Greetings, Dear Friends:
I am often asked the question, “What exactly is it that you do?” Well, last month I finished construction of a new mission church in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico. From there, some 70 miles away, I completed construction of another new mission church. From there, some 1500 miles to the north, I completed yet another mission church. Later this month, I will build yet another church in another village. And in May I will complete yet another mission church. But, building churches is not all that I do. I help make hills out mountains.
Last month, I visited Pastor Jose, and he shared with me his insurmountable mountain. A 5 year old boy had fallen going up the steps to the second floor balcony. There was no rail of protection. Jose borrowed the money to install a protective rail, and his mountain was how to pay his debt. I payed his debt. Another family had a much higher mountain to climb. I helped make a surmountable hill out of their insurmountable mountain. Another young couple needed help. He makes about $100 per week working as a night watchman, 5 nights a week. I helped. I thought of Mary Lou and her needs when we married. I’ve wished a million times that someone could have helped us climb that insurmountable mountain.
I took the group of Americans who were visiting to the orphanage, as I always do. While the director was showing the group the orphanage, I sat down, and the children came and climbed all over me.Running their hands through what’s left of my white hair and pulling the loose skin below my chin. Just needing to be loved. I said to the group, “If I need to build a new church and do not have the funds, I can wait another month, but the orphanage cannot wait a month to feed the children.” We help make hills out of the mountains that the orphanage constantly faces.
For the last few weeks, we have been enlarging the dormitory here in Tuxtla, Chiapas. It should be completed in the next couple of months. Always something to do. When I get home, there will be several commitments to take care of. I will be back in Chiapas on April 13 for the convention in Chenalho. I will return home on the 18th for 7 days, and then back to Chenalho to build a church. During my time at home, I will visit an orthopedic surgeon to see if I need to have a knee replacement or if my problem is due to the residual effects of the stroke I had a few years ago.
Now you know what I do. And I hope that what you do is going well. I wish I had time to visit with all of you. I pray each day that God bless and help you in your times of storms.
Always remember that there is no mountain too big, no valley to deep, no day too long, nor night too dark for God to make a difference.