What preceded the "Tree of
Life" Training Center in Tlancualpican?
the GYTTE program was
established in 1977 there were no funds for land or construction. Fortunately the project was loaned the use of
part of a structure owned by the Gospel Relief Mission where they
hosted a school for rural youth. GYTTE
used that facility, on the outskirts of the City of Puebla, for
livestock production for
years. The animals produced were distributed to village families
trained in llivestock management by the GYTTE staff. That facillity was
a blessing to the program and those served.
Formal training courses were held at facilities belonging
to the state and townships when available. Informal
directly with village groupings of families right in their own
communities. Once the city grew out to the livestock
facility, subdivisions and schools were constructed. At that
point the location was
longer appropriate for raising livestock and the
Gospel Relief Mission decided to convert their property into an
orphanage/school and church facility.
Consequently the Methodist
Church of Mexico had to determine what decision they would make
ministry of “Give Ye Them To Eat”: Discontinue it or purchase
continue and possibly expand the ministry. The latter was
was decided that the
purchase of land and the construction of a Training Center would most
the limited-resource families of rural Mexico. Mission funds were
Advance Special program of the GBGM of the UMC for land
in 1990, a piece of property was bought a few miles out from
the state of Puebla. Even as the land
was being developed and structures built the training program continued
trees and tarps, in rented adobe rooms and hundred year-old structures.
Although the facilities for the "Tree
of Life" Training Center were dedicated in October 2000, ten years
after the ground breaking ceremony, there never was
break in training and ministry as that is what GYTTE is all
about. The structures just make it that much easier for teaching and training
as provide housing and dining facilities for the training events.
donation of funds by families, churches, districts, and conferences as
schools and clubs brought the pieces together to make a functional
serve Mexico. The energy and hard
of individual volunteers and work teams, who joined the GYTTE staff in
actual construction of the Center, have given the Center its heart. The “Tree of Life” Training Center for
Integrated Development has been a family effort, the family of Christ!