Dear friends of Mexico Ministries:
A few weeks ago I was in Tuxtla, Chiapas and saw a man on a street with a sign asking for help, so I stopped and visited with him. He is 39 years old, has a family, and needs work. But no one will hire him because he has a huge hernia, the largest I have ever seen.
Some say why get involved? I say, why not?
We all know the parable of the Good Samaritan - a man gets ambushed by robbers, beat up, and left for dead. A priest and a rabbi walked by and thought, why get involved? But a Samaritan (an outcast as far as the Jews were concerned) came upon him and thought, why not? He had compassion on him and got involved.
Jesus always got involved. He got involved with the Samaritan “woman at the well” who had already had five failed marriages and was living with a man not her husband. No self respecting rabbi would come near that situation, but Jesus did. And as a result, “many of the Samaritans in that city believed in him” (John 4.29).
Proverbs 19.17 declares, “The one who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed.” And then, “He who gives to the poor will never want” (28.27). And toward the end of the book we read, “How blessed is he who considers the poor. The Lord will deliver him in the day of trouble. The Lord will protect him and keep him alive” (41.1).
So, we are getting involved with the hernia afflicted man on the street corner. We are going to help him with his life. We are also getting involved in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca, by building a new church and base of operations in that area. We have purchased land, are drawing up plans for the building and applying for the necessary permits. By the time you read this letter the “dirt work” will have started on the site. We need and appreciate your support for this new project that gets involved in changing people’s lives with the Gospel being demonstrated in both word and action.
On the flip side of this letter are some pictures from the past when we got involved and changed young Nabor’s lives forever. This has been the calling of Mexico Ministries from day one, and that call is stronger now than ever before.
May the Lord remember you for your kindness to Mexico Ministries and the people we serve,