Dear friends of Mexico Ministries:
Today I am in the town of Atoyac in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero where thirty five years ago we built our first headquarters. With me today are Pastor Carlos from Tuxtla, Chiapas, and Pastor Cesar from Tuxtepec, Oaxaca.We are here measuring the dimensions of the church we built decades ago with the hopes of duplicating the same plan in Tuxtepec.
In a few days I will return to Chiapas where I left Mary Lou and we will go up to Chenalho and select sites for a couple more churches to be built this summer. I also sent money to Pastor Moises in Nuevo Laredo to put the finishing touches on a new church there, as well as finances to finish a small house we are building for a needy family there.
When the plans for the Tuxtepec church are ready we will submit them to an engineer for approval and get a permit from the city to begin construction. I am sure that much of the remaining months of 2017 will be spent on this project. We are receiving positive feedback from friends and supporters regarding making this dream a reality. Everyone realizes that we have not lost the vision and the calling that God put on our hearts over 40 years ago, “to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to prisoners, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” (Isaiah 6.1-2).
Some of you were with us when we built our very first Bible school in San Jose in northern Mexico where we hired local labor (for 25 cents an hour!) to help us dig a hand dug well. In the early 80’s many of you stood alongside us when we built the complex in Atoyac. In the early 90’s you supported us when we built the compounds in Chenalho and Tuxtla, Chiapas. So many of you have now told me, “We’ve done it before, and we can do it again!” With the help of our Lord, some hard work, sweat, pain, patience, and a lot of money, we will do it again, and when it is all finished no one will boast or receive honor, glory or praise - that will be for God and God alone. It is a joy doing business with God, and a pleasure doing God’s business with you.
We love and appreciate you all,