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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

While I'm waiting...I will serve you

"Wait for the Lord; 
be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." 
-Psalm 27:14   

Waiting. These last two months have been full of waiting. Strong. The Lord has given me strength so many times to just keep going. Take heart. Hope for the future, God has never failed me and He won't start now. 

Thank you for your prayers and your support. You are all a HUGE blessing. This last Friday I got the phone call and was told that I was again denied the visa and along with it I can't reapply for 6 months. WHY??? I don't understand what God is doing but I keep trusting and seeking Him in this period of waiting. 

Marcia and Guillermo (co-workers) and I are currently at FIM (fellowship international mission) in Pennsylvania until October 5. We are meeting the new general director and going over ministry plans and talking about the next few months. God is good and this time with our team at the home office has been a blessing. Lots of exciting things going to happen. 

For the rest of the year I will be in the Iowa area, mostly NW Iowa. Living in Paullina and helping in an ESL classroom (english as a second language) in Sioux Center. Also will get connected with a local Spanish ministry at a church.  Then after the first of the year we are praying over options to see where God leads. It is still my heart's desire to return to Venezuela at some point. 

Prayers and Praises: 

  • Praise for this time at FIM and a safe trip
  • Pray for Venezuela 
  • Praise for time to connect with family and friends
  • Pray for Guillermo's trip to Venezuela (October-November)
  • Praise for new friends in Sioux Center
  • Pray for God to open doors with the visa situation. 
  • Praise God for His goodness and unfailing love. 
  • Pray for wisdom for what is next. 
Thank you again for your support and prayers!! 
Blessings,
Alicia Whitmore 
awhitmore@fim.org

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

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Celebrate!!

"Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me."
Psalms 103:2

May and June have been filled with many celebrations. First in the middle of May we celebrated moms. Here is a picture of several of the mothers at church. We had a time of snacks and games with them after the regular Sunday evening church service. In Venezuela they celebrate Mother's day just like in the States. God is good and has blessed us with many wonderful women at church. 

On Thursday nights with the kids in La Ceiba we finished our project of "Who are we in Christ?" We ended this time with a game night, it was a series of games that each team had to complete, each activity was planned to reinforce what had been taught in each class through out the project. It was a fun time and the kids learned a lot. 

In June we celebrated all the Fathers at church. The kids read poems during the service and we shared fried rice and juice afterwards. We are also very blessed with these men in the church. God is a good father and we thank Him for all He does for us. 

On June 30th I finished Spanish classes with Ana and Luz. We planned a surprise grill out for them at my house. It was a fun afternoon, many stories of the last two years were told and I said thank you to all those who have put in countless hours of help and support in my language and culture learning. All the glory goes to God. 
  

Last week we celebrated Guillermo's birthday with lunch together. We are so thrilled to have him here right now and to be able to share this special day with him. 

These past two months I have been able to go to Paso Nuevo several times and spend time with the people of this church. The top pictures of the cactus are from Nuncia and Carlos' house. This cactus only opens its flowers at night, so beautiful. I also tried several different types of mangos at their house, Carlos is my "Professor of mangos" and takes his job very seriously. Please pray for Carlos as he is not a follower of Christ yet. Below is the family of Samuel and Diglis with their infant son Allan. They are young and hungry to learn more about God and his word. Pray for them as they grow in the Lord. 


Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Here are a few things for prayer and praise: 
  • Carlos (professor of mangos) salvation
  • Samuel and Diglis
  • Praise for two years of Spanish classes
  • Transition into practicing Spanish in ministry 
  • The kids during their time of vacation
  • The 3 Plan Vacacionals (VBS) that we have coming up 
Blessings,
Alicia 
awhitmore@fim.org 

Serving with: 
Fellowship International Mission (FIM) 
555 S 24th St 
Allentown, PA 18104



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Because He lives!!

"He is not here, he is risen, as he said."
Matthew 28:6a

The month of April was filled with celebrations of the resurrection of our Savior. The kids from church in La Ceiba spent a Saturday at the foundation making kites with Laideth and Sait. Unfortunately only one kite flew. It is very traditional for the kids to make and fly kites during Holy week, they also enjoy going to the river during their week off from school. Enjoy the pictures. 



Easter Sunday was a day full of celebration! The music ministry team practiced several hymns and choruses for the church services, we then sang them with someone playing piano. I read a poem about what Jesus did for us on the cross. Sunday morning at 6:30 we had a service in Puerto Ordaz followed by a breakfast together. Then we were off to La Ceiba to celebrate there with a service and fresh fruit. The pictures below are both in La Ceiba; Laideth reading the bible with Leo, the music team singing "He lives" acapella. 



 After Easter it was time for me to leave for my visa work again. Time sure does fly when you are having fun! This time God opened doors and I was able to visit two different missionary families in Ecuador. After 30 hours of travel (3 airplanes, a bus and a car) I arrived in Loja, Ecuador at the home of Murray and Sheryl Greenwood (missionaries with SIM). Murray is a pediatrician at a clinic and together the couple disciples and encourages the believers in their church. Two days I helped and observed at the clinic, seeing the kids was a highlight! I also got to see the drama team they disciple on Sunday nights, it was so fun!!  My time with them was very encouraging and refreshing. Loja is up in the mountains so it was much colder than I am use to in Venezuela. 



Next I was off on another bus to Santo Domingo, Ecuador to visit Andrea and Vlady's family. Andrea is sister-in-law to my friend Lizzie Gardiner in England, we met last October at the wedding I was in. Andrea is also a doctor and serves the kids in her community by helping them with school supplies (we handed these out while I was there) and other medical needs. Andrea is also homeschooling her sweet little girls, Tamara (8) and Emily (6). Most of my time we spent playing with them and doing homeschool. Emily saw to it that I did my "school work" too ;) They live on a farm and have a river on their land, we spent many evenings enjoying time swimming. Vlady is a flower farmer and is currently building a retreat center on their land. They are a lovely and busy family! 


Praising God for His continued protection and seeing His working hand in other parts of the world! 

Prayer requests: 

  • Safety/wisdom 
  • Health for Luz and Ana (my teachers)
  • Learning and continued improvement in giving classes
  • That all the kids from church will grow both physically and spiritually 
  • Ishmael - minor infection in his leg, healing, praise that we were able to find the medications he needed!! God is good. 
  • Venezuela - God is in control, that the people would be open to His call and trust fully in Him. 
Thank you so much for you love, encouragement, prayers and support!! 
Blessings,
Alicia 
awhitmore@fim.org 

Serving with: 
Fellowship International Mission (FIM) 
555 S 24th St
Allentown, PA 18104


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sing praises to God, sing praises!

"Clap you hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!" Psalm 47:1-2,6
Sing praises to God, sing praises! One of the songs of praise to God from this month is that He has provided several more learning and growing opportunities. In the picture above I am singing with the praise team during a Sunday evening service. I have started practicing with them two times a week and singing in the service once a month. A few of us also started taking a class with a music professor once a week to learn some basics of singing. 

The most exciting song of praise to be sung is that I was able to give the class to the kids in La Ceiba on Thursday night!! This was a huge encouragement because I was able to see the future and was able to put into practice everything I have been working on for over a year and a half. There are still things to be worked on and improvements to be made but over all everyone is happy with the direction we are headed. 

Along the same idea, after studying with a class Friday nights how to put together a bible study, I was able to present a 15 minute bible study for my group last Friday night. I was much less nervous and did an over all good job sharing a message about Philippians 4:1-9. One lesson I learned is that practice helps me feel more confident in presenting but even then there are mistakes...like forgetting the conclusion!! hahaha 

One final song of praise to God is for the expanding of the land at the foundation in La Ceiba. This past month the church purchased the land next to the foundation, it included a building with two rooms, a free standing bathroom and a pig building. We are extremely blessed and looking forward to what God will do through this ministry. 

Prayer requests and praises for this month: 

  • Praise that God has given me the ability to learn Spanish and now share His word with others. 
  • Praise for the expansion of the foundation. 
  • Praise for the kids who are learning and growing everyday. 
  • Request that God will continue to work in the hearts and lives of those who come to the foundation. 
  • For open hearts of those we are visiting and sharing the gospel with on Thursdays in La Ceiba 
  • For safe travels to Ecuador April 17-May 2 for visa reasons and to observe two ministries there. 
Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers! God is good and answering prayers! 

Blessings,
Alicia 
awhitmore@fim.org 

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