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Chris ended mission service with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in December 2011.
In January 2007 Chris McReynolds was appointed to serve Presbyterian Border Ministry as a coordinator at its Proyecto Amistad site which is based in Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, México.
Proyecto Amistad is one of six sites where the PC(USA) and the National Presbyterian Church of México collaborate in ministries of evangelism, new church development, empowerment of people and communities and mission education along our common border. Chris works closely with the Mexican coordinator of Proyecto Amistad in a ministry of bridge-building. They link Mexican Presbyterians in the region with PC(USA) individuals and groups who seek to support the border ministry’s holistic ministry through direct mission involvement.
The ministry of Proyecto Amistad is not new to Chris. For the six years prior to his appointment, he was the treasurer and a member of the board of directors for Proyecto Amistad. During his tenure there, he participated in about 20 mission encounters with work teams from around the country.
“As a member of the binational board of Proyecto Amistad, I came to understand the nature of the ministry and got to be friends with pastors, board members, mission coordinators, mission teams and others involved in the ministry. Through these relationships God blessed me and began to shape me into a useful instrument.”
“Raised on the border, I grew a lot as a person in the ranching and construction trades,” Chris says. “I was taught about relationships by family and friends who relate to one another under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I believe God has impressed upon me the simple fact that he cares, primarily, about our relationships — our relationship to him and to each other. These relationships outweigh even our physical and material concerns.”
One of Proyecto Amistad’s newest projects is Club Amistad, a family empowerment and community restoration effort through Christian education using the AMO®Program for children. This project is supported by Presbyterian congregations and individuals from México and the United States alike.
“The goal is to provide children with transformational Christian education to help them fully develop as the people God created them to be,” Chris says. “The clubs meet one to two days a week during the school year.”
Parent involvement is key. Club Amistad is carried out by local church volunteers who involve the parents by having them read blessing cards brought home to them by their children.
Chris’ career background includes ranching, construction and government contract work. Holding a bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University of San Angelo, Texas, Chris has also completed some post graduate classes in missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Chris is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Del Rio, Texas, where he was ordained as an elder in 1998.
Birthday: December 25
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Hi Chris! Today I sent a donation for your ministry on the U.S./ Mexican border to P.C. (USA). It should arrive in about a week. Besides the donation I will be sending you and your ministry Prayer Support. God Bless You and the people who serve with you for your ministry to these poeple. Robert
This is inspiring. To hear of the ministry to children on the border and to rejoice with the man released from prison who finds his family intact and in good circumstances brings tears of joy to my eyes.