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FAMILY HOFF and APARTADO POSTAL NO. 57 QUERETARO QRO. 76000 MEXICO Published Quarterly

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SCHNELLER and TONI APARTADO POSTAL NO. 853 QUERETARO ORO. 76000 MEXICO

Vol. 1 7 N o. 1

Spring 1 9 8 6

NEW DEVE EL LOPME EN NTS

In our last newsl sleetter, you read about the Bibie by corr rreespondence mini minisstry try th that at we have at the Bajio Chri Ch rist stia ian n Mission ion. Since th that at time many develop

been developing su such ch adv dveertis rtisem emeents nts and tracts

using the computer. It is our expectation that the co comp mput uter er grap graphi hics cs an and d lett letteri ering ng wi will ll ca catc tch h the the atte atten n

ments have co come me about about with thi thiss mini minist stry ry.. We have

h ad ver ery y pl ple easin sinwe g resu re the news wspa pape perr anews dver that wer r esult pllts asc ewith d in th thee ne seven area tisements pape papers rs around around th thee begi beginn nnin ing g of th thee ne new w ye year ar.. Nin Ninety ety

ne w students enrolled in th e course during that time. locati ation on of thes thesee res respo ponse nsess rang ranged ed fro from th e city Th e loc of Queretaro to other c iitt iiee s s om om e 225 m il il eess away. It

appears to us t ha hat these new st u ud d en t s are very in tere te rest sted ed in what thes thesee co cour urse sess have to say. Just this past week, fift fiftyy-ni nine ne co cour urse sess were gr grad aded ed and sent ba back ck,and ,and ma many ny of th thes esee co cour urse sess belo belong nged ed to th thee ne new w group of students We have been placing tracts (which include fre reee coupons for for enro enroll llme ment nt in the corre corresp spon onde denc ncee prog progra ram) m) in th thee enve envelo lope pess that con con

ti tion on of many peo eop ple. le. (I (Itt may not sound sound like like any anythi thing ng exci excittin ing g to th thos osee in th thee U.S.A. however the era of

e new students have tain the th grad greaded co urse s.t Th vee been passi sin nge the th seedtrac trcour acts ts ses. ou out to the their ir fr frie ien nds ds,, andhaw have

compu com sple anin d elec el ectr icss is tact rela rectin lati tive vely w ttitudes o most of the thputer e pters eo eop Mex Me xtron ico iconic o.)Conta .)Con ing g ly the thenemul multitu des

re ec c ie i e ve v e d s e ve ve ra r a l s t u d e n t s as a r e s u l t o f t h e s e n e w

with the Gospel is our hope, and we pray that this

In working working with the the corres correspon ponden dence ce ministr ministry, y, we are constantly thinking of ways in which we ca n in crease t h e e n nrr o oll llm m en en t of students ( n o t for an im pr pres essi sive ve number number,, b ut rather to reach as many as

Ther Th eree were ad addi diti tion onal al de deve velo lopm pmen ents ts to th e corres

Je Jessus Chri Christ st). ). Promot Promotion ion for for th e Bible-by-corres-

an d courses which we have already incorporated into t h e m i ni ni str str y here in Queretaro.

s t u d e n t s . We p raise God for th e interest that is de deve velo lopi ping ng among among all of th e students.

possible ible and sh shaare with them the GOOD NEWS of po pond nden ence ce cou ours rsee has ta take ken n pla lace ce pr prim imar aril ily y throug through h

tracts a n d a d v e r t i s e m e n t s . T r a c t s a re dis tributed;

n e w t w ist ist will be beneficial to th e correspondence ministry.

po pond nden ence ce min minist istry ry af afte terr we took took a short exc excurs ursion ion to Mexi co City. T h e r e , we v isited a c o r r eess p o n d e n c e ministry that is organi organized zed by another Christian mis sionary. ry. We were shown beneficial ial forms, let letters,

in

evang ngeelis listi ticc campa mpaig ign ns, aft fteer Chris Christia tian n movi viees, by Mexi Me xica can n evangel elis ists ts,, al alon ong g with correspondence courses, to tho those we come in co cont ntac actt with with each day, etc. Likewise, ad ve ve rti rtiss eem m en en ts ts are placed in news pape pers rs through throughout out th thee Baji Bajio o are rea. a. Rec Recent ntly ly we have

W e w ou ou ld ld like you to pray for the ef fect i v en ess of this ministry T

 

THE SPIRIT S MOVING path thwa way y whic which h leads to kno knowle led dge of and Th e pa

ab abou outt 150 150 mi mile less from from Quer Queret etar aro. o. Six Six ye yeaars ago she she found a disc scaarded port portio ion n of a trac tractt whic which h adver tized tiz ed a Bib ible le cor corresp respond ondenc encee cour course se.. She wrote for it an d began to stu tud dy. Then a fte fterr two years th e

help illustr strate ate. . e is that of Ana M aarr iiaa G ut iieer rree z . O nillu e ex exam ampl ple Shee and he r husband are Sh are well well-t -too-do do.. They have

claoter, ur, rse rseasshe s my myscleane s te te aned rio rious usly to top pher-in ped-in-la . I-law's t w as hous fo four ure,ythat ears late cle d ly her hersfather fat w's ho use, she she fo foun und d the the misl islaid aid co cour urse se an and d beg egan an stud studyi ying ng again. Th e course, El C o m i e n z o de la Vida Esp Es pirit iritua uall (Th (The Beggining of the Spri Spritu tual al   ife was f o u nd j u s t as she was in a crisis and she dis covered in it the an swer to her personal need: a

obedience to the Lord's comman mands is walked by many, bu t t he pa path th differs depen pendi ding ng on wher wheree onee begi on begins ns.. Th e stor storie iess behind behind two ba bapt ptis isms ms will

ca u sse e of t w o sons a n d live i n a be a ut i f ul house B e ca

effort rtss of th e youth in t he Quer Queretar etaro o church, church, th e effo their so sons ns were were bapt baptiz ized ed in Sept Septem embe berr of la last st yea ear. r. witnes essi sing ng of their new They have been active in witn

found faith. They They have visited the jail, spoken to

nd d ta au u g ht ht at ho schoolmates, a n home me.. T he res result ult has been that th they ey conv convin ince ced d their their mother mother of he r need to a c c e p t Jesus as Lord. So in Fe b r u ar y she was immersed

in

th e Name

While th e first example de demo mons nstr traate tess th e powe po werr of perso ersona nall wit witness ness,, th thee se seco cond nd,, th thee ca case se of G e m m a Hernandez, is the story of the Spirit's work wo rk apar apartt from th e pe perso rsona nall infl influe uenc nce. e. Gemma teac teache hess prima primary ry sch school in Ja Jaccala la,, Hidalgo, a town

n e w life i n Christ G e m m a a n s w e r e d t h e course

and added a post postsc scri ript pt asking to be baptized. Bill sought h er o u t an d restudied th e new birth with fami mily ly.. Then, convinc convinced ed that she she wa wass he r and he r fa fully aware of the step she had asked to take, he baptized h er er i n ntt o th e Lord. ha at th he e Sp Gemma s case ase prov proves es t h Spir irit it mo move vess in in infat fathom homab able le way ayss to prep prepaare hearts hearts to acc ccep eptt the the Gospel, an d that a pers person onal al contact is no t always factor or.. th e deciding fact

 OM IN G T O G ET H ER

W it it h hii n t h he e g re re ate aterr Q ue ue re re ta ta ro ro area, th thee re re are at

least se least seven ven me n wh who o are are se serv rvin ing g the the Lo Lord(ex rd(excl clud udin ing g oth theers from different denominations ) tha tha t are eitherr missio eithe missiona narie riess or Mexican Mexican ev evan ange geli list sts. s. There is a medi medica call evan evang gel elis ist, t, a bible institute pr pres esid iden ent, t, a child childre ren' n'ss home admi admini nist stra rato tor, r, two two Me Mexi xica can n evanange gehs hst' t's, s, and and th e two two of us wo work rkin ing g with Baji jioChri oChriss tian tia n Miss Missio ion. n. Althoug Although h allof us do no t have th e same mini mi nist stry ry,, we are all serv servin ing g the same pu purp rpos osee. Since th e beginning of February, the men have g o t t e n toge togeth ther er and decided to form a me men n's mee eeti ting ng that would me meet et on Sa Satu turd rday ay morn mornin ings gs.. T h e mee meetin ting g is composed of these missionaries a nd nd M e ex x ic ic a an n ev va an gelists. Th e purp purpos osee of this m ee ee tin ting g is for me n to

m ee ee t to tog g eth ethee r to pray, to s tu tu dy dy from G od od 's 's word, to fellowship an d to share share w iitt h t he he others about what is

taki taking ng place in each of th e spec specif ific ic ministri ministries es that each o f u s a re involved iiL

TOM

 

MP NEWS

During th e Ea East ster er week week,, the the youug pe peop ople le in Mexico Mexico

pack pack up their too toothb thbrus rushe hess to towe wels ls,, socc soccer er ball balls, s, and and Bi Bib ble lesan sand d head for for th thee cit ity y of Salt Saltil illo lo for for a fou four-d r-day East Easter er ca camp mp.. All All of the the sc scho hool olss ar aree clos closed ed dur during ing this special h o l i d a y and it is a good opportunity for a ca campi mping ng retrea retreatt to take take place. There we were re well over sevent sev enty-f y-five ive jovenes jovenes (young (young pe peop ople le)) from from se seve vera rall states that attend this ca camp mp.. It t urned urned out to be a very rewi vari tdiies ng dwi reeeckt o frorwalhhii l eToTmo nw rkoerdk eads si p act n ort ts h/ei ow k i t c h e n S h e w or ked w i t h fo u r o t h e r Mex i can s a n d learned how to cook bea eans ns,, chili hilies es,, an and d tort tortil illa lass

M exican

style TO M

 

PERSONAL

GLIMPSES

As I sit here to write a few lines to all of you, it is 7:15 :15 p.m. .m. an d very ho t in Queret Queretar aro. o. O u r ceiling fa fan n ma make kess it bea earrable,but ble,but it wil illl be seve severral hou ourrs before t h e i n si s i d e o f o u r h o u s e cools down. Bill a n d

thee months heat to o thf eAcporlid I pr preeng fe rthe fe e hy.(W a v(We' e ae'r rree w h duri during th l asnodwMa May. gliasd t h e Lord d i d n t call u s t o b e m i s s i o n a r i e s t o

Alaska) It is only tw o months before fore we leave for ou r year's fu furl rlou ough gh and we feel some somewh what at pr pres essu sure red d ha a t m u s t s t iill l b e done. W e ha ve s e t w i t h t h e wor k t h

work and pe pers rson onalgo algoaals and each item seems to be cr cros osse sed d of offf ve very ry sl slow owly ly.. We lo look ok forw forwar ard d to seei seeing ng many of you at the convention or duri ng our travels throughout the the year year.. Ou r family is happy and thankful to feel well right now. We were all sick for a couple of weeks w h i ch ch made it h a r d to a ccompl ish muc h. M a r k visits the dentist every third week to get new apparatus p u t in his mouth o r to have h is is b an an ds ds

 

NI N S I D E V I E W

La Lastnewsl stnewslett etter, er, I bega began n to shar sharee with you  what it is Uke to live in Mexic o . I want to sha sha re re another a sspe pecc t of the Mexi Me xica can n li life fest styl ylee that has quic quickl kly y become enjoyable to T o m a n d I.

Most ever everyone, yone, no matter where they li live ve,, enjo enjoys ys eating out . When we first came to Mexico, one of the thin things gs we mi misse ssed d most most about about th e U. U.S.was S.was th thee opportunity to devoura devoura McDonald's Quarter Pounder with chee cheese se;; however, we s o o n f o u n d M e x i c o h a d m u c h t o offer t h a t t h e States d id not. On al almos mostt every corner we c oul ould d find sna sna ck ck food , a

type ype of fast fast foo food rest restau auran rant, t, or a somewh somewhat at nice nicerr eati eating ng establ est ablish ishmen mentt offe offeri ring ng al alll the the cour course ses. s. Snac Snack k food foodss so sold ld on the st stre reet et incl includ uded ed:: fresh pineapple, melon, or coco coconu nut, t, cand candyy-co coat ated ed nuts si simi mila larr to peanut peanut brit brittl tle, e, roas roastt pump kin kin an and d sunflower sunflower se seed eds, s, po pops psic icle less of ever every y im imag agin inab able le flav flavor or,, and the t r ad adi ttii o on n al al c an an d dy y bar. Fast food r es es ttaa ur ur an an ttss sell every thing from from ta taco cos, s, to torta ortas, s, to an Americ American an favo favori rite te— — pizza. Th e mor moree tradit tradition ional al restaura restaurant nt offe offers rs a com comida ida co r rida wh which co cons nsis ists ts of Ictt Icttuc ucee or fruit salad, soup, and a main di dish sh often acco accompani mpanied ed by refrie refried d bean beans, s, potato potatoes, es, or rice. Th e bes best part part of eat eatin ing g out in Mex Mexic ico o is the price rice.. A family can eat out on just a fract action of the cost they they would have in the U.S. Whether I live in Mc xi xi cco o or the U.S., I'll alwa alwayslo ysloveto veto hear hear Tom Tom say, say, Toni Toni,, don' don'tt wo worr rry y abou aboutt fi fix x ing anything to eat. Let's eat out.

tightened. Of Ofte ten n he comes home in pain, but he is q ui t brave a bo ut having to have braces on his teeth.

Rebecca continues to amaze us. S h e is either as

REUNION

O F MISSION

RIES

  qui quiet et as a mo mous usee or as ta talk lkat ativ ivee as 100 hen henss p ut together her. H Heer br brot othe herr cons consta tant ntly ly tease he r which keeps her yelhng--a normal sibling relationship. Let us re remem member ber the wo word rdss of James from chap

The third hird week week in Marc March, h, the the sta staff of B.C.M. pa pack cked ed up and headed for Oaxtepec, Mexico and the a nn nn u uaa l mis

t er 1, vers nd n o t versee 22,  B ut be ye doer doerss of t h e word a nd hearers only.

no nort rth h as El Paso,TX, ,TX, and as far sout south h as Honduras as.. They They compared compar ed ideaswith ideaswith others others involv involved edin in sim simula ularr minist ministrie ries, s, renewed old friendships, and shared fut ur e goals and dreams. Th e fell fellow owsh ship ip was was li like ke that foun found d at a fami family ly reu reu

FURLOUGH

It has been nine years since the Hoff family has had a furlough. At that that time we sp spen entt the school

year in Cincinnati where Bill Bill took th e neccessar^^ st stud udie iess fo forr his his M.A. de degr gree ee.The .The lat latter ter pa part rt of Ju June ne

sionary reunion. sionary reunion. Al Alll went wit with h high exp expect ectati ations ons and and we were re not not disa disapp ppoi oint nted ed.. The The reu reunio nion n hel held an edi edifyin fying g comb combin inaa

tion tion of fe fell llows owshi hip, p, re rela laxa xati tion on an and d te teac achi hing ng.. Missionaries an d

their

families

cam e fro m

as

fa r

nion (God (God's 's fami family ly). ). Each day held two or three ho hour urss of fr free e-t e-tii m mee to be spent asdesir asdesired ed.. In Oa Oaxe xetp tpec ec,, ther theree are are Olym Olympi picsi csize zed d po pool ols, s,

a rain rainbo bow w asso assort rtme ment nt of fl flow ower erss and and bird birds, s, and and deep deep blue blue su sulfu lfurr spri prings ngs. Many Many miss missio iona nari ries es here here sh shar aree the the opin opinio ion n that there is no pret pretti tier er spot in God's crea creati tion on to relax. The most benef enefic iciial as asp pect ect of the the reu reuni nion on wa wass the te teac ach h

we will be leaving for our second furlough in 14 year years. s. Af Afte terr atte attendin nding g the the Nor North th Am Amer eric ican an Ch Chri riss

ing. Do n Richardson, author of the book and l a t e r film entitled Peace   hild sh shar ared ed many any enl enligh ightni tning ng thou though ghts ts.. Hi Hiss

tian Convention we will be v i si t i n g supporting

cent ce ntra rall thought touc touche hed d the the he hear artt of ev ever ery y pe pers rson on pr pres esen ent; t;

churches churc hes from from Il Illi lino nois is to Pe Penn nnsy sylv lvan ania ia.. Th Thee mi mid d dle part of August we will go to Johnston Bible Coll Co lleege whe herre Bill Bill wi will ll be tea teach chin ing g mi miss ssio ion ns for for th thee sc scho hool ol year year.. Ba Baji jio o Chris Christian tian Mis Missio sion n wil illl con con

God Go dpha has pr prep ared ed mess messag age e (t (the he Gospel for eve people peo ple grou gr oup ,sand an depar He ha hassa prepa pre pared red ever ev ery y p peo eopl ple e grou grevery oup pry for fo r that the ta task sk of ev ever eryChri yChrist stia ian n to watc watch, h, pr pray ay,, an and d message. It is the seek seek the the Lo Lord rd'sgui 'sguida danc ncee in or orde derr to disc discov over er th thee key key or preparation, that that God has given to those whom they seek

tinue supporting us while we are i n t h e States.

to

minister

 

PRAYER

Pray

 

N

PRAISE

th that at the ch chur urch ch in Queretaro might soon get the property that they paid for about th e Hoffs upcoming furlough.

   

for the Schnellers as they will be ope pera rati tin ng Bajio Christian Christian Mi Miss ssio ion. n. that a Me xi c a n w o rk e r m i g h t be f o u n d to help in th e Bible Bible correspo correspondence, ndence,

s c h o o l a n d vi si t at i on.

 

for two churches in the Bajio that ai^e wo work rkin ing g on constru constructi cting ng a bu buil ildi ding ng..

Praise

         

fo r t h e r e c e n t n e w b ir i r th th s i n ntt o Chr i st .

for the for the for the for the

increased growth in the ch chur urch ch in Celaya. 10 st stud uden ents ts that that are graduating from the Bible Inst Instit itut utee in June. en enth thus usia iasm sm of the new st stud uden ents ts in the corre rresp spo onde ndence school. prog progre resssi sionof onof Tom ar arid id Ton onii in lan angu guag agee stud study. y. The hey y ha have ve co com mplet pleted ed

t hr ee f i f t hs o f t h e i r studies.

 

for two he heal alth thy y babies born to Ch Chri rist stia ian n workers serving in the Bajio

for the Queretaro.

increased attendence in th e ladies weekly prayer meetings in

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Volume 17, Number 2

TW O NEW BIRTHS O v e r t h i s p a s t s um m e r , t h e r e h a v e b e e n t w o n e w b i r t h s in Q u e r e t a r o

rom

MEXICO

CHRISTIAN

BILLHOFF^.rf FAMILY

y

O n e of th e tw o n ew b a b e s

b e lo l o n g t o Toni a n d I O n J u n e 7 , T o on n i l e fftt t h e M e x i c o C iitt y A iirr p o r t o n a n a i r pl a ne h e a d e d t o t h e G r e a t e r Cincinnati Airport. T h er e s h e w a s

g r e e t e d by o u r families w h o h a d b e e n anxiously awaiting h e r arrival. Toni h a d flown t o t h e S t a t e s t o a wa wa iitt t h e d a ay y w he h e n o u r n ew little b ab y would c o m e into t h e world. Later in t he h e s um um m e err (begin ning of July), I drove Up from Qu e re ta ro planning

MEXICO  

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IN Q U UE ER RE ET TA ARO

S h e w a s in Indianapolis a n d h a ad d j u st s t visited t h e li v er er o u r baby. S h e told m e , doc t or w h o w o u l d d e li   Tom, y o u h a v e t o g e t u p h e re a s s o o n a s y ou ou c a an n I h a v e j u s t b e e n to t h e d o c t r o r a n d s h e t o l d m e t h e b a bl bl y w o u ld l d c o m e within t h e n e x t 2 4 hours. If t h e ba by d o e s n ' t c o m e by tomorrow morning, we ' re

s c h e d u l e d t o h av av e a c e s a r e a n

I' m t o b e a d m i tttt e d

a t 11:00. T h e b ab y is breech. As quickly a s I could, I a t e t h e meal my mother p r ep ar ed . I prac tically s a id   hi a n d   g o o d b y e t o my family in t h e s a m e breath. I arrived in Indianapolis that night t o find Toni Toni doing well T he he n ex ex t a ft ft er er n no oo on n , J ul ul y 2 1986

at

2:21

our

new

son

Thomas

David

S c h n e l l e r e n te te r e d t h e w o r l d . W e a r e t h a n k f u l

to

t h e Lord for t h e magnificent g iiff t of this baby. T h e s e c o n d n ew b a b e in Qu e re ta ro b el o n g s t o h i s y ea e a r, r , a we ddi ng t o o k o u r Lord. In f\/ f\/ la la rc rc h o f t hi place in Qu er et ar o . T h e y o ou un ng g m an a n 's 's n a m e w a s ass Luz (luce). L upe (loo-pay), h is wife's n a m e w a Lupe h ad a c c e p te d Christ several year s ago; however, Lu z w a s R o m a n Catholic. In o rrd d er er t o avoid s t r o n g conflicts with h e r family t h e tw o w e r e m a r r i e d in t h e C a t h o l i c C h u r c h

Luz' mo th e r

h a d t o l d h e r if s h e w a s m a r r i e d in t h e C a t h o l i c

T H O M A S DAVID S C H N E L L E R t o m e e t T o n i t w o w e e k s b e f o r e t h e d u e d a t e in

on e r s tte e p p ed e d through t h e Indian Ind ianapo apolis lis I no s o on door of my p a re re n ts ts h o u sse e in northern Kentucky, when 5 minutes later t he he p h ho on ne e rang. It w a s Toni

Church, s h e would h a v e h er er blessing. After t h e tw o w e r e married, t he y a s k e d Toni a n d I if w e would begin a Bible s tu d y with t h em . Lu z w a s very interested in w ha ha t G o d h a d t o s a y a nd nd w a n ntt e ed d to learn more about His word. As time progressed in o u r s ttu u d iie e ss,, w e exami ned t h e things taught in G o d ' s W o r d in c o n n e c t i o n w ith s a l v a t i o n . L u z k n ew that s h e h ad to m ak e a decision a s to

 

w h et e t he he r o r n o t s h e s h o u l d a c c e p t J e s u s a s h e r   Salvador (Savior).Shestated (Savior).Shestated that s h e wa n te d to

b e buried with Christ in a wat er y g ra v e in o rd e r t o l i v e a n e w life. However, nothing more w a s said. W e e k s p a s s e d b y a n d still n o de c i s i on w a s m a d e . Toni a n d I d id n o t w a n t t o p r es es s u urr e h e r a s this w a s a d e c i s i o n t h a t s h e h a d t o m a k e h e rs rs e llff . W e j u s t c o n ti ti n u ue e d t o pray a n d s t u d y with her. Later, w e see

ea ady began to t h e re a s o n w h y s h e h a d n o t a l r e given h e r life over to Christ. In Mexico, if o n e tu rn s from t h e faith of their ances t or s ( R Ro oma an n C a tth hol icism) t h he e y a rre e m a n y t i m e s l o o k e d u p o n a s turn in g away from their family. This w a s t h e c a s e with Luz. H er family told h e r t h a t if s h e a c c e p t e d Christ on g ge e r b e a c c e p te d by them. After s h e would n o l on finally ly much time, t h o u g h t , study, a n d p r ay er Luz final m a d e t h e d e c i s i o n a n d g av a v e h er e r life o v e r t o Christ, inspite of h o w h e r family might react. W e w e r e thrilled a n d full o f jo y a s t h is i s n ew e w b a b e c a m e into

A

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J O H N S O N B I B L E C O LL L L E G E R E C E IIV V E S A BLESSING This fall, o u r co-workers Bill a n d Margy Hoff U.S. Bill b e g a n b e g a n t h ei r y e a r' s furlough in t h e U.S t eachi ng a t Johnson Bible College in Knox Knoxvil ville, le, TN, w hi h i le le M ar ar g gy y b e g a n learning n e w c o m p u t e r ou l d h e ell p h e r in t h e work of t h e Bajio skills that w ou C h r i s t i a n M i s s i o n . A r e c e n t l e tt t t e r r e c ei ei v e ed d from them shared

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m e n t a n d activities. Bill is t e a c h i n g four c o u r s e s a t J.B.C. a n d h e ea a d in in g u p t h he e s ttu u de d e nt n t mission's gr oup. Included in t h e c o u r s e s h e is teaching is a c o u r s e in a d v a n c e d S p an i s h , a c o u r s e in Early

Hebrew History, a n d a mission's course. Margy is enrolled in a word processing c o u rs r s e a n d actively Involved in t h e faculty wives' fellowship gr oup.

Mark a n d R e b e c c a a r e enjoying t h e i r n e w s ch c h oo o o ls l s a n d adjusting well t o t h e U.S. culture. A fami mily ly.. It roomy home w a s provided for t h e Hoff fa h a s a finished b a s e m e n t serving a s a s e c o n d story. They a r e all pleased with t h e accom

m o d at i o n s provided t o th e m by t h e college. From t h e m o m e n t o u r t w o families b e g a n w o r k i n g t o g e t h e r h e re in Mexico, t h e Hoffs b e c a m e a tru e b l es es s iin n g t o us . Now, w e a r e thrilled that Johnson Bible Co lleg lleg e (th (the e fin fine e s t c o l le l e g e t h a t we , h e r p re judiced alumni, know) h a s received t h e blessing

of their p re s e n c e a n d sen/ice. We a r e praying that they will have a pleasant, fruitful year a J. J.B. B.C. C.

 

A   Timothy Preparing? T h e r e w a s a n e w f a c e a t J o h n s o n Bible C o ll l l eg e g e t h iiss fall. ll. A f a c e a little different from

t h e rest of t h e eager ne w students enrolling. It w a s t h e dark-skinned, smiling face of Jo se Luis Gutierrez. Jo se left his family a nd his c h u r c h family in Q u er er e ett ar a r o a n d h e a d e d f or Knoxville TN t o seriously study God's Word. He took with him everyone's blessing a n d ha at th he e Lord would p rep are him high h o p es t h t o b e u s e d in a special way. Already w e h a v ve e w i t n e s s e d t h e L o rd a t work in this y o u n g man's life. J o s e a n d h i s brother

go , b ut ut Alejandro werebaptized only a y ear a go their growth a n d influence a r e already evi lives es of their family. Three months d en t in t h e liv after J o s e a n d Alejandro were baptized, their mother, A n a Maria, d ec e c id id e ed d t o a c c e pt

ay yii ng ng f or or Marta a n d a Christian. (W e a r e p rra J o s e ' s father, J o s e Luis Sr. t o h a v e t h e c o u r a g e to m a k e p e r s o n a l d e c i s i o n s for

Christ. J u s t recently, J o s e a n d hi s decision t o a t t e nd a Bible c ol o l le le g ge e h as a s influenced t h e youth in t h e local congregation. Even now t h ere a r e tw o more young people hoping t o a t t e n d Bible c o l l e g e s next fall. W e f e e l c e r t a i n t h a t w e will s e e t h e L o r d u s e

J o s e in t h e d ay a y s t o c o m e a s well. J o s e a d m i t t e d t h a t h e h a d n o d e f i n i t e plans fo r t h e future. He plans t o s tu t u d y diligently a n d await t h e Lord's g u i d a n c e . H e h a s c o nf n f iid ded d,, h o w ever, t h a t h e h a s ruled o u t n o possibilities. H e said h e m a y return t o work with t h e church he r e in Queretaro, o r m a y b e h e will

wo m en in t h e church o n e Wednesday that It w a s t h e c h a n g e s h e s a w in J o s e a n d Alejan

s e r v e t h e Lord in a n o t h e r p a r t o f M exi co, o r for t ha t matter, h e m a y b e le d t o c a rrrr y t o G o s pe l t o a n o t h e r c o u nt nt r y y.. T h e f u t u urr e is exciting W e don't know w h a t it wi will ll hold f or J o s e , if t h e

d r o t h a t m a d e h e r s e e t h e n e e d s h e h a d In

Lord tarries W e do know that h e h as c h o s e n

C h r i s t a s h e r S a v i o r . S h e s h a r e d wi t h t h e

h e r life. Jose 's m o t he h e r th t h e n b e g an a n t o w i ttn n e ss ss ; t o o t h e r m e m b e r s of t h e family. H er e r s is i s te te rr,, g u n a t te te n di di n ng g c h ur ur c h a nd n d h as as : Marta, h a s b e gu

^ already admitted that that sh shee ne need edss to become

t o walk t h e w a y o f F a aii th th . W e a l s o know t h a t Christ, living through him, will m a k e a di f f e r e n c e in t h e l i v e s a r o u n d h i m .

Y o u th in Action A s w e h a v e s t a t e d In t h e pas t, o n e of t h e

a d a t Bajlo Ch ris tia n Mission g o al a l s w e h a v e h ad

g a t h e r i n g this Fall e a c h of t h e y o u n g p e o p l e or k m ak a k in i n g c l o t h e s a n d p r o p s fo r s e t t o w or

Is t o help t h e y ou ou n ng g pe eo op pll ::e e in Q u e r e t a r o

t h e i r n e w p u p p e t friends. T h e y h a d b e e n

develop their fullest potential, especially in

waiting fo r u s t o bring t h e   m u p p e t - t y p e

t h e a r e a o f C h r iiss t iia an serv vii c e . During o u r st a y In t h e United S t a t e s this s u m m e r (attending

p u p p e t s f or s e ve v e ra ra l m o n ntt hs hs a n d w e r e e a g e r

t h e NACC/NMC a n d awaiting t h e ar arri riva vall of bl e t o p u r c h a s e n e c e s o u r son), w e w e r e a bl s a r y s u p p li li e s f o r t w o m i n nii s ttrr i e ess fo r t h e youth to u nd erta ke

O n e o f t h e s e m i n i s t r i e s is a

p u p p e t ministry. T o m p u r c h a s e d kits a n d made se ev v e rra al pupp pe e t ss,, while I r e c u p e r a t e d from David's delivery. Then, a t t h e first youth

t o b e g i n p r e p a r a t i o n s t o u s e t h e m . Now, m o s t o f t h e c l o t h e s a n d h a ir n e c e s s a r y fo r

t h e first four s k i t s w e plan t o p r e s e n t a r e c o m p l e t e d . (Next c o m e s t h e making o f t h e

stage and sc ce e n er e r y. y. ) E a c ch h o f t h e four s k kii ts ts t o b e a c te t e d o u t p r e s e n t s a biblical m e s s a g e in a h u m o r o u s way. T h e final s k it p r e s e n t s t h e m o s t beautiful m e s s a g e o f a l l - t h e G o s p e l

 

m e ssa ge . T he he g o oa a l of t h e youth group Is t o begin ministering in t h i s w a y t h e first of D e c e m b e r . Al r eady, t h e y h a v e in v ita tio n s from tw o co n g reg at i o n s in t h e Bajio. They a l s o plan t o t a k e t h e g o s p e l , vi a t h e p u p p e t s , o u t s i d e t h e local c h u r c h e s. T h e w h o l e p r o g r a m l e n d s itself t o a p r e s e n t a t i o n In p a r k s a n d town s q u a r e s w h er e r e p e op o p le l e c o n g re r e g a te te in t h e e v e n i n g s . W e a r e praying t h e Lord will d o a m ig i g ht h t y w or or k t h r o u g h t h e y o u t h a n d th he e iirr p u p pe p e ts ts . o u tth h h av av e A s fe c o n d ministry f or o r w hi hi c ch h t h e y ou b e gu gu n p r e ep p a ra r a ttii o n is a m u s i c ministry. T h e y b u n g p e o p l e in t h e c o n g r e g a t i o n a r e very t a l e n t e d in t h i s a r e a , a n d w e w a n t t o h e l p t h e m d e v e l o p a n d u s e this t a l e n t t o G o d s glory. Before, t h e y h a d a problem with a c c o m p a n i m e n t music. P i a n o s a n d o rg r g an an s a r e very s c a r c e in c h u r c h buildings h e r e in

M ex ex ic ic o. o. A n nd d although a fe w of t h e y o u n g

ed d type of m e n play guitar, t he h e rre e w as as a limit e music that could b e sung with this type of accompaniment. W e pur c ha se d acco m p an i m e n t t a p e s in t h e U.S. t h a t s e e m t o b e a n an s w er to this complication. T h es e t p s   r m u s i c from p o p ul u l a r, r , C h r is i s t ia i a n s o n g s in t h e U.S. b u t with t h e h e l p o f a f e w bl-lingual young ladies, w e a r e a b l e t o t r a n sl a t e t h e lyrics in to S pa pa n nii sh sh a n nd d u s th e music. Last

Sunda unday y the the ne new w yo yout uth h choi choirr presente presented da

s o n g us ing t h e s e b a c k g r o u n d mus ic t a p e s . An d a very a p p r o p r i a t e m e s s a g e it c o n t a i n ed e d . M as a s q u e maravilloso t h e ey y s a ng ng .  M o r e t h a t marvelous {or wonderful, a s y o u m a y h av a v e h ea e a rrd d in English.) A nd t h a t is w h a t J e s u s Christ is t o Hi s children, whe t he r they a r e s e r v i n g Him h e r e i n Mexico, in t h e S t a t e s, o r in ot he r c ou ou nt n t r ie ie s t h ro ro ug u g ho ho u utt t h e world.

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Bajio of IVIexico. W e would lil t o give a n upda te o n what is happening with s o m e o f t h e s e c h u r c h e s . First, t h e c h u r c h in C a m p o Militar. This is o n e o f t w o c o n g r e g a tio n s l o c a t e d in t h e city o f Q u e re t a ro . Gil Calderon, along with an o t h er Christian s e r vant, Humberto Ramirez, is working with this c o n g r e g a t i o n . Gil h a s b ee e e n working o n t h e construction a n d is placing aceiling o v e r t h e n e w building. They h o p e t o move into t h e n e w location within a c o u p le o f w e e k s.

a n J ua u a n d e l Rio. This Second, t h e church in S an congregation i s helped b y a young m a n n a m e d Rafael Gazca. Rafael is t h e principal o f a village sc h o o l n ear t h e c it it y o f S a n Ju a n . O n t h e week ends, Rafael holds Bible s t u d i e s a s well a s c o n d u c t s S u n d a y s e rv i c e s in a h ou o u se se n ea ea r h is o w wn n . This young m a n travels from S a n J u a n t o o u r h o me every Friday afternoon t o pick u p a small truck th a t is o w n e d b y t h e mission. With t h e truck, h e is a b le t o d o calling o n t h e w e e k e n d s a s well a s

thr e e y ears ago. Antonio visits o u r h o m e e e p s u s inform ed o f t h e o n c e a month a n d k ee church's progress. This congregation is also completing construction of a church build

ing. Approximately 2 5 adults a r e no w a tte nd in g this congregation in t h e mountains. P.T.L

Finally t h ere is t h e c h u rc h t h a t w e have been working with here in t h e city of Queretaro. Presently, w e a r e meeting in a rented ap art men t building tha t s e a t s ab o u t 5 5 p eo e o pl p l e. e . W e a r e now, a n d have be e n f or s o m e time, finding ourselves t o b e very crowded. Steadily, visitors a r e coming o n S u n d a y mornings a n d w e h a v e realized t h at a larger a r e a is n e e d e d . Well o v e r a y e a r ago, t h e c hu h u rrc c h p u rc r c h as a s e d s o m e property with h o p e s t o c o n str u c t a building t o m e e t in. However, p l a n s h a v e n o t w o r k e d o u t

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e x pe p e c te t e d a n d w e a re r e still havin having g difficu difficultie ltiess in gaining c u sto d y o f t h e l a an n d ( ev e v en e n th o u g h w e h a ve v e paid f o r t h e property). In t h e m e a n time, tim e, Alberto Gonzalez  a Mexican evangel is t w h o a l s o w o r k s with t h e congregation)

t r a n s p o r t p e o p l e t o a n d from c h u r c h s e r v i c es es . T h is is congregation is just beginning t o

a n d I h a v e l o o k e d a t s e v e r a l o t he h e r p i e ce ce s o f property. It is o ur u r h op o p e t o p u rc r c h a se s e a n o tth her

c o n str u c t a   TEMPLO (Church building).

p i e c e o f p r op o p e rt r t y b e f or or e D e c e m b e r 1 s t a n d then begin t o construct a s t h e Lo Lord rd provides provides..

In t h e s t a t e o f Mexico, u p in t h e mountains, t h e r e is a c o n g re g a t i o n t h a t h as a s b e en en s t a r t e d b y a y o u n g m a n n a m e d Antionio Max-

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c h u r c h e s in C e n t r a l M exico, n o t only t h e w e J U ^ e a r e excited t o s e e w h a t t h e Lor d h a s inisfore fo r Hi s Church in t h e future

 

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P l e a s e rejoice with u s a n d p r a i s e t h e Lord for; et a ro r o c h ur ur c h   t h e 6 baptisms during t h e s u m m er months in t h e Q u e r et t h e c o n t a g i o u s e n t h u si a sm a m o n g t h e y o u t h g rro o up u p h er er e  

 

t h e growth in t h e c h ur ur c ch h e s in t h e Bajio a l th t h y b a by b y boy, David o u r h e al

lift ftin ing g t h e s e petitions t o t h e Lord: P l e a s e join with u s in li   that t h e Hoff fa fami mily ly will h av e afru afru i tfu tfu l year a t Johnson Bible College   t h a t t h e youth will r e a c h m a n y p e o p l e fo r t h e Lord through and

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that J o s e L u i s will co n q u er a ny l a ngua ge d i f f i c u l t i e s in hi s s t u d i es a t J o h n s o n Bible C o l l e g e   that a new p a r c e l of l a n d will b e p ur ur c ch h a se se d soon, a n d construction will b e begun on a building fo r t h e Q u e r e t a r o c h u r c h   that t h e 6 n e w  b ab es in Christ will grow s piritu pirituall ally y

 

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