Ives in Chihuahua, Mexico

Ives in Chihuahua

September 2018
Hello everyone,

Hope you’re all doing well.  This week I taught a Bible study in Colossians 2 and was super blessed by verses 9-10 that say, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”  I was reminded how amazing Jesus is and that my relationship with Him gives me all I need to be completely fulfilled–I can’t find that anywhere else.  Jesus is everything!

God is moving in many ways within our family, with the ministry at UACH and with ministry at the church.  There are so many little details that I could write a huge update that just lists off short descriptions of everything that’s happening.  HOWEVER, I think that would be super-boring.  Therefore, I just want to share more specifically about two really cool things that have happened in the last week or two in both arenas of our ministry–one at the university and one with the church.

At UACH, God has been opening doors with one-on-one discipleship, a Bible study, the conversation clubs and my English classes.  I have been praying a lot for more opportunities to share Jesus to my English students that I have classes with all week long.  I obviously can’t open the Bible and preach to them, but last week I got the chance to ask them about their opinions about Christianity and church.  It was really insightful listening to them for a few minutes and it gave me the opportunity to share a little about Jesus.  The coolest part is that in the two days after that, I had two different students approach me after class to ask more about Jesus.  One of them, Luis, had some great questions and we had a really good talk about the Lord.  We have been texting back and forth and I’m praying that I get the chance to take him out for coffee and share the Gospel more in-depth.  This semester I’ve really been praying that I get more opportunities to clearly share the Gospel with more students–and that many of them decide to surrender their lives to Jesus.  Please join me in praying for that.

As part of my role at Capilla (our church), God has continued to do cool stuff with the home groups.  On Wednesday, I had the privilege of sharing at one of the other groups of our church in Spanish.  On a personal level, the Lord has been challenging me lately to step out and start leading more Bible studies in Spanish instead of using a translator.  It has been a little difficult at times and I’ve worried that the message wasn’t as clear or impactful as it could be because the focus was on my poor Spanish and not on the message.  This Wednesday, however, I was so blessed by what God did at the study.  I was able to teach the Scripture and lead awesome discussions without it being awkward.  It was so encouraging for me to feel like I was finally able to speak from my heart about Jesus and see the people being truly impacted by His Word.  Please continue to pray that God would speak through me as I teach and encourage others–and that everyone listening would hear what I have to say and leave with a deeper passion for Jesus.  Have a blessed weekend.

-Tim, Priscilla, Josiah and Hannah
Eph. 3:20-21

Praise Reports
– God has given me the opportunity to lead four conversation clubs located at both campuses of UACH where I can talk with the students about life and share about Jesus!
– God has really been blessing the home groups!
– Josiah started school and is thriving spiritually, socially and academically–we are so excited for him!
– Hannah has started attending a dance class and is doing great.  She is also doing wonderful with her home-school work with Priscilla.

Prayer Request
– For more opportunities to share the Gospel at the university and that we would start to see many students giving their lives to Jesus.
– I have started discipling three young men, one-on-one, on a weekly basis.  Pray that I will be able to point these guys to Jesus and help them as the Lord forms them for current and future ministry.
– For the home groups of our church–that we would experience genuine fellowship and grow closer to Jesus together.
-That the Lord would touch our family physically.  Priscilla has been feeling a little sick and I have been feeling really tired
-That the Lord would continue to guide us to say “yes” to the things He wants us to do and say “no” to things He isn’t asking us to do.

Be sure to check out our website at ivesmissions.com for more info, past updates, blog posts and a link to give in support of our ministry in Chihuahua.

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