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Shane Lundy Myrtle Beach, SC

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God has called our family to serve in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  Thank you SO MUCH for partnering with us.

Following 2 Cor. 5:20, we participate in God's ministry of reconciliation.  We believe man's separation from God, himself, and others is true poverty.  We hope to be the hands and feet of God in Mexico and shine the light of Jesus into dark places as we build up His church.

Part of our calling is to help Doug and Darla Millar (GCF) with their church in Paamul, a  community South of Playa del Carmen. We have helped with some preaching, worship, and online bible studies.  We are teaching English to the Maya people of Chanchen, a town 30 minutes outside of Coba in Quintana Roo.  We also serve the Barrio del Torres, a very poor community near our neighborhood.  We've partnered with a church there to help feed families through times of COVID-related unemployment.  We've helped raise money for a Mexican woman who needed cancer treatment and plan to begin teaching at a school in the barrio in September.  Soon we will be opening our home on Wednesday evenings for bible study, which we have been waiting to do for months!

We have been settling into our new home and focusing on improving our Spanish.  Estamos aprendiendo!  

We're still interested in helping to build unity among churches and missionaries, pushing for equality among the oppressed, caring for the environment here, and helping young people get married- but we also know we'll be called to do some things we don't yet know about- the job requires flexibility and we love that!

Our soon-to-be 20 year old Grace remains at Indiana University Bloomington studying online.  Please include her in your prayers as she navigates the choppy waves of COVID college!

Please stay in touch and consider bringing a group down to work alongside all of us.  You can combine work and relaxation- the Caribbean is close by.  Your trip can make a difference!

We need your financial support, of course, to keep up this work.  For those of you donating already, it's HUGE and we appreciate it so much.  Please share our story with those you know and love.  Thanks.


myself- test

2019-09-16 15:22:21

Just making sure this thing works!

Common Ground NE Church

2019-11-09 17:10:08

Paid directly by CGNE, $200/ mo

Other Giving

2019-11-28 09:31:41

Gifts sent directly to GCF

OTHER OFFLINE DONATIONS

2019-12-06 13:07:38

All monthly donors, approximated (man, this gets complex!)

OTHER OFFLINE DONATIONS

2019-12-06 13:07:39

All monthly donors, approximated (man, this gets complex!)

Kay Marrero

2019-12-09 20:24:52

God be with you and bless the people you minister to in Mexico.

The Malloys

2020-01-06 18:18:00

We love you and can't wait to come down! Peace out Mathews!

Miriam and Lydia

2020-02-15 18:19:43

:)

Jamie K ( Coleman)

2020-03-28 18:46:48

We love you guys. Praying for you all today.

Chris L Haimes

2020-04-23 21:54:58

Praying for you guys!

Lorin Lemme

2020-05-07 00:00:34

The Mathews are doing amazing work in Mexico practically loving people and sharing the hope and love of Jesus!

Lorin Lemme

2020-06-07 01:02:48

The Mathews are doing amazing work in Mexico practically loving people and sharing the hope and love of Jesus!

Lorin Lemme

2020-07-07 01:02:51

The Mathews are doing amazing work in Mexico practically loving people and sharing the hope and love of Jesus!

Lorin Lemme

2020-08-07 01:05:19

The Mathews are doing amazing work in Mexico practically loving people and sharing the hope and love of Jesus!

Lorin Lemme

2020-09-07 01:08:13

The Mathews are doing amazing work in Mexico practically loving people and sharing the hope and love of Jesus!

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2020-09-08 20:03:27

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2020-09-18 18:42:29

Love getting the updates on Facebook!

Lorin Lemme

2020-10-07 01:06:28

The Mathews are doing amazing work in Mexico practically loving people and sharing the hope and love of Jesus!

Anonymous

2020-10-12 19:57:17

For the church roof or anything else that is needed.

The Gobles

2020-10-14 12:20:50

$100 monthly promise plus $25 toward roof

Deidre Bradshaw

2020-10-14 12:45:50

I'm so glad you are safe!!

David & Brenda Mathews

2020-10-15 17:28:27

Towards roof repair

Lorin Lemme

2020-11-07 01:03:02

The Mathews are doing amazing work in Mexico practically loving people and sharing the hope and love of Jesus!

The Gobles

2020-11-15 16:22:27

We love you

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2020-11-18 18:38:01

May the Lord Bless your family.

Fall 2020
October 12, 2020, 6:00 pm
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Hello friends, family, supporters!  We're excited about the things God is doing. 

We are teaching English classes now, though school is not yet in session.  We call them "learning clubs" or "enrichment classes" and are able to meet with kids who desperately need an education.  While kids in private schools across Mexico can learn online, the kids we serve do not have access to computers or WIFI or have an online curriculum to connect with!  With GCF we travel to Chanchen once a week and Margaret and I are each assisting the barrio school another day of the week.

Our home group has been so life-giving.  We've met people from our neighborhood and sprinkled in a few friends from church- the result is a multinational group representing Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, and the USA of course. We have a young agnostic attending and a couple who are Catholic seekers... our conversations have been so interesting and exciting.

The ministry with GCF and the Paamul church is going well.  Michael and Glory have joined the worship team on cajon and keyboards and it's exciting to be worshiping the Lord with my kids.  Maggie and I have both preached and helped with kids and cleaned the church and try to be generally helpful.

Ministry will enter a new phase in January, when we expect the Mexican schools to officially open up.  We'll see how we can fit in and possibly expand our teaching times.

We've learned that we can't actually survive on our planned $2000 a month and will be increasing our fundraising amount to $2500 for November.  In addition we may end up staying a bit longer due to the COVID pause, we could be down here until June 2021 instead of January 2021.  But we don't claim to know God's plan for our family yet.  Traveling home has turned out to be much more expensive than we thought due to the airline business/ economy troubles.

Please continue to pray for our family, our kids, and our ministry here.  Please pray for Grace at IU Bloomington, we miss her so much!  We speak more Spanish every day and we know we are touching lives with the love of Jesus.

God bless,

The Mathews Family

 

August 2020
August 12, 2020, 3:16 am
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August 11, 2020

Supporters of the Mathews Family Mission in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Hello again!  Here’s an update to bring you up to speed on what God is doing through us....

Getting Our Hearts Right.  We arrived with some amount of pride in our own abilities, full of exuberance to serve the Lord in many awesome ways. Instead we have been humbled to learn that God is in control of everything and we are to wait on Him at all times.  God has shown us our many areas of pride as we learn more about what poverty truly is.

Like you in the USA, we have been given an incredible amount of time to reflect!  The quarantine time came just as we moved into our new home here.  During that time we found a new appreciation for God’s peace, for each other, and for time in His word.  We also appreciated our kids’ Kindles!

Making friends.  God has been faithful to provide us with good people down here who love us and make us feel comfortable.  Glory and Michael have friends their age in our neighborhood

Learning the Language.  We arrived in Playa with some Spanish but have been meeting with our Spanish teacher for months, prioritizing our ability to speak with the people- podemos hablar con la gente!  We meet 4 times a week and are making progress.

We Bought a House.  With our own money we invested in a home here.  We don’t use any fundraising money for our rent.  We bought just as the US economy faltered and that actually helped us get a great deal.  We are happy in our new home and spend time decorating and landscaping our tiny yard.

Hosted an International Student.  Not really, but our daughter Grace came down for a visit on March 13, the start of Indiana University's Spring Break.  It was supposed to be a week but it turned out to be 4 months!  It was an unexpected gift and we enjoyed Grace SO much.  She did a great job just rolling with it.  Please keep her in your prayers as she starts school at IU.

Serving the Paamul Church.  We continue to help wherever needed at the expat church where Doug & Darla Millar live.  I have given sermons and play guitar for worship.  Margaret helps with the kids and leads a women’s bible study.  Doug has many plans for new ministries and we’re excited about what God will be doing through the leadership team and with the congregation.  There are four couples on the leadership team now!

Although Chanchen was shut off to visitors for 2-3 months, we are now planning to offer English classes to the village youth.  Please pray for this program!

Margaret and I remain passionate about small groups.  We met neighbors and invited people into our home for our first meeting, which never happened due to the beginning of quarantine!  We are now planning to restart the group outdoors so we can study the word and practice social distancing.

Cancer Fundraiser.  Longtime Paamul church member (and amazing woman of God!) Claudia Torres has been fighting breast cancer and wanted to be treated in Cancun.  We began a GoFundMe fundraiser for her and were able to raise all the money she needed for excellent treatment- about $28,000 USD!  She’s doing great and is very appreciative of all the support.

Feeding the Hungry.  The Barrio del Torres is the neighborhood just down the street where people are living in poverty under the power lines.  This is where we have been feeding people throughout the pandemic.  We’ve partnered with a church of 20 or 25 families and brought them 30 despensas each week.  A despensa is a bag of food with beans, rice, cooking oil, toilet paper, soap, etc.  The church used the extra bags as neighborhood outreach/evangelism.  

Most of the Barrio families have gone back to work but a few remain unemployed so we are now supplying only 5 per week to this neighborhood.

In the barrio there's a school with about 60 students total but only 2 are high school students.  All parents want their children to learn English, as it gives them a huge boost in the tourism job market.  
We are dipping our toes into this water and hope to help the school raise funds for solar panels and get reliable internet.  We have a couple of computers to donate when we reach that point!

Homeschooling.  Michael and Glory just started their freshman year of Indian Lake Academy, a prestigious boarding school with a student to teacher ratio of 1:1.  They remain our primary ministry.

Thank you all so much for your support, your prayers and encouragement mean a lot to us.  Please consider a visit as things begin to open up… Mexico is one of the only places open right now!  

God bless you all, the Mathews Family

1 Cor. 5:20  “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.   We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Mathews Family Update
March 28, 2020, 5:27 pm
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Greetings in the name of Jesus from the church in Mexico.  Please accept our apologies for not updating sooner.


Greetings in the name of Jesus from the church in Mexico!  

Phillipians 4 verses 6 & 7 tell us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  

January 13 to March 13 were two productive months.  We arrived emotionally exhausted but happy. Right away we began to work on our visas, began taking Spanish lessons, set up our banking, bought a used car, and generally got comfortable living in Mexico.  Fridays were spent in Chanchen, Thursdays were staff meetings and a one on one discipleship with a young man in Tulum, Sundays Eddie leads worship. God brought two other couples to help Doug & Darla- both felt called recently- and the team building process began.  Doug has a vision for reaching & discipling the young Maya kids and every week we brainstorm new ideas about exactly to do that. Another young man Eddie met, Bebe, has allowed Jesus to reform his life after some tough mistakes. He and his wife and son are attending church with us.    So life has been good.  

Then the virus news really started dominating headlines.  By the time we got Grace from the airport on March 13 (she made it!) IU had extended Spring Break and decided that the rest of the semester would be online- so we are once again a family of 5.  The news reports became more and more intense and we sensed anxiety from every direction. The situation in Quintana Roo is strange now. Gatherings are limited. The economy is entirely dependent upon tourism and tourists are not coming.  Trips are being cancelled, workers are being laid off. Hotels and beaches are empty, the highway is empty. The outlook for the next 3-4 months is dire. We are sensing much more anxiety about the average Mexican's income than fear of getting sick from a virus.  Either way, fear is a powerful force and so we are sharing a message of hope. Fear not!

We had planned to begin a small group Bible study in our home on March 25 and had some success telling people in our neighborhood about it.  We had about 5 people planning on attending and some folks outside the neighborhood for our English speaking bible study. Now with social distancing we are starting tiny bible studies in our outdoor spaces.  We’ve met twice and everyone seems to be happy for the interaction. We have great weather and many outdoor spaces so we can do things and keep our space.

Mexican culture is not built well for a virus.  People have very little personal space, they hug and kiss everyone.  Most workers get around on crowded buses called "collectivos". Cleanliness is often not to USA standards. The health care system is underequipped.  On the other hand, the virus supposedly dies quickly in heat.  

Recently we ventured into a nearby slum- an area under power lines where the poorest are living in shacks made of pallets with tarp roofs.  There we met a pastor of a tiny church which is running their own food bank and giving aid to everyone in the area. We now collect food from our neighbors and donate it to the church.

We are friends with Jessica, a young doctor sent to Chanchen to run their clinic.  Although she is from Mexico City, a city twice the size of NYC, she is now lonely in the tiny Maya village. Although she speaks no Mayan, she's stuck in an ill-equipped clinic with no protective masks. Margaret is working with our friend Todd Durell and his organization (Center for Global Impact) to have masks made in Cambodia shipped to us here in Playa so we can distribute them to the Maya clinics.  Please pray that happens!

How will the virus affect our ministry here?   Were we called here to help feed the poor in the event of an economic depression?  We will continue to pray for guidance and wisdom as we serve. Please continue to pray for our family as we feel we are on the verge of something big, something new.   

We thank you for your support, your prayers, your love.  We are confident that God is in control of our lives and will turn this horrible situation around- that amazing opportunities are being created right now for His glory.

In Jesus' love,

The Mathews Family
 

December Update #1
December 6, 2019, 1:27 pm
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Friends, here's a more in-depth explanation of our finances.  Our monthly budget is $2500.  We are supplying $500/ mo from our home rental (after mortgage, insurance, etc.).  That leaves $2000/ mo to raise over our 2 year stay for a total of $48,000.

We have had approximately $15,000 in one-time donations...amazing, right?  Then there's about $500/ month pledged, which equates to $12,000.  

GiveSendGo is awesome but they do not compute monthly giving toward the "grand total" so we have to do that manually.

We set a lower goal first and then the full goal and that's what we've done.

If we raise more than $48K we will not shut down fundraising.  The money will be used a safety net (in case folks can't follow through on their giving) and then used toward a new Maya outreach project like the proposed Maya youth center in Tulum.

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Campaign Created by:
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