Crystal Pierce

serving in Mexico

January 2014

Posted by Crystal Pierce in Uncategorized on Jan 30th, 2014 | Discuss This Post
I am back from Christmas in Oregon, and a recent trip to the tribe!  A few weeks ago I was able to visit my friends, Chris & Rachel, that live and work among the Tepehuan Indians.  I have been praying, planning, and waiting for the opportunity to visit them.  After two years God answered my prayers and I was able to see them!
I spent three weeks in Oregon in December.  I was able to attend the memorial service for my grandma.  It was nice to be together as a family for that time with my mom.  I also spent the time by visiting friends and updating people on what my next steps are.  It was what I needed most in December, just to be home and with family.
Isaiah 41.13
For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
Work at the Ranch
This semester there are no students here, so it’s pretty quiet here.  We aren’t offering any classes this year.
We are an international team.  There are the Grangers, Lloyds, and myself – we are Americans.  One couple, the Sanchez’ are from Columbia.  Currently the Lloyds and myself are the only staff living at the Ranch.  The Grangers are on furlough in the States for a year, and the Sanchez’ are living in the city so Edwin can get to therapy for his back.
Since we aren’t doing classes this semester, we are are using the time to evaluate our training to gauge how we are doing, what ways we need to improve the training & classes so that the missionaries are receiving the best training possible to be tribal church planters, and get us, as a team, all on the same page with our purpose and curriculum guidelines.  We are hoping the seven of us can get together to have some meetings in February and work through these new opportunities!
Praises ::
:: for a wonderful time in Oregon with family
:: another exciting year in Mexico.  I’m so thankful to be here.  I’ll be starting year #4!
:: that my Escape is still running wellPrayer Requests ::
:: for the Ranch staff – as we reevaluate the classes and purpose for the next generation of missionaries that we will train.
:: for me as I’m learning a new program pertaining to my job here.  It’s a program that is all in Spanish, but very necessary for the type of work I’m doing.  It’s improving my business Spanish vocabulary :)
:: for Chris & Rachel as they learn Tephehuan, live and work among them.
:: end of February I’ll be working on renewing my visa & I will have to do it in Texas. Please pray for a smooth process & that I’ll receive it quickly.
:: for our fundraisers to raise monies for the tribal missionaries to be able to come to the retreat in March.

Servant of the Most High God,
Crystal

Oregon was beautiful, cold, and wonderful all at the same time!  I enjoyed every day.
A picture with Chris & Rachel before catching the flight out!
Tribal Visit
Chris and Rachel have been my friends for 8 years. We went through the training in Missouri together and now we are here in Mexico.  Since they moved to the mountains to work and live with the Tepehuan Indians two years ago, they continually ask if I can come visit.  I finally had the opportunity to fly out and visit them.  The main purpose of the trip was for the consultants to be able to test their progress in learning the Tepehuan language.  Chris and Rachel did very well and are advancing in Tepehuan.  Currently, they are the only missionaries living there and the Tepehuan people come to visit them all day every day.  Some come by just for a visit, others help Chris & Rachel learn the language, and some come by to receive some help in the way food, etc.    The trip helped me see how I can be praying more for Chris & Rachel, and their Tepehuan friends. 
Ladies Encouragement & Planning Team
Before I left Chihuahua last year, I was involved with the LEPT (Ladies Encouragement & Planning Team).  It’s a team of six ladies and we organize the monthly meetings for our fellow lady missionaries in Mexico and other events with our missionaries.  This year we have the awesome opportunity to plan a retreat just for our missionary ladies in March!  There is a group of 8 ladies from Oregon coming to Chihuahua with the purpose of serving us!  We are praying that is an encouraging time for each of our ladies, especially the missionaries that live in the tribes.
As a team of ladies in the city, we are working on raising funds for the tribal missionaries to be able to fly to Chihuahua for this awesome opportunity.  Currently we have two fundraisers planned – a spaghetti fee and a yard sale. Our hope is to be able to help with a portion of the flight costs for 14 missionaries in the tribes.
If anyone is interested in helping our tribal ladies get to the retreat, please contact me: crystal_pierce@ntm.org for more information.
In March I will have the privilege of having my second set of visitors!!!  My sister visited Chihuahua three years ago, and she wants to come back along with two friends from home!!  I’m so looking forward to showing them my life, friends, & why I love Mexico. :)
Anyone else want to come visit? It’s much warmer here!
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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Crystal Pierce in Uncategorized on Nov 26th, 2013 | Discuss This Post

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving is almost upon us!  Crazy to think of how fast this year has gone by.  I want to wish you & your family a Happy Thanksgiving. :)


I’m sure you’re wondering what has happened to me since I haven’t communicated with you in the last two months. Unfortunately, I have some not-so-terrific news.  I made it safely to Baja and joined the team that is already working among the Mixteco people.  However, on my fourth day there, my coworker, Arehmi, had bad news.  She told me that she was pregnant.  And as a result of that she was off the Mixteco team and also out of New Tribes Mission Mexico.  It was very hard for me to hear that.  Because she is out of the mission and off of the team, that means that I didn’t have a coworker.  It sent all of my plans of working there for the next 20 years into limbo.  And that was has been hard for me.

We had numerous visits to our tribal team in less than six weeks.  Our field chairman and his wife came out for a few days along with the pastor from Arehmi’s sending church.  We had another missionary couple come out to visit us too.  The last week I was there the two couples from our consulting team came out.  One of those couples is the Grangers (Dorr & Nancy), I worked with them for the last two years at the Ranch.

NTM Mexico leadership, my Mixteco team, as well as the consultants all agreed that it wasn’t good for me to stay without a coworker.  Their recommendation was that I head back to work at the Ranch (Mexican Missionary Training Center), and start looking again for a coworker.  And in agreement with my home church, I left Baja and the Mixteco team two weeks ago.  I returned to the Ranch a week ago.

Start over again? That’s so difficult. But during the entire six weeks I was there, I constantly prayed for God’s will to be done.  Sometimes I still can’t figure out why He would have had me go to Baja for just 6 weeks.  Not even two months!  But then I remember that none of this was a shock to Him.  He knew this would happen before He even created the world!  And He still has a plan for me.  So I continually chose to rest in knowing that He is in control, even when I don’t understand the why’s.

Psalm 27:14
Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!


Prayer Requests
:: for Arehmi – she has a lot of decisions to make.  Pray for her relationship with God first and foremost.
:: for me – I’m realizing that I’m going through a grieving process:: the postponement of my desires to work in a tribe.  And also for me emotionally.
:: for my mama – her mom (my grandma) died the day before I left Baja.
:: for me – as I re-enter life in Chihuahua, with my friends, the missionaries here, and my church.
:: for a coworker for me so I can head to an Indian tribe in Mexico.

Praises
:: safety in traveling by myself from Northern Baja to Los Angeles to El Paso.
:: my Ford Escape was perfect for Baja, including all the dirt roads, and it will be wonderful for the Ranch too.
:: for my time in Baja.  While I was only there for 6 weeks, I’m thankful for that time including the hardships, difficult decisions I had to make, and I’m thankful for what God has taught me.
:: I was able to get free roundtrip tickets to go to Oregon for my Grandma’s memorial service (on Dec. 14) and I can stay for Christmas.


My future plans
I have begun the process of looking for a new co-worker to be able to return and serve in one of the tribal works.  And the same time, NTM Mexico Leadership has asked me to help with translation of different documents for the Mexican missionaries that are heading to work in tribal groups in other countries. I will be working in different capacities with all the graduates who have completed the missionary training program, helping and supporting them as they head into new works.

Presently, together with the training staff, we are revamping and reconstructing part of the training curriculum.  I look forward to being able to help out with that process, along with working more on the classes that I will teach.  My desire is to serve, even in these challenging days. I hold steadfast to this conviction to serve God and be a blessing to others.  My prayer is that I may be a blessing here at the Siloe Ranch serving with the Mexican missionaries.

Currently at the Ranch there is another staff couple (the Lloyds) and myself, plus three families including Hector, Amy, & Judah.  So I am not alone at the Ranch.


If you have any questions or encouragement, please email me. :)
Blessings to you and your family.

Crystal

This is the beautiful house God provided for me! It was recently finished and had everything on my wishlist.  While I was only there five weeks, I saw how God was able to provide for me in just that short amount of time. :)
Sunset in Baja. The view from my house was fantastic each day.  My house was at the top of a hill, and I had wonderful sunrises and breathtaking sunsets.
The Ford Escape. My car was a wonderful blessing in Baja.  It handled the dirt roads wonderfully and was a blessing for the adults that had to sit the back seat.  I’m still amazed at how wonderful this rig has been for me.  It was a blessing in Baja, and I’m sure it will be a blessing here in Chihuahua at the Ranch. :)
Meeting Judah:While I saw Hector and Amy this summer, I didn’t expect to meet their son, Judah, for about two years.  But God brought me back to Chihuahua, and I have been able to spend a lot of time with him. I even get to be his auntie! :)
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Traveling to Baja California

Posted by Crystal Pierce in Ministry, News Article on Sep 23rd, 2013 | Discuss This Post

Traveling to Baja California

Dear << Test First Name >>,I’m ending my furlough time here in Oregon.  I just came back from Women’s camp encouraged and ready to go!  Tomorrow I will begin my two days of travel to Southern California.  I have a friend that is going to ride with me down to Southern California and spend a few days down there with me and then she will fly back home.  And Arehmi will join me Friday, spend the night, and then the two of us will cross the line on Saturday.

Please be praying for us as we travel, for the car, and safety on the road.
Please also pray for me as I keep fighting sickness (vomiting, colds, back pains)!
Also, praise God, because it looks like my team found a home for me!

Thanks everyone for the encouragement and prayers.  I plan on writing to you from Baja California after Saturday!
Blessings,
Crystal

P.S. To all in Baker & surrounding areas – thanks for all the love and wonderful times this summer.  I will miss you all!  I’m sorry if I didn’t have a chance to say good-bye to you before I left. :)

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Summer 2013

Posted by Crystal Pierce in Uncategorized on Aug 20th, 2013 | Discuss This Post
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I have been enjoying the last couple of weeks here in Eastern Oregon.  I’ve stayed busy with sharing in churches, visiting friends and family, helping out with a few projects at my sister’s house, and enjoying all things summer in Oregon.  Such as sweet corn on the cob, watermelon, raspberries, BBQ’s, summer rain storms, green grass, and so much more! :)
Thank you to all who have prayed for me to find a car – because I found one!  Two weeks ago I was able to buy a Ford Escape.  It’s really cute & I have been enjoying it so much.  I pray that it will be an awesome car for the future ministry in Baja California.
This is the group of missionaries and teachers that participated in a 8 day Advanced Language Workshop.  We had missionaries come from all over Latin America to Mexico to partake in this awesome opportunity.  We learned how to analyze a language on a discourse level (meaning you have a high level of language and can see patterns in the language) in order to help us as we begin translating Bible lessons, develop literacy materials & as we teach them God’s word.  It was very helpful and useful information.
This was the week I was also cooking breakfast & dinner for 20-25 people & finishing packing my house!  By the grace of God and help from others I got it all done!
Praises ::
:: for a wonderful time in Oregon
:: the Ford Escape – may it be a blessing for quite a few years

Prayer Requests ::
:: that my co-workers would find a home for me in Baja just in time for my arrival at the end of September
:: for travel plans as head to So. California at the end of September

I have new updated prayer cards – if you are interested in receiving one, please contact me. :)
Blessings,
Crystal

The last week of May were the meetings for all our missionaries in Mexico.  We enjoyed four fun filled days hearing about what God is doing in the different tribes and different ministries that He has in Mexico!  It was encouraging to hear all the reports and connect with friends that we only see a couple times a year or less.
Check out the Mixteco team!  I will be joining Gaby & Adriana, Ramon & Vanessa, and Arehmi.  Arehmi needs me to help be her support as a single missionary and to round out the team.  I am looking forward so much to joining this team at the end of September.  Cool things are happening on our team.  Like Adriana is very close to finishing her language study and will soon be starting on literacy materials.  Arehmi should be finishing her language study early next year and she’ll be able to start working on translation.  And then the other four us will need to work hard to learn the Mixteco language and culture so we can help the other two out.
I am planning on heading down to Southern California at the end of September, packing my car up with my stuff that is stored there, and then crossing California and moving to Baja California. :)
“He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:29-31

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Crystal’s Crossings :: Spring 2013 update

Posted by Crystal Pierce in Uncategorized on Aug 20th, 2013 | Discuss This Post
Family Trip 2013 – in front of the Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

 

And this is how my car spent most of February and part of March.  In the shop.  Actually it visited the mechanic, tire people, and suspension guys.  I was able to sell it in April in less than 5 hours!  I’m so thankful to have been able to sell it so quickly!
Please be praying as I am looking for another car.  I’m looking at just waiting until I make it to Oregon & buy one there, so I can get it registered and insured there.
Hello,
Well I’m back from my three week vacation.  It was so much fun to be with family and see some of the history of my grandma’s life.  We got so much crammed into three weeks, including castles, Omaha Beach (and another one), where my Dad was born, where my Grandma grew up, where she lived after the WW2, and of course spending lots and lots of time with Grandma’s cousins and their children.  We had a wonderful time.  And now I’m back in the “real world”.
I made it back from Germany on April 8th.  Sold my car the next day – in less than five hours!  Got to ride in to Chihuahua with a missionary lady, Allison.  July (my cat) was super thrilled to see me.  And then life was almost back to normal!
     Remember Edwin?  Well he is doing wonderful after his back surgery and physical therapy.  But as I got back to Chihuahua, his wife Anita, starting having really strong abdominal pain.  Just the Sanchez family and I were here at the Ranch, while the students, Grangers and Lloyds were in the mountains for the practicum for two weeks.  With Anita’s pain, they went to the doctor and found out that she had stones in her gall bladder, and the one that was the size of a golf ball was blocking the exit.  So she had to have emergency surgery to take out the gall bladder.  Which that meant that I had to pitch in and help with picking the kids up from school or taking them to school!  It was such a crazy week as we worked on getting the Ranch ready for the students coming back, a guest speaker coming for two weeks, rides for the kids to the school and 5 soccer games, plus physical therapy for one of the boys, and general errands.  In these moments of craziness, I am continually reminded of the need for working in teams to get things accomplished.  Anita came through the surgery just wonderfully and has had no complications!
(picture to come next month)

Mixteco Team
Right before I left for Germany, I got an email from the Mixteco team in Baja California, inviting me to join the team.  The single girl, Arehmi, really needs a co-worker to help round out the team.  After receiving the go ahead from my home church and much prayer, I accepted their invitation!  I have plans of heading down to Baja California at the end of September.  The team will be here in Chihuahua in a week so we will have time to get to know each other more and also answer all my questions that I have for them. :)  Have I mentioned that it is a Mexican team and I’ll be the only American?  Isn’t that cool?  Having the opportunity to work with Mexicans on a team was one of the reasons why I was drawn to Mexico.  That also means all our meetings, and everything will be done in Spanish!  I am so thankful for the two years I’ve had here at the Ranch working on keeping my Spanish at a high level.  In the next email I’ll share with you more information about my team and working with the Mixteco people.

I am finishing up the semester here at the Ranch.  Last Friday we had the graduation for 6 students.  This week is partly free for me to be able to pack up my house and partly spent in meetings.  We have a four day Confereence for the missionaries here in Mexico at the end of May.  Then there will be an 8 day Advanced Language Workshop at the beginning of June – I’ll be attending plus cooking breakfast & dinner for them! (No, I’m not busy or crazy or anything at all!)  Finish packing and cleaning house.  Then find a ride to El Paso, and then onto Oregon for three months of a furlough.

The last week of classes I had the opportunity to teach a class called “Singles in Ministry”.  It was a very fun class to teach, and I enjoyed it so much.  It was a lot of hard work because I had no resources in Spanish, so I spent about two weeks translating English to Spanish.  Some day I should do a blog post on “what it’s like being a single missionary”.


This past Friday we just had a graduation for 6 of our students (picture below)!  It was very inspiring to see them finish and exciting to see what the future holds for them.  One student has plans to end to Tanzania, two are planning to go to Papua New Guinea, one wants to go to Colombia, and two are willing to stay here in Mexico.  And all six have desires to see unreached people hear the good news of salvation!

Summer Furlough
After three years here in Mexico, it’s time to get my churches and supporters updated with what’s happening in my life!  I’m so excited to be able to head to Oregon for a bit and especially to spend the summer there.  I look forward to enjoying summer BBQs, fishing trips, maybe some camping, Fourth of July at my Grandma’s, grass, air conditioning, and so much more!  I’m thrilled to also have the chance to share with some churches about what God is doing in Mexico and where He is leading me to next.  Plus I have a lot of supporters to meet up with too and catch up.
With this short 3 month time, I know that I will encounter some challenges too.

  • Three years have gone by, and so many things have changed in each person’s life, which means that things aren’t the same as when I left.  I’ll need to adjust to the changes in a short amount of time.
  • I will be working spending a good amount of time speaking in churches or small groups about what has happened in my life and what I believe is going to happen.  And sometimes that means cramming three years of my life’s stories down into 5-10 minutes – that seems almost impossible!  I’ll need some hard core wisdom on figuring out what is the best part to share with others and praying that it will bless others!
  • Some parts of what I’ve done here in Mexico are hard to explain, or some of the experiences are too difficult to share.  Sometimes people want to know how different Mexico is from the US, and honestly I’m just trying work through whether it’s easier to explain to you in Spanish or English!  I love that people care and are interested, but sometimes they don’t know how to ask questions.  Or sometimes I feel guilty for doing all of the talking in the conversation or the opposite is true too, where I never got to share with them anything that happened in Mexico!
  • I so look forward to having the opportunity to visit people and share with them, but honestly I’m so not looking forward to the traveling expenses.
  • And while there are people that think that this “furlough” time is a vacation, I know that I will be so busy.  I already am starting to fill up my calendar, and I’m starting to see that I might get a little rest and relaxation when I head back to Mexico!!

As I’m working on planning my time in Oregon, please contact me if you are interested in hearing more about what’s happening in my life and the new direction I’m taking.  I have plans of being in Oregon from June 12th-the end of September.  I’m available for sharing anytime, anywhere, and about anything. :)  I already have quite a few things scheduled but I’m willing to add more!  The best way to contact me is through email at: crystal_pierce@ntm.org

Blessings,
Crystal

Praises

  • Six graduates are of to the ends of the earth!
  • I received my Mexican visa – I get to stay in Mexico for another year!
  • My singles class went very well
  • I was able to sell my car faster than I thought possible!
  • I’m joining the Mixteco team!
Prayer Requests

  • Packing and my stress level – I’m doing it by myself and it’s a ton of work, so please be praying for me
  • Continued growth in my walk with God
  • Making plans with the Mixteco team
  • Plans for this summer furlough
  • Trip home to Oregon
  • Refreshing time with family and friends
  • That I can find a car in my price range with the things I want
  • Saying goodbyes. Chihuahua has been home to me for 3 years, it’s going to be tough leaving.
In Paris :)
If you would like to see some of my photos from the trip, you can click on the links below.

France 2013
Germany 2013
Germany 2013 – part 2

Saying goodbye is so hard to do.  This week I will be having a going away party with the youth group from my church.  I’m going to miss each and every single one of them. I’ve loved the time getting to know them, and encouarging them in the word.  My prayer for them is that they would continue to grow in their understanding of who God is and what that means for their lives.
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