Discipleship Classes at Drug/Alcohol Rehabs, Refugee Centers, and local Churches
Part of the great commission is to make disciples of all nations. We are not content to simply make “converts”. We desire to see people first born again and then become mature disciples of Jesus. The Lord has been so faithful and opened doors that were once shut for the gospel. We have received multiple invitations to disciple the men and women in the rehab centers and refugee centers where we work. The transformation that we have been seeing has been absolutely incredible but we need more workers in order to sustain and start new discipleship classes.
Beauty from Ashes
Human trafficking is a world wide epidemic that we cannot choose to ignore. The Mexican border in particular has numerous brothels and areas throughout the city that are dedicated to prostitution. We believe that it is our job to go into these areas and demonstrate unconditional love to both the women and the men in these environments. The women have been preached to and judged long enough. True change will only come when they come face to face with The Savior.
Matthew 5:3 Ministry
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We choose to seek out the least of these in whatever city that we are working in whether it be in a slum area or garbage dump. We provide discipleship and attempt to meet some of their physical needs as well through food or medical clinics.
International School of Ministry (ISOM) www.isom.org
In order to help disciple as many people as possible and to help prevent false teachings, we use a video curriculum from the ISOM. We use the ISOM to start church based discipleship programs and also utilize parts of it within the refugee centers.
In partnership with Partners in Harvest/Catch the Fire, we have just started an initiative to do a one week pastors’ conference in every state in Mexico in 2016. These week long conferences are transforming the lives of many pastors and aiding in birthing revival.
Preaching in Local Churches
Due to the violence in Mexico, many small churches in the small towns have been abandoned by their overseers. As part of our schedule, we seek to continue visiting and encouraging the pastors that have chosen to remain in their churches and communities. Our goal is to encourage them and help them feel as if they are not alone and have not been forgotten.
In partnership with the local churches, we work with them to do evangelism campaigns in their communities. We teach the church about evangelism and then go with them into their community to evangelize and pray for the sick. Many times, we have seen the churches grow and almost double in size!
Receiving Short term Mission Teams
We have the privilege of hosting many people throughout the year, both from our Iris family and other friends from our partnership ministries. We believe that these teams can make the greatest impact by pouring into the local churches that we serve and doing evangelism within the community. As far as this year is concerned, we are on track to receive approximately one team per month and need help with the logistics of hosting so many teams.