Monday, September 3, 2018

Amazing August

"You will know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will set you free."
John 8:32

The end of July and beginning of August a group of about 10 of us put on a VBS for the kids here in La MisiĆ³n. We planned for 60 kids, had 65 the first day and then had 85 the last 3 days! Needless to say it was a busy and high energy week. The Gospel was shared several times, verses were memorized, crafts were made, games were played and the seeds were planted. The theme was "Agents of the truth." We did skits everyday to tell stories of people in the bible who stood up for the truth and then we talked with the kids about doing the same in their homes and schools. The Sunday after VBS we had so many visitors at church, we ran out of chairs for all of them. It was a blessed week! 






"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."
Colossians 3:2
The second week of August we headed to Arandas, 7+ hour bus ride in land, for a youth camp. These are kids from several different churches and cities in Mexico. We played games, worshiped, studied God's word and challenged the campers in their faith. My cabin had 10 campers and 2 counselors in it. During the week we meet with each of our campers for a time to get to know them better and to see where they really are spiritually. One of my campers came to camp thinking she was pregnant. She shared her fears with me and her convictions about how she knew she needed to change some things in her life. I encouraged her to do what was right and to also start going to church regularly. She left the week fearful of what would happen when she returned home, knowing it would not be as "easy" as camp life. Monday morning she texted me that she had broken up with the boyfriend and that she was not pregnant. Praise the Lord! This was a huge step for her. Continuing to pray for her and that she would learn to put all her faith in Christ.  
Everyone was divided in to countries for games and cabins, we did everything in our country teams. My team was Costa Rica! For not being the best at games we got third place over all!! God is good and at work in the lives of these youth! 




"I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
John 10:11
 After camp we took some time to relax and recharge. The following week Sarah, Silvia and I redecorated the class rooms for the kids at church. Downstairs we repainted and then drew this mural on the wall. 

 Upstairs for the older kids we painted all the walls white and then painted the cross on one wall. We decorated the rest of the room with the bible verses from VBS and added bright bursts of colors. Everyone was very pleased with how these spaces turned out! 

 In the midst of all the activities this month I mentioned to a neighbor kid that I really wanted a kitten. A few days later at 10pm I hear knocking on my door and kids yelling my name. I was a little scared but went down to answer the door. To my surprise there were 6 kids at my door and a baby kitten! "Here Alicia we found her for you! They were giving her away in the park and I thought of you!" Thank you Jesus!! I have been wanting this kitten for 3 years now. She may not seam like much to anyone else but she is my gift from God. She means that He provides for me, that I am making friends with the kids here and they are thinking about me and now I have someone with me at home. Her name is Matti Shiloh. Matti comes from Matthew which means "gift from God" and Shiloh means peace. She was peaceful the night I got her...now she is 100% crazy kitten!!

Thank you for all of your prayers and support. You are all such a blessing to me. 
Please keep these things in your prayers: 
  • Agents of Christ starting September 4. A club for kids in elementary. 
  • Youth group every Saturday evening 
  • Women's bible study on Friday nights 
  • The people we visit during the week 
  • The young gal from camp and my other campers 
  • Thank for His goodness and faithfulness 
  • Situation in Venezuela 
Blessings, 
Alicia 
awhitmore@fim.org

Fellowship International Mission
555 S 24th St 
Allentown, PA 18104 






Wednesday, July 18, 2018

La Mision

"The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need."
Psalm 23:1

¡HOLA from Puerto Vallarta Mexico! The past 23 days have been a blessing and a little bit crazy! I arrived in Vallarta on June 26th to partner with Frank and Rebecca Arellanes. Took the first few days to settle in and prepare for my time here. We met people, set up my apartment and made plans for the summer course we are currently doing in La Mision. La Mision is where the Arellanes have a church plant and do most of their ministry. I chose to live here in the apartment above the church. This way I can be closer to the people and interact with them on a daily basis. 

July 3rd Sarah (a young gal who is here for 6 months to serve) and I started a summer course for the kids of La Mision. We have classes 4 days a week from 11-2. We average about 25 kids each day. Our classes are sports, english, crafts and music. We also give the kids a little snack during our time together. The verse above and the little sheep are a few of the things the kids have learned. Yes, they learned a verse in english and most of them can say it from memory.  Below are a few pictures of the kids during class. 
Music class with Sarah and Francisco (a leader from church)
Crafts with Alicia
 English class with Alicia (they love the game in the picture on the left)
 More crafts with Alicia, the two little ones in the picture on the left come back to play/help us when class is over.
Please pray for these little souls, they are so precious to us and to our Heavenly father. We have been blessed to get to share with them that God is our good shepherd and cares for us always! 

On our days off Sarah and I have been taking in beach time to beat the heat. The only down side is that the water here isn't as cold as we hoped it would be! None the less we have a goal to visit beaches on all our days off! God's creations is so beautiful and so is the friendship we share. 

 This week we will end our Summer course and then use next week to prepare for Vacation Bible School the following week, July 30-August 2. The Arellanes, Sarah, a few other visitors and I will be helping the church in La Mision put this on for the kids here. We are excited to share with the kids what it means to be an Agent of the Truth and who the Truth is! Please pray for us as we gear up to share the love of Christ with these kids. 

There are so many other great things happening here and stories I already have of how God is working. I'm excited to see what other awesome things He has in store for me during my time here. 

Thank you for praying with me for this transition and new ministry. 

Blessings! 
Alicia 
awhitmore@fim.org 

Fellowship International Mission 
555 S 24th St 
Allentown, PA 18104 




Monday, May 14, 2018

Hasta luego Mexico (see you later Mexico)

"Yet I still belong to you,You hold my right hand."
Psalm 73:23

April in Mexico flew by so quickly. The days were filled with good byes, new friends and growing closer to God. 

At the beginning of April I had my last English classes and kid's club in the park. They were all sad to see my go. I had such a great time teaching them and learning how to be an 
English teacher. 

Another opportunity I had while in Mexico was singing on the praise band at church. My last Sunday there was very special. We sang, had cake together and several people shared praises to God for my time there. I even took the first bite of cake!! 



The second week of April we (Nevin family and I) headed to Guadalajara for a FIM retreat. Several other FIM families were there. We had a great week meeting and sharing ministry together. The director of out mission and his wife can down to Mexico and spent the week with us too. It was a blessed week. (below is a picture of the ladies) 

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The following week I had the opportunity to visit two of the families that I had just met from FIM in Mexico and see their places of ministry. First I headed to Aguascalientes to visit the Walker family. Julie works with kids doing clubs, camps and homework help classes all week. I saw her in action at bible club and helped her with a camp for the girls. We had a great time swimming, bon-fire, hiking and I shared my testimony with them. 


 After my time there I headed to Puerto Vallarta to visit the Arellanes. They work in a church planting teaching discipleship and also do an AWANA club on Saturday afternoons.  While I was there I saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time! 

 My last few days in Puerto Vallarta four of us FIM ladies attended the Thrive retreat at the Westin resort. It was a very special time. We were encouraged by God's word and other ladies there. My small group was one of many highlights for me. The volunteers prayed for us every chance they got. Left the time together feeling very blessed and refreshed. 

The 28th I said good bye for now to Mexico and the Nevin family. It was bittersweet to leave them and this special place. God is at work and I pray the very best for them and their ministry. Thank you Nevin family for allowing me to serve with you these four months.

Monday April 30 I was back in Chicago and reapplied for the visa to Venezuela. Felt very encouraged and at peace after leaving the office. God is good and I can see Him answering prayers. A little over a week after applying I received an email that I didn't want but can only trust is God's will and plan for my life. The visa was denied again and this time I have to wait 3 months before reapplying. So again the waiting and praying continues. 

It has been discussed and prayed over, at the end of June I will head to Puerto Vallarta and work with the Arellanes family. For 3-6 months I will work along side them in many areas continuing to focus on kids and youth. Looking forward to this new opportunity. God is at work.  

Dad came and got me in Chicago and we were able to see a Cubs game against the Colorado Rockies. It was a great father daughter trip! 


Now that I am back in Iowa I have been able to visit some of my prayer warriors! The 5th grade at Joshua Christian Academy and the bible study at Prairie Hills.  

May is full steam ahead too! Visiting and catching up with many here in the Iowa area. Hope to see many of you in the days ahead. Thank you so much for your prays, I can feel them, God has given me a peace that can only come from Him.

Blessings! 
Alicia 
awhitmore@fim.org 

Fellowship International Mission
555 S 24th St. 
Allentown, PA 18104




Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Justified by faith alone

"Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified."
Galatians 2:16

This month at church we have been working on memorizing this verse. It is also the central message of the Gospel, we are saved by faith and nothing we do. Amen! 

Kids' club is going well. We are still working through the book of Mark. This last week we learned that Christ saved us on the cross and all we have to do is put our faith in Him. "I am the resurrection and the life." -John 11:25 These clubs have been so much fun, I love teaching the kids bible stories, doing crafts and playing games with them. 


 English classes are another high light of my weeks. This last week we learned easter vocabulary and the story of the true meaning of easter. It was also fun to compare traditions form the two countries. I will miss these students a lot when my time here is done and I know they will miss me (because they ask me everyday not to leave). Most importantly it is my prayer that these kids and adults will keep coming to the church lead activities and would allow the seeds that are being planted to grow and bear fruit. 


Between weeks full of ministry we have found a few days to get away and have fun. One weekend we spent the night at the home of fellow FIM missionaries in Puebla. It was a great 24 hour trip seeing them and being encouraged sharing ministry stories. A few weeks later a family from church took me to a fair in a small town not too far from here, we rode rides, ate yummy food, watched traditional dances and watched them send lanterns into the night sky. It was a beautiful night. 
To kick off Holy Week we (Nevin family and I) spent the day at the pyramids only 20 mins away from us. Several of us climbed the Sun pyramid and then we all toured the museum, ate ice cream and had a great day in the sun learning more about the past.  

Thank you all so much for praying and supporting me this last month. 
In April I will be finishing up my time here and heading back to the States. We have lots of fun things planned to finish well. Please pray for this transition time. 

Prayers and Praises: 
  • Praise for this time to minister in Mexico. 
  • Pray for a good end. 
  • Praise for the Gospel and Salvation we find only in Christ. 
  • Pray for wisdom and open doors in the visa process. Going at end of April (30) to resubmit papers. 
Blessings,
Alicia 
awhitmore@fim.org 

Fellowship International Mission 
555 S 24th Street
Allentown, PA 18104 


Monday, February 12, 2018

New opportunities in Mexico

"Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." 
-Isaiah 43:19


January was a busy month of new experiences. At the beginning of the month I moved to Mexico and stayed for 3 weeks with a Mexican family. They were very warm and welcoming, they are new friends and have helped me get my feet on the ground here in Mexico. It was fun to spend time with them. We had fun comparing names for different things in Mexico Spanish and Venezuela Spanish and trying LOTS of new foods. Mexicans love spicy food!  

Also this month I started teaching free English classes. Tuesdays and Thursdays I have 3 classes of kids and Saturday mornings I have a class of youth and adults. My Thursday afternoon higher level class had 19 in it last week!! This new teacher is being kept on her toes!! A few families from English class have started coming to church on Sundays. Praise the Lord! 

We have had a busy weekend! Friday we started back up with a women's craft and cooking class that will meet opposite weeks from a women's bible study. It was fun meeting several of the ladies from the community and a few of the moms of the kids in my English classes. On Saturday we had normal English classes followed by the first kid's club in the park! Several of the kids that came are from my English classes. It is fun to see them and to build relationships with them. They all call me "teacher". Then Saturday evening the couples at church had a romantic dinner with a talk about biblical marriage. I babysat one of the kids so his parents could attend. We had fun playing xbox together. Sunday I sang in the praise band and attended church, we are studying Acts. After church we had lunch with a few of the families from church. It was a good afternoon spent together. 

This month I am looking forward to building these relationships and continuing to grow as a teacher both of English and the bible. God is good and I can already see several of His blessings here in Mexico. Thank you for your prayers. 

Prayers and Praises: 
  • Praise that the transition was smooth
  • Praise that all the classes and clubs are off to a good start 
  • Praise for the people we are reaching and relationship building
  • Pray for the ministry 
  • Pray for the souls of the people we are in contact with 
  • Pray for team building
  • Pray for Mexico and Venezuela
  • Pray for wisdom and open doors in the Venezuelan visa process  
God is good!! 

Blessings, 
Alicia 
awhitmore@fim.org

Fellowship International Mission (FIM) 
555 S 24th Street
Allentown, PA 18104 






Sunday, January 7, 2018

New beginnings in the New Year

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." 
Joshua 1:9

Happy New Year! 
It was such a blessing to be back in Iowa and get the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. Many special memories were made, such as the afternoon I got to visit my nephew's kindergarten class and make a gingerbread house. 

With the new year comes lots of new things. The main one being the new adventure of going to Mexico on January 9th. I will be spending three months with Brian and Susan Nevin in Mexico City (fellow FIM missionaries). In this time I will be teaching English classes and a kids bible club, as well as many other things that God will show in their time. I am looking forward to this time and what God has in store for me and the people of Mexico. Just as God commanded the Israelites when they were heading into the Promised Land, I hear Him reminding me of the same promise, He is with me wherever I go. And I will go where He commands me and trust fully in Him. 

I will post pictures and a more in depth update once I get to Mexico and settle in. 

Here are some prayer requests: 
  • Praise for a special Holiday season
  • Pray for a safe trip to Mexico and smooth transition
  • Pray for unity with new co-workers
  • Pray for the people in Mexico City that Salvation will come to them
  • Pray for Venezuela and that God will open doors for me to return to ministry there soon. 
Thank you all so very much for all your love and support!! It means so much to me. 

Blessings,
Alicia 
awhitmore@fim.org 

FIM 
555 S 24th Street
Allentown, PA 18104

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Praise the Lord!!

"Praise the Lord! 
Praise the name of the Lord;
Praise Him, O you servants of the Lord!"
Psalm 135:1 

There is much to praise the Lord for! This time in the States has been good for reconnecting with family and friends, it has also allowed me to make new friendships at ESL (english as a second language) classes. I look forward to volunteering each week. 

Thanksgiving was well spent eating delicious food with family. Also ran a seven mile race with a few friends, brrrr. God blessed me with a fun 1984 conversion van to drive during this time, makes good conversation. (smile) 

Looking forward to the next few weeks as we celebrate the birth of the Savior! This is an answer to prayers I have prayed the last two Christmases, to spend this time with family. 

In January I will be traveling to Mexico and spending three months serving with the fellow FIM missionary family, Brian and Susan Nevin. They are church planters near Mexico City. I will be leading a kid's club on Saturday mornings, helping with the youth and teaching English. 

Several people have asked how you can be praying, thank you for your prayers, here are a few prayer requests. 
  • Praise for a Savior who is God with us. 
  • Praise for time to celebrate with family and friends in the States.
  • Prayers for those in Venezuela keeping the ministry going, that at this time hearts would be open and receive Christ as savior of their lives. 
  • Ministry in Mexico, that God would be our focus and to Him would be the glory.
  • For my Venezuela visa to be approved in April. 
Thank you for your continued love, support and prayers.
God is good!! 

Blessings,
Alicia 
awhitmore@fim.org 

Fellowship International Mission (FIM) 
555 S. 24th St 
Allentown, PA 18104