Church Planting in Mexico
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet, it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability—and that it may take a very long time. Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine-dresser.”
Mexico is no stranger to religion or Christianity; however, the history of religion in Mexico is a very sad story filled with power struggles, greed, oppression, and slavery. Also, the prosperity gospel is rampant here. An increasing number of our neighbors are tired, worn out, and burned out on religion. They are tired of manipulation, they are tired of emptiness, and they are tired of being told to try harder and finding only exhaustion in their pursuit of God’s love. They are tired of grace-less religion.
That is why we do what we do. We disciple small groups of people with the hope that they will naturally and organically, become the body of Christ in its truest form. Sometimes we are reminded of the quote above that church planting is slow and takes lots of long work. Also, that our job is not to “make a church” or change peoples’ lives. Instead, our job is to live our lives out of the fullness of Christ everyday in this foreign culture using our gifts to glorify God. Only God can change hearts and bring about his true church. We are just merely his hands and feet.
We love what we do. We enjoy helping others discover that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and that Jesus is not a system, a religion, or a set of laws. He is a person. In church planting in Central Mexico, we desire to help free others to seek Jesus for themselves and to find that He is the living water and the bread of life. We do this as a small, intimate community of disciples. We have found that when we walk with Jesus and work with Him as a family and not as isolated individuals that only then can we learn and see the unforced rhythms of grace when we love one another and function as the body of Christ. Our rhythms include a weekly meeting, meals and get-togethers, exercise, ballet, coffee, tears, and laughter, but most of all love.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” –Jesus in Matthew 11.28-30 (The Message)
You can learn more about the Reynolds ministry in Mexico here.