Faith Over Fatalism: Our December in the Mountains!

This year has been transformational to say the least. We’ve seen a lot more of the world and learned a lot more about ourselves. We wanted to share this story as an example of how we’ve seen God transform a community. This is pastor Martín…

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He is the head pastor for the indigenous mountain villages we traveled to. He teaches the truth of God in 3 churches each with about 35 adults and 5 million adorable kids:)

Here are just a few…

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He’s never been to bible college or received any kind of formal training. Over the course of 2 weeks we covered the whole story of the Bible! As we taught he listened closely and filled a little green notebook with the truth of God’s word. We found out that he was preparing his sermons for the following year based on the new truth we were teaching from the bible. Wow! These truths have the power to change every life in his community!

The predominant worldview of in this area is Fatalism.”Que Sera, Sera” (Whatever will happen, is going to happen). Mixed with a bit of Karma (If it happened, you deserved it)! Now think about if you were poor living in this place with this mindset… You would be taught that not only do you deserve to suffer because of your wickedness but also there is absolutely nothing you can do about it because it was meant to be. Can you imagine? How would you be motivated to grow or improve your situation? How could you really believe that God loves and forgives you if you’re still suffering even with all your hard work ?!

We were able to challenge this worldview with the freedom of life in Christ. “You weren’t created to suffer, you were created to have life abundantly!” No matter what our financial situation may be. “When you’re forgiven by Jesus that’s it! No more punishment or shame for your sins. He took it. You’re loved and free to enjoy it!” We trust that God will speak through Pastor Martín and transform their community in the years to come.

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Favorite quotes right now…

“The pain of regret is far worse than the pain of discipline.” – Nathan Whitley & Patti Peviani

“We shouldn’t move forward by running from a bad situation. God calls us to run to what he has for us.” – Kerry Ast

 

This Year’s Firsts and Fruits

It’s been quite a year for the Colangelos. First and foremost we actually became the Colangelos!

Just to clarify what we’re actually doing out here I thought I’d sum it up… We are staff members of a chronological bible school in Tijuana, Mexico! This year we have 16 students hungry to study the bible. This school is part of a larger non-profit Christian missions organization called Youth with a Mission (YWAM). We’ve been here for almost 3 years now! And we love it! There are thousands of YWAM “bases” serving all over the world. This location of YWAM allows us to join its home building and homeless feeding ministries!

We’d love to share with you some of the unbelievable fruit we’ve seen while serving …

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Together we’ve build almost 15 homes for needy families!

This month (by the grace of God) we were even able to build our 2nd home with great friends and family.

The benefits of a home show God’s love for the family and greatly affect their health, their children’s education, and can even have a huge spiritual significance!

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We were also blessed to see the graduation of the local Mexican church that Blaire and I teach in.

Not only are they learning to study God’s word on there own but they’re also learning how to share this truth with others!

Favorite quotes from what we’re reading…

“The natural man must know in order to believe; the spiritual man must believe in order to know.” – A.W. Tozer

 “God created us to love one another, to be kind, unselfish, forgiving, honest, and loyal to our husbands and wives, and to recognize and live in fellowship with Him. The very meaning of our existence is found in loving and obeying God.” – The Father Heart of God

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” – Psalms 111:10

Practicing the Presence

The students are coming! The students are coming! Growing up we never thought we’d be excited for another year of school but when your teaching God’s Word and about His amazing love its hard not to get excited! As we dive into our second year of staffing the CSBS (Chronological School of Biblical Studies) we are thankful for all that God has done to get us here! This past weekend we had a conference put on by our organization YWAM (Youth With a Mission) San Diego/ Baja to get us ready for this udownloadp coming year.

Our speaker Maureen, a YWAMer from South Africa came to share her heart. She taught out of 2nd Corinthians 3 and brought up the subject of how the Old Covenant with Moses and the New Covenant with Jesus are very different. She spoke about how many christians today still relate to God with an Old Covenant mindset. She explained that Moses could be separated from God because Jesus hadn’t come yet. The presence of God had to come to Moses but the presence of God did not dwell in him.

We learned that the New Covenant with Jesus shows that now with the help of the Holy Spirit God’s amazing presence dwells in us at all times. Not just when we’re in worship or prayer but all the time. His presence is in us wether we’re singing, stealing, or doing the dishes . All WE have to do is recognize this reality in any moment and enjoy. We are an adopted son and daughter in this amazing family called the trinity.
This year we want to live out this encouraging and incredible word that CommunionMaureen gave. We both want to practice the presence of the God in our everyday ordinary life. Allowing Christ in us to pour out more of who He is to each other and those around us! Thankfully He is kindness, compassion, forgiveness, humility, gentleness and goodness!

 

 

We also took communion on the happiest day of our lives… God is good!