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  • Ross Family December 2015 Prayer Requests

    1. Praise God for the translation of the Jesus Film into the Mixteco dialect of Amoltepec. Please pray for the church leaders as they agree on how to use the film to share the Good News in their communities.

    2. Also pray that this Christmas season will provide opportunities to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

  • Ross Family November 2016 Prayer Requests

    1. Praise God for the translation of the Jesus Film into the Mixteco dialect of Amoltepec. Pray for the church leaders as they agree on how to use the film to share the Good News in their communities.

    2. Pray for safety in their flying as they transition from rainy season to dealing with lots of wind. Pray that their efforts to serve the Mixteco people of Amoltepec will result in open doors for the Gospel.

  • Ross Family October 2016 News

    Dear Friends,

    Greetings from Mexico. 

    We are thankful that Mike was issued a Permanent Resident visa for Mexico last month. Joan was issued one last year so now we will not need to repeat the annual process of visa renewal. We are also grateful that Mike passed his annual Mexican flight physical so he will be able to continue flying.

    Our team here has committed to helping eleven Pastors and Christian leaders from Amoltepec come out to Oaxaca from October 10-13. They will be participating in a workshop at our local church where they will learn to preach through a book of the Bible. Please pray that this will be an encouragement to each of them in their ministry in Amoltepec.

    Several members from our team will be traveling to the city of Tapachula along the Guatemalan border to participate in a Pastor's Conference sponsored by Equipping Servants Internship from October 20-23. Pray that the conference will be a big encouragement to the 100 plus pastors expected to attend. Pray for safe travels. Many will be traveling more than 10 hours each way.

    Amos and Mike continue to be the only pilots and mechanics. Pray for wisdom as they make decisions on which flights can be done safely and which flights need to be turned down.

    Thanks again for your prayers,

    Mike & Joan

  • Ross Family October 2016 Ministry Update

    Dear Parkside Friends,

    Thank you for partnering together in the Gospel with us in Oaxaca, Mexico. We count it a privilege to work alongside a great Mexican team serving some of the neediest people in Oaxaca. Our flying with Mission Aviation Fellowship opens doors for the Gospel in isolated indigenous communities and provides opportunities to encourage new believers who face open opposition to their faith.

    As a team we do multiple flights on a daily basis. We collaborate with the Oaxacan government to move critically ill patients to the hospital in the City of Oaxaca. Our Chaplain, who is also a trained Social Worker, accompanies the patient in the ambulance from the airport to the hospital and advocates for the patient while praying with and witnessing to the family. We often receive invitations to visit the patients in their home back in their communities once they are released from the hospital.

    One of the special opportunities we have is to work alongside indigenous pastors like Pedro, Galvino, Ciprio and Gaudencio. They are able to speak the heart language of the people and share the Gospel in culturally appropriate ways. Since ESI started in Mexico we have desired to find a way to use it to help these men. We have been meeting with these men on a regular basis using a modified ESI program to equip and encourage them in ministry.

    Dental teams and Work teams from Parkside have been instrumental in helping these indigenous pastors make contacts in communities otherwise closed to the Gospel. The small town of Colonia de Jesus only had a handful of Christians. The community at large was opposed to them meeting together however they were open to having a Parkside Dental Team visit. After the team spent several days working and showing God’s love to the people the Christians were allowed to meet together and build a small church.

    Eight years ago we were invited to help participate in a new church plant. We are thankful that evangelistic Bible studies have borne fruit and it continues to grow. We started out meeting in a back yard then moved to renting a party center on Sunday mornings and then moved into another facility which we can use throughout the week. Pray for opportunities to reach out to our neighborhood. We just recently started a new church plant. Pray that it would grow and flourish.

    Pray for our aging parents who are at the point in their lives where they need assistance. We are so thankful for family who step up and help out in our absence. We are thankful for our boys (Steve, Ben and Aaron) and their families.

    Love in Jesus Christ,

    Mike & Joan

  • Ross Family October 2016 Prayer Requests

    1. Praise for a new visa which will allow them to continue living in Mexico.

    2. Pray for safety in their flying during the rainy season when the mountains are often coved with clouds.

    3. Pray that their efforts to serve the Mixteco people of Amoltepec will result in open doors for the Gospel.

    4. Pray that God will provide all that is necessary to continue training pastors in Amoltepec.

    5. Continue to pray for the paperwork process for airstrips, a hangar and an airplane that have been held up for several years.

    6. Pray that their three sons and their families will learn to “seek first the Kingdom of God” and desire to walk with Him each day.

  • Ross Family August 2016 Prayer Requests

    * Pray for safety in our flying during rainy season when the mountains are often coved with clouds.

    * Pray that our efforts to serve the Mixteco people of Amoltepec will result in open doors for the Gospel.

    * Pray that God will provide all that is necessary to continue training pastors in Amoltepec.

  • Ross Family July 2016 Letter

    Download the Ross Family July 2016 ministry letter with photos here.

  • Ross Family July 2016 News

    Dear Friends,

    Happy 4th of July. We hope you have a good weekend.

    Thank you for your prayers during the month of June. The team's visit was very successful. We are always encouraged when the believers of Amoltepec are helped and when the lives of those ministering are also touched.

    The flight demands continue to be heavy, please pray for Mike & Amos as they fly.

    Joan is looking forward to celebrating her Mom's 90th birthday with her sisters and other family members. Please pray for safety as she travels.

  • Ross Family July 2016 Prayer Requests

    * Praise God for answered prayer in providing for the Parkside Team that served here in Oaxaca in June. Pray that lives will be impacted with the truth of the Gospel through their service.

    * Pray for safety in our flying as we enter rainy season and the mountains are often coved with clouds.

    * Pray for Joan as she travels to help celebrate her mother’s 90th birthday.

  • Ross Family June 2016 Ministry Update

    Thank you so much for your prayers. They really do make a difference in our lives and ministry. The personal struggles we have been dealing with continue with very little change. However, during the last month we have been assured of God's love and are experiencing His peace that passes all understanding.

    We were able to make a quick trip to Ohio in May and spent time with family. It was good to visit with our parents.

    June is a month of transition for our team here in Oaxaca. We have two pilot families leaving Mexico. Please pray that God will give us wisdom in dealing with the continued demand for our flight service with limited resources.