Greetings, Dear Friends:
I pray all is well with you (really - I do regularly pray this) and thank you for the many years that you have walked with me in the mission field. I just returned from Chiapas where we worked on a new home for Miguel and his family; I will tell you more about this next month.
On the same trip Pastor Carlos, Paul Pogue, and I drove to the state of Oaxaca where we had to cross the Papaloapan River to reach the city of Tuxtepec, where we purchased a piece of property on which to build another major church and headquarters. This “mother church” will provide a base of operation to reach into the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Tabasco. Now, Carlos is already leading a powerful ministry in Chiapas, Paul Pogue is 68 years old and should be shopping for a rocking chair, and I will turn 80 in July. So why are we doing this? Because we all sensed God directing us to. There is no guarantee of quick and easy results from our decision; it took over 30 years to establish the works of the headquarters in the states of Guerrero and Chiapas, and now both have vibrant and far reaching ministries.
We cannot guarantee success, we can only do what God directs us to do. He is the one who gives the increase, our responsibility is to be obedient to his call. Jesus told the disciples who had fished all night and caught nothing to cast their nets on the other side of the boat. Their responsibility was to be obedient. God was the one who filled the nets with more fish than the nets could contain.
As we crossed the Panaloapan River and stood on the property that will become a new church and headquarter, I looked toward the mountaintops and wondered, how many villages are out there? How many people who have never heard the Good News.
In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, three men saw the man lying by the side of the road. Only one saw the need and stopped to render aid. If we cannot see the need, we will not respond. My prayer is that God open my eyes to see, and my heart to feel, and my mind to respond, to the needs in this territory. For the next many months I will be in and out of Tuxtepec working on the new vision, not forsaking what we already do in Chiapas and the rest of Mexico, but expanding the labor as God provides.
In a few days I will be in Nuevo Laredo, then Monterrey, and then back to Chiapas. Please pray for my strength, that I not only am able to begin the work, but to also finish it. And one day not too far away, I hope that many of you will be able to see with your own eyes what the Lord has done in Oaxaca.
God bless you,