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This is the New Iberian Mission Association (NIMA) Update for October-December, 2013.

NIMA is the outreach of Agape Christian Church of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and friends around the world. Our main outreach in Guatemala is the Community Christian Hospital, Morning Glory Christian Academy that includes the primary school and the college preparation secondary school located on the Llano de la Virgen properties near San Raymundo Guatemala. There are now several Christian churches that are under the direction of NIMA with the mother church being Sacsuy Christian Church. We partner with Casas por Cristo in serving the people of the area in many ways.

Inside this edition…

  • “A Legacy of Hope”
  • “Boiling Frogs”
    • by Lori Nij

  • “Team Work”
  • “A Short History of NIMA”
    • by Herb Pinney

  • “Teacher Proposal”
  • “New Developments…”
    • by Samuel & Tiffany Houck

…and more!

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New Iberian Mission Association
Ocober—December 2013 Update

NIMA Prayer Request:

Morning Glory Christian School is asking for your prayers as a Board of Directors is
being formed to serve and advance the ministry. The Board will give much needed support to Lori so that
she can focus on her daily activities at the school. The Board will also serve alongside Herb Pinney and
relieve him of many of the duties that he has single-handedly juggled for many years. We know that God
will bless our efforts to further His Kingdom. The goal is to have the Board in place by January 2014.
Please pray for this important development!

Morning Glory Christmas Catelog

Give a gift that makes a difference! Honor someone you love by giving on their behalf!
You can share Christ’s love with your friends in Guatemala this holiday season… Look inside for great ways to be a part of the ministry at Morning Glory!

A Legacy of Hope

Lori Nij, Colegio Cristiano Mañana Gloriosa, San Raymundo, Guatemala

Thirteen years ago when I walked into that first run-down classroom of village children at what
was to become MORNING GLORY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, I was astonished by the apathy
and hopelessness in the expressions of those children. Most of them lived in the homes around
the school, spent their mornings working in the fields, firecracker factories, or in their home,
and studied in the afternoons. The children wore ragged clothes and everything about them
screamed poverty. Their parents saw no value in education and the only important thing in their
lives was the food on the table today. For the first three years of Morning Glory it was a constant
battle with the parents to allow the children to come to school and to stay in school, especially
the little girls. Culturally in Guatemala the role of a woman is to get married or live with a man
and spend her life serving him and her children. You don’t have to have much book learning
to gather wood, cook, wash clothes by hand and be an unpaid servant. The woman´s role is
so ingrained in culture that it is part of the marriage ceremony. After the traditional service and
dinner the women and mother-in-law take the bride into the kitchen and instruct her on her role.
Then as a symbol of her station in life, her wedding veil is removed and an apron is placed over
her wedding dress. Over and over I would battle with the parents, and in those first years I lost
most of the battles. One little girl was especially bright. She was different from the other children
in that she had a dream.

She wanted more than anything else to be a teacher.
She wanted to read and learn. But her mom and dad
saw no value in her dream and they sure weren’t
going to pay any money for her to go to school.
When I met Vilma she was nine years old and in
first grade. She was one of the brightest children
in my class. She loved coming to school and loved
learning. She would read any book that I could find
for her to read and spend every free minute asking
me questions about the world.

But there was one drawback. Vilma had to work
to pay for her food and contribute to her family
welfare. Every morning Vilma would get up really
early, carry a wooden box full of tomatoes into the
marketplace in San Raymundo, and sell her tomatoes
to anyone who would buy them. Many times I
would go to the market only to find Vilma sitting on
the sidewalk surrounded by tomatoes, doing her
homework between customers. After fourth grade,
to all morning classes. Many of the other children
from the village dropped out of school. The parents
simply would not consider the loss of income from
the children not working. Vilma’s mom was one of
those parents. She wasn´t going to lose the money
from the tomatoes nor pay absolutely anything for
Vilma to go to school, something she considered
completely useless. I argued and argued with her,
finally convinced her to let Vilma stay in school if she
still brought in the same amount of money selling
in the afternoon and if I paid for all the notebooks,
uniform and everything Vilma would need. Not only
did I agree, but I funded a second box of tomatoes
for Vilma to sell. The agreement was she would sell
Mom’s tomatoes first and put aside the money she
had to take to Mom. She would then sell the second
box that I provided for her and the profit from that
box was to go into a piggy bank for Vilma´s school
expenses. And sell tomatoes she did; not only did
she sell tomatoes every afternoon but she maintained
some of the highest grades at Morning Glory.

Time came and went and Vilma graduated with
honors from Morning Glory. But by now she was
selling four boxes of tomatoes every day, two for mom
and two for the piggy bank. I talked to the director of
the public secondary school and he agreed to give
Vilma one of the government scholarships available
to pay the parents of working children to allow them
to go to school. For three years I followed Vilma
through secondary school. We would always buy
the tomatoes we used in our home from her to help
her out. I was so proud when she graduated with
honors from secondary school.

Then I lost track. Vilma dropped off the map; when I
asked about her, her mom would only say she was
working in Guatemala City. So for five years I neither
saw her nor heard anything about her.

Then last Monday morning after the end-of-year
parent meeting, I was just kind of sitting there
catching my breath. It had been a hard
morning. It is never pleasant to have to tell
a mom that her child has failed the year. No
matter how many times I have warned them,
they always seem to think that a miracle
will happen at the last moment. Some moms
can get pretty angry and tell me what I am
going to live and die of. This had been one such morning.
Two moms were extremely angry and I had to
confront them with their own failure. If they never had time
for their children… if they were too busy to make sure that
the child did his homework or to even attend the multiple times
I had called them to my office, why did they think I could or
even would work an eleventh-hour save? Even though three hundred
plus moms were happy and grateful, those two angry moms pretty
much ruined my morning.

Then Tabi walked in with a beautiful young woman in full Mayan dress. Her face
looked familiar but I just couldn’t place her. She looked at me, smiling when she
realized that I didn´t recognize her. Then she spoke and it dawned on me. Standing
before me was Vilma, the tomato girl. She proudly handed me a folder and said,
“Miss Lori, I have come to ask you for a job.” As I opened her folder the tears
began to roll down my face. Vilma had graduated with honors from one of the top
public teaching schools in Guatemala City as a fully certified preschool teacher.
And here she stood before me, confident and all grown up–the little girl who sat
outside the market on the sidewalk, surrounded by tomatoes doing her schoolwork.

As she saw my tears, she began to cry. Then Heyson, my director, who had been her
fifth grade teacher, began to cry… and pretty soon we were all crying. During those
years that she was gone she had spent a year working and saving to pay for her
school, three years studying and the last year working and earning enough to build
a small room behind her mom’s house to come home to live. She hugged me ever-so-tightly
and handed me her diploma and said these words: “This is for you. If it had
not been for you, your encouragement, and the opportunity that MORNING GLORY
CHRISTIAN SCHOOL gave me I would be like my friends that live around here. Old
before my time, mother to a handful of children and living the hopeless life of poverty
that they live. Thank you for believing in me, for teaching me to believe in myself, for
fighting with my parents, and most of all, thank you for the chance you gave me. I
would love to work for you because I dream of teaching little girls like me that there is
hope, and with God’s help and lots of hard work they can reach for the stars and make
it. I want to pass on the legacy of hope that you gave me.”

“Legacy of Hope.” What beautiful words… meaningful and profound, yet simple.
A legacy of Hope is the promise of Morning Glory. Psalm 30 says, “Weeping may
remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning… You turned my sadness into
dancing. You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” The darkness of poverty
and ignorance lasts but a moment but morning comes with learning and God’s glory
dawns bright and joyful.

If you ever doubt that the money you send or the prayers you say are significant, I
ask you to remember Vilma, the little girl that sold tomatoes in the market… now a
confident, educated teacher and a strong woman of God. If it was just one life saved
it would be worth it, but like Vilma are hundreds of others–girls and boys, now young
women and young men whose lives have been changed, whose horizons loom bright
and hopeful. Lives YOU have touched, lives you have changed. Indeed it is a LEGACY

Post note: You better believe I will move heaven and earth to find a way to hire this young woman.

NIMA Notice:

Mary Beeks is taking over as director of Sponsor/Student relationship. Rob will continue to be our
chief recruiter. All information requests are to be sent to Mary at:
Snail mail: 3848 Walden Way, Dallas, TX 75287

Have You Seen The Vision?

Shannon Slee, Quincy, Illinois

It isn’t always easy to see the bigger picture, is it? As followers of Jesus,
God almost always challenges us to step out in faith even when we can’t
see where His path is going to end up.

For Old Testament Jews, that meant believing that the one true God they
served would one day send them a Savior. For the Magi, it meant
worshiping a baby Whose ministry to save the world had only just
begun. For Jesus’ disciples after His crucifixion, that looked like trusting
in Him even when they hadn’t seen the empty grave or met their
resurrected Friend and Lord. In the early church, and even in many
countries today, it often means facing persecution and even death
with nothing more tangible than the hope of an eternal reward. In my
sheltered, cozy life, it means loving and investing in two tiny, helpless humans
with the faith that one day they will honor God and glorify His name by serving Him and
others in His name. For Lori and others at Morning Glory, I know it means powering
through difficult days with the belief that all of their efforts will have incredible
payoffs in the lives of the students and their families. It may take months or years or
even decades to see the fruit, but time and time again God has come through.

When Herb sent me this picture of the two-room building that will serve the students of
the secondary school, my first thought was how rough it looked. But then I remembered
that I have seen the vision of Morning Glory as it fits into the mission of the all-powerful
God of the universe. In each of the three times I have had the privilege to travel to Guatemala
on short-term mission trips, I have seen the incredible progress that has been made in every
interval between. Because I have seen this vision, I know that in what seems like the blink of
an eye, this run-down building will be cleaned up and fixed up and filled with scores of
students, hungry for knowledge and being equipped to contribute to their community and the
community of God. I’m so grateful for the inspiration they provide those of us who know and
love them. Even if you don’t get to see the results in person, know that our God is one who
works all things together for our good and will accomplish the challenge He has begun.

I’m excited to be able to contribute to the realization of the vision this Christmas through a
gift from the Morning Glory Christmas Catalog. I will be giving a gift in honor of my parents,
whose godly influence played the role in my life that Lori and Morning Glory Christian School
play in the lives of hundreds of children and their families in the Llano, San Raymundo, and
the surrounding areas in Guatemala. If you’ve seen the vision, I sure hope you’ll consider
doing the same.

NIMA Notice:

Attention Morning Glory short-term mission trip alumni!
Dean Pinney is going to be heading up the formation
of the Morning Glory “kitchen cabinet,” a group of
past visitors who will weigh in, give financial support, and pray
for the ongoing development of the ministry in Guatemala.
We look forward to your valuable participation!


Team Work: A Big Job Takes A Big Team

Herb Pinney, Agapé Christian Church, Las Cruces, New Mexico


In 2000 B.C., a trade road from Tibet
transported borax ore to the city of Babylon;
in 800 A.D., on the silk-road, borax, a very
expensive ore, came into Europe, and then
Marco Polo brought borax back to Italy
to use in very expensive porcelain. The
European glass makers used borax to harden
glass and make it able to withstand extreme
temperatures. Borax was used in gold
refining. It was very expensive.

In the 1880s the world’s largest deposit of
borax was found in the Panamint Mountains
on the west side of Death Valley in the Mojave
Desert of California. This ore is very heavy
and the new mother lode was 165 miles from
the nearest rail head.

Thus begun the race to be able to carry tons
of ore over dusty desert trails of sand and
rock; all efforts proved unsuccessful until in
1883 a mule skinner named Francis Marion
Smith hitched 18 big Missouri mules and two
horses to a hardwood wagon that could haul
ten tons of borax ore at a time, with water
tanks in train behind the ore truck, and began
to successfully haul the ore. Each trip took
ten days to get the ten tons of valuable rock
across the desert trail on to market.

The trip was in temperatures that reached
125 degrees fahrenheit during the day in the
summer time; in winter freezing weather and
cold winds blew down from the 14,000-foot
Sierra Nevada wall of rock just to the west.

During the years of 20-mule team transport,
not a single break-down happened on the
trips, nor was a single animal lost on the treks.
A modern invention replaced the mules in the
1890s; a steam engine named “Dinah” that
promptly broke down, and was hauled back
to town by the mules Dinah replaced.

Then a railroad spur was laid and borax
became plentiful to the world market as
laundry and hand soap, marketed as 20-Mule
Team Borax; a natural product with no side
effects as laundry soap, a successful roach
killer, and a hundred other uses in the growing
market of ideas in the United States (Shannon
makes her cloth diaper detergent with it!).

Then came space travel, and the boron from
the rock borax became triethylborne and was
JP 7 fuel for the Pratt-Whitney F1 engines and
fuel for the NASA Saturn, Apollo, and sky lab
projects. God created all that we need for our
successful life on this planet, and much of it
looks just like a rock scattered alongside the
road that we travel everyday.

The Pacific Borax company had a rich find,
and a real problem: how do you transport–
in the 1880s–tons of rock over the sands
of the Mojave Desert along with a ton of
wagons and another three tons of water?
Smith had the answer and the skill to make it
happen. He was a mule skinner and had the
quality team to back up his ability to make
them work together as a team. He tried one
trip with ten mules and they just could not
pull the weight of the load. He doubled his
team and became a success. But the success
was in the power of each mule only as it
was hitched in synergism to 19 others each
pulling their weight. Today the New Iberian
Mission is very much like the 20-mule team.
We each must pull our own weight and feel
that we can only be a success as we pull in
harness with all the rest of the team.

Each of our Update readers is a very important
part of our Morning Glory family outreach
to the “Vilmas” of Guatemala. We have a
million-dollar campus and more than a quarter
of a million dollars in operation needs each
year. This is no time for any of us to be Lone
Rangers. We are to be a part of the team and
each one must pull his and her own weight.

That is why things have worked so well so far;
our total staff in Guatemala and all our friends
here in the United States are all pulling their
weight and doing a great job.

The only problem has been that the job that
I have been doing for the last 30 years has
gotten way too large for one person to do as
a volunteer job along with many other jobs
that need done every week. It was kind of
like Smith when he tried to pull the load of ore
with only ten mules; it was just too large a job,
so he had to expand his efforts.

As we moved along with giant steps in
Guatemala, I was able to barely keep pace
here. A few years ago Shannon Slee came
in to help with the Update, taking time off
between babies (and for sure, welcome back,
dear Shannon!). Clifford Shaw from Billings,
Montana, an old ministry friend came along
as my prayer partner and personal coach. But
the work just kept pilling up. There were rumors
of help coming, but it just didn’t show up.

Then two wonderful women from Dallas and
a young couple of Millennials from Tennessee
came together with me at two different ends
of one week in October with a workable
plan to do what Smith did when he added
the extra ten mules–get more qualified and
working help to get the job done.

We have always been totally transparent
with you. When there was sin in the camp
we told you, and we told you what we were
going to do or had already done about it.
We asked your help to solve problems that
we knew needed handled. This time, it is not
sin or a problem in Guatemala, but a need
for more help to handle all the work done
here in the United States so we can pay for
and get more help in Guatemala.

As an example, we have not kept up with the
wonderfully expanded sponsored children’s
program as it shifted from my direction to
being directed by Rob. Children graduated
and we did not inform you. Gifts and notes
fell through the cracks, and no one wanted
that to happen. One of the new members
of the board of directors that came on in
October as a part of this change up is
Mary Beeks. She has been to Guatemala
many times and she loves the children. She
is taking over the sponsorship program as
of December 2013.

I have been busy getting a complete list
of sponsored children and sponsors put
together for Mary. It may take a while to get
it all straightened out, but Mary is the totally
responsible one for sponsors and children.
This is going to require a lot of help from
Rob, who has done a fantastic job of
recruiting new sponsors and organizing
children for them and making sure that I
get the money from the sponsors. Rob will
continue as our chief recruiter. This will be
a very full-time job going to a part-time non-salaried
manger. We are excited that Mary
will be on board getting this program fully


Another problem has been conflicting
internet postings and a lack of organization
between our outreach in the United States
and from different ones in Guatemala. As
of December 1, all our internet information
and crafting and changes will come from
a director on the new board and his wife,
a non-voting member of the board. Sam
and Tiffany Houck will be in charge of
communications and will be working with
my right-hand man, Daniel, to organize
and harmonize all internet projects. All
communications will be by e-mail and a
hard copy file set-up has also been put in
place for copies of all communications about
the internet, so there is a full record of all
that we are doing and plan to do. Another
advantage to the board with Sam, Tiff, and
Daniel is that they are Millennials, which
brings a youth point of view to the board.

We are breaking down several more of
Herb’s jobs and are working with some
very good people that will take over as
spiritual advisors to both the staff in the
USA and in Guatemala. One to take over
reaching out to megachurches and new
churches for financial help, one to take over
national and international management in
contacting and working with governmental
agencies and major corporations;
another to take over representing us to Bible
Colleges, directing and planning interns, short-term
missions and the planning of the same. Dean Pinney, who has
been my assistant, is taking over as director of Alumni. We are
bringing together under Dean’s expertise
all of our past visitors to the campus as an
inner group that we will call our “kitchen

The idea of this board is not a group to sit
around and vote on things, but a group of
working directors who all have important
work to do–committed friends of Morning
Glory Christian School who will get
involved and get the job done.

In short, what I am talking about is
teamwork. The synergism of this kind of
working board can propel Morning Glory
and all the dreams and plans well into the
future with far more to accomplish than
has been accomplished. This is the kind
of teamwork that has brought us to where
we are and will take us on to where God
intends us to be in the years and decades

Enjoying God’s Vision & Provision

Shannon Slee, Quincy, Illinois

Herb asked me to share an update on life in
the Slee household since the addition of baby
Elliana Mikayla on July 30. Our sweet, happy,
healthy girl has been a tremendous source of
joy to us even as we have learned to adapt
to having two little ones just seventeen months
apart. Desmond is crazy about Elliana and
showers her with affection…most of the time!


Jordan has been putting in lots of extra hours
in order to allow me to stay at home doing this
incredibly important ministry of “training these
children up in the way they should go.” For
him, that has meant taking on side jobs in the
evenings when he is home along with working
multiple weeks out of town…nearly a thousand
miles away at times. Needless to say, with a
new baby, that wasn’t easy on any of us, but
we made it through and are so very grateful
for his commitment to this family! As for me,
I believe the biggest development in my life
has been a clearer sense of God’s vision and
a greater confidence in His provision. As I
continue to study His Word and learn from
lessons He gives me daily as I serve my family,
I believe that that vision for my life is this–to
love Him and others wholeheartedly and to
raise children who will honor Him and extend
His grace to the next generation. As for His
provision–needs aren’t always met easily,
but I know that when we’ve given our all, we
can rest assured that He will see us through
to tomorrow and fill in the gaps where we’ve
fallen short. That has given me great peace
as I’ve missed my husband, struggled through
chaotic moments with crying babies, and kept
tabs on a lean checking account. I am learning
to exemplify the definition of love that Tim
Kimmel, in his book, Grace Based Parenting,
writes: “Love is the commitment of my will to
your needs and best interests, regardless of
the cost.” I will admit, as I’m sure Lori would
about her many children at Morning Glory,
that some days are really, really tough. But
the joy that comes from seeing the fruit of our
labors of love makes every effort worthwhile
and energizes us for each new day!

NIMA Housekeeping

This past year, the budget for the school and churches in Guatemala to be
raised in the First World was $16,000 per month. The budget for report,
support, travel, communication, and raising finances in the First World is
$1,000 per month. The budget for offices, equipment, and utilities in the USA
is basically covered by Agape Christian Church. This past year we, on several
occasions, ran a few weeks late. With the increase in students, the budget in
Guatemala will have to go up for 2014. I really need for my heavy hitters that
made as-needed large gifts to come on a more regular basis until we get the
fundraising by the new person or persons on the new board in full operation.
Many have made an annual commitment for their sponsored youth and we
urgently ask everyone to check and see if their gift giving is up-to-date.

Boiling Frogs

Lori Nij, Colegio Cristiano Mañana Gloriosa, San Raymundo, Guatemala

There is an old adage… I am not sure where I first heard it. The story
goes like this: if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, the frog will
immediately jump out and run away to safety. But put a frog in a pot
of cold water and bring it to a slow boil and the frog will stay in the pot
until it boils to death, never noting the change in the water temperature.
People react to change the same way–rapid change causes us to run
away in fear, but slow and gradual change is rarely noted.

Lately many people have asked me to describe my philosophy of
education. They look at me kind of weirdly when I answer, “boiling

Twelve years ago when I began MORNING GLORY CHRISTIAN
SCHOOL I knew where I wanted to go, but the change was so far
from the Guatemalan norm that I didn’t even dare try. That first year
we registered ninety children for school, but daily attendance was a
challenge. If I demanded anything, the parents voted with their feet,
removing their children from school. Everything was free; I provided the
pencils, the notebooks, the snacks, backpacks, and even bought the first
uniforms. Any commitment on the parents’ part was impossible. Even
so, I constantly fought with them to leave their children in school and
not take them out for any excuse and put them to work. But this was a
long way from the concept of parental responsibility and participation
that was my goal. Slowly and surely I began to teach, example, and
push. Each year I turned the fire up just a notch. First, the parents
paid half the price of the uniform and bought half the school supplies.
Then we added a small monthly fee. Little by little we added parental
responsibilities. In the bimonthly parent meetings I began to talk about
parenting and financial accountability. As parents would come into my
office to tell me how they didn’t have any money, we would spend time
talking about hard work and money management.


Slowly but surely the lessons began to sink in. One morning a mother
of six children came to my office with a sob story of how there was
no way she could by uniforms for the four children who were still in
school. Her husband worked in construction in Guatemala City and
what he made just barely covered his daily bus fare and sparse meals
for the kids. She wanted her kids to get an education so they wouldn’t
end up like her. This family lived in a corn cane, tin roof shack on land
her husband had inherited from his family. I began to talk to her and
explore her possibilities. I learned she loved to raise animals. I gave her
a hundred quetzal bill and told her: “You can choose, buy the uniforms
today, or I will give the children permission to come in their normal
clothes for the first two months of school and you can invest this money
in chickens to raise and sell.” She chose to raise chickens and we
had a long talk about the importance of reinvestment and not eating all
the profit and the principle. Three months later she came into my office
with the money for four uniforms. She had not only raised the chickens
but she had butchered them and taken them into Guatemala City to
sell in the market to sell and thus increased her profit margin. She took
the profit, bought the uniforms and bought two boxes of chickens and
the feed to raise the chickens. Once again she butchered the chickens
and sold them herself, this time doubling her profit. Fast forward eight
years. Her husband no longer works in construction; he drives the
pickup that takes her oldest three daughters into the different markets to
sell chickens. Her old corn cane shack has been replaced by a house
made of cement blocks. She has two large chicken houses and now
has her own breeding hens. Her children have long ago graduated
and continue to study, financed by her chicken business. She is only
one of many examples–mothers raise pigs, have backyard vegetable
gardens. I taught one mother to make fried fruit pies to sell; others make
tostadas, tamales or numerable other things investing the profits in the
education of their children.

In twelve years I have continually turned up the fire of parental
responsibility. The parents now cover one-eighth of the cost of each
child, three-fourths of the cost of transportation and are fully responsible
for uniforms and school supplies. When we had a meeting this last
month to talk about the future, they all agreed that if it became necessary
they would pick up an even bigger portion of the cost. At the same
time I have watched my families prosper, blessed by God. Families
that have learned the importance of the tithe, how to budget, how to
prioritize spending, and the Miss Lori philosophy of a squirrel hole for
emergencies. These are now faithful parents. Families who twelve years
ago lived in tin roof shacks now have formal simple homes. Mothers
have become grandmothers and we have begun with the second
generation. Parents who never dreamed of an education now have
children in the university. As those educated children enter the work
force, the family economy rises once again.

The long-term goal of MORNING GLORY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is to
better the lives of our students through Christian economic principles
and it is working.

However, even though the parents are responding with responsibility,
the everyday costs of educating a child at Morning Glory continue to
rise. University-trained teachers demand higher salaries; specialized
music, computer, and English teachers do not come cheap. Instruments,
books and computers add to the educational costs. Each time we raise
our educational level, our base costs go up.

Once again, this year we are raising our educational level, adding
new textbooks to our teaching curriculum. With this change we will be
using the highest level textbooks offered in Guatemala. We are adding
a reading book based on stories about Christian values and heroes of
the faith. Each story is a lesson about following God. So along with
reading skills, our children will be reading material that builds their
Christian life. This series of books comes in nine levels, one for each
grade level; they are not cheap but we feel that it is an investment that
will reap eternal benefits in the lives of our children. This is where you
come in. Many of our parents, especially those with multiple children
in Morning Glory, are going to struggle to be able to buy these text
books. We are offering a delayed payment plan and many have
started already making monthly layaway payments for next January.
The text book company is giving us a 20% commission that we will use
to buy books for our most needy students.

We ask that those of you who would like to buy a Christmas gift for
a/your sponsored child consider buying the text book package. We
budget twenty dollars from your monthly fee for books and if you
choose to add another thirty it will completely cover the fifty dollar cost
for books for the next year. The reading books, if cared for correctly,
can be passed from child to child so it is basically a one-time expense.

We have prayerfully considered this decision and we feel it is
necessary to continue to challenge our students and teachers to reach
for excellence. Hopefully the frogs won’t jump out of the water.

Teacher Proposal

Tiffany Houck, Nashville, Tennessee

Greetings to the faithful followers and supporters
of Morning Glory Christian School! I hope this
letter finds you well. We would love to share with
you something new that is currently in the works!

As many of you know, Morning Glory has
been struggling with funding for the general
maintainence of the school and the ever-increasing
amount of students. In addition to that
constant struggle, there are also a great deal
of new projects and ideas that have already
been well thought-out, planned, and organized
for the addition and betterment of curriculum
that are currently on standby, just waiting to
be implemented. The project is simply growing
quicker than it can support itself.

One area of the budget that is not being met
is that of the teachers’ salaries. Lori has been
stretching the funds to their limit as well as pulling
out of her own salary to make ends just barely
meet. Not paying the teachers is obviously not
an option… so allow me to further explain why
greater budget €exibility within the teacher
salary realm is more than vital to the very reason
Morning Glory exists.

The education that Morning Glory offers its
students gives them opportunities that they
would otherwise not have been able to have;
that is obvious. Further, the children are brought
up in a system that sets them apart… a system
that intertwines with Judeo-Christian principles
not through force but through simple, factual,and
logical proverbial teachings that equip
the students to grow into responsible adults
developed in their God-given abilities.

We strive to see our students truly learn,
understand, and apply Christian principles to
their lives and daily activities. We want them to
see God’s hand in creation and understand His
perfect plan for their lives. To do this we need
good, hardworking, and well-rounded teachers.
This brings us to the point of this letter.

Guatemala’s public education system accepts
mediocrity; Morning Glory Christian School
does not. In order to continue and expand, we
cannot expect our teachers to resist conforming
to the mediocrity they were raised in unless we
encourage and motivate them correctly, and
of course, pay them on time, allowing enough
€flexibility in the budget for future benefits
or perhaps the opportunity to expand their
personal education in university and/or beyond.


A new program is being put together for teacher
sponsorship. It will be similar to sponsoring a
child, except Morning Glory supporters would
have the opportunity to sponsor a teacher and
follow them in their educational success and
as they directly affect the lives of the students.
Individual short biographies about the Morning
Glory teachers’ goals and perhaps why they
became interested in teaching within the fields
they are in will be available, just as the student
sponsor program is designed.

Currently the teachers receive the same salary
as the public school teachers in the area. As
I’m sure you all know, the level of education in
these institutions is very poor and not much is
expected out of the teachers. Most teachers work
at a primary school in the morning from 7:30am-12:30pm
and work at a secondary school in the
afternoon from 1:00-5:00pm.

Teachers at Morning Glory are held to a higher
standard. We expect and in most cases receive
a much greater commitment and quality of
teaching from our teachers than the local public
schools do from theirs. We want to do more and
our teachers can do more, but it is wrong to ask
someone who is working so hard and giving
so much to give more and still have to continue
working a second job elsewhere with even less
resources to provide for their own families’ needs.

Secondly, some of our teachers need more
education themselves. As Guatemalan
educational regulations change daily and we
ourselves seek to take our education to the
next level, it is pertinent that our teachers have
the opportunity to attend university and further
themselves, benefiting not only them but the very
mission you support. Our goal is to be able to
raise salary enough so that they have the option
of quitting their other jobs and focus on their
work with us and further their own education
in the process. We do not wish to simply pay
them more. We want them to be encouraged
and motivated and to know they have a group
of people out there who pray for them and
want to see them succeed and are willing to not
only fund but mentor and minister to them as
well. We want to show our teachers the same
care and love we show our students, being as
they are a very important part of the mission.

We are currently working out the
details as to how this program will
actually function but we wanted to
introduce it to you and ask that you
begin praying about this endeavor.
If you think you might be interested
in partnering with a teacher,
please send an e-mail to or and look for
details in the next newsletter! God bless you!


NIMA Victory Prayer Hotline:

The Victory Prayer Hotline is open! We are here to take your
requests, problems, disasters, and praises to the Lord right
away! Between the three of us who are available for you to call,
we have well over 130 years of ministry experience at your
service. If more than one call is needed, we can set you up a
counseling program. Also, if you are calling from a per-minute
land line, give us your number and we will call you back on our
dime, since we all three have total national unlimited minutes.

Victory Hotline:

Herb Pinney: 575.650.3915
Melba Pinney: 575.386.0032
Dean Pinney: 682.888.2138


NIMA Noice:

Herb would like to invite any of you in the Dallas area, or who can be in the area that have the time,
to come to the NIMA meeting at Valley View Christian Church, 17601 Marsh Lane, Dallas, Texas 75287 at 3
PM on Sunday, December 29, 2013. This is not an official meeting of any kind; it is an “iron sharpens
iron” meeting for ideas, suggestions and for your information while I will be in the Metro-plex over
that weekend. For information, call Herb at 575.650.3915. We would love to see many of you there at
that meeting. We want your ideas!

A Short History of NIMA and Morning Glory Academy

Herb Pinney, Agapé Christian Church, Las Cruces, New Mexico

In 1952 we had become good friends and fellow students at New
Mexico School of Mines, now called New Mexico Tech; we worked
in science lab together, and he and family went to church with me.
Carl Todachene was from Two Grey Hills on the Navajo Reservation.
Upon graduation Carl and his family were moving back to Two Grey
Hills and I encouraged them to continue going to church. That is when
Carl told me that there were no churches on the reservation at that
time, and had not been since the 1868 treaty.

After I began my five more years of Bible college to prepare to be a
“tent maker church planter,” I decided in a missions class to not only
build churches in the United States, but to begin an effort to build
mission churches that would extend from the top to the bottom of the
old Iberian Empire in the Western Hemisphere. That would mean to
begin with the Navajo Reservation at Four Corners and move south
to the Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America.

After Graduating from Ozark Christian College in 1962, I began
building a new church at Aztec, New Mexico, and joined with David
Scates and Vernon Hollett to break into the Navajo Reservation with
Christian churches of all kinds. The Lord gave us victory, and today,
churches, Christian schools, and missions are all over the largest
reservation in the United States. We moved south into New Mexico,
Mexico, and then Central America and Colombia, South America.
Our goal was to build churches, schools, medical centers, and
Christian families and train Christian ministers that could also be “tent
maker church planters” and send them south. In my mind it was a two-hundred-year
plan that would have us working with other Christian
missions to use the synergism of our joint efforts to accomplish an
impossible dream and improbable plan.

In the process of putting this plan into operation, Lori Pinney taught at
Colegio Biblico in Eagle Pass, Texas,
and worked all over Mexico for
several years. Here she met and fell in love with an older student from
San Raymundo, Guatemala–one Eugenio “Queno” Nij, a graduate
of a German carpentry and cabinet building school in Guatemala.
His church had sent him to Colegio to learn to be their preacher.
He was to come back to San Raymundo and earn his living as a
carpenter while preaching for his home congregation.

While at Colegio, Lori’s sister, just younger than she, was living with
her doing a nursing degree. She fell in love with Edgar Clavijo, a
Colombian student. Edgar and Queno graduated the same year and
Herb Pinney was the graduation speaker. Edgar and Linda went
to Colombia, and Lori and Queno went to Guatemala and Queno’s
home church.

The next few years brought great changes in Colombia and their
drug-lords-run government, and because of life threats, the Clavijos
moved back to the States and are serving the Lord in Southeast
Texas. In Guatemala, Lori and Queno were on a roller coaster of
service and opportunities. Guatemala was just coming out of a 30-year
civil war, and the problems were gigantic. During this time, Lori
added to her family of a girl born in Mexico and a boy born in
Guatemala. As Queno preached for his home church, Lori became
the representative for the medical services of UNESCO and at times
turned the churches of the community into epidemic centers to handle
the many communicable diseases that came their way. In the process
of reaching out medically, a hospital was built on the property that
NIMA bought at the Llano just north of San Raymundo.



A time-out happened when Queno was arrested for murder one, and
put in prison without a trial or representation. It was a life sentence.
He was the victim of a contrived charge brought by liberal American
politics that wanted to stem the vigilante response to lawlessness.
The situation broke wide open with the help of Baroness Caroline
Cox of the House of Lords in London and Christian Solidarity of
Europe that sent a very highly trained undercover investigator. While
in prison Queno brought 260 men to Christ, according to prison
records. NIMA helped provide food to feed and medicine to heal
many prisoners during that time. Having been totally exonerated of
all charges, Queno returned to San Reymundo a national hero… and
out of grace with his home church.

At this point Lori took over our one-room, uncertified preschool, and
things began to snowball. With accreditation, the school name was
changed from Case de Agape to Morning Glory and our campus
blossomed. Over the next eleven years one building has been built after
another and many neighboring pieces of land have bought and added
to the ever-expanding campus that contains the fully-equipped hospital.
The campus is now home to more than ten school and hospital buildings.

During this time we have received one honor, reward, and highest
recognition after another, including the last two years in a row being
named the number one marching band in Guatemala. Lori Nij
served on the national education committee, Queno was chaplain
for the President of the land, Lori was named teacher of the year for
all Guatemala, and the school received the highest academic rating
in all of Guatemala’s public and private schools. We have brought
together an outstanding group of teachers, have been granted federal
accreditation for a secondary college prep. school, and after one year,
the registrations at the beginning of enrollment doubled for 2014.

Up to this point the United States fundraiser, representative, and
communicator with supporters and advisor has been Herb Pinney of
Agap&eacue; Christian Church, with tremendous help from the Good Lord.
Starting in January 2014, a vastly expanded board of directors, each
a highly respected person in his or her field of specialty, will come
together to capitalize on their various areas of expertise. With the
greatly enlarged board of directors and the increased blessings of
the Good Lord, we feel the synergism of the men and women on
board will propel the outreach of New Iberian Mission and create
a continuation program to see the work in Guatemala and the work
in the United States reach far beyond today’s scale and dreams.
Included in this vision for the next decade are a Bible College for
Central America, and an adult education trade school for the 91% of
Guatemalan adults who cannot read or hold good jobs, along with
the planting of many more churches in Central America. One of the
goals of the adult trade school is to teach the Bible; the basic skills of
reading, writing, and arithmetic; a trade; and more, so we can extend
our “tent maker church planters” on into Central and South America.

We have three building projects on the table at the present time:
1) the remodeling of the existing home on the new property
bought in 2013 to provide three new classrooms for the
secondary school in 2014; 2) the new secondary permanent
building on the new property; and 3) the fellowship hall and
Sunday School rooms for the Sacsuy Christian Church. We are
excited for your partnership as we move forward with God’s
blessing in the coming year.

New Developments in NIMA Communications

Samuel Houck, Nashville, Tennessee

Hello followers of NIMA Missions. My name is Samuel Houck and my
wife Tiffany and I are are very excited to be working with NIMA. We
have been asked by Herb to help bring NIMA into the modern era
technologically. As Herb himself says, he is a smoke signals generation
kinda fellow but willing to learn and ready go into the 21st
century. What we along with others are doing is pulling and putting the
school’s resources and information online in one conglomerate, user-friendly
website with databases for administration purposes. This is allowing us to
get organized and have all of our resources in order and at the fingertips of
Herb and those who need to access information quickly. The days of going to your
church and checking the bulletin board for mission updates have come and
gone. For many, such forms of communication may seem archaic; even
more so to the newest generation of NIMA supporters. As the economy
changes, new churches come on board, and the school expands, we are
faced with a weakness. This weakness is our ability to get the information
about new happenings out in a timely manner. With more and more short-term
groups visiting Guatemala from all over the country, the demand for
fast information is increasing. With the school growing at the rate it is, we
would not want to allow it to run past us resulting in a lack of funding as
has been the case lately. Paper letters are expensive and time consuming
and if we have resources available that allow us to be better stewards
of the mission’s money and time, then we feel led to take advantage of
them. Up until now, newsletters have been going out every month or two.
If you wanted to contact someone or talk in person, you had to hunt down
a personal email or call Guatemala, which is obviously a hassle. The
current websites contain bits and pieces of the picture but in most cases
are outdated. The goal is to have all the information in one place and
provide you with an accurate, up-to-date picture of what your time, prayer,
and money is supporting. We want you to know just how important you
are to the individual students you support and to the mission at large. You
may not feel like you are doing much, but every prayer you pray and
every cent you provide is put into spreading Christ’s love. We are 100%
dependent upon your involvement. At the same time, as stewards of the
resources God has imparted to us, we understand the importance of being
held accountable for our actions and proving that these funds and even
the time individuals dedicate to coming down on a team is put to good
use for furthering the kingdom. As part of improving communication, there
will be a contact section on the new website. If you call, we will answer or
call you back as soon as possible. If you email, you will get a response.
Many younger folks are very used to finding information quickly, and if
they don’t find it, they simply move on to the next area of interest. Our goal
is to catch and inform. We look forward to keeping you up-to-date and
letting you know just how impactful you are as part of NIMA and Morning
Glory Christian School.



Our Information Section

New Iberian Mission Association
PO Box 15133
Las Cruces, NM 88004-5133

Office: 575.647.2168
Mobile: 575.650.3915
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