December 30 2018 Building permit news, Sunesis courses and more! GST Uncategorized Arbol de Vida EFC gets building permits for sanctuary! Since moving into our educational building in 2008 we have been in a temporary space that can seat 90-100 people. For years now it has been standing room only! We started the process of planning and getting building permits approximately 6 years ago. After a few years of “we’ve almost got the permits” it became such a drawn-out process that I, Greg, didn’t want to say anything more to you, our team, until we had the paperwork in our hands. That day finally came, December 14th! Praise the Lord! Thank you for your prayers!!! Please keep praying as the church moves into this expansion. The Arbol de Vida congregation and leadership are taking the lead on this project but there are many ways to partner with them in seeing this much-needed space completed! If you are interested in bringing a construction ministry team to Mexico or giving to help with the cost of the project please contact us! You can also give directly to this project by clicking here and using the following project designation: 2-5016 MEX – Hermosillo Church Construction. Note: the form will start with Smiles Burn Camp. Please select “other” and paste in: 2-5016 MEX – Hermosillo Church Construction Lord-willing we will soon have almost 5 times the current space for the congregation to grow! Sunesis-Understanding the Bible 9 years ago, through the initiative of fellow missionaries Jack y Lucy Vogt, Dr. Gus Konkel, former president of Providence Theological College and Seminary came and taught a week-long course on the book of Isaiah. That was the start of something amazing! Since then we have held further Biblical courses each January for a full week for pastors, church leaders and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. Pastors, leaders and lay people from 40+ churches representing many different denominations in northern Mexico have taken the various courses over the years. This coming January we are planning for 200 students for the 25 hours of teaching that include the books of Romans, Job and James. I, Greg, help facilitate this project doing all the graphic design, advertising and recording and editing of the course audios. I am currently working on making all the past course audios available online for free. Please pray that many new people would come to understand the Bible, come to faith in Jesus and be equipped to live as His disciple! The following video is of Dr. Konkel inviting for this coming January!