July 18, 2018
We praise God for the seed that is planted in the lives of children every week here in Pachuca and around Mexico. We know that in the end this will all bear fruit and bring many more to salvation.
So many children in Mexico, growing up in poor conditions, are lured into making “big bucks” in the drug and crime industry. A while back, I heard one of our students say that a kid told him, “I know that selling drugs might get me killed at an early age, but at least in the mean time I will eat better and have a better home.”
We know that the gospel can give them a much better life —happier families, lives with a purpose. We also know that reaching children increases the chances that they come to know Christ with so much more of their life ahead of them.
Blanca is currently working on organizing several VBS programs in some of our smaller churches. Do help us pray that the children that are reached this summer might respond to the Gospel and remain faithful in their commitment to the Lord.
As a result of the camp she helped organize this year, Blanca was able to speak to a group of adolescents in one of our churches. Several of the kids approached her, as well as some young people that were present, and shared that her message had been very helpful in decisions they are making.
This ministry, thanks to you, is making a difference in young lives.
June 26, 2018
We all want to make sure we get a good return for our investments. So, what are you investing in when you send us a gift?
You are investing in future pastors who will help reach Mexicans for Christ.
Future pastors like David Amaya, who went out with me on tour this year. He preached some powerful messages, and his delivery was great for a first-year student. He spends his time reading the great theologians of the past and present.
Future pastors like Omar Azpeytia who left a lucrative business to study for the pastorate. He did so because he is convinced that there is a better return in serving God. It was great on tour to hear him trying to convince some other young married men to join the ranks of God’s servants.
You are investing in ministries that are seeking to reach children and adolescents for Christ.
Ministries like that of Blanca Loredo who has a passion for reaching children. She gives it her all to create evangelistic events for children and worked hard this year to organize a youth camp on our seminary grounds. Last year she helped organize the first one and about 30 young kids showed up. This year one hundred eighty adolescents and young people showed up and these are already talking to others encouraging them to come for next year.
Thank you for making sure the Gospel gets out to those who need to know Christ.
May 17, 2018
We praise God for the way God continues to work here in Mexico.
On the weekend of Palm Sunday, the Pioneer Clubs held their annual camp. This year there were one hundred thirty-two campers; of these, five made their decision to accept Christ as their Savior: one lady, two girls and two boys.
Over the years we have always seen some come to Christ at these camps. One of the great things about this program is that once the campers get back home they have the program that keeps discipling them. As time goes on many of these girls grow into ministry and leadership positions in their churches. Most of them remain very active in their churches teaching Sunday School, leading women’s Bible studies, and helping out in the Pioneer Club programs.
This year, like the past few years, because of some generous gifts we were able to provide scholarships for this camp. These scholarships have been awarded to girls and women who have made significant headway in the program and for unsaved girls and women who have started coming to the weekly meetings.
This year we were able to help out with thirty-five scholarships given to women, girls and a few boys. At least one of them made her decision to receive Christ as her Lord and Savior at camp.
Continue to pray for those who heard the Word and still have not made a decision to follow the Lord. Pray that God will continue to use this program which disciples children and adults in the churches teaching them tools necessary in studying God’s word as well as leadership skills.
May 10, 2018
I am so thankful for all that God has done for us over the past several months. My transition into working full time as the Executive Director for the mission has gone well. God has helped me in so many ways.
One of my fears since I was young was meeting new people. By nature, I am an introvert. As I have been visiting churches and supporters of the work in Mexico, it has meant meeting hundreds of new people and having to talk to total strangers all the time. There have been some “frightening” times, but God has been with me. I have been amazed how God has helped me through so many of these situations giving me the right words to speak and making a host of friends along the way.
Teaching the Word of God
In January Eunice started a new Bible study with some of the women at the church. She saw a need to meet with these women who were not attending any of the other Bible Studies because of timing issues. They set the Bible study for 8:30 a.m. on Mondays. Great start for the week.
These studies not only afford a time for the women to be grounded in the Word, but a time for them to encourage each other. Sister Celia whose son is a drunk has been struggling with leaving this in God’s hands. At one of the studies, a few weeks back, most of the women chimed in reminding her of God’s sovereignty and the fact that He can still handle things like these.
One of the goals of EMM is to motivate the church in Mexico to fulfill the Great Commission. As a way of moving our churches to a greater interest in being a part of reaching our world for Christ, I organized a “mission” trip to Cuba. Since Cuba is a country where it is hard for a foreigner to minister, the idea was to expose the four young men that went with me to another culture and a different way of doing God’s work and not so much to do ministry.
One of the young guys was amazed that even though there is a lot of repression on the part of the government, there is still a vibrant church. Believe it or not it is possible for the churches to grow and for people to witness for Christ. (This is not really amazing, but we wonder how we would do it if we didn’t have the freedom we enjoy.) This has challenged these young men to make the most of the freedom we do have.
We were, however, able to share with several unsaved people about our hope in Christ, and interact with brethren from different churches.
A wedding coming up!
On June 30 our daughter Lynette will be getting married in Pryor, Oklahoma to Reed Brecklein. She met him at work, and it has been a pleasure getting to know him.
We did have the privilege of having him down to our place in Pachuca last summer. I think it was good for him as well as for us. He got to see a bit of the culture his future wife grew up in. We did take him downtown Mexico City, and he will never forget the traffic. We thought it was pretty normal and had a great time. As you can imagine, we are all excited and helping her make plans for the wedding. God worked things out for Rebecca to fly up from Venezuela during Spring Break to help Lynette go wedding dress shopping and getting some other plans made. She was also able to be there for Lynette’s birthday which was a real treat for Lynette.
Praise the Lord, Ali and the kids are doing fine. Ali has been learning to cook and bake more and is enjoying it. We continue to enjoy them, and it has been a blessing to help Ali in raising these kids.
Do pray for two up-coming conferences I have been asked to speak at:
- July 30 to August 1 at Rio Grande Bible Institute, in Edinburg, Texas
- August 5 to 11 in Monterrey, Mexico
- Pray for wisdom in working with the church in Mexico on a project to plant a new church in the state of Queretaro.
- Pray for continued strength for Paul, he continues to struggle from the effects of his Lymes disease. Praise God He is doing so much better but still goes through some very debilitating days.
- Thank the Lord with us for keeping us safe in Mexico and in all of Paul’s travels.
April 16, 2018
I just talked to José Maradiaga from Nicaragua today. After he graduated from our seminary in Pachuca, he returned to his home country to teach at a small Bible School. He was then appointed to be the director of that school.
One of the things he shared with me was that he was so thankful for an education that went beyond academic teaching. Having to help out with manual labor at the seminary, even when he didn’t like what he had to do, shaped his character and taught him servant qualities.
He also shared that the training he got has been a great blessing in both his teaching and administrative ministries. As the director of the school he has a clearer picture of what to include in the programs he has developed to train pastors and evangelists. More importantly, it has been a great help in teaching sound doctrine and recognizing false teachings that come up in the churches.
Now he is wanting to send another young man to train at our school. Why? As I talked to him, he confirmed that the number of theologically-trained pastors is still smaller in Nicaragua than in Mexico. The need for pastors with a clear understanding of sound doctrine is great.
It is for reasons like this that we continue to believe in the need to train men and women to rightly teach Scripture. Thank you for investing in the work in Mexico and helping make stories like this continue to happen.