When I arrived in Mexico my idea of missions training was different. And after 6 months at MTC everything changed. I learned more about my relationship with God and to understand my true calling. Before HADIME I didn`t have clarity in my missionary call, but in the course of my studies, my understanding of missions grew my visión expanded. And I thought, “I was born to serve and proclaim the truth.”Something that struck me from my studies was how to grow my relationship with God, and the devotions we had strengthened my Christian life. I am now applying what I learned to youth ministry and sharing it with the Wounaan youth of Panama. In the future I want to bring the salvation that Jesus gives us to the unreached Wounaan in Colombia. Amen
(H’ewandam p’aan dïin’im) The Lord is with you.
Panama City, Panama- Wounaan tribe – HADIME Interns 2014
In HADIME I was taught to listen to God, to feel His presence, and learn about what God is doing in this world and what he can do through me if I let him. Learning in a classroom setting about missions and living with a group of students who are all from different cultures was great. MTC is a place where you feel God and want to get to know him more.
I was able to teach English in a town near MTC and I was learning how to build relationships and talk about my faith at the exact same time I was practicing this in real life. HADIME trained me to be a leader, a listener of God and how to work in a cross-cultural setting. I now work in a primarily Spanish speaking community with children whose parents have immigrated from Mexico, and what I learned through HADIME helps me in my work today.
California, USA – HADIME Interns 2014
God had already moved my heart towards missions but I was not 100% sure. During the five months of HADIME, God confirmed during my devotional times that I was going the right direction in asking for confirmation of my calling. Our experiences in an indigenous community, while difficult, also confirmed that God would be with me wherever He sent me. The growth in my relationship with God not only helped me to be right with Him, but to get along with others.
At this time I still have my silent times with God and let him talk to me. A year later I find myself serving full-time t in a mission called Colli, planting a church. This community is submerged in poverty, illiteracy, violence, drug abuse and a dysfunctional family environment, where what keeps me strong is the assurance that God has called me to this place and that He is with me.
Oaxaca, Mexico – HADIME Interns 2014
During the HADIME programs I participated in, God confirmed 3 things; one, that I was going to serve in ministry and not through a secular job. He revealed my gifts and a passion to serve. The second thing He showed me and confirmed was my passion and love for teaching, something that before I never thought it was possible, because I suffer from stage fright. And the third thing that He confirmed was a passion and love for missions. To live discipleship the way we did in HADIME, through living life together and not just a specific meeting time, really helped me to realize the importance of having a testimony of integrity as Christians, since this can often impact other people much more than a good sermon.
Guadalajara, Mexico – HADIME Interns 2011
In HADIME, I learned to be silent in the presence of God, to have more intimacy with Him, to hear His voice, and meditate on His word. My life was impacted through hearing the voice of Jesus regarding my call because it was something that I came praying for. And God revealed that He wants to use me to build up youth and serve in missions, to find purpose in serving Him full time.
HADIME was a great blessing. What a great time where God spoke and confirmed His purpose for my life!
Juan Manuel Guevara
Cali, Colombia – HADIME Interns 2014
HADIME was a surprise for me. I had recently gone through a devastating situation in my life! God used each devotiona , time of worship, teaching and discipleship to heal my heart, my mind and my emotions. I got back the identity I had lost, my dreams were revived, and I could clearly hear the call that He had for me, to give Him glory and to be light in dark places.
I learned a lot about missions, culture, and how to present the gospel, and the importance of personal discipleship following the example of Jesus. Now I am in full-time ministry, along with another “Hadimera” Jazmin, in a very “dark” community on the edge of my city! We have a children´s club where we teach biblical principles, and a Bible study with some ladies of the community who have accepted Jesus as their Savior. And now we started doing Sunday services.
It has been a challenge, but I know that God used the training time in MTC to equip and prepare me for this great adventure to which God has invited us!
Leslie Patricia Chavira Ocampo
Guadalajara, Mexico – HADIME Interns 2013-14