Greetings on this, the last month of 2014.
A Time to Build
Last month’s letter showed a few pictures of the remodeling of the Chenalho dorm and the new furniture. A great big thank you to all who helped on the construction and finances to complete this project.
At the same time we started remodeling the clinic in Chenalho, and everything there is looking much better.
The dorm was finished just in time for the annual women’s conference hosted by Pastor LaNell Miller of Texarkana, Texas. I am told that all went well with a multitude of American, Mexican and indigenous women attending. One sad note was that Pastor LaNell fell on a walkway, hitting her head on a rail,
causing a nasty cut. If you know LaNell, you will agree that she is a very tough lady. And she was able to complete the week long conference in spite of her injury.
During the time of the conference, I was in the state of Quintana Roo near the border of Belize working on a church in the city of Chetumal. We left behind a beautiful two-story church and a very nice playground for the children that attend the church. It was a long 12 hour drive from Tuxtla to Chetumal by vehicle with many speed bumps along the way, but it was well worth the effort.
A Time to Bless
In a couple of days, I will be back in Chiapas with Mary Lou and a group of
friends. The purpose of this trip is to bless many children for Christmas. We will bless every child in the orphanage and approximately 700 more in the mountains in the Chenalho area. At the very same time, Pastor Sam Walker and his people will be doing the same thing in a village near Atoyac, Guerrero, north of Acapulco.
I will return home for Christmas and then once again travel to Chiapas to begin work on two new projects.
A Time to Bond
Christmas should be a great time of reflection of the goodness of God with friends and family. It is a good time to mend broken relationships. Life is too short to miss a single day of happiness because of hurts and misunderstandings. You probably have heard this before. “I will forgive, but I will never forget.” Why not forgive AND forget?” God did. Psalm 103 reads “As far as the east is from the west, so far He has removed our transgressions from us”. Jesus said in Matthew 18:35, “Forgive your brother from your heart.” Unforgiveness will only serve to hurt you. Let it go as far as the east is from the west.
As we celebrate this Christmas, let us not forget those who are struggling in a difficult time. Some need a great healing touch from our Lord. God knows each need. Please stand with the needy in prayer.
A Time to Be Thankful
I want to thank every one who has been so kind to Mary Lou and me as well as the people of Mexico throughout the year. It has been a great and wonderful year. Have a great Christmas, and remember the words of Jesus. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” It came from His heart. Freely we have received. Freely let us give.