Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
First, let me thank you for helping us to help others.
They Served With Love
The first week of May was a perfect example of people helping people. A great group of men from Prestonwood Baptist Church of Dallas met us in Tuxtla to help build a new church. The man in charge of this project was my friend Paul Pogue. I was told not to lift a finger, much less a shovel. I did as I was told.
I searched for a Scripture that would shine light on the men who would build the church and the man who would receive the church. I chose Colossians 3:12-17. “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Verse 14 says, ”Put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” And verse 17, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” This describes the men who came, paid their own expenses and seemed to have done it out of pure love. They were compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient.
Now, something about the man that was receiving the new church. His name is Pastor Gabriel, the one I mentioned in last month’s letter. Did he really appreciate what was happening? Did he seem thankful?
The ladies of the church did their best to prepare food for all, showing their appreciation.
At the end of the last day, as we prepared to pray and give thanks to God, we gathered around Pastor Gabriel to also pray for him.
Gabriel broke down and cried and cried and cried. I looked around at the building team, and they were crying. Mr. Pogue looked at me and said, “I still cry”.
What about me? Well, they said that I could not work, but they said nothing about crying. So I cried also. I was so moved by this show of appreciation that the day I got home, I sent another $4000.00 to spray insulation on the bottom side of the metal roof and put a drop ceiling in the church, making sure there would be connections for the ceiling fans later.
We Thank God for You
Thanks again for all that you do to help us do all that we do. Later this year, we have teams back to back to back who will build three more mission churches. We have many other trips planned.
The middle of this month I will be in Atoyac on the west side of Mexico. In July, I will be at a convention in the northern part of Mexico. I will also be back in Chiapas to bless the orphan children as well as the children of churches in the mountains.
Back in 1978, when God called me to the mission field, they said it wouldn’t work. But it seems that they forgot to tell God. Jesus Himself said in Mark 9:23, “All things are possible to him who believes.” And that’s enough for me.