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Our mission team traveled to Fresnillo in the state of Zacatecas in Mexico in March of 2018 to visit La Iglesia del Gran Pastor. Gran Pastor is a thriving congregation in a city of about 200,000 residents in an arid, semi-desert environment in the interior of Mexico. Advent shares an affiliation with Gran Pastor as both are members of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). During the trip, our team and the leadership of Gran Pastor explored the possibility of a special, long-term friendship between our two churches, sometimes described as a “sister-to-sister” relationship. Our shared vision is that this relationship will be a mutually-beneficial partnership in the gospel with our brothers and sisters in Mexico. The focus of this first trip was to build relationship and get to know each other. In this respect, the trip was a great success. While we were there, we participated in Gran Pastor’s children and youth ministries, attended Sunday service and led several workshops. The people of Gran Pastor received our mission team with tremendous hospitality, and we look forward to further developing our special partnership in the near future.
In March of 2019, we sent another team to Gran Pastor to continue to build on our relationship. This trip was a wonderful taste of God's kingdom! We spent so much time around "la mesa" (“the table") eating and talking and just getting to know each other. This is precisely what we hope this partnership will involve: a deep heart connection which overflows into mutual support and encouragement as brothers and sisters at home in our Father's love. Particular delights included: seeing Gran Pastor’s amazing outreach to the kids in their neighborhood, worshipping with them on Sunday, and getting to know Pastor Farhid and his family. It was also very encouraging to see the team of leaders at Gran Pastor and their eagerness to pursue discipleship. They are partnering with many other churches to spread the gospel throughout Mexico. We are very excited to see what God will do through Gran Pastor and how we might play a small part in encouraging them in God's work!
Our desire to pursue a sister-to-sister relationship with another Anglican Church in Latin America came out of a trip our mission team took to Curahuasi, Peru in February of 2017 (along with Pastor Rob's trip to Rwanda in 2017). The small village of Curahuasi, Peru is located in the beautiful Andes Mountains. Curahausi is located in the Apurimac region, which is known as the poorhouse of Peru. Approximately 750,000 people (predominantly indigenous) live within a three hour radius of Curahuasi. Most of the locals speak Spanish and Quechua. This area is predominantly Roman Catholic, with 10% being Evangelical. There is a lot of superstition and animism carried over from the old Incan religious traditions and customs.
If you have questions about Advent's International Mission or are interested in participating in future international missions opportunities, please contact Loyce or Huck Burns at email@example.com.