SERVING IN: Mexico , North America
MINISTRY FOCUS: Discipleship Making Movements
The call for missions was planted early in the lives of Tynan & Lydia Barnes, having both graduated from Christ For the Nations in Dallas, Texas in 2002. As a family of 7, we began pursuing the call to foreign missions in Central Mexico from 2015 to the Present.
We utilize a simple church discipleship method that organizes training groups who are proclaiming the gospel to the unsaved, discipling those who respond to the gospel, and mentoring faithful disciples to serve as leaders among least and unengaged people groups in central Mexico.
Together with partners, the humanitarian part of the The King’s Harvest ministry brings immediate aid in four areas: Clean Water, Health & Hygiene, Bibles & Reading Glasses, and Emergency Food Bags.
During a home visit we assess the families needs for the above resources, explain how to use the filter, as well as give an opportunity to share the Gospel with them. An opportunity is presented to do a follow up visit a week or two later to make sure everything is going well and bring other hygiene items as needed. Consider partnering with us to meet spiritual and physical needs among least reached people groups.
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 NKJV
We have now returned to the villages and are continuing to meet up with just about all disciples of our previous groups. Some, who were our “go to people” have struggled with returning because of continuing verbal persecution. Most of this is expected as we fight a spiritual battle not against flesh and blood. However, there is such spiritual hunger here and we are blessed to join God in His mission for this area.
Because of situations beyond our control, some days are easier to show His love than others. We have been separated from our disciple groups for quite a few months now. It has been hard not seeing them in person. As the Lord showed us last Thursday, He is the one holding them in the palm of his hand.
We continue to remain committed to making Disciples as we face a new year, with new goals, and new challenges. Our third online Zúme Training will wrap up this month. It has been so neat to see the Lord at work in this family. In looking to expand into our local area, we will be taking some “prayer drives” to pray over areas we believe are the next phases of making disciples here. We love that this type of ministry is so simple to reproduce and can be done anywhere in the world among people with open hearts to receive.
Thinking of you as you celebrate the miracle of this special season. May your heart be lifted in praise this Christmas for the wonderful gift of Jesus and the joy He brings to our lives. May these holiday blessings linger in your home and stay with you throughout the year.
2020 Top Highlights
Quite a few people we minister to either can’t read or have bad eyesight. The lady in the top left photo has Glaucoma in her eyes which makes reading difficult. The Mega Voice has given her much hope in sharing the Gospel with her neighbors. Soon some groups will enter into the “watch” phase where we visit less often but maintain open communication with guidance.
It brings God so much glory when we call on Him in prayer when we are going through a tough situation. God is not a liar that He would not hear us or deceive us. Do not give up in prayer. God will not turn you away. He wants you to come to Him so He can deliver you and so you will honor Him. God is going to get glory from your and our difficult situations.
We have been very blessed to have kept training with these believers for as long as we were able too during the crisis. We ask that you continue to keep them in your prayers as they too are experiencing a time like no other. We trust in the Lord to do everything in His time and there isn’t a doubt in our minds that He will get the glory for the great things He has done.
This month will be the start of an additional discipleship group close to our home. We are faced with an unprecedented time of responsiveness. As we have shared hope, food, and help, we must also call people to enter a life of obedient discipleship.
While the rest of the world along with Mexico continues to experience times of crisis, we are truly amazed at what the Lord is doing among the simple churches here in SLP. For example, through our faithful partners, we have been able to deliver more than 34 emergency food bags to unengaged people in remote areas of San Luis Potosí.
As many of the states in the U.S. are opening up, we are experiencing the opposite. San Luis Potosí is just entering the peak of COVID-19, and cases are increasing, which is expected to last from May 8-10 for the increase and the stay home orders to continue until May 30th, 2020. Officials have also begun implementing some new policies.
Hello from sunny San Luis Potosí, Mexico! This month, we are writing to say that every morning we are asking God to protect and provide for you during this time of COVID-19. We want you to know that whatever you may be going through during this season, we are lifting you up to the Lord in prayer.