  The first space will be a coffee shop that specializes in American style coffee, deserts, and snacks.  Included in this space will be a small book store as an outreach tool and point of contact.  This will add up to be a space where people can come and relax, taste a bit of the U.S., and where they can see Christ’s love displayed.  The second space will be dedicated to the Amealco Community Center.  We plan to promote English classes (especially in the local university), baking classes, guitar classes, and craft classes, just to name a few.     

The long term goal is for these two spaces to eventually raise enough funds to supply the needs of a ministry project to help the most needy in the community.  We have felt led by the Lord to take the next six months to pray and seek His will as to what that future ministry will be.  We will be in that process, and so we covet your prayers. 

In order to make the next phase of ministry (coffee shop, bookstore and community center) a reality, we need your help! Please pray for us as we plan and get things ready. Also, we are in need of about $8,500 to set up both places and pay for rent for six months. After that, we hope to be fully self sustained. Please prayerfully consider giving to this neat ministry that the Lord has opened doors for. There is a detailed list of specific needs and the cost of each need, if you would like to see it shoot me an e-mail!

Specific designation: project # 063651

In Him,

Brock and Heather Hower family Tina Barham

(bhower@caminoglobal.org) (tbarham@caminoglobal.org)

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A little update!

This last month has been a bit of a whirl wind and I regret not being able to update you on more things- however, there has not been a ton to update you on! =0)

But since moving to Amealco, I have found a house! It is not move in ready yet but hopefully soon. We are actually going to go see the progress this afternoon! It is a beautiful house on probably more than 2 acres of land. Perfect for interns and groups. It also has a separate building for parties and ministry! It is a few blocks from the center of town and the local University. Perfect set up for me. 

Please be praying that the house will be ready sooner rather than later! 

I am also frantically getting ready for my trip to Nebraska in a week and a half! Id love to see you all, if you are around!

I have also spent much time praying, thinking, dreaming and planning for future ministry opportunities here. You will be hearing all about that soon!

For now, continue to pray for housing situation and the future ministries in Amealco!