Missionary to move from Mexico to Philippines
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Erik Tryggestad | Christian Chronicle
After 13 years of ministry in this city on the U.S.-Mexico border, Steve and Josie Mock are headed west — or, more accurately, to the Far East.
The couple plans to move this summer to the Philippines to serve at Leyte Christian College.
Steve Mock has served as an instructor at the Latin American Christian Institute in Tijuana. He expressed thanks that “the Lord gave us the opportunity to serve him and the Mexican people.”
However, “Tijuana is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, due to the drug cartels fighting over lucrative profits from selling to North America,” he said. “And the ongoing U.S. financial crisis seriously affected the Latin American Bible Institute’s foundation and the generous individuals who fund it. ... Our school’s funding was cut by 60 percent, and we have fewer students as a result.”
Leyte Christian College, founded in 2007, is a work of Project Philippines, a 15-member team of Filipino and U.S. Christians. The group also plans to construct Christian elementary and secondary schools and an orphanage.
“Missionaries pray for opportunities like this,” Steve Mock said. “This is because of the educated, servant-like attitude of the team we’ll be joining, as well as the receptivity of the culture and people.”