Welcome to the December 2017 Update from your Mexico Hancock’s!
On December 1 we woke up to find our van sitting outside of our front door but it was missing all four tires and rims. A precision team of thieves had stolen them while we slept. Strike one. We learned from the insurance company that our policy covers total theft but not partial theft. Strike two. We were able to find a replacement option from a local, family tire store run by two brothers that were willing to bring a set of tires, rims, and new security lug nuts to our house and put them on our van for us. Thanks to a special gift from one of our partner churches, Second Church of Christ in Danville, Illinois, we were able to pay for this loss. With two strikes against us, it looked like we may strike out, but God is good and He pulled off a home run at just the right time! We love how He works through His churches.
The “before” picture can be seen above. Here is the “after” picture:
Manos de Vida – Our current ministry is to help build a firm foundation for our community center and also a new church in the Eagles neighborhood. We have experienced the attempts at distracting us from our ministry and away from making an impact in the eagles neighborhood. But these were only attempts; the enemy has not been able to stop the work that God is doing. We continue to be active in the Eagles community through English clubs, INEA, regular prayer walks, and Bible studies. MCCA is the name of the school where our sons attend. Manos de Vida and MCCA share the building in the Eagles neighborhood. On December 2, MCCA hosted an outreach event for children and families. Manos de Vida and CMF personnel were on hand to help. We were able to offer a fun, positive, and safe atmosphere were we were able to make many new contacts as well.
CMF and Manos de Vida staff served as welcome and registration coordinators for MCCA’s December family day. Teri is pictured above welcoming and greeting one of the families who attended.
Steve Carpenter and Dulce de Uribe (pictured above) were also on the welcome crew.
Corbin Hancock is pictured above with his classmates and teachers. He helped with the audio equipment and stage area.
Ian Hancock (pictured above) enjoyed helping out with the games and prizes as well as having fun with his schoolmates.
All of the activities of the Manos de Vida Community Center help us meet people in the Eagles neighborhood. We don’t just help people develop new skills, however, we also invite them to study the Bible with us and get to know our Great God. This strategy allows us to form an active community of faith that is working to improve the conditions of her community based on the firm foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. We currently have three groups that meet regularly to get to know God through reading the Bible together. We also have several friends in the community who will soon be forming new groups. Please pray for growth in the addition of many more new groups.
Finances and 2018 plans – Over the past ten years since we have been missionaries in Mexico, we have enjoyed the support of many churches and individuals. Some of our partners have come “on board” recently, while others have been with us since before the beginning. We know that God brings us together to accomplish His purposes on His schedule, not ours. Recently we were made aware that one of our partner churches has been experiencing a downward trend in their overall giving and is not able to renew their partnership commitment with our ministry at this time. Although this news was not what we were expecting, we trust in God’s plans and we are following His lead in our lives. For this reason, we are asking for you to join us in praying for this specific need. Additionally, one change to our future plan is that we will be returning to the USA in June of 2018. Because of this significant financial impact on our budget, it will be necessary for us to seek additional employment. This situation has challenged us to consider many options for where the direction of our future will eventually lead us. Again, we ask for your prayers for us as we plan and as we follow God’s lead in our lives. We will continue to update you as more specific details become available.
Family and Christmas – We are very excited that after her first semester attending Huntington University, Elizabeth is home in Mexico for Christmas. Please pray for peace, rest, and for her safe travels over the holiday season. We are also very blessed that many of our Mexico Field Team and several other friends that work with us here in Mexico will be coming to celebrate Jesus on Christmas Day with us in our home in Atizapan. We wish you could all be here to enjoy a Mexican Christmas!
At this special time of year, we send you our thanks and we thank God for your commitment to pray for us here in Mexico as we work for a Great God. We are beyond blessed to be your representatives and His on a wonderful mission. And it is a privilege to wish you a Merry Christmas!
Casey and Teri Hancock
CMF Missionaries to Mexico