“I Must Be About My Father’s Business.”
-Jesus, Luke 2.49
Dear friends of Mexico Ministries:
Greetings, friends. I returned on July 4 from a seven day vacation with Mary Lou and my granddaughter, Bailey. Four days later I was in Atoyac, near Acapulco, being about my Father’s business. I was needed in Atoyac to pray for and minister to the sick, and to encourage the church there. I returned home in time to celebrate Mary Lou’s and my birthdays, and next week I will be back in Chiapas, once again being about my Father’s business. While there, we will put the finishing touches on a new church building, and on the 7th a group from Louisiana will arrive and we will build another mission church. Right after that I will return to the states and minister in Texarkana, then Labor Day Weekend we will be at Family Life Church in Lafayette, Louisiana, then visit other churches and pastors before returning to Mexico to celebrate the quinceanera for Pastor Moises daughter.
But wait! There’s more! After the Mexico trip I will travel to Florida to celebrate a wedding, then return to Mexico the second week of October to build another mission church with a group from Springfield, Missouri. The rest of the year I will be in the state of Oaxaca, working on the new headquarters there. Not a bad way to begin my 81st year on earth. Yes, it is a busy schedule, but the focus really is to be about our Father’s business.
Obviously I’m not the first, nor will I be the last, to be concerned about the business of the Lord. Isaiah wrote, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’” Isaiah responded, “Here am I, send me” (Is. 6.8). In Acts 13.2, while the prophets and elders were in the middle of a church service, “The Holy Spirit said, ‘separate for me Barnabas and Saul for the work I have called them to.” The work of being about the Father’s business.
Not every person is called to pack their bags and go to Mexico or Asia or Africa or some town in the United States. But we are all called to be about the Lord’s business. We are all called to serve God by serving one another, particularly “the least of these.”
As I pass the milestone of my 80th birthday, I want to thank each of you who have “been in the business” with me for these past 38 years. Together, we make a good team, and what more rewarding enterprise is there than being about our Father’s business?
God bless you all,