Wednesday, September 28, 2011

TCC Bible Club

Hello Praying Friends,

It has been blistering hot here in Texas! I can't believe it is almost October. I'm missing the colored leaves that fall brings in Indiana. I'm also missing the cooler temperatures! Today our high was supposed to be 100 degrees! To me, this just does NOT feel like autumn.

In spite of the heat, we remain busy. Gerson continues working on the soccer field. He has the poles ready to put in the ground and will be picking up the net (hopefully) tomorrow. I need to remind him to take pictures of the progress as he finishes up the final touches.

Today Debbie and I had our first Bible Club in TCC! Although Gerson and I had canvassed the nieghborhood with fliers (going door to door), we had no children show up from the local community. However, seven students from TCS did attend, and we were thrilled to teach them. I will be trying to go door to door again sometime in the next week to try to reconnect with some of the local families who had expressed interest and who perhaps simply forgot the starting date. Please pray for us as we continue to make connections within the neighborhood.

I am also stuffing a prayer letter this week and hope to send it out by the end of the week. Be looking for it in your mailbox in the days to come!

Thanks for your continued prayer. We appreciate each of y0u!

Love, Betsy for the Tejedas

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Busy Fall

Hello Friends,

It's hard to believe it is almost October! It's been a busy month for us, hence I haven't updated the blog in several weeks. The time has just flown by as we've been juggling ministry and family life. For some reason, our family has had quite a few doctors'/dentists' appointments this month. So, we've been fitting those in here and there as needed.

We have also been very busy in ministry. I (Betsy) have become very involved in our local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. The group started back up in September after a summer break. I am enjoying being a small group leader. It's a joy to minister alongside some amazing women! We are not a large group (around 20 or so) but are trying to grow it, reaching out to other young mothers who desire a fellowship and support from other mothers of young children. Please pray that the Lord will give me wisdom as I love the women the Lord brings into my small group. I see one of my main ministries as an intercessor on their behalf, and some of the women are heavily burdened with hard situations. We officially meet twice a month, but we also have many other activities (Mommy time, play days, etc.) throughout each month. It's a joy, but I need the Lord's annointing and strength!

Gerson has been busy with the soccer field. As you can tell by the photos, it is just beautiful! Gerson is hoping to begin practices with the youth and children of the community around the middle of October. We now have the money in hand to put up the netting around the field to keep stray balls on our property. It will take a few weeks to get that finished.

As many of you have probably heard, Texas is in the midst of a horrible drought. We praise the Lord that the city of McAllen has worked with us to get adaquate irrigation on the soccer field. As you can tell from the pictures, the grass is doing well, although some patches are drier than others. Gerson irrigates the grass almost every night to keep it looking so nice. He's had to mow the field 2 times so far!

Please be in prayer for the final details to come together to finish the outskirts of the field. Then pray that God will use this field to bring many families to Him!

Last Saturday, as a family we walked around the community to pass out fliers announcing Bible Club. WGM missionary Debbie McKelvey and I will be doing a Bible Club at TCC starting next Wednesday, September 28. It will be every Wednesday for 7 weeks. Please pray for us as we finish up the planning stages for the Bible Club. Pray for the kids who will be coming and for a special annointing on us as teach them about the love of Christ!

We appreciate each of you and love to hear from you. Thanks for your continued prayer and support!


Betsy for the Tejeda Family

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Short Update

Good morning, Friends,

I'm sorry I didn't get a posting up last week. Both kids have been under the weather with colds and allergies. Thankfully, although they are still coughing and sniffling, they are getting better. It's been a busy week of doctor appointments and taking care of my boys.

Gerson was able to preach on Sunday. We praise the Lord for helping Gerson perpare and share a message about God's healing power! The Holy Spirit moved among the congregation and many people came forward for prayer. I'm so thankful we serve a God who heals, both emotionally and physically!

I had my first MOPS meeting last Thursday. I am excited and honored to be part of the MOPS leadership in our local group this year. What a privilege it is to reach out to mothers of preschoolers. We share our challenges, our joys, and our heartaches together, all the while growing in our walk with our Savior. I am a small group leader. Please pray for me as I minister to the moms in my group. I desire to be available to help them, pray with them, encourage them, and be there for them as we take this journey of motherhood together. We will have two official meetings per month --- the first and third Thursdays. I'd appreciate your prayers for those meetings.

In addition to MOPS, I am also working with another WGM missionary, Debbie McKelvey, to prepare a Bible Club after school for the kids in the community near the TCC. Pray for us as we are in the planning stages of this new ministry. I am excited that Debbie arrived at the end of July, having transferred from another WGM field. She has a huge heart for children's minsitries, and I'm so thankful she is offering her help to get a Bible Club up and running at TCC.

Once again, THANK YOU for your love, support and prayers. Our hope is to get another prayer letter written and mailed out this month. Pray for us as we write it and get it ready to mail. It is time-consuming, yet we know the importance of keeping everyone updated on what God is doing here. We really need the Lord's help as we balance ministry and family.

Love, Betsy for the Tejedas