Friday, April 18, 2014

All in favor say…

 We have a good group of believers ready to be baptized.  We try to give them an opportunity to share their testimony during one of the meetings during the week.  Since we’re having special meetings this week, there won’t be an opportunity to do so.  So Maria decided to do a group testimony, interviewing each one about their faith in Christ.   

We will be baptizing them on Friday in a pool at the home of one of our friends about 90 minutes away.  We’re excited about their faith, as are they.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Things are hard sometimes…

On Wednesday, I went to visit our sister church in La Presa.  While I’ve made this trip many times over the years, this one had the intention of encouraging the leaders and the pastor of the church.  They were the focus of a building program this last summer by an incredible Canadian team that came down to help.  But with a new year, things have changed. 
Pastoral family in La Presa
The church has grown and there is a lot of activity, but the congregation hasn’t broken through the “financial” wall.  They haven’t been able to support the pastoral family now for several years.  So the pastor’s wife took a job as a 3rd grade teacher. We trust that soon the congregation will rally around their leaders to provide for the pastoral family.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Someone’s got your back…

As God grows the 1More4Christ congregation, more people are in need of being trained and discipled.  For Tracey, Maria and I, it’s been a learning process of teaching and delegating. 

Tracey has been training MarĂ­a to oversee the women’s meetings 

I’ve had the help of one of the men who is now discipling 6 other men.  One of our values is regular Bible study, a challenge for a culture that at best in the past read less than 1 book a year.

A fisher of men
We value your prayers and insights.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

You’re not alone…

 Over the past two weeks, we’ve had occasions to visit two local youth groups.  Usually going with the intention to encourage and serve, our youth have gone and been encouraged by the ones they’ve gone to serve.  It’s been a wonderful opportunity to get to know other Christian youth and participate in different youth programs.  We’re thankful to the youth leaders of the other congregations: Brian and Miriam who have helped us to grow.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A funny thing happened on the way to the store…

After a busy evening setting up for the service, that means setting up chairs and sound equipment for the service as well as connecting the equipment for our guitar and keyboard classes an hour before; I went out to get a cold coke on a hot day hoping to feel refreshed and energized before getting home.  I stopped by the mom and pop shop just around the corner where I knew I could find a great variety of sizes of coke cans and bottles along with some hot chips…

“A can of coke, please,” I asked the young lady working at the counter.  “Sorry, haven’t got any left,” which really means, we don’t sell them anymore.  What?  No coke?  What is this world coming to.  In a nation that prefers to drink Coke instead of water, there is no coke?  In a country known for its high index of coke drinkers, and there’s none?

Now I remember.  In order to fight obesity, the president of Mexico levied a tax on all pop in January of 2014.  At first it was just a peso more, but now it’s as high as 20%.  So the cheaper pop is what people buy, that would mean “Big Cola” or maybe “Red Cola.”  You get the gist.  But if you think the president is just thinking of the nation’s health, think again.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Needing Help…

Please pray for us as we present a video series entitled, “Effective Parenting in a Defective World,” during Easter week.  All the schools are out for the next 2 weeks, but that also means that our neighborhood empties out as families run to the grandparents’ homes to save on the cost of meals.  It also offers the kids a change of scenery and the parents a break. 
We start on Tuesday and will run through Thursday in an adjacent neighborhood that we’ve just begun to scratch the surface of by knocking on doors.

Thanks so much for your faithfulness.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What happened? Did things go dark in Mexico?

With Xp’s demise now a reality, my computer – still running Xp – was taken to a friend in the church who specializes in computer repair.  He “dual booted” my laptop with Windows 7.  It was a problem since my machine’s video “abilities” do not line up with what is required in Windows 7. 
Sorry for not posting anything.  All my work is on the laptop he upgraded.

Thanks for your patience.

Will be back this next week.

Thanks for your prayers.