Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35-38
Along with his friend and fellow pastor Mark Webb, Bro. Gables served for 18 years as the Bible teacher for the annual Bible Conference of the Mexican Indian Training Center in Cordoba, Mexico. Bro. Gables was assigned either a Bible topic or a book of the Bible to cover each year. Because of his commitment to this ministry, he devoted three months (September, October and November) to do detailed research and prepare these lectures. They were presented orally through a translator and then published in Spanish for the students, faculty and alumni.
Bro. Gables speaking while Dan Hall translates into Spanish. Being a preacher himself, Dan is not only an accurate translator, but he conveys the emotions and the gestures as well. In the triangle on the wall, there is a Bible, a musical instrument, and an agricultural scene. While at the school the students are taught three skills: A knowledge of the Bible, an ability to play a musical instrument, and a trade by which to provide their livelihood.
The Mexican Indian Training Center is an independent faith missionary society organized in 1956 for the purpose of evangelizing remote villages throughout Mexico. It maintains a training center in Cordoba, Mexico. Those whose lives evidence a call of God are invited to the Center where they are placed under the spiritual supervision of the Field Director, Dan Hall, and a dedicated staff of teachers and missionaries. Upon graduation, these young men are equipped with a working knowledge of the Bible as well as a trade. Then they are required to spend a full year on the field working under the supervision of a pastor or missionary. They are encouraged to return to their villages to start a church. Meanwhile the girls are taught typing, sewing, nursing, music, health, and hygiene, and general Bible studies to prepare them to work with children, youth and women.
The society is governed by two boards of directors, one in Mexico and the other in the United States. Nearly all of the costs to operate the school come from the States. There is no cost to attend the school although the students all have assigned jobs while in school. The following is a description of Brother Gables' role in this mission work by Dan Hall, the Field Director of MITC.
This is Dan Hall and his wife, Chuey. Dan is the Field Director of the MITC and its missionary projects. Chuey oversees the female students while they are on campus. They are both extremely gifted and committed individuals. Bro. Gables considers them one of the most outstanding husband and wife teams with which he has ever worked.
"God has blessed the work here at MITC for eleven years through the ministry of Brother Jim. His gifts in preaching and teaching have become an important part of the preparation of our Bible students here at MITC. Through his Bible Conference ministry we have had a special time of study and learning for our Bible School faculty as well as the pastors from the local area and alumni pastors from all southern Mexico. Because of the detailed exposition and exhaustive exegesis of the Bible texts and doctrinal topics assigned to Pastor Gables each year here in Mexico, the transcripts from his Bible Conferences have become the commentaries for many Christian leaders. God has strengthened Brother Jim spiritually and physically for the week long meetings each year. We have seen faithfulness to the truth of God's Word, and a desire to show forth the majesty, Sovereignty, and Holiness of God in all the teaching he shares. We will always thank the Lord for the gifts he has given our Brother and for his willingness to come and share them with the people of God here in Mexico." -- Dan Hall, Field Director of MITC
Bro. Gables believes that the time he invested in this project will bring forth fruit in the remote villages of Mexico for the next one hundred years. If you have a burden for missions, you too can have fruit abound to your account through your prayers and financial giving to this mission project.