Evangelism: I am excited about some of the things God is doing here in Cuernavaca and want to share a few of them with those who pray for our family, team, and work. We recently meet as a team and are planning some ways to reach out to the community. One of our families’ supporting congregations the Woodbury church of Christ has agree to help us fund some advertizing for our congregation and for our new interactive video Bible courses that we will offer on August 18th. We have already offered one course (1&2Peter, taught by Arthur Puente from Lubbock, Texas) and it went great for both our members and for making new contacts. We are working with the Mexican leaders on how and when to advertize the video courses and the congregation. The two ways we are working on is through the newspaper and by renting a space on a city bus. We are involving the Mexican leaders in the contacting the newspaper and writing the ads to help them be apart of everything we do. Yesterday I stopped by a taco stand on the side of the road and notice the couple (Gonzalo and Carmen) who sell tacos had a Bible with them, we quickly started having a Bible study while I enjoyed the wonderful tacos (Taco Evangelism!). I learn they attend a Catholic Church but love learning the Bible and have started attending different denominational Bible studies during the week. I told them about the video courses we will be having starting in August and they were really excited. Of course I will continue to visit them to study and eat tacos but I think these courses are very attractive for people of all different church groups. About 80% of the people who are visiting our congregation come because they pass by and seen a sign advertising the congregation and the Bible study center. Please spend some time praying for our new efforts to reach the lost in Cuernavaca. God is good.
In May of 2011 our family moved into a house in the center of the city, our prayer was that God would use us to bring some of our neighbors to Christ. Shortly after moving in we met a women named Sandra and her son Ivan who is mentally handicapped. Sandra’s speaks English very well because she lived in the U.S. and Canada for several years. Sandra had been divorced many years ago and was very lonely as she lived with her son Ivan. She was really open to learning about God’s Word and coming to church but, we quickly realized she had many problems. Sandra was struggling with alcoholism. Over a two year period my wife and I worked with Sandra trying to help her in with her battle with alcohol and other struggles. Sandra wrestled with the fact that God would forgive her of all her sins. As we worked with her she seemed to think that she had to change her life before God would accept her. She faithfully came to a small group at our house and came to our Sunday morning assembly but would not obey the gospel. We studied with her continually and taught her the gospel in every way we could think of. She told us several times she was she was doing better with her drinking and smoking cigarettes and was almost ready to be baptized but she always found an excuse why she was not ready. At times I was almost ready to give up on her but, what a reward it was when she was baptized into Christ. It took two years of Bible studies, prayer, hours of ministering, and lot of faith but when she was baptized it was worth every minute of it. God is amazing!
The are many reason why our family feels called to work in Mexico preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, many of those reasons are drug trafficking, violence, Idol worship, etc. One of the more recent burdens on my heart has been the growth of the worship of the saint of death. I took this photo not far from my house where they sell almost life size idols of the saint of death. This is a belief that started among many criminals in Mexico, but since then has spread into many families all over. Many people who I have talked with have either a friend or family member who owns an image of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death). I have copied a link to a documentary about the saint of death if you are interested in knowing more. One of the realities about Mexico is what happens on the south side of the border will sooner or later effect those on the north side of the border. We have much work to do but one thing we love about Mexico is people are very spiritually minded and almost all believe in a higher power so we immediately have a place to start. Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fBT72-hhTs