The ministry of Justin and Tracy Schroeder to reach Southern Mexico for Christ. Living Gospel Ministry began in February 2012 in response to the need for the gospel in Southern Mexico.
It is the ministry of Justin and Tracy Schroeder who work alongside Southern Mexico Missions to share the gospel with the people of Southern Mexico. The ministry is based in Texcoco, Mexico, a city of 200,000 on the outskirts of Mexico City.
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Please check out the latest happenings in our ministry! We've found a location for the school and we need your help in raising the funds needed to make the school a reality!
Please consider how you can help and share with your friends, family, and churches!
gofundme.com Three years ago we started praying about and exploring educational options for our boys. We felt lead to help create a school in our town of Texcoco, Mexico that helped kids and families who weren't thriving in the traditional education system. The process of raising funds, finding a location, an...
[02/22/18] Many of you have been following our journey of starting a school in Texcoco to provide hands on education and biblical teaching to kids that are not thriving in the traditional Mexican educational system. We have been praying over this process for over 3 years now, and God has recently moved us forward in finding a sutiable location for the school! Will you pray with us and join us in making this prayer and dream a reality?
With a lot of prayerful consideration our family has a big announcement to make!
We will be returning to the United States within the next few weeks!
We are sad to be leaving our friends, church and ministry here in Texcoco but we feel it is time for us to be closer to family. This isn’t an end to the work we are doing in Texcoco but a transition. Opening a Christian school and continuing to see the body of Christ grow is still our dream for the ministry here. So by returning to the US we hope this can help gain support for the Christian school because the funds to purchase land and construct the school are really the biggest obstacle to seeing this dream come to fruition. Also our church has several Christians with mature faith that can continue the work that Justin has been doing.
Justin has accepted a job with an information technology company in Kansas City called We Are IT. They would like him to start work on October 10th so we will be making the trip home very soon. Justin will drive with the truck and trailer holding our smaller belongs. We will try to sell our bigger items like furniture, beds, appliances and our van here. The kids and I will fly back to Missouri and that date is still to be determined, but must be after the 29th which is when Isaac is to get his cast removed.
We hope that you will pray for our family during this time of transition and feel free to ask any questions. Some of which we might not know the answers to yet. We are excited and sad at the same time but hope God will use this change to continue the work he has started through us here in Texcoco. We would love to share with you more about how you can be a partner in these amazing ministry projects as well.
Check out our latest newsletter for updates on what has been happening in our ministry in Mexico!
Added a new little brother to the family today! Congratulations José!
[07/24/16] I (Justin) am leaving tonight on an overnight bus ride to Putla, Oaxaca to teach a class on the book of James at a week of camp for young adults. Please be praying for safety on my trip there and back, for my family while I am away, and for all of the young people who will be learning more about God at the week of camp.
We didn't celebrate the 4th of July yesterday but we did have a great time at our first day of VBS!
Enjoyed a special from a group who has joined us from Illinois.. They will be working on the church and doing a BBQ this week.
I (tracy) had a great time backing with these ladies yesterday afternoon.. I taught them how to make cheese filled sweet bread.. It was nice to use our new home for ministry and spend time with my sisters in Christ.
VBS Puebla day 3!
Day 3 in Puebla. Building some benches of the church.
The walls of Jericho falling down!
Day 2 of VBS in Puebla. Learning about Rehab, the walls of Jerico, and the grace of God.
Spent the morning touring downtown Puebla. It is a beautiful city with tons of culture.
Day 1 of VBS in the state of Puebla with a group from Missouri.
Today we got together with our sister churches to worship God together. It's always so great to meet with other brothers and sisters in Christ.
[05/13/16] HI EVERYONE: We are trying to update our e-mail list for our ministry. If you are interested in receiving email updates about our ministry here in Mexcio, please PM me your current e-mail address so we can get it added/updated.
Justin Schroeder sharing at a community youth meeting about renewing your mind to have the mind of Christ.
Comienza hoy a tener la mente de Cristo.......
Our "Salt and Light" service team went to the local children's home again yesterday to play and share a devotion. We learned about Jesus' first miracle and that because of it, his disciples began to believe in him. Knowing about Jesus and believing in him are very different.
Hello prayer partners and those who have partnered with us to help start a Christian School here in Texcoco. I am so excited to share with you that we have found a place for the school! There is a Christian children’s home here in our area that has a building that they are willing to let us use for the school. We are working on a partnership with them to exchange rent for free tuition for several of their kids. This is a major step forward for the school project. The location is in a well-populated area and has plenty of space to expand and for the kids to play. We are now taking the next steps in the process. We should soon be meeting with an inspector who works with the department of education in Mexico to have the building and property inspected. This will give us a clearer picture of what changes we will need to make to the property. We know of several already such as enclosing the property with a fence and a gate, creating a parking space, installing an approved stair case to the second level and possibly a ramp. After this point we will be able to start the official paperwork process to get the school approved and accredited. We are so excited for this door that God has opened for our ministry.
Will you join us in praying? Here are some current prayer request:
1) That the renovations that need to be done can be completed quickly and fit within the budget that we have. Our budget for this is small considering how many changes will need to be made. Sometimes they allow schools to open and then give them a time frame in which the changes must be completed. Other changes may have to be complete before we receive our accreditation.
2) For our teacher’s and staff’s documents to be accepted by the department of education.
3) That the accreditation process will go smoothly and quickly. There is a small chance that we could open the school in August!
4) That God be working in the lives of the families that he will bring to the school.
Thank you for your partnership with us here in Mexico.
Last night I shared about how we can receive salvation and forgiveness of sins through Jesus by confessing, repenting, and being baptized. And we learned about how we can share this good news with other people. We played some games, had a devotion, and ate some muffins and yogurt that Tracy made.
We had a busy weekend here in Texcoco. First Bible study at the Niños de México house where we learned about how Jesus is the final sacrifice made to take away the sins of the world. Next was a bonfire on Saturday night with some other brothers and sisters in Christ. Then a multi church gathering this morning where we worshipped and shared a meal together. What a great weekend!
Check out this tribute to Gil Contreras, the man who paved the way for evangelism in Southern Mexico and founder of Southern Mexico Missions our sister organization. Will you help his legacy live on?
Gil Contreras, legendary missionary to Mexico, has received his reward. Be inspired. http://grandpagil.com/
Today we held a memorial service for Gil Contreras the founder of Southern Mexico Missions our sister organization that we work with here in Mexico. He passed away on Friday. We praise God for his life and for the impact that he had for God's kingdom.
We are here celebrating the life of Gil Contreras in La Magdalena Atlipac. We thank God for his life, let us continue to press on! Lord bless you all.
We celebrated the new year with an Iglecafe (coffee church) service. We are looking forward to what God has in store for our church in 2016!
Today we celebrated the birth of Jesus with a special service and a party afterwards.
Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family back in the states! We hope you enjoy this season of celebrating Christ and being with family.
Check out our latest ministry update here!
Last week we had the chance to be a part of a Christian youth rally here in Texcoco called Expansión Juvanil (Youth Expansion). We took a group of teenagers and young adults from our church and got to spend a few hours worshiping God with other Christians from around the Texcoco area. What a blessing it was to meet new brothers and sisters in Christ and to fill the street behind us and surrounding area with praises to God for all to hear!
Please be praying today for our brothers and sisters on the western coast of Mexico who are bracing for the arrival of one of the strongest hurricanes on record. Adrian Sanchez who we work with here in Texcoco has a brother who lives and has a church in Manzanillo, Colima which is on the path of this storm.
cnn.com Hurricane Patricia -- the strongest ever recorded by the U.S. National Hurricane Center -- is threatening Mexico's Pacific coast.
I had the opportunity last night to take a ministry team from our church to a local children's home to play and share a devotion. We had a great time sharing about how Jesus is the light that illuminates the truth in our lives. We are going to get to go share with the kids once a month. So tankful to God for this new opportunity to share his truth we these kids!
I (Tracy) had several request for my Cheese Filled Sweet Bread recipe while I was visiting with groups and churches this summer. So here it is...... Enjoy!
Cream Cheese Filled Sweet Bread
• 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream (not reduced fat)
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 packages dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
• 1/2 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 4 cups all-purpose flour
• Filling (recipe follows)
Combine sour cream, sugar, butter, and salt in a saucepan; heat until butter melts. Cool to 105-115 degrees. Dissolve yeast in warm water in the bowl of an electric stand mixer or a large bowl; allow to bloom for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream mixture and eggs. Using your mixer’s paddle attachment, gradually stir in flour. I usually just use a wooden spoon and then knead it a few times. (The resulting dough will be sticky.) Cover dough tightly, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. (I just leave it on the counter for 2-3 hours.)
Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Turn each portion onto a heavily floured surface, and knead 4 or 5 times. Roll each portion into a 12- x 8-inch rectangle. Spread one-fourth of the filling over each rectangle, leaving a 1/2-inch margin around the edges. Fold in each of the short sides, and then carefully roll up dough jellyroll fashion, starting at long side. Pinch the seam and ends to seal. Place loaves, seam side down, on greased baking sheets. Use a sharp knife or kitchen shears to make 6 equally spaced x-shaped cuts across the top of each loaf.
Cover the loaves and let rise for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
• 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 egg, beaten
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Stir to combine.
P.S I usually bake two. The other two I wrap in plastic wrap right after rolling up then put in the freezer for later.
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[07/09/15] I (Tracy) have really been enjoying out time in MO visiting with family, friends, and sharing about our ministry in Mexico. I still have a day or two free if anyone wants to get together before I head on to the next part of our journey.
Please join me in welcoming our newest sister in Christ! Congratulations Saray!
[06/26/15] Please be in prayer for my family as Tracy and the kids leave today to go to the U.S. They will be there for 5 weeks traveling to around 16 different states to share about our new Christian school project we are beginning here in Mexico. I will be remaining here to continue our work while they travel. Please pray for safety as they travel, and for me while I am apart from them.
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