Greetings. “I just want to say thank you.” The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
To the pastors who, even in your difficult times continued to help us, I just want to say thank you. To the business men and women who have helped so much, I just want to say thank you. To the widows who have lost husbands, yet continue to help as though they were still with us, thank you. To the multitudes of groups who have paid their own ways, used vacation time, brought money for building material and then helped build a church, I just want to say thank you. For all who have so generously helped the orphanage throughout the years, giving tens of thousands of dollars each year, I just want to say thank you. To all the natives who took the Gospel to the villages and helped build every mission church, thank you. To all our doctors and dentists, both from the US and Mexico, I just want to say thank you. To all who have helped build the medical facilities and equip them with very expensive equipment, a great big thank you. To all of my helpers, my team who have crisscrossed Mexico with me for 38 years helping hurting people, I just want to say thank you. To the thousands of indigenous men who worked so hard, helping build the churches, carrying 110 pound sacks of cement, mixing it on the ground, then carrying it in five gallon cans to pour the floor, thank you for all you have done. To the women of the villages who cooked for us. I just want to say thank you. To my office staff who have helped so much, thank you.
To my wife, Mary Lou, who as a young girl must have had dreams of a very different life, thank you for marrying me. Thank you for adjusting to my primitive way of life, for adjusting to our 20 years of pastoral ministry, for adjusting to our 38 years of missionary life. For adjusting to being alone so many times in those last 38 years, I just want to say thank you. To my children and grandchildren who I often think that I have failed for not spending more time with you, I just want to say thank you.
To my Lord Jesus Christ who has had so much patience with me, thank you.
The Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3:15, “Be ye thankful”. In all things be thankful.
Giving thanks for you always,