About the Matthew Training Center
“Cross cultural training – in a cross cultural setting – transferable to the nations”
The Matthew Training Center (MTC) in Guadalajara, Mexico offers each participant specialized cross cultural training and personal discipleship, combining classroom and experiential training with one on one spiritual mentoring and character development, all while living in a multi-ethnic, rural and urban diverse setting.
That’s right – you will be trained while doing missions, in a truly cross cultural context. This “novel” idea comes straight from Jesus’ model of making disciples from the book of Matthew.
MTC welcomes all those who want to be trained for the nations. Check out the two primary training programs;
Matthew Training Center Staff
The directors are Trever & Joan Godard, missionaries with MB Mission. They serve together with Jennifer Schmidt and Sandra Plett, who have been called and trained to make disciples in Mexico. The team has been serving together in Mexico since 2005.
Trever and Joan Godard
The Directors of Matthew Training Center & HADIME Missionaries
Co-Director of HADIME Interns
Co-Director of HADIME Interns
The MTC story
Trever and Joan Godard are missionaries with the Mennonite Brethren Church and are the founding directors of the Matthew Training Center. Their ministry began with Youth for Christ in Saskatoon, Canada (1979-1984), and after five years felt God calling them to cross cultural mission.
Trever pursued a Masters of Divinity in Missions from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, CA (1984-86, 1990), followed by their first cross cultural assignment to Colombia (1987-2001), with Mennonite Brethren Missions and Services International where they founded a discipleship and training ministry called MIJUCO (Youth Mission Colombia).
In 2001 they returned to Canada to teach at Bethany College in Hepburn, SK where Trever was the Missions Director and Joan led a mentoring program (2002-2005).
They came to Guadalajara, Mexico in 2005, together with Jen Schmidt and Sandra Plett, to start the Matthew Training Center. Trever provides leadership and vision for the program, characterized by having both classroom and experiential training. Joan is specifically gifted in personal discipleship with compassion, wisdom, prophetic and intercessory prayer. Jen and Sandra have gifts in personal discipleship, hospitality, and administrative tasks.
History of The Name
The name “Matthew Training Center” has a special significance for the Godards. The MIJUCO discipleship program that they started in Colombia had a training methodology inspired by the way Jesus made disciples, especially as outlined in the book of Matthew. These principles were extracted and contextualized in a fruitful program to disciple people in spiritual formation and ministry training, with an emphasis on cross cultural mission. Jesus’ strategy as portrayed in the book of Matthew continues to be the foundation for the way they make disciples and train missionaries today in Mexico. HADIME, in Spanish, stands for ‘Making Disciples in Mexico’. The Matthew Training Center offers a variety of different training programs called HADIME (Juniors, Basic, ACTION, Interns, Missionaries).
We believe in God as eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created and sustains the universe. The eternal purpose of God the Father is to create a people who will bring glory to God forever. God alone is worthy of worship.
We believe that God became human in Jesus Christ. Jesus came to restore the world because humans have rejected God in disobedience. Jesus taught and modeled the way of God’s kingdom. He died on the cross, making it possible for us to accept a renewed relationship with God. He rose from the dead, broke the power of sin and death, and frees us to live in obedience to God’s will.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit invites all people to be reconciled with God and to join the global family of faith. Believers confess their faith, are baptized, and join in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and guided by the Bible, members of the church seek to live as followers of Christ and invite others to experience this new life.
As Christians, we are called to turn:
• from ignorance of God to a personal relationship with God
• from bondage of sin and past mistakes to freedom, forgiveness, and healing
• from individualism to interdependence with others in the local church
• from lifestyle choices that harm us, others, and the earth to choices that nurture wholeness, healing, joy, and peace
• from hating enemies and ignoring neighbours to showing love and justice to all
• from loving possessions to sharing with all in need
• from aimless existence to a mission of representing and proclaiming God’s kingdom on earth
• As Christians, we look forward to the day when God will once again send Jesus to bring all things under God’s eternal rule.