Phase 2 Training is almost over!

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November 1, 2019

Heart “processing”, teamwork, good books, training sessions and time with the All-Nations staff is what Phase 2 is all about.

We have been privileged to spend the last 4 weeks with our new Mixtec team members! Wow! God has been working in, tweaking, and guiding the Mixtec Team during our time together.

So, what ALL did we GET to do? Thanks for asking!

A key aspect of Phase 2 is just plain time, fellowship, worship and prayer together as a team. Every morning, we met for devotions and singing. That was truly a blessing. I count it a wonderful blessing to have such brothers and sisters to link arms with in Mexico!

Here are some other main aspects:

Missionary Formation class was such a foundational course. We considered topics such as personal spiritual survival, crossing cultures, conflict resolution and missionary children (known as third culture kids)

Teaching Creation to Christ was an impactful course taught by Bro. Mark Zook. Helping us understand the worldview of animistic peoples, he illustrated a powerful method for teaching the scriptures in a chronological format. This God-ordained order is effective in deconstructing the ungodly worldview, and constructing a proper one – causing hearts to be receptive to God’s truth in redemption. God’s Word Works!!
We couldn’t help but ponder how the Lord will guide and work with His Word in the Mixtec context…

Church Planting Case Studies was a study of several indigenous church plants that were at various stages of development. Some were more fledgling. Others were mature and reproducing! This course provided much food for thought and example in the difficult indigenous church planting arena.

All-Nations Translation Policy, etc. was a little more “dry”, but needful!

Community Development was some time to process how to walk with needy people without creating problems and dependency. We heard a presentation on CAM’s SALT program as part of this class.

Books and more books! We went through/discussed 7 books or so and several articles so there was plenty of reading to do in our spare time!

Some of the books were:

  • Spiritual Survival Handbook – Miller
    This one probably challenged me the most!
  • The Messenger, the Message, and the Community – Muller
  • One Bible, Many versions – Brunn
  • The Peacemaker – Sande
  • The Other Side of the Wall – Miller
    Definitely a favorite!

And then there is the prayer stone project. Up here on the hill is a prayer garden were several rough limestone slabs are jutting from the ground – as a memorial before the Lord. Many are unmarked, just waiting for a people to be inscribed there.

After much grinding, smoothing, painting and lettering, there now stands a memorial stone dedicated to the Mixtecs of Mexico! The inscription reads: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great Light”. This is the promise that was spoken by the prophet Isaiah! We believe it! Please join us in praying for them!

Next week, we plan to wrap up our time here and begin preparations for moving to Mexico! Our family and the Hege’s both plan to be there around New Year’s!

Thank you for your support and prayers!

May the Lord Bless you!

J. Flory (for the Mixtec Team)

Read about the Mixtec project

  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10