February 6-14, 2010 was a nine-day trip to south Texas and Northern Mexico in which I was able to re-connect with my cousin, Roger Tomlinson and his ministry (Dayspring Outreach) and my brother Marty Bogart and his family. I flew to Mc Allen, Texas, where my cousin picked me up and took me to his US base in Edinburg, Texas. After spending a couple of nights, Roger and I, along with Roger’s wife Carolyn, packed up and drove the four hour trip into Mexico, where Dayspring has a center at La Haciendita, Nuevo Leon. Since I was in training for a 10K race the next month, I spend nearly every morning running along the roads of the orange orchard surrounding the Dayspring property (I had done the same in Edinburg during the couple of days we spent there before entering Mexico).
During the next five days, I met the 2010 students at the Dayspring Center where I was a guest teacher. This session I taught a quick overview of Church History. There was plenty of time to interact with the students and staff. The visit included a trip for Roger and Carolyn and I into Cadereyta for what are affectionately referred to as “sliders”—probably the best street tacos I have ever eaten.
We drove out of Mexico at week’s end and connected for the weekend with my brother Marty, his wife Circe and girls Circe and Audrey. One of the main events in this segment of the trip was Marty’s ceremony of dedication of his new office building owned by himself and his partner Bill Hudson. I enjoyed talking with Circe’s father Jorge Zarinana, who was visiting from Queretaro. Then it was back home to Fresno to resume ministry and family life there.
My cousin, Roger Tomlinson, asked me to return and teach at the Dayspring Outreach Missions Training Center in La Haciendita, Nuevo Leon, (Northern Mexico). The project covered the two weeks of February 23- March 5.
The class consisted of a mixed group of about 20 Mexican and American students, who were instructed in:
- Missions strategies among people from a variety of religious backgrounds.
- Pastoral counseling and conflict resolution.
All of my teaching was done through a translator in order to be perfectly clear to the students and to get them used to a bilingual setting. After this, accompanied the team on an outreach weekend five hours away in a remote mountain part of southern Nuevo Leon, near Doctor Arroyo. It was a blessing to serve the Body of Christ in these out-of-the-way spots.
Thanks for your prayers and interest. Mike Bogart
Some of the students at Dayspring’s Training Center
March, 2005. Dear friends–
Just after the first of this year, I was invited by my cousin, Roger Tomlinson, to teach at Dayspring Outreach’s Missions Training Center near Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The class consisted of a mixed group of about fifteen Mexican and American students. Over the course of four tightly packed days I taught the following subjects:
Bible study methods
Characteristics of the Cults (including the background and teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses) Time-table of Bible History
Though my Spanish came back fairly quickly during the week, all of my teaching was through a translator to make sure of its accuracy.
On Wednesday evening the group attended the midweek service of the tiny La Haciendita church. One of the students shared, another sang. I presented a brief encouragement and challenge. It was a blessing to be with the Body of Christ in this out-of-the-way spot.
As always, it was my privilege to be of assistance to those serving Christ’s Kingdom in this part of the world. Many of them will be graduating and going on to a period (perhaps a lifetime) of service in Mexico. That’s what we do: equip people to serve Christ better. Thanks for praying.
Be encouraged, Mike Bogart