On our way to the village of San Miguel, we stopped outside of a small town and visited with some Huichol believers who, 10 years ago were driven from their homes.
Vol. VIII Issue XI July 2012
A Light in the Mountains - Mexico Report When asked, “What did you think about Mexico?” I have to say it was in some ways exactly what I pictured and expected and in other ways I was completely blown away. If you’ve seen any western movies you’ve see the Mexicans sitting on their desert stoop
covered by their hats and whiskers. There was a lot of that, though being in central Mexico it was a bit more green than further north. A bit. The mountains are what surprised me most. Imagine the Smokies, Rockies, and Grand Canyon wrapped up into one -‐‑ that would give you an idea of what the Sierra Madre mountain range is like. Breathtaking. And the Huichol people wake to that view everyday!
The men talking theology under the shade tree near the village of San Miguel.
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They are surrounded by some of God’s most beautiful handiwork, but have never knowingly thanked Him for it. As we learn more about their beliefs, I think, deep down they know there is one true God -‐‑ the Creator. Similar to
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the American Indian beliefs there are underlying glimpses of Truth. Skewed they certainly are, but it’s there somewhere. While we were in the village the men I traveled with were able to speak with a Huichol man named Thomas for a few hours about theology. They spoke to him Truth and he in turn share details about Huichol beliefs, customs and festivals. After such a meeting and through the other experiences we had in the village, it was clear that the harvest is ripe here. The people are opening up, walls are shattering, and shafts of Light are beginning to trickle in. There’s much more to tell you about the trip, but I need to leave some for our tell article coming out this fall! Stay tuned.
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W E G OT THE C AMERA ! Thank you to everyone who gave extra last month! Because of your generosity there was enough money in the account to buy the camera for Team Expansion! Mexico was its ﬁrst trip and though I still have a lot to learn in terms of professional photography, it was a pleasure and privilege to use. I’m very pleased with it and the photographs I was able to take on the trip. The camera will be a great asset for us and, Lord willing, enhance the quality of our communications and creative arts projects. Thank you, team!
A N EEDED V ACATION Before I left for Mexico I was able to spend a week with my parents, four nephews, and niece for our annual Camp Shiloh. We had a blast, as always! It was a beachin’, church goin’, singin’, arm wrestlin’, canoein’, swimmin’, horseback ridin’, watermelon eatin’, monopoly playin’ blessin’!
Prayer Requests ✤
Thank God for the generous funds that allowed us to purchase the DSLR camera for Team Expansion. Ask God to bless us with many opportunities to use it for His glory! The North American Christian Convention is July 10-‐‑13 in Orlando. I will be aZending and helping at both the Team Expansion booth and the Unleashed for the Unreached Wall. Ask God to use The Wall to open people’s eyes and hearts to the task remaining: 2+ billion people who still have never heard of Jesus. Praise God for a safe and successful visit among the Huichol people in Mexico! We’re much closer to having workers move there to start building relationships, share Jesus, and plant a church than ever before! Pray the project will continue to move forward. Designing the tell magazine 2012 is underway! Pray for wisdom and inspiration.
Message from the President I'ʹve just returned from a trip to Japan to help lead prayer walks in various locations around the country. In addition, I was humbled by the opportunity to mentor some of our newest workers while encouraging some of our seasoned veterans there in three different locations. One team is working hard in the city of Ishinomaki, which was heavily impacted by the tsunami in 2011. You would have been so proud of all of them. While everyone else was fleeing the disaster, they were seeking it out, driving toward it. They were among the first to arrive. Immediately, they developed innovative and effective methods of transporting life-‐‑sustaining supplies to those who needed them most. As soon as the situation allowed, they moved their families directly into some of the hardest-‐‑hit areas so they could work shoulder-‐‑to-‐‑shoulder with local people to rebuild homes, lives, and futures, and just BE with the people, life on life. They'ʹre still there today. There'ʹs something about Team Expansion culture, the world over. They aren'ʹt afraid of work. They invest their entire lives into the local people. They stretch every dollar to maximum impact with maximum love. Your favorite missionary is cut from the same mold. Please join me today in giving thanks for hard workers... and thank you for helping make possible their labor! God bless you this month! -‐‑ Doug Lucas
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Financial Report If you wish to make a contribution or become a monthly supporter, you may give online on my website: www.shaunapeterson.com or you may send a check. Please make checks payable to Team Expansion. Your support is tax deductible as long as my name does not appear on the check itself. Send checks to: Team Expansion ATTN: Shauna Peterson Account 4112 Old Routt Road Louisville, KY 40299 Beginning Balance Support IN: Monthly Gifts (Churches) Monthly Gifts (Individuals) Special Gifts Payments OUT Salary (Food, Gas, etc) Rent Life Insurance Health Insurance Rental Insurance Dental Insurance Car Insurance Utilities Postage Ministry (camera/mexico/NACC) Internet/Phone Team Share Tax/Social Security Total
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