2012-23 trip: Emails to participants
Newest email is at top of page; oldest is at the bottom
July 26, 2012
WE'LL BE AT THE FIESTA INN HOTEL
We'll be staying at the Fiesta Inn in Monclova. Here's a web site with some photos: http://www.hotels.com/ho169596/fiesta-inn-monclova-monclova-mexico/?gclid=CNKlwMbet7ECFSdgTAodV1UAog
A reminder that our $529 cost is for four to a room (except in the case of married couples or families). You can have a bed all to yourself, but you do need to pay extra for that privilege. :-)
LEARNING SPANISH ONLINE
The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has some excellent Spanish instructional stuff online. I've worked through their "Spanish Steps" program. It's good stuff! Check it out: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/lj/
RODRIGUEZ FAMILY PHOTO
The missionary directing our group in Mexico will be Roberto Rodriguez. We've put a photo of him and his family at: http://snu.edu/mexico-missionaries
A couple of people have asked when final payments for the trip are due. That deadline is December 1. We've like to have the money sooner though because we have to send a chunk of it to Mexico ahead of time to reserve hotel rooms, set up restaurant reservations, purchase construction materials, buy medical supplies and so on.
NEED PUBLICITY MATERIALS?
We've got plenty of room for more people on the trip. Let me know if you can use printed publicity materials. There's also a brief video promo done by Rev. Dan Meek, one of last year's participants.
Kristen McPherson from Rapid City, SD is helping coordinate a group from her church. Michele Foster says they may have two van loads coming from Glenwood, AR. Deanita Henry and Sabine Lewis say they have seven or so coming from the Stillwater, OK Church of the Nazarene.
July 17, 2012
The list of participants for our trip to Monclova, Mexico over the New Year's holiday continues to grow.
At the bottom of this email you'll find the list as it now stands.
Money for the trip
Are you wondering how you're going to pay for the trip? Why not create a circle of prayer partners and ask them to help you pray in that money (in addition to praying for you during the trip). Make it a big circle. In fact, we encourage SNU students to think of having at least 75 people in their mission trip prayer partner circles.
Leadership change in Mexico
For the last few years missionary Gavin Fothergill has done a lot of the organizational work in Mexico. They are transferring to French-speaking Africa. Taking their place in working with the Mexican churches, making hotel reservations and setting up our trip on the Mexican end will be Roberto Rodriguez (SNU alumnus!). Roberto has already been to Monclova, working with the pastors to start getting things ready. We'll get a photo of him and his family up on the website in a day or two.
Work & Witness conference at SNU
On the last weekend of September, SNU will host a Work & Witness conference. Why don't you consider attending? It might make your participation in Commission Unto Mexico even more profitable! There's more info at: www.snu.edu/wrkwtnss
Those fully signed up (including the $25 registration fee):
Ms. Serena Burger
Ms. Michele Foster
Mr. Jeff Hands
Mrs. LeAnna Hughes
Mr. Caleb Hughes
Rev. Allen Hughes
Mr. Benjamin Hughes
Mr. Ethan Hughes
Dr. Sabine Lewis
Mrs. Bobbi Marugg
Mrs. Maureen McClain
Mrs. Kristin McPherson
Rev. Sean McPherson
Ms. Jordyn McPherson
Ms. Olivia Mendoza
Rev. Paul Metcalfe
Rev. Paul Metcalfe
Mr. Benjamin Nicholson
Ms. Allison Rinard
Rev. Byron Sullivan
Those who have enrolled for the trip but haven't yet paid the registration fee:
Mr. Chris Espinoza-Madrid
Ms. Nancy Fleetham
Ms. Lacy Hosier
Mr. Clarence Hosier
Ms. Deadra Kilgore
Mr. Mark Solis
Rev. David Stevens
Ms. Summer Tyrrell
Mr. Jacob Wright
Those who have "created an account" but have not yet indicated they are going this year:
I hope your level of excitement is building. We've still got room for lots more participants. So, tell your friends, it's time to get on board.
July 2, 2012
This is email #1 of a lot that you will receive over the next few months.
Right now we have 20 people signed up for the trip. That's running ahead of our numbers for the last few years on this date. Still, it's hard to guess at this point how many we'll actually have crossing the border on December 26.
To be done now:
(1) Make sure you have a passport or have a passport application in process. Passport cards (which are a little cheaper) will also work. Homeland Security requires that passport or passport card for your re-entry to the U.S.A.
(2) If finances for the trip are a huge question mark, create a circle of prayer supporters who will help you pray in the needed money.
(3) Begin thinking about how you are going to get to Eagle Pass (or San Antonio if you are flying to Texas). Most people will need to arrive on December 26 since our orientation meeting starts at 9 a.m. in Eagle Pass on the morning of December 27.
(4) Are you on Facebook? If so, ask to join the group "Commission Unto Mexico."
(5) Start browsing through the pages at www.snu.edu/mexico
(6) If you do not know any Spanish, begin learning some common words and phrase like: hello, goodbye, thank you and you're welcome.
Help us continue getting the word out about the trip. If you can use printed publicity materials, let us know!