Dear friends of Mexico Ministries:

For the last month I have been in Tuxtepec working on our new church and headquarters for the state of Oaxaca, a commitment we made last year. I started thinking about the word commitment and looked it up - it can mean a promise, pledge, or vow; a commitment is not something we should take lightly.

In the early 70’s I made a commitment to build Evangel Temple in Denison, Texas. Finances were tight and I did much of the work myself, with very little financial support from the church. It was a tough time, but I made a commitment and was determined to keep it. At the time, I told our secretary, “If need be, I will sell my home to make this happen.” She said, “If you sell your home, then we will sell ours!” Thanks be to God neither of us had to sell our homes and the church was completed. But we were committed at all costs.

In the Old Testament, Ruth made a commitment to her mother in law Naomi that, “Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” It couldn’t have been easy, but she kept her promise, moved to a land she did not know, and ended up becoming the great grandmother of King David, and an ancestor of Jesus.

Commitments are serious business and ought not be made lightly. We make commitments in marriage, family, business, church, politics, and many other arenas. What would the world be like if those commitments were actually kept?

Thankfully, God keeps his commitments to us! “Go into all the world and make disciples of the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And lo, I am with you to the end of the age.” Jesus made the commitment that if we go, he will be with us. And we are responding with the commitment, “Yes, we will go.”  Thank you for your commitment as partners to stand with us in prayer, financial support, and so many other ways.

God bless you,