Feb 2020 Update: Arbol de Vida EFC Sanctuary Construction, Sunesis Bible Course Week, NOW Weekend and more!
We hope that 2020 has started out wonderful for you! Let us share a littleÂ family newsÂ to start outâ€¦
2019 ended with an incredible amount of celebration as a family! Our daughter Annelise was engaged to be married to Devir Gonzalez on December 21st, then there was Christmas, my (Gregâ€™s) birthday (26th), our 25th wedding anniversary (31st), New Years and Shelliâ€™s birthday (Jan 3)! We had the joy of having the Gonzalez family stay with us for all these festivities!
2020 is looking exciting with Calebâ€™s high school graduation, our move back to Hermosillo in August, a fall wedding (October 10) and the 25th anniversary of the Arbol de Vida EFC church (October 16-18) to mention a few major events. We will also be speaking in several churches and hosting some ministry teams in Mexico! If you’d like us to speak in your church, please get in touch with us!
Arbol de Vida EFC Sanctuary Construction Update!
The sanctuary of the Arbol de Vida Church is coming along great!We want to thank all of you that got in on the â€œdouble doubleâ€ donations toward this project in December!Over $17,000 came in which will be doubled by our generous anonymous donor!Â These funds will go a long way towards putting the roof on!
In the photos you can see above and below, the walls are going up and the steel roof trusses are being welded into place!Â
We are organizing a team to help with preparing and pouring the floor of the sanctuary from March 18thÂ to March 28th.Â All trades are welcome and so are people with basic skills in construction and a heart to serve. Please contact us for more info: email â€“Â firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ or on Gregâ€™s cellphone â€“ 403-586-5871.
Celebrating 10 years of â€œSÃºnesis â€“ Undertanding the Bibleâ€ Biblical Theology courses!
This year was another success with 115 studentsÂ (29 pastors, many leaders and lay people and even some people with no church affiliation that just wanted to know how to understand the Bible) attending the approximately 24 hours of classes. Most of the participants are pictured below.Â
You can pray for a man named GabrielÂ that I sat with during the course.Â He had just started seeking God not long before the SÃºnesis course and he said that people kept telling him that he needed to read the Bible.Â But he said, â€œI had no idea how or where to start and how to understand the Bible.â€Â Â So he saw an advertisement for our course on Facebook the day before it started and showed up for the first day!Â As the week went on he felt God had definitely brought him to the right place!
No Ordinary Weekend!Â
Shelli and I were invited to lead the childrenâ€™s ministry at the 3rdÂ annual N.O.W. weekend at Camp Caroline over the Family Day weekend.Â We (along with Annelise and Devir) taught the 28 children (ages 4-10) for 10 hours over the 3 days in the â€œCreation to Christâ€ format that GoodSeed Ministries has developed to help people understand the message of the whole Bible.Â Â It was exciting to see many of the children understand the Gospel and pray to receive Christ!Â It was also encouraging to talk with their parents and other adults that had their understanding of the Bible transform their lives!