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  1. 1. The Watkinson Family Ensenada, Mexico www.mexicanevangelism.wordpress.com https://www.facebook.com/philip.watkinson http://mexicanevangelism.bbnow.org
  2. 2. The Watkinson Family Neftali (Naphtali) David Santiago (James) Miriam Philip Kimberly
  3. 3. The Watkinson Family <ul><li>History: </li></ul><ul><li>Jerry was born May 5, 1925, in Mount Vernon, Washington. After leaving the Air Force, he worked as a professional photographer in southern California where he met Deloris Mellin, of Howard Lake, Cokato, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. They studied the Bible together, and he was baptized in 1948. </li></ul><ul><li>Jerry and Deloris were married in the Howard Lake Church of Christ by G. H. Cachiaras in June of 1949. To this union were born two daughters, Cynthia and Vicki, and a son, Philip. Jerry studied at Pacific Bible Seminary in Long Beach, CA (now Hope University). He ministered with the Carson Christian Church and oversaw construction of their first building. He also led a youth program at South Santa Ana Church of Christ, where he was ordained into the Christian ministry. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Watkinson Family <ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>During Christmas vacation 1951, Mr. Watkinson and two other young men from South Santa Ana made a survey trip into Mexico. The Watkinsons settled in Mexico in July 1955. In the summer of 1960, the family teamed up with brother Epifanio Gutierrez, who had established himself in the city of Ensenada, and together they founded Churches of Christ of Baja California. Later the name was changed to Christian Mission for Mexican Evangelism. Additional Mexican evangelists were called to service . </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually churches were established in Ensenada, Mexicali, San Luis Rio Colorado, Tecate, Rosarito, Erendira, Bonfil, and Culiacán . A children’s home and a printing ministry were also built. These eventually became indpendent missions. He continued to oversee the evangelistic work of the mission and taught adult Sunday School until his battle with cancer made it impossible to continue. Jerry D. Watkinson died at the age of 80 in the home of his daughter, Cynthia Preciado, in Chula Vista, California, on Wednesday, July 13, 2005. He was survived by his widow Deloris, his three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandson. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Watkinson Family <ul><li>THE NEED IS GREAT, THE HOUR IS LATE, SO LET’S NOT HESITATE! </li></ul>http://geology.com/world/mexico-map.gif <ul><li>With over 760,000 sq miles, Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the thirteenth largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of over 112 million, it is the eleventh most populous country the most populous Spanish speaking country. </li></ul><ul><li>The official numbers of the 2010 census claim that 83.9% of the population 5 and older is Catholic. However only 46% attends church on a weekly basis. About 5.2% of the population was classified as Protestant or Evangelical. Some experts think that these numbers don't reflect reality, because some people are reluctant to say they've deviated from their traditional family values. The largest group of Protestants are Pentecostals and Charismatics. </li></ul><ul><li>Adventists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other such groups were reported as being 2.1%. However, Mexico boasts the highest number of JWs outside the U.S. – a whopping 2 million adherents!! 0.05% are practicing Jews, and 2.5% without a religion. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Watkinson Family <ul><li>THE NEED IS GREAT, THE HOUR IS LATE, SO LET’S NOT HESITATE! </li></ul>http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a0/Ensenada_en_Baja_California.svg/250px-Ensenada_en_Baja_California.svg.png <ul><li>Located 80 miles south of the border from San Diego, the municipality of Ensenada has a land area of 20,263.57 sq miles, and takes up the majority of the state of Baja California. It is the largest and water-most city in the Americas. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1970, the total population was 77,687. By the year 2000 it was 305,557, four times the size in only three decades! The 2010 census shows a population of 466,814 inhabitants! </li></ul><ul><li>Socially and culturally, it is one of the most diverse cities in Mexico, and it’s free-trade zone status makes it attractive to investors. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s religious diversity is also one of its greatest challenges for New Testament Christianity. It is not uncommon to find churches and meeting places of every sort scattered among the approximately 300 “colonias” or sectors of town. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Watkinson Family <ul><li>OUR MISSION: </li></ul><ul><li>Our mission is to evangelize the lost by any means available to us, disciple new believers, train/ equip leaders and plant New Testament churches among the four municipalities in Baja California and beyond. This is our primary focus. (Matthew 28:18-20) </li></ul><ul><li>Work with and through local churches to assist the poor and the needy, starting with the brethren and moving out into the community (Galatians 6:10). </li></ul><ul><li>Provide intensive ongoing teaching, counsel, and encouragement to the Body of Christ (Acts 20:20-35) </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Watkinson Family <ul><li>THE CHALLANGE: </li></ul><ul><li>Securing sufficient resources to cover present needs and to secure the expansion of the work. </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming the ever-increasing influence of the denominations, sects, cults, aberrant groups and new religious movements. </li></ul><ul><li>Building a network of like-minded ministries willing to work together for the common cause of growing the kingdom of God. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Watkinson Family <ul><li>THE MISSIONARIES: </li></ul><ul><li>Philip Watkinson was grew up immersed in the Mexican culture. He is fluent in both English and Spanish. Well read in Restoration Movement authors, as well as in a broad spectrum of other works. </li></ul><ul><li>He surrendered his life to Christ at age 11 and received the call to preach at the tender age of 13. </li></ul><ul><li>He is a singer, songwriter, and worship leader. In 1978 he recorded an album with all original songs in Spanish. </li></ul><ul><li>He has held various leadership positions in church, local and regional conventions, camps, seminars, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. His teaching skills are well known and sought after. </li></ul><ul><li>In the early eighties he inadvertently became involved with a branch of the Charismatic movement called “Restoration,” but was delivered from it three years later (his testimony is online) This experience catapulted him into a discernment and apologetics ministry that has allowed him to help many others caught in various new movements. His latest research on the Emergent/ Contemplative/ Spiritual Formation movement invading the church today, will soon be made available in Spanish to a major Christian publishing company. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Watkinson Family <ul><li>THE MISSIONARIES: </li></ul><ul><li>Miriam Watkinson was also raised in a fine Christian home and grew up in in the church. She surrendered her life to Christ at age 9 and taught Sunday School from a young age. She was also a leader in her youth group in Hermosillo, Sonora. </li></ul><ul><li>Miriam took two years of psychology in the University of Sonora, and later finished her teacher’s training in Ensenada. She currently teaches English as a second language at the grade school where Kimberly attends. </li></ul><ul><li>Miriam has always been very active in church life. She has taught Sunday School, led the youth, and directed the women’s ministry. But more importantly she is guiding and inspirational force in the home. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Watkinson Family <ul><li>THE NEEDS: </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer-partners. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal support. </li></ul><ul><li>Newer mini-van or diesel mini-bus. </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish Bibles, books, literature, tracts, blank CDs/DVDs. </li></ul><ul><li>Building materials. </li></ul><ul><li>VBS materials, handcrafts, prizes. </li></ul><ul><li>Office supplies and equipment. </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolence as needed. </li></ul>
  12. 12. for more information: [email_address] www.mexicanevangelism.wordpress.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/mexicanevangelism DONATE TODAY: http://mexicanevangelism.bbnow.org

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