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"I would like to introduce you to our friends Annette and Tim Gulick. They are here working with the Presbyterian Church", said our dear friend Monica Oliviera to her co-workers.

To which we responded, "Uh, actually we're not. We attend a Presbyterian Church and we do work with some Presbyterians but we also work with many different churches and denominations."

"Ok, well they work with youth", she went on.

Almost apologetically we had to correct her, "The truth is we work with youth workers, not with the youth themselves, although we do volunteer with youth in the church we attend."

The next day one of the college students on the leadership team for the youth group at our church was over visiting and asked:

"Exactly what do you do? My brother asked me the other day and I wasn't quite sure."

Recently I've been reading through three months worth of letters from all the other OC missionaries and I realized that I don't have a clear idea of what many of them do.

These three things made me wonder if we have communicated to you clearly what we are doing. I bet you have a general idea of the Gulick "forest", i.e. Tim and Annette are missionaries in Mexico doing missionary things like teaching people about God. You might even have picked up some individual Gulick ministry "trees" like the fact that we give conferences and have a web site. To try to clarify the picture a little here are some "snapshots" of our life and work.

Wide angle of the whole forest

: Our desire is that God would use us as catalysts in the Mexican Church in the area of youth work; that our work would help the church move from where it is to where it could be.

Close up of the trees

[Our progress towards our goal has various aspects]

: Our relationship with you Through your prayers and financial support, you are a part of all we do. We try to be a part of your life by keeping you interested and informed, as well as by praying for you.

: Our "personal ministry" in our local church This serves both as a training ground, as we try to "contextualize" what we know about youth ministry from the US, and as place to field test the materials we create. Like others who volunteer time to work with youth, we love the kids and want to see them grow spiritually but feel the crunch of not having enough time to spend with them.

: Research about Mexican youth and youth ministry Our polls of people who work with youth have been foundational in determining how we focus our efforts. And our research about the youth culture and values will help the church know better how to reach the youth inside and outside their walls.

: Resources and Publications Because youth workers listed "dynamic materials" as their number one need, it is one of our biggest concerns. The web site www.sepal/jovenes.com and our ready-to-use, active Bible studies form the core of our efforts right now. A publication of the research findings is in the works.

: Training and Conferences Possibly the things we enjoy the most are, on the one hand, the depth of our informal mentoring relationships with a few other youth workers, and on the other, breadth in teaching people who work with youth in conferences nationwide.

Hopefully this gives you a clearer picture of what fills our lives here. Of course if you were to look at snapshots in our photo albums you'd see us hiking in the mountains around Toluca, touring interesting colonial cities, or best of all with family and friends who have come to visit. Everyone who has visited gives their time here two thumbs up, so come on down.

...::: With Love :::...

tim & annette

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