Monday, 12 September 2016

Change.



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) 

Team:
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” 

Plan:
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!

Thanks! 


Saturday, 6 August 2016

Made it!



Today is a cold and dreary day in Amealco. I am, however, very glad it was not like this on Wednesday when I got here.

Happy to report that the day I came up here it was great weather! We were able to pack up the truck in less than 2 hours and then on the road. The moving truck got here about two hours after I arrived here and unloaded in a room of the church here. I think they were a little shocked about how far out this place was!

My stuff will remain in that room and my dog and I will be rooming in one of their cabin like areas until we can find a house. Yes, we thought we had one, but it fell through... so back to the drawing board! My guess is that we will have something lined up by the time I get back from Nebraska mid September.

Things have been low key the last couple days, which is exactly what i wanted to happen!

I am enjoying some down time, but can't wait to have a house and actually settle in.

Friday, 29 July 2016

FIVE YEARS? WHAAT?!!?



Can you believe I have been in Mexico FIVE YEARS?

I can't. In one way it seems like it was just yesterday I moved to Ixtapaluca and in other ways it feels like a whole lot longer! Either way... five years is something to be celebrated!

And five years to the DAY that I moved to Ixtapaluca I will be moving on. Moving to a town called Amealco about 3 1/2 hours north of here. You can read about it here. 

Anyways, every year I have made a book about the year... if you would like to see this years... go here! 

I am thankful for everything that has done in me, through me, and despite me I am also very excited to excited to see what the future holds!

The next blog... will be in a new location! Please pray for the next couple days as I finish up packing, say all my goodbyes, load the truck on Wednesday morning and travel to Amealco.

I will be living with another missionary family for a bit. I do have a house, its just not ready for me to move in yet! But, there is PLENTY of room for all of you that want to visit!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Vista Fellowship

I had the magnificent privilege of hosting Vista Fellowship for the last two weeks. It was a great time of serving God in many different areas. They served in the orphanage, in the community center, in the shelter, in the church... and even got to visit where i will be living next!

I thank them for investing in what God is doing in Mexico!



















Saturday, 18 June 2016

So far in June...

It has been a couple weeks since I updated for the summer... but here ya go =)

Since the end of May I received a couple Moody ESL interns. They are doing their Camino Global summer internship for school credit. They are required to teach tons and tons of English. The last two weeks we have been working hard to push through and get hours done.

They are teaching in a local junior high right in front of my house in the mornings and are LOVING it! They come home every day with great stories! Please pray for them as they have the unique opportunity to share the Love of God with hundreds of junior high students! They are also teaching two nights a week at the community center in Palmas and the orphanage.






This last week Rod had a group from Mount Calvary. Every time we have a group we get to do things we can't do on our own... and love every minute. I was sad that I couldn't spend more time with this fabulous group but treasured time spent with them and the conversations that were had.

A highlight of the week were the number of wheelchairs and hearing aids we were able to hand out! I never get tired of seeing the faces of the recipients and their loved ones when they get the gift of mobility or a little freedom from whatever handicap they deal with daily. Of course, they also hear the Gospel and how God is the one that can heal you spiritually which will impact your eternity.






We also had yet another soccer tournament last weekend. Maybe the last one in Palmas because of new rules and regulations that have been put into place that make it hard for us (Christians) to do what we want. However, fun was had by all AND Jonathan told the short version of his testimony of being in jail and what God did through that.




This next week will be tons more english hours before a two week group from Indiana gets here. That group is going to spend a ton of time at the orphanage, teaching classes, seeing the sites and sounds of mexico city, eating tacos and seeing where I will be moving to in August! I am excited for this wonderful group to come on down.

You can pray for us as we continue to have a busy summer and look forward to what God has in store!