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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Canote E-Notes 01/01/12

We are kicking off Day #5 today...our final full day... on the mission field of Mexicali, Mexico and Day #1 of 2012.

It has been a glorious week where we have seen God work in and through us and our ministry teams in mighty ways. PTL! He has kept His promise to meet our needs and equip us to accomplish what He called us to accomplish. God is gonna what He's gonna do!

We have been so encouraged and blessed to partner with our fellow workers as God "blesses the nations".

We've never been with a group any more passionate and genuine in their faith. God has truly assembled a "dream team" of His people surrendered to His lead - chasing hard after His perfect plan.

We were very honored to be included in a special surprise wedding ceremony this week! Mike & Becky Letherby, here from Caledonia, Michigan, are a married couple who have spent their wedding anniversary with us here in Mexico the last several years.

Their team decided to plan an entire renewing-of-their-vows ceremony complete with music, a pastor (Chris), flowers, etc. Alex even sang them a love song mid-ceremony! The happy couple was overwhelmed with the love and effort that went into their surprise.

God has also provided a staff for this week of team ministry that is second to none. Irv & Mari Penner along with their 2 children, are missionary candidates here with us from Canada. Irv, a former pastor, has lead a daily staff devotional time.

God has used that time to bond our staff team together and help us stay focused on why we are here and who we are actually serving.

There are many stories to tell of God's handiwork but it's time to get back at it...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Canote E-Notes 12/29/11

It's a beautiful new day that God has made, here on our mission field for the week, in Mexicali, Mexico.

Having wrapped up Day #1 for our ministry teams and secured a good night's rest, we are ready to get back at it. Our teams were pleased to see a good number of children, teens, and adults show up to be ministered to yesterday and they are looking forward to building relationships over the next few days.

Last night's Prayer & Share in chapel was very encouraging as the team members shared first impressions of this cross cultural discipleship experience. We know from experience that God will be working in and through each of them this week in BIG ways.

Several of them shared how last year's trip changed their lives. Some who came this year, shared how those that came home telling stories of last year's trip impacted them and convinced them they HAD to come check it out for themselves.

We ask the teams after Day #1 to identify anything that might be holding them back from giving their very best for God this week.

In the way of a prayer request, here is that list: fatigue, emotional baggage, spiritual warfare, comfort zone, fear, and just general distractions from focus. Please pray over this list.

Satan doesn't want us here, doesn't want people to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus, and doesn't want the above list of issues to be overcome. However, we serve a God who is much bigger than all that! PTL!

The pics are from our prayer time last night and a view of the mountains from our base camp.

Can't wait to what God has cooked up for us today!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Canote E-Notes 12/27/11

Hola from Mexicali, Mexico!
Chris here, I'm putting technology to the test by doing a blog post via iPhone... we'll see. I'm here with Chewy, Alex, and JP. We're doing a week of team ministry with YUGO Ministries - hosting a team from Caledonia, Michigan. We have converged on this mobile outreach center along with the other YUGO staff and volunteers.

We arrived yesterday afternoon. We spent the evening unpacking and getting settled in. Today we are wrapping up the final set-up, cleaning, etc. in order to be ready to receive our team.

Our kitchen team including chef Ron Struska has already been feeding us very well. We had a big pot of chili last night, Belgium waffles for breakfast and stir fry for lunch! Wow!

The boys have just finished setting up all the sound equipment and are rehearsing for tonight's kick-off in chapel.

Tomorrow is the first big day of ministry. We know God is with us. We are honored and blessed for the opportunity to join Him on His mission field.

More updates to come... We very much appreciate your prayers and we're counting on them.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note
and make way for a fresh and bright New Year!
Here's wishing you a
Merry Christmas!

and a
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Canote E-Notes 12/15/11

"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 
and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." ~ Luke 2:6-7

Feliz Navidad!

We sure hope you and your family are having as much fun celebrating this holiday season as we are!  Granted, it's the busiest time of year... but, it's also our favorite time of year.  We've already enjoyed Christmas caroling with the children's ministry kiddos at our home church, lots of Christmas shopping, and several holiday parties and get-togethers including plenty of tasty treats!  As always, we try hard to keep at the forefront, the true REASON FOR THE SEASON.

Christmas Music Ministry
This last weekend included two Christmas programs with a chance to make lots of Christmas music:  Canote Family style.  This year's music included old standards, bluegrass and country styles, and even a jazzy "White Christmas" with dad and the boys.  We'll work on getting some video up on our YouTube Channel ASAP.

New Web Site
After months of planning, design, and review our Launch Team at YUGO Ministries was just recently able to take the new web site live:  Check it out!  It's brand new and super fresh!  It even includes a mobile version.  Click here for information about joining our family in Acuña, Mexico in 2012.

In the midst of all the hubbub of this busy holiday season, Chris and the boys are also finalizing the logistics and travel plans for their annual New Year's Outreach with YUGO.  They will be leaving on Christmas Day flying out of St. Louis and into San Diego late in the day.  The following day, after picking up a big van and trailer, stocking up on supplies, etc. they will be heading south of the border for a week of Team Ministry in Mexicali, Mexico.  They will host a large ministry team from Caledonia, Michigan.  Look for updates from Chris while they are on that trip.

Sermon Links
Below are links from recent sermons delivered by Pastor Chris.  They are located on our Canote Family web site:  

"Mary Had A Little Lamb" 
Luke 1;26-38

"Fearfully and Wonderfully Made"
Psalm 139

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Canote E-Notes 11/30/11

Greetings! And Merry Christmas!
Good news!  It's official... Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday have come and gone.  You can now tell everyone Merry Christmas! and listen to Christmas music without people thinking you are overly weird!  :)  Of course, Chris would listen to Christmas music year round regardless of what people think!  That falls right in line with his habit of watching the movie Elf several times per year.  Granted, he does step it up during the holidays using it to pass time while on the treadmill.

As you might guess, Christmas is a pretty exciting time around the Canote house!  It's kind of a given when you have a house full of kiddos.  Charlotte, 4 yrs old, is asking 2-3 times per day now, "How many days 'til Christmas?"

Our little girls, Allison, Natalie, Charlotte, & Victoria were recently VERY excited to FINALLY have the "dream come true" of spending the night at big brother Chewy's apartment.  We might have guessed that ole Chewy would have put his video camera and editing software to good use for some fun with his sisters.  The result is hilarious!  Naturally, Chris couldn't resist adding the production to our YouTube Channel.  And, here's the evidence:
"Dance Party at Chewy's House"

And you probably thought missionary kids just sit around and pray all day right?  Ha ha!

The final logistics are starting to come together for the YUGO New Year's team ministry in Mexicali, Mexico.  Chris, Chewy, Alex, & JP will fly out to San Diego on Christmas Day for a week of ministry in Mexico and return Jan. 3.  They will be hosting 2 teams from Cornerstone UMC out of Caledonia, Michigan.  Please keep them and the ministry teams in your prayers.  Please pray for those who will be ministered to as well.

As you may have already heard, yes it's true.... :)  Did you ever wonder what it would be like to have 10 kids?  Well, we did.  We'll let you know in June of next year.  That's when the doctors expect another little Canote to arrive!  We're very exciting and looking forward to another little bundle of joy and gift from the Lord!

"What Have You Done For Me Lately?"
Deuteronomy 2:7
Delivered at Harrisburg Baptist Church 11/20/11

"Do You Trust Me?"
1 Kings 17:1-7
Delivered at Harrisburg Baptist Church 11/27/11

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Canote E-Notes 11/19/11

Happy Thanksgiving!

May the Lord fill your home with His abundant goodness and your LIFE with His ever present joy.  

Blessings on your THANKSGIVING!

The blessing of the Lord be upon you. 
~ Psalm 129:8

Our baby boy, Adam (now 21) is all grown up!  It's a bittersweet thing.  We are certainly proud of the man he has become.  But, we also miss the little boy strumming that first toy guitar.  We never dreamed how far God would take his musical talents.

Adam recently blessed the socks off of everyone in attendance at the Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall at Central Methodist University.  With not a single empty seat left, we were all treated to what amounted to the culmination of 4 years in classical guitar training.

Adam presented for us his Senior Recital, a partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music Education degree.  We've been listening to him play his various guitars now for years.  But, this was different.  It was magical.  As his parents, it was a bit overwhelming.  Let's just say the tears were flowing about a minute into the first piece.

The second picture shows a guitar...that's actually a cake!  It was made by our good friend, cake master Mary Avery.

Naturally, his proud papa has loaded the performance onto YouTube so the masses may enjoy.  And, here are the links:

Piece #1:  Asturias (Leyenda) by Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Piece #2:  Sonatine Op. 71 by Mauro Guiliani (1781-1829)

Piece #3:  Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen (1905-1986)
Arranged by Adam

Piece #4:  Rhylynn by Andy McKee (b. 1979)

Piece #5:  For My Father by Andy McKee

Sermon Links
"In The Heavenly Realms" 
Ephesians 2:1-7
Delivered at Harrisburg Baptist Church 11/06/11

"Godly Families In an Un-Godly World"
Joshua 24:15
Delivered at Harrisburg Baptist Church 11/13/11

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Canote E-Notes 11/02/11

November Prayer Letter Posted
Our November Prayer Letter has been posted to our website.  Click the heading above to access that file or wait for the paper copy to arrive in the mail.  If you don't currently receive our Canote family "Canote Notes" monthly prayer letter via snail-mail but would like to, click HERE and let Chris know in an email.

Sermon Link
Here's a new sermon link from Pastor Chris

"The Unlimited Power Within You" - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Sermon preached at Harrisburg Baptist Church
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Pastor Chris Canote

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 - As Christians, we have access to all the resources and power of God.  However, that only applies if we are connected to God in a full surrender His Holy Spirit within us.  That is what the Apostle Paul was explaining to the church at Corinth in our main text.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Canote E-Notes 10/24/11

Music Ministry Update
The Canote boys just wrapped up an exciting weekend of ministry serving as the worship team for a youth discipleship weekend (D-Now) for the OneWay Youth Group at Sturgeon Baptist Church.  They kicked it off Friday evening and stayed through Sunday morning sharing their musical talents and setting a Godly example for their peers. 

Adam, the oldest at 21, was actually unable to join them because of prior commitments, so JP (14) had to step it up on lead vocals and guitar.  Alex (16)  covered percussion and Chewy (19) took care of 
The Canote Boys
the bass.

Needless to say, mom & dad's hearts are busting with pride.  But, we also give God the credit.  It's an awesome thing to see God working in and through your kids to have such an impact on others for the sake of the Kingdom.

The boys are starting to get "ramped up" and excited about an upcoming Mexico trip.  It's almost time for the annual Canote Men's Father/Son trek to Mexicali, Mexico for YUGO's New Year's Team Ministry.

On a side note.... these boys need a band name!  They don't seem to care for "the Canote boys".  Apparently, that's not particularly "cool".  It's also apparent that regardless of how "cool" a name might be, if it's suggested by your dad, it immediately loses it's "coolness" factor.  So, if you have an idea, please feel free to email them directly:

Adam Canote -
Chewy Canote -
Alex Canote -
JP Canote -

Dad is going to stop making suggestions for a band name.  :)  Several years ago, the boys wrote a bluegrass instrumental song which always got a great response from the crowds.  Dad kept telling them it needed a name and that it should be something spiritual.  Naturally, the name of that song became:  "Something Spiritual".

Sermon Link
Here's a new sermon link from Pastor Chris:

"The Hope of Glory" - Colossians 1:21-27

Sermon preached at Harrisburg Baptist Church
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Pastor Chris Canote

Colossians 1:27 calls this position of Christ in us:  both a “mystery” and “the hope of glory”.  As former enemies of God, we don’t deserve this “hope of glory”.  We weren’t worthy of His great love or His amazing Grace.  But He loved us anyway…

Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Where Are You?" - Genesis 3:1-13

Sermon preached at Harrisburg Baptist Church
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Pastor Chris Canote

Fig leaves, nekidness, & the river in Egypt...

Listen to listen to audio:

"Where Are You?" - Genesis 3:1-13

Sunday, October 9, 2011

"Outside The Walls" - Ephesians 3:4-21

Sermon preached at Harrisburg Baptist Church
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Pastor Chris Canote

Link to listen to audio:

"Outside the Walls" - Ephesians 3:4-21

Also, Susan and JP performed Laura Story's song "Blessings" with Susan on lead vocals and JP on piano and background vocals today at HBC.  Here's a link to the audio:  Blessings

Friday, October 7, 2011

Canote E-Notes 10/06/11

Greetings Ministry Support Team!

We want to fill you in about some exciting things we currently have in the works with the ministry with YUGO Ministries in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. We have recently discovered that the Del Rio, TX First Baptist Church has dorms available specifically for hosting mission teams coming to the area to work. Their vision was to house ministry teams not interested in sleeping in Mexico. We are hoping to utilize the dorms to launch a ministry working with Hispanic churches in Del Rio. This would still be a cross-cultural missions experience for the ministry teams as they would be working with spanish speaking churches located in predominantly hispanic neighborhoods.

Our hope is that this would provide an opportunity for teams and churches who are concerned about safety and security in Mexico to be able to come back and rejoin us on the mission field. We have seen first hand time and time again the amazing impact this type of discipleship experience has on the lives of those who participate. Of course, as always, the eternal impact made on those who accept Christ as their Savior in the process is enormous! In that regard, we have determined that there is a very real need for ministry in Del Rio. Our main goal, as always would still be to support the local churches and pastors in their established ministry efforts.

We feel God is leading us to be flexible and get outside the box when it comes to ministry. We want to find where He is already at work and join Him there vs. dragging Him along with us. Please pray with us as we continue to work out the details and logistics for launching this new ministry effort.

Prayer Requests
1. For surrender to God's Holy Spirit in His lead on our lives
2. For the necessary prayer, resources, and support to launch this new ministry effort
3. For ministry teams to join us on the mission field for an experience of a lifetime.

thank you, Thank You, and THANK YOU to our ministry support team!
We love you, need you, and praise God for you!
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

"Amazing Grace" - Ephesians 2:4-8

Sermon preached at Harrisburg Baptist Church
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Pastor Chris Canote

Link To Listen to Audio:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Canote E-Notes 09/21/11

I'm writing with 2 very specific prayer requests regarding the ministry work God has called us to as a family. It relates to the financial support necessary to make it all happen.

Our situation at YUGO is unique among our missionary co-workers because we live in the U.S. We have the option of generating additional income to meet our household and ministry expenses without the limitations of foreign visas.

We have done that over the years through multiple "side" jobs and through Susan’s job working from home which officially makes us “tent makers”. It also means we have not given the necessary attention to building and maintaining our ministry support team.

The result is our reserve account which is used to fund my monthly salary through YUGO, my health insurance, and ministry expenses is dangerously low. We must replenish the account at YUGO or face being reclassified as part-time and losing my only option for health insurance.

We know 2 things in our hearts for certain: #1, God has called us to this ministry in this time and place. He has provided ample tangible evidence in our lives to support that belief. #2, God has promised to meet all our needs. And, our God is still faithful.

We know God will meet this need in His perfect timing as He has promised to do. Please join us in praising Him for that.

If you have not felt led to support this ministry financially up to this point, would you also please ask God specifically if He would have you begin supporting at this time?

To our ministry team: thank you, Thank You, and THANK YOU!
We love you and we need you. Your support as co-laborers in this ministry is critical and we praise God for you every day! Thank you! We are eternally grateful for your partnership with our family!

Telling the Story,

Pastor Chris Canote
Outreach & Mobilization Director
YUGO Ministries

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