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Mexico Tour #3- (Mon.-Tues)

It was a very interesting day. We left the colony in the morning and headed toward Zacatecas, a 7.5 hour drive. The drive was very beautiful in some mountains. The roads were fairly nice, being toll roads. We were struggling to find suitable places to buy lunch, but we eventually decided on Subway. We called ahead (thanks to Keith - our Spanish speaker) to make sure they had enough food. They did, but being Subway, it took over an hour to get everyone through the line.

The city of Zacatecas was the highlight of the day. At first, it didn't look like we could take the bus into the heart of the city. It's a hilly city and has a lot of narrow windy roads. At first we were just going to park just outside, looking down into the downtown (where all the restaurants are), but eventually, after studying Google Maps, we convinced Bruce to go around from the other way. It was do-able, but just so! You know when you go into something, deeper and deeper, with the fear & knowledge that you need to come out somehow and that it may be harder than it was to enter... That's how it was. We literally inched past multiple vehicles parked along the side of the road, hugging 10 inch-high curbs. We were all on the edge of our seats, cheering Bruce on. It was quite thrilling, although very stressful for Bruce, and a little for "why did I plan this?!"

We made our way to a sort of city square where Bruce parallel parked the bus to the side. We had everyone mixed into groups and dispersed through the streets to find restaurants.
Clayton hadn't been feeling well all day. At lunch, we moved the seats in the back and fixed a plywood & foam bed for him. We spent some time praying for him on the bus in the afternoon. He was feeling worse by supper time though, so the decision was made to take him to a local hospital. Our translator, Keith went along with Tony and Clayton in a taxi. We met up later with them at the hotel. Clayton has an infection in the throat and is on antibiotics for it. He feels some better this morning, PTL.
We are enjoying the Mexican food, although I am getting tired of enchiladas...I should stop ordering them.
Thankfully, the drive out of the city was less challenging than on the way in. It's a really beautiful city that we all wish we had more time to explore. The old buildings are lit up and there are a number of large Cathedrals. Large stone arches accent the roads.

Something I'm liking here in Mexico is that they use the Metric system.. So it feels a bit like home (Canada) in that way.

Today (Tuesday) we're traveling to Leonard Penner's area (SMBI alumni a number of us have termed with). We are spending the afternoon with him and giving a later program at his church at 8:15.

Specific Prayer Requests:

Praise and continue to pray for Clayton. He's feeling fairly weak as his body heals. Keri also just recently got sick.
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Mexico Tour Itinerary
While the itinerary is available at, perhaps some would like access here. See below...

Tues. April 9 8:15 P.M. La Honda Kleine Gemeinde, Zacatecas, Mexico Lodging with Church

Wed. April 10 8:30 P.M. Iglesia Kleine Gemeinde, Durango, Mexico Lodging at Pizzas La Fiesta motel

Thurs. April 11 Drive to Parral, Mexico Lodging at American Inn Hotel & Suites

Fri. April 12 Travel to Chihuahua area - programs through Sunday in this area with lodging with churches 8:00 P.M. Quellen-kolonie (Community Center?)

Sat. April 13 8:00 P.M. Swift-kolonie (Schonfeld Church) • Cheese Factory & Souvenirs (50 min drive today)

Sun. April 14 9:00 A.M. 30 min drive to Manitoba-kolonie (Friedensort Church) 30 min drive 8:00 .P.M. Manitoba-kolonie (Gnadentahl Church)

Mon. April 15 Travel to Creel, Mexico - Mexico Native Missions Evening Progam - open-air

Tues. April 16 Take Chepe train from Creel to El Fuerte

Wed. April 17 Programs and activities with DNI Church plant and orphanage

Thurs. April 18 Chepe train from El Fuerte to Creel

Fri. April 19 Activities with the Overholts. *Program in the mountains likely Lodging with Mexico Native Missions -

Sat. April 20 Travel back across border into U.S. Motel overnight in Texas

Sun. April 21 7:30P.M. Grace Mennonite Fellowship, Seminole, TX

Mon. April 22 7:30 P.M. Boley Mennonite Church, Boley OK

Tues. April 23 Travel and motel

Wed. April 24 7:00 P.M. Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road, Freeport, OH

Thurs April 25 7:30 P.M. Myerstown Mennonite Church Rt. 501 and Golf Road, Myerstown, PA

Fri. April 26 Return to SMBI
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Fifth term 2019 starts a week from today. It's not too late to join us! If you or someone you know is interested you can register online at You will need to use a catalog or contact the office for class selection as the website is set for next year. Either way, visit our brand new website and online store for all the latest SMBI information, applications, CDs, and tour itineraries. ... See MoreSee Less

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sharon mennonite bible institute introductionIntroduction to SMBI

The Lord of the church has given his body a variety of gifts and roles “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12). This verse contains a three-fold directive for every born again follower of Christ.  As saints, we are called to move toward and into the ongoing work of sanctification and perfection in our own lives.  As Christ works in us, we become His hands and feet continuing the ministry of redemption which He initiated before mankind ever needed redemption.  Finally, since we are designed to function as a body and not an isolated ear or foot, we must band together as a body to build up and encourage our fellow pilgrims as we journey together.

At Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute it is our vision to function as a support to churches and families as together we endeavor to see these directives fulfilled in our lives and the lives of our students.   We have no desire to become another option in the smorgasbord of entertainment and diversion, but rather to be a dynamic tool that God can use to perform His work in and through each of us.  We appreciate your support as we strive to perfect the saints, equip them for ministry, and build up the body of Christ.

Clifford Schrock, Administrator