Just a word about my schedule. I was scheduled to be in Monterrey, Mexico with Pastor Ramiro Alvarez the first February, but a minor back surgery prevented me from making that trip. I did fly to Chiapas to be with Russell Linscombe and a group from Denison, Texas to help build a new mission church. And on the 21st, I was in Atoyac, near Acapulco to visit with Tom Shaffer and the clinic and also the church there.
Taking Care of God’s People
In Matthew 11, we read how John the Baptist, while in prison, heard of the works of Jesus Christ and sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus, “Art thou He that should come, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said unto them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.”
I am not Jesus, but many of you have both seen and heard what we have done in Mexico for the past 35 years. Now let me share a little of the still incomplete schedule for 2015.
Apart from the medical campaigns, Russell has nine scheduled construction groups. Paul Pogue and I also have nine construction groups scheduled. The majority of these groups will be building churches. In 2 Corinthians 11:23-28, the Apostle Paul lists many of the difficulties that he faced.
After having listed the trials, in verse 28 he writes, “Apart from such external things, there is the daily care or concern for all the churches.” We don’t just build churches and then forget about them. Like Paul, we face the daily pressure of concern for all the churches. I also have many speaking engagements throughout this year, both in Mexico and the US.
Trusting in God’s Provision
At the end of 2014, I received a number of offerings with a note attached saying, “Use as needed.” What a blessing this is. It allows me not only to see a need, but also to meet that need. The goodness of God to me reminds me of His goodness to Ruth. In Ruth 2:14-15, Boaz commanded his servants saying, “Let her glean among the sheaves, and do not insult her. Also, you shall purposely pull out for her some grain from the bundles and leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.”
God put water in the jawbone of a donkey to satisfy Samson’s thirst. he put honey in the carcass of a dead lion to satisfy Samson’s hunger. Could it be that we look too much to our own abilities to satisfy our thirst and hunger? Could it be that we look not enough at the ability of God to meet our needs?
I pray that you have a great year and that all that you do prospers. Most of all, I pray that we all learn, as the old song says, to keep “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”.