SALSA PICANTE: The Hot News Mix of EduVenture Mexico
Fall Semester 2004: Sept. 8 Report
By Tim Trezise
(Editor’s note: Climbing For Christ member Tim Trezise and his family – wife Kathy and children Caleb and Joy – are on a full-time mission, leading the EduVenture in Rancho Huapoca, Mexico. EduVenture is described as being “for college students with a passion for God and the outdoors – combining education and adventure with simple living and community development.” What follows is Tim’s report.)
Hola! Greetings from Mexico. This is our first newsletter for EVM Fall 2004. Communication has been difficult with lack of access to email; this, hopefully, is soon to be resolved.
The semester is off to a great start with our seven students: Marcus Corey (Crown College), Kevin and Rebekah Morrow (Crown College), Angela Meyer (Northwestern University), Sara Kleindienst (Houghton College), Martha Councell (Montreat College) and Cass Morgan (Montreat College).
On Aug. 26 students arrived in Phoenix, Ariz. for a brief, one-day orientation to EduVenture with the other group of students spending the semester in the Fiji program. Following orientation, was an overnight stay at the EduVenture home base in Tucson, Ariz. to rest up for the long 12-hour drive to Rancho Huapoca in Mexico. We know people were praying because of how smoothly everything went while passing through customs and obtaining visas. We only had to reattach the muffler two times, but otherwise smooth sailing through the desert valleys and mountains of the grand state of Chihuahua, Mexico.
The first activity the students engaged in was an overnight rafting trip through Huapoca Canyon. The seeds of new relationships sprouted in the teamwork required to navigate a few well-spaced, churning rapids in the timeless slither of the liquid, brown serpent that cuts its way through the Sierra Madre mountains. After two classes on outdoor living skills and local fauna, bellies were full and eyes retreated as the students lay under the stars in the riverside meadow of grass and wildflowers. After floating through a deep canyon the next morning we all hiked up to ancient Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings to explore a culture centuries removed from us.
The Round Pen
Last weekend, Kenny Haught came down from Arizona for an evangelical outreach to the community of Nueva Leon. Kenny uses his horse-training abilities to express the great news of God’s love. As he works with unbroken horses, the gentle love and firm discipline of our Lord is powerfully illustrated. Pastor Alan Thompson (from Tucson) assisted Kenny by translating his message. He also shared with our students from his many years of missions work experience here in the Sierra Madres. The Round Pen ministry was the students’ first experience interacting with the local culture and seeing a different, yet culturally relevant method of communicating biblical truths. Please join us in praying that the seeds planted by the Holy Spirit through Kenny’s work would receive much water and yield lasting fruit.
The first full week consisted of classes in spiritual formation, cross-cultural communication and physical education (horsemanship and fitness). The schedule was broken up with one day of cattlework alongside the Huapoca Ranch cowboys. This week the students are working diligently on their intensive anthropology course with Dr. Tom Wisley, interspersed with a few missions classes. Alex and Becki Ashe, also part of the home-base staff in Tucson, helped greatly with teaching Spanish and helping out with anything else that was needed. Paul and Jill Inge, our future staff members for next semester, have also visited and were involved with some teaching and worship leading. Although EVM is short-staffed this fall, we have already been greatly blessed through the servant hearts of all of these individuals.
Student Journal Entry
From Marcus Corey:
“Into the simplest of lifestyle, in the mountains of Mexico, is where we have been placed this fall. Seven celestial siblings from all corners of the U.S. make up our little mountain community.
“Previously, I fell asleep to the sound of a late-night TV show, tightly wrapped by the invisible blanket of the American Media. Now, I awake not to the sound of a radio alarm, but the pure light of the new day sun. No longer do mornings consist of a dozen snooze-button hits or frantic caffeine jump-starts with rushing off to class. God’s mountain morning show is the only station that comes in at this altitude. His broadcasts of mercy and grace are new every morning. The uninhabited nature of this magnificent terrain sheds a new light on what the Psalmist meant by saying, 'Be still and know that I am God.'
“The 'New York Minute' mentality of my daily life being filled by 'muchness' and 'manyness' has created a spiritual sucking vacuum in me. Hearing the voice of the Almighty creator gently resound in these mountains is a refreshing wind blowing the dust off my church-pew complacency.“
Attitudes of Gratitude & Sessions of Intercession
Providing a great group of students with servant-hearts who are concerned for their world and hungry to learn. Thank you Lord!
Good health for everyone down here. Gracias a Dios!
Pray for stronger relationships and interest at the sponsoring universities and colleges
Intercede for our needs: finances, work teams and volunteers to help with further construction projects at both sites.
Please also pray for our previous students who are studying back at their colleges and those who have graduated. Pray that the students will be able to press on in their faith and continue being intentional about living out the truths and principles learned.
Students live for mail delivery down here in our secluded location. It is their only contact with the world across the border so please bless them through your encouragement and support. Letters to students or staff or financial support in partnering with EduVenture may be sent to 2870 S. Pantano Road, Tucson, AZ 85730.
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“God works in those who live daringly, He ceases when people no longer need His aid."
– A. W. Tozer