November Update

November 2, 2006

Olivia Claire Greer

Born on October 10th 2006 at 3:30 AM
Seven pounds—19 ½ inches
Thank you all so much for your prayers!

Everything Changes

Five years. It’s gone by fast. During those years we have learned a great deal: we can navigate one of the world’s largest cities, we can readily converse in Spanish, we have made many relationships, and by the grace and power of God, we have sown more seeds of the Gospel in Mexico City.

But, everything changes. Here is a glimpse of where God is leading us into the next five years, and beyond.

The Greers: Planting a New Church in Mexico City
greers_after_babyWe have known for well, five years, that the end of 2006 would mark a major transition for Mission Mexico City. Because of that, Lindsay and I have spent a great deal of time praying, thinking, and seeking counsel about what we would do next. About two years ago, one thing became certain: we wanted to remain missionaries. We both believe that the world is in desperate need of more Christian workers, more churches, and a deeper understanding of Jesus. And we know that God has gifted us, at least for now, to meet the unique demands of missionary service.

Our realization that we desire to continue as missionaries beyond our first five-year commitment didn’t initially provide us with a lot of concrete answers about the future. The world is a big place, so we set our minds to the “what” and “where” we would be best suited.

After much prayer, we came full-circle, back to Mexico City. We both have big hearts for this city, crime- and pollution-ridden as it is. God has simply burdened us for its people. We are excited to announce that we plan on returning to Mexico City to begin a new church plant with a new team.

Some things will change, some will stay the same. We’ll keep the name — Mission Mexico City works very well for a church plant in Mexico City. Also, both of our supporting churches have already committed to continuing their support of us. Our mission, however, will be different. Rather than a specific focus on youth ministry, we will focus on planting an indigenous church. Also we will be associated with a missions agency called Global Ministries Fellowship. GMF has been very receptive to our hopes for Mexico City, and is excited about our partnership. 2007 will provide us with some much-needed time to recruit and organize our new team, finalize our support base, and to do some more research and study on church planting. We will begin the new church plant in Mexico City in 2008.

We would like to invite you — all of the faithful supporters of the past five years — to continue to support us into the future. We’ll keep in touch. Please, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Blessings! —Luke

The Maupins: Beginning a New Professorship at Lincoln Christian College
maupsSeven years ago we told our youth group in Amarillo we were leaving to become missionaries in Mexico City. Now we find ourselves preparing to say good-bye again. Our hearts literally hurt to leave the place we have come to know as home (this is the only home Kate remembers!). We will deeply miss our Mexican family.

We could not walk away from this vast city and the great need here without a clear sense of God’s call to Lincoln. At the same time we feel really excited about the future, and about Rob’s opportunity to teach at Lincoln Christian College. We are honored to get to work with a faculty & staff and students who are so passionate about missions.

Rob will start teaching in January. He’ll also travel and speak on weekends when he can. I hope to stay home in the spring to get Garrett & Kate settled. I want to be involved with the missions program at the school and work with students as much as possible. Hopefully we’ll both go on short-term mission trips whenever we can.

We plan to stay closely connected with the Greers and with Mission Mexico City. We are so excited for all that God has in store for Luke and Lindsay and their ministry here!!

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