Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

I’ve written about the opportunities for youth ministry training in Latin America before, and it seems like more and more people are becoming interested in youth ministry training.

I just got another email from a graduate of ours who recently went to the Dominican Republic, and of course he talked about youth ministry training while he was there. He writes to me, saying, “The people in the Dominican Republic are very interested in taking the experience we had here to their country, and I think it would be a great place to invest in because they have very little ministry to young people. It’s almost zero.”

There are at least 4 countries on the horizon for us in Latin America. We need to know where to go. We need to know what to do. Things in Mexico are picking up. We have a certificate program planned to start in January, and we are working with our Seminary to start a Master’s program as well.

So, where do we go from here? That’s a good question. Please keep praying with us about these things. Pray for wisdom. Pray for resources (both human resources and financial resources).

These are exciting times.

(Photos by: oui c’est moi! on flickr)

A Heavy Heart

I’ve been thinking a lot about many things lately, and I’ve had a heavy heart for a few situations that are happening right now. Will join me in praying for these things?

  • A family member of a friend has been kidnapped.
  • One of our students left the seminary because of personal issues.
  • One of our students is in the hospital (she had emergency surgery)
  • One of our ex-students has a problem with his eyesight that is affecting him greatly.
  • One of our ex-students is looking for a house to rent for his family and is not finding one.
  • The dean at our seminary just had twin boys, and one of them is still in the hospital (he’s too little to leave).

We are living a battle. There are so many things that are happening to discourage and destroy. Please pray with us, remembering that the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

How Do You Pray for Your Students?

How Do You Pray for Your Students?

“Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need.” – E.M. Bounds

We need prayer in our ministries. It should be a priority for us. But, it’s easy to get burdened with the hassles of “work” and not pray like we should for our students and volunteers.

Shane at Nailscars.com has the great idea of making Youth Group Prayer Cards to help him pray for students.

How do you pray for your students, their families, and the volunteers who work with you?

We Could Really Use Your Help

We Could Really Use Your Help

We need your help. A few weeks ago, I sent an email to our mailing list that said that we really needed prayers for the last of 6 encounters for a Master’s program we are directing in Cuba. I have been going there each January and June for the last 2 and a half years (almost 3 years), and this time will be the last trip I make for a while.

Many of the 13 students in the program have serious issues at home or in their ministries that are affecting them in their quest to complete this once in a lifetime opportunity. Here are a few of the situations that they are facing. Please pray for them.

  • Maykel’s wife is pregnant, and her pregnancy is very high risk. She is due right around when we should be in class. Maykel has been finishing up a thesis he is researching for another degree he is completing at the same time.
  • Pancho was recently told by his doctor to avoid doing anything that requires much effort due to the amount of stress that is in his life. He is taking a sabbatical from his job as the director of the youth program at the Eastern Baptist Convention, but he is continuing his studies to obtain his Master’s in youth ministry.
  • Abdiel and Leza are expecting their first child. While this is a good thing, it’s not easy to be pregnant and do the required work for the youth ministry classes.
  • Giancarlos’s wife has very serious eye problems and may lose her sight if something isn’t done soon. They say there isn’t much that can be done.

We know that these are difficulties that need to be overcome, and we are confident that your prayers will help (James 5:16). Thanks.

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5 Times to Pray for Us

5 Times to Pray for Us

One of our goals is to get people to pray for us. It’s important for us in both life and ministry to have people who will pray for us.

We know that our success is based on the prayers of people like you. We’d love to have a ton of people praying for us and the ministry in Mexico City (and Latin America).

So, here are five times when you could pray for us. We’d love to have you praying for us when these things happen to you.

  1. When you eat tacos or see a taco bell (or any Mexican food). Tacos are popular here. If you eat tacos or burritos (like at Chipotle…mmm), stop and pray for us.
  2. When you hear someone speaking Spanish. Everywhere you go, you probably hear people speaking Spanish. Next time you’re in a store and hear Spanish, pray for the Poulette family.
  3. When you see a soccer ball or a soccer game. If you take your kids to soccer practice or a soccer game, or if you pass by a soccer field or see it on TV, pray for us.
  4. When you hear a dog bark. We hear dogs barking everyday. When you hear a dog bark, pray for the ministry in Mexico City.
  5. When you see our prayer card. Don’t have one? Get one here!

BONUS: Right now!

Let us know if you’re praying for us. You can also send us your prayer requests on our sign-up page.

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