FROM WHERE GOD SITS
“HE SITS ENTHRONED ABOVE THE CIRCLE OF THE EARTH” - ISAIAH 40.22
Dear friends of Mexico Ministries:
The Scriptures teach us that God knows the end from the beginning. He told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” From where God sits he sees it all. He saw the entire lives of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and all the other figures in the Bible. I was born on July 30, 1937, and God looked from his throne into that New Orleans Charity Hospital room and saw the path I would travel, who I would become, what I would do. And I believe that he not only saw it, he had a hand in planning it.
I believe God planned the first works I would do in northern Mexico. He planned the next phase of ministry in Atoyac, Guerrero. God called, prepared, and brought alongside me people like Tom and Deanna Shaffer who would help build and operate the medical ministry in Atoyac. I am amazed as I think of all the young doctors and dentists preparing for medical careers, not knowing they would be mightily used to care for the poor in Atoyac and throughout Mexico. From where God sits, he saw my need for help and he raised up a team of financial supporters who faithfully support Mexico Ministries to this day.
When I first ventured into full time missionary work in 1978, Russell Linscombe was a young man working in the family business in Lafayette, LA. Paul Pogue was struggling to establish a contracting business in north Texas. They could not have seen their futures, but God could. Russell joined himself to the work and became a great missionary. Paul is a dear friend and a faithful servant to the ministry. I didn’t foresee a work that would cover the state of Chiapas. But from where he sits, God saw. He sent me there 28 years ago, and he sent Carlos Tovilla, Jose, Victorio, Alex and Octaviano - men who would work beside me and be a tremendous help.
Today we stand on the property in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca where we plan to build a new headquarters to serve the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Tabasco. I wonder, from where God sits, what does he see for this new project? Sometimes I let myself wonder how it is that God has confidence in the team members and in me; then I realize that God has confidence in Himself! He simply invites us to share in his vision and in the work of building his kingdom, “on earth as it is in heaven.”
Thank you for being part of a work that is bigger, better, and more wonderful than any of us can see. But God can!