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Mayhem shrinks Mexico missions

Oklahoma Southern Baptists at their state convention were urged to partner for Mexico missions, despite fear of violence in that country.
by Carla Hinton Published: November 17, 2012

Two church leaders, the Rev. Jimmy May of Trinity Baptist Church in Ardmore, and the Rev. Andy Peck with Bethel Baptist Church in Norman, said they each led mission trips to Acapulco, Mexico, in the past two years. The men told those gathered that their mission efforts were greatly appreciated by their Mexican partners.

Peck, associate pastor at Bethel Baptist, 1717 W Lindsey, said several members of his congregation have participated in the mission trips. He said many of the Mexican church leaders trained through Bethel Baptist's mission efforts now know how “to passionately share their faith.”

May, associate pastor at Trinity Baptist, said his congregation has partnered with a Mexican church that was struggling when the ministry relationship was formed.

He said that has changed. May said a vacation Bible school and basketball clinic was held recently, and about 70 people accepted Christ as a result. He said his church group held a baptism ceremony in a hotel swimming pool for the new Christians.

“Mexico is crying out; the fields are crying out,” May said, referring to Matthew 9:37.

“We felt very much safe while we were there.”

Looking ahead

Meanwhile, delegates prayed for more mission partnerships to be formed with Mexico clergy and their growing churches.

Porter said he has scheduled eight medical mission trips to Mexico in 2013.

“I need some of you to join us on this,” he said.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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