Following the unexpected results of last year’s election for Presidente (Mayor) of the Municipality of Los Cabos, we have been working with a new group of government officials. Over the course of the last year, we have been blessed to be able to introduce both the program and ourselves to the new administration, and we are pleased to announce the Avanza sin Tranza program is still moving forward!
The new Director of Education, Juan Mesa, has been eager from the beginning to implement the program, but progress has been a little slower than expected. Nonetheless, Senor Mesa has faithfully moved forward, and we have an exciting progress report.
Just recently, after the Monday morning patriotic assembly in front of the Municipal Palace in San Jose del Cabo, we had a pleasant surprise conversation with Juan. He apologized for the short notice, but invited us to a teacher’s training at the San Jose Cultural Center at 9:00 am that morning. We quickly checked with Pastor Carlos, who was with us, and gladly accepted.
There were many teachers present (including principals), and the facilitator was an educator from the SEP (the Mexican Department of Education) office in La Paz. We were really impressed by his presentation and were glad we were there to see the beginning−of what we found out−was a two-day training seminar.
Not too long after the seminar began, La Presidente Armida Castro came in to greet the participating teachers. As I took her photo, I was aware of the fact that she was making sure she looked right at me so I could get a good picture. Then, I suddenly realized the significance of Senor Mesa’s invitation to the meeting; Richard, Pastor Carlos and I were sitting among a mix of representatives involved in the programming of our municipality’s ninety schools. We were casually introduced to the local teachers and school officials. We were also a part of the news media that ushered in La Presidente Armida.
Later that night, we received an exciting text from Juan Mesa. The administration is ready to go forward with the program at the beginning of our next school year (beginning in mid-August), and−not only that−they are going to start an advertising campaign to kick off community involvement with the implementation of Avanza sin Tranza! It will be great news for the Municipality of Los Cabos and it certainly brings great joy to us!
Thank you all for praying; “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16b NKJV), but please don’t stop! The enemy of our souls certainly does not want to see the implementation of Avanza sin Tranza come to pass.