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BACKGROUND
Sandra’s House opened its doors for the first three day pastor training course in September 2001. Pastor Miguel Luna joined the Sandra’s House training team in 2003 and over fifty Video Bible Schools (VBS) of three hours each week now provide Bible study to over 500 people. The VBS program developed by the International School of Ministers is fifteen months long with the classes meeting once a week for three hours. There are six workbooks for each student and other suggested support for equipping pastors and church leaders. Sandra’s House pastor training is coordinated with local churches within eight denominations. The VBS Ministry has expanded from Quantana Roo to other states in Mexico - Yucatan and Campeche. One of the denominations in the state of Tabasco has asked for assistance with the Video Bible Schools. There are in excess of 1,500 Mayan villages on the Yucatan Peninsula and Sandra’s House desires to reach all of them with a Video Bible School.

Sandra’s House facilitates youth and adult seminars and conferences relating to the growth and maturity of Mayan Christians. The conferences and seminars are conducted by experienced pastors and teachers from the global Christian community and include leadership and discipleship training for pastors and lay leaders, youth leadership and evangelistic outreach seminars and other ministry conferences. In addition, the facility is available for the use of local Christian groups and various denominations for their conferences.

Sandra’s House serves the Lord in various other ways. Numerous Christian outreach opportunities are facilitated each year which include short term evangelical outreach projects and ministries, medical and humanitarian outreach ministries and Christian education/training discipleship and leadership workshops. Through the medical outreach ministry effort, the local hospital received an anesthesia machine and local surgeons will now be able to perform more complicated surgery.

In 2005 the Mexican Division of Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan's Purse) asked Sandra’s House to be the representative distributor of Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes in the state of Quintana Roo. Over 5,000 shoe boxes were distributed to Mayan children in 2004 and in 2005-06 more than 5,800 shoe boxes were distributed. The allotment for early 2007 will be for about 20,000 Mayan children. The distribution generally takes place from January through February of each year.

Sandra’s House is supported by financial gifts/donations from churches and individuals in the central North Carolina area. Short term mission trips teams and individuals also donate time and financial support to mission outreach and spread of the Gospel.

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FUTURE VISION
In the long term, the Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry, Inc must become an integral part of the community and culture of the Mayans and people of Felipe Carrillo Puerto in a way that serves as no other similar organization. The training of local Mayan Christians as pastors and church growth evangelism, Christian youth leadership training, medical outreach and other service and outreach activities are the foundation and building blocks of a greater vision for a Christian education, resource library and conference center. The training and education of these pastors will prepare them to dig deep theologically as well as spiritually so that they might better lead, grow and encourage their congregations. They are eager to learn as they recognize that they are inadequately prepared to effectively preach the Word.

A Bible College and Conference Center associated with Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry, Inc would be the culmination of many ideas for Christian ministry and outreach. A two year degree could be offered in various areas of specialty in addition to pastor and leadership training. The library could serve and support the local Christians as a resource. And the conference center could provide a forum for seminars, concerts and gatherings for celebration. The center could also serve as a training facility for short term missions and outreach teams – local Mayans and interested Christians from the United States. In the long term, land might be acquired for classrooms, dormitories and all other facilities that will be needed to train Christians in the ministry. A partnership with a Bible College in the USA would be very possible.

A Christian school for children and youth, associated with the Bible College, would provide education beyond the mandatory age of sixteen and provide leadership training and classes in English as a second language and skills not taught in the typical “technical” school. Ultimately the Ministry and Bible College and Conference Center must be self-sustaining and be able to meet the needs of the Mayan Christians. The leadership and assistance from the founders would be minimized as the local Mayans would take a more significant leadership role in the Ministry.

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BELIEFS
Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry is established on the following beliefs regarding our role in spiritual and charitable outreach:

  1. We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21).
     

  2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; John 14:10, 13, 16, 17, 26; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
     

  3. We believe that Christ Jesus was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man (Matthew 1:18, 23; Luke 1:35; John 17:11, 21).
     

  4. We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature; and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; Jeremiah 17:9; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:3).
     

  5. We believe that the Lord Christ Jesus died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (Isaiah 53:6; John 3:16; Romans 5:9, 12; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 21; 1 Peter 2:24).
     

  6. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life for us there as High Priest and Advocate (Luke 24:6; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 4:14; 10:12).
     

  7. We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Christ Jesus are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby, become children of God (John 1:12-13; 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23).
     

  8. We believe that those who have been born again have everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but are passed from death unto life; and that the Lord Jesus Christ gives unto them eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of God's hand (John 5:24; 10:28-29).
     

  9. We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and that it includes all who have been born again. Its mission is to offer acceptable worship to God and to serve Him faithfully by spreading the Gospel and making disciples of all nations. The ordinances of the Church are baptism and the Lord's Supper (Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:10-11; 4:11-16).
     

  10. We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7).
     

  11. We believe in the physical resurrection of the body. Unbelievers shall be eternally separated from God’s presence to everlasting torment, but believers shall live and reign with Him to everlasting glory. (Matthew 25:46; John 3:36; 5:28-29; Revelation 20:12,15).

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VALUES
Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry values the Lordship of Christ Jesus in all things, and we are accountable not only to Him but our fellow man. His lifestyle example and the teachings of the apostles guide our behavior and actions. We will conduct our Ministry and Mission in an ethical and responsible manner; respectful of those we serve our fellow participants and our contributors.

Sandra’s House values the Word of God and the spiritual transformation through the saving grace of faith in Jesus.

Sandra’s House values fervent prayer for His will to be accomplished through His people with humility, courage and wisdom.

Sandra’s House values submission to the Great Commandment loving the lost, sharing the Gospel and developing life-long relationships.

Sandra’s House values obedience to the Great Commission serving people in need meeting their needs as if serving Jesus … reflecting cheerfulness, selflessness, mercy, compassion, dedication, perseverance, excellence, quality, competence, encouragement and availability.

Sandra’s House values commitment to one another through love … reflecting fellowship, companionship, submissiveness, support, encouragement, love, peace and joy.

Sandra’s House values all individuals and their inherent qualities as Jesus loves us … reflecting sensitivity, compassion, acceptance, dignity, fairness and equity.

Sandra’s House values integrity and adhering to incorruptible values and character … reflecting, honesty, trustworthiness, loyalty, moral/ethical standards, diligence, openness, stewardship and accountability

The VALUES are non-negotiable characteristics of who and what we are — intrinsic to the way we provide encouragement to the missionaries we serve and manage the affairs of the Ministry. Our VALUES are the essential and enduring tenets and the basis of our behavior, response and reputation.

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VISION
The vision statement of Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry is based on the belief that all of the people in the Mexican Yucatan region, especially the Mayans, must have the opportunity to hear the Good News of the Gospel. And we are called to fulfill the Great Commission and Great Commandment … to seek, save and serve the lost.

It is the VISION of Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry that all the Mayan people throughout the Mexican Yucatan region hear the Good News of the Gospel, accept salvation through Christ Jesus, become His followers and serve His people.

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PURPOSE & MISSION
Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry believes that to fulfill the Great Commission everyone, including all Mayans in the Mexican Yucatan region, must have the opportunity to hear and respond to the saving grace provided through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus … the Good News. And further believe that as followers of Christ Jesus we must adhere to the Great Commandment and serve one another as we would like to be served. Although the Mayan Mexicans are the focus of the Sandra’s House Ministry, the Gospel is to be shared with all Mexicans with the desire to enter the Kingdom of God.

The PURPOSE of Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry is to

  1. Equip Mayan Christians to become pastors, missionaries and lay leaders who will share the Good News of the Gospel of Christ Jesus and plant churches in the Mexican Yucatan region and
     

  2. Assist the Mayan Christians to mature and serve others within the local environment and cultural circumstances.

Sandra's House Mayan Ministry is to equip – prepare, develop, train and enable, nurture and disciple, and encourage and assist – Mayan Christians (Ephesians 4:11, 12). And it is the desire of Sandra’s House to accomplish our PURPOSE with Mayan Christians and with the assistance of Christ-followers from Mexico and around the world.

The PURPOSE of Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry is established upon the previously outlined VALUES and expects all participating ministries and outreach organizations to be of like mind.

The MISSION of Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry is to

  • Develop, disciple and train Christian Mayans to be pastors, missionaries and lay leaders

  • Assist planting and establishing Christian churches within the Mayan community

And further to

  • Engage the global Christian community in ministering to the total human need in the Mayan communities of the Mexican Yucatan region

  • Evoke all the talents, treasures and gifts bestowed on us by the Father and demonstrate love and grace for all people

It is desired to have the Mayan people engaged in the ministry and not become “bystanders”. They must be empowered and motivated without harming their dignity and pride. Their values and local cultural customs must be valued but within a Christian worldview.

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BOARD DIRECTORS & OFFICEERS

Bennie F. Fisher
Director and President
 
Christian founder of Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry. Retired teacher and business man.
Russell S. Tanner
Director
 
Christian business man. Part owner in reality and construction businesses. Serves in leadership capacity in Church.
 
Thomas G. Riley
Director
 
Christian business man and works with air ambulance and medical related service.

IRS RECOGNITION STATEMENT

Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt charitable organization under the Federal Tax Code 501 (c) 3. All gifts to Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry Inc are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Sandra’s House Mayan Ministry Inc has complete control over the use of all donated funds. All gifts designated for a specific outreach/missions project are to be applied to that project or team. Occasionally more contributions are received for a given project than can be applied. When that happens these funds are used to meet other ministry and outreach opportunities that the Lord has directed Sandra's House Mayan Ministry to pursue.

Federal Tax ID# 61-1524853

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