Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Hey, check out the new "unreached people groups" link on our web site. You can find it by clicking on the ministry link from the front page. It's provided by the Joshua Project. It will display a different unreached people group each day that you can pray for.
I plan to work on some additional changes, updates, etc. to our web site while I'm in Mexico next week. I'll be sure to let you know when those are complete.
After being booked somewhere 1, 2, and even 3 times a week every week for the last several months, believe it or not, we actually don't have anything on our ministry calendar after Christmas. Please pray for opportunities to share our ministry and mobilize for missions in the coming months. Also, if you know of a church or group that could use some encouragement or would appreciate some gospel bluegrass OR contemporary worship style music or bible preaching, please let us know, or let them know about us.
God Bless You & Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Pastor Martinez put us in contact with a single mother of two young boys who is struggling to make ends meet. He told us she was unable to pay her bills this month and didn't know how she would cover Christmas for her boys. We were able to speak with the mom over the phone within a couple of days. In her broken English, she explained that she had been afraid to check her mail for 4 days because she knew she couldn't pay any bills if they came. We told her not to worry that we wanted to help.
I'm not telling this story to brag but instead to encourage you to try this as soon as possible! This was definitely the most rewarding thing we have ever done as a family. What's ironic is that we are probably the least able financially to do something like this, this year than we've ever been in the past. However, God laid it on our hearts to stretch ourselves. We decided it wouldn't mean much if we didn't at least make some sacrifice in order to bless this family. Boy, have we been missing out on a blessing over the years!
With some extra donations from some friends in ministry, (Thanks Ron & Suzie) we were definitely able to bless this family's socks off! What's great is that we were so blessed ourselves to be a part of it. Our whole family made a special delivery to their home last night. They were in a state of shock by the time we got done! It was so awesome!
We took several gifts for each of the boys and gift for the mom along with some cash for the bills. We took them some gift cards to Toys R Us, Barnes & Noble, and Wal-Mart. We stopped for some groceries on the way there. It was so much fun just going through the store trying to imagine what a Hispanic family might want to eat. In all, we carried in about 6 or 8 boxes of gifts and food. Our boys also took 2 bags of clothes including some winter coats. Samantha had a very nice coat that fit the mom as well.
They didn't really know what to say! I'm telling you this was so much fun! I'm getting a little moist reliving the story. :)
We stayed long enough to get to know Oscar, Juan, and Lorena a little bit. We asked about school and friends. We told them our names and about our ministry. We all had a big laugh when I challenged the mom to remember our names. We just explained that God had blessed us so we wanted to bless them. We prayed with them, wished them a Merry Christmas and left.
As we were walking back to the car, somebody said, "Now, we just need some more money so we can do this again!" This is definitely not the last time for this!
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~ Proverbs 21:30
"Many are the plans in a man's (and my) heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."
~ Proverbs 19:21
The Christmas season has arrived...and to quote, our friend Jeremiah Vik (who lives near San Diego), we're looking for "the yuletide carols being sung by a choir and folks dressed up like Eskimos"! :) Actually, at 10 degrees this morning, we felt like Eskimos!
God has been so good to us this year and we're so thankful for that!
- We've had many wonderful opportunities to minister in His name,
- Our prayer and financial needs have all been met according to the riches in Christ Jesus,
- We've been joined by our fellow workers in Christ in ministering to those who need to know Jesus,
- We've had our socks blessed right off our feet on a regular basis,
- Well, this list could go on for a while..... :)
Let's just say, God is good... (Dios es bueno...) All the time... (Todo el tiempo...)!
I'm preaching in Glasgow, MO this weekend for a church currently without a pastor. We also have 2 upcoming engagements where we'll get to do lots of Christmas gospel bluegrass music....our favorite!
Adam, Chewy, and Alex will be joining me in Mexicali, Mexico between Christmas and New Years for a YUGO outreach. We have a team of 40 joining us for their 12th year in Mexicali from Caledonia, Michigan.
Que Dios le bendiga! (God Bless You!)
Chris for the Canote Family
Monday, November 17, 2008
Susan and I will be heading down to Nashville, TN this week to represent YUGO Ministries at another youth pastor's conference. There will be around 4,000 in attendance. We're excited about making new ministry contacts and about the opportunity to share about our work in Mexico.
Would you please pray that God will #1) bless our efforts in Nashville and the relationships we hope to develop while we're there and #2) help us to stay focused on Him and His plan and purposes for the Canote family.
Thank you for your prayers ~ God Bless You!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
God Bless You and have a GREAT week!
In His service,
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
You may have seen an email I sent out a few weeks ago about a specific ministry prayer request for YUGO Ministries. As one of the primary mobilizers for YUGO, I have taken responsibility for setting a team recruitment goal. I have felt led over the last couple of months to pray specifically. So I have been doing that myself and am asking others to pray specifically as well. I'm praying for 100 teams to join us at one of our summer envangelism outreaches in 2009 in either Acuna, Tijuana, or Mexicali, Mexico.
Imagine, if you will, the ripple effect of increasing the number of teams who join us on the mission field in Mexico. Hundreds or even thousands more would come to know Christ as a result. Untold seeds would be planted for future decisions for Christ. Hundreds or even thousands of North American youth and adults would go home as experienced ministry leaders creating a legacy of change for generations to come.
If you haven't already done so, would you please consider praying regularly for this goal? Also, would you please consider asking your church and/or others to join us in praying for our goal of "100 in 2009"?
Thank you and God Bless You!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Project Joy is a unique Christmas ministry that invites individuals of all ages to give gift-filled shoeboxes to poor children in Mexico. We invite you to join us by providing shoebox gifts to the children of Mexico. Many of the children who receive these gifts will not be receiving any other gifts to celebrate the birth of Christ this year. They are presented during a celebration and "fiesta" atmosphere including a presentation of the gospel.
This project makes for a great Sunday school, church or family project!
If you're interested, please feel free to contact me for more info or you can go directly to YUGO's website:
In His Service and for The Canote Family,
Sunday, September 28, 2008
What a blessing for the Lord to trust us with His ministry. What an honor to know that He uses so many like you to keep us "prayed up"!
Thank you for your prayers!
God Bless You!
In His Service,
The Canote Family
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Would you please pray for open minds and hearts?
The Lord brought us three new Sunday night worship and preaching engagements this morning in one phone call!
Would you please pray that instead of "trying" to manage this busy schedule...we would "trust" the Lord with this busy schedule?
Thank you for your prayers ~ we need you!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Susan and I were very proud parents as we sat in the audience for "Youth Night" at the Perche Baptist Church Revival Service last night.
Adam shared a personal testimony of how God used him on the mission field in Mexico and called him to the music ministry and worship leading. Adam and the boys also shared their musical gifts and talents when they led us in worship. They no doubt made lasting impression on the youth and adults in attendance.
Praise the Lord!
Chris & Susan Canote
Thursday, September 11, 2008
2) Our job is to mobilize teams and individuals to join us in Mexico. Again, you might ask, "How can I help?". Please join us in prayer that God would send more workers to the field. The U.S. has 5% of the world's population and 95% of the world's Christian workers. Let's loan a few to Mexico. Please consider who you might know that might be interested in leading a team to Mexico. Please consider who you know that attends a church or is part of a group that would be interested in allowing us to come share about our ministry with their group along with some music.
God Bless You! We thank God for you daily!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Wow! And....wow again! That's what I have to say about my Lord because He just "wows" our socks off on a regular basis! We put the word out only a couple of days ago about a "special project" we had to find a replacement cargo trailer for hauling our sound equipment, instruments, and supplies to Mexico. It's been on our prayer list for a couple of weeks now.
For starters, before we had even advertised our old trailer, we received a phone call with an offer to buy it and sold it! Way to go God! The old trailer sold for $1,200.
Secondly, we found a GREAT deal on a replacement trailer. It's a 15' x 6' trailer located in Bellville, IL. The seller agreed to accept $2,200 for the trailer which is a steal! It will cost us nearly $200 in gas just to pick it up.
Here's where God really kicks it in.....we just received a call from a member of our ministry support team who wanted to help with the project....God inspired them to want to pitch in $1,200 towards the project! Woo hoo!
Our God is GREAT! He provided the exact amount needed to complete the purchase! Praise the Lord who provided for all our needs just as He promised! God is good....all the time!
In His Service,
The Canote Family
Monday, September 1, 2008
We were joined by some of the youth and leaders who were on the first mission trip Chris took with YUGO to Reynosa, Mexico in 2003. What a blessing to rekindle old friendships and to make new ones as well. Pastor Mike Birney and wife Cindy and family also welcomed us into their home for a reunion visit complete with pie and ice cream!
And, of course, we don't head to that neck of the woods without a visit to a Canote family favorite, the Topeka Zoo!
1) Please pray that we find a reasonably priced trailer ASAP.
2) Donate money to go towards the purchase.
3) Locate a 16 ft. trailer we can purchase.
We asked God to help sell the old one so someone called us and offered to buy it! We're also trusting Him to find us a new one and to provide the funds for the purchase. Maybe He'll use you to help...?
In His service,
God Bless You!
The Canote Family
Sunday, August 17, 2008
May God richly bless you this day!
In His service,
The Canote Family