Dear friends of Mexico Ministries:

For the last month I have been in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca, working on the new headquarters there; for the next week I will be in Chiapas checking on the ministry there. And then before I go back home, I will visit Atoyac on the west side of Mexico to install a new pastor for the church there. After a short stay I will return to Tuxtepec and build a small house for a widow and her two children.

Over the past few months there has been much talk about ministries purchasing expensive airplanes and whether they were needed, and I’d like to weigh into the discussion with a few words. There are things money can’t buy but compassion and love can. In the book of Acts (8.18) Simon saw the power of God at work in Peter and offered to purchase it. Peter said, “Your silver parish with you because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money. Your heart is not right before God.”

If your heart is right before God, full of love and compassion, all things are possible. It was love and compassion that saved the thief on the cross. Jesus ministered to people everywhere he went because, “he was moved with compassion” (Matthew 15.32). He fed the hungry with fish and bread, opened the eyes of the blind, and brought salvation to the house of Zaccheus because of love and compassion. What is perhaps the most famous verse in the entire Bible sums it up perfectly: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son...”

It was God’s love and compassion that brought me the forgiveness of my sins, called me into ministry, and sent me to the people of Mexico.

I don’t need a new ministry jet. I don’t need many of the things that others think they need. I just need the love and compassion of God to take me to the next village - by boat, horseback, mule, pick-up truck, or whatever will get me there - to tell them that Jesus loves them and has come into this world to save them from sin and death.

God bless you,