Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sign Finished! Tuesday, January 12,2016

After years of trying to get permissions and permits, we have them in hand, and the name of this group of Christians on the front of the building God has given us!

The painters did a good job, even though the rain and the height of the top was a bit difficult. They finished the last letters today, with one guy holding an umbrella from the patio over the other one while he painted. The ladder was on a Costco table on the sidewalk as he worked! Glad no one got hurt!

Praise the LORD!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Happy Ending!

The most glad ending to the Christmas season for me was this day that Marco announced the Truth to about 25 people gathered for a birthday party. It started when we got a phone call from the first man who came to church back in 1997 when Marco first got to Cancun. His name is Mario and he is now 69. He chatted a bit and then mentioned to Marco that his son had fallen to his death in a construction site accident. He continued chatting and then invited Marco to come and we thought it was to give a funeral service for the son. How sad, but we prepared and called Brother Tomas from Playa del Carmen to come with us and he came. We got the podium, and hymnals and the keyboard and 5 of us in the car, prayed and headed out. When we finally arrived, it turns out no one seemed sad, and it ended up being the 69 yr old father's birthday party. His son had died about a month before and he had asked Marco to come for the birthday party!

Either way, it was good that the gospel was spoken and God was glorified. We saw some people there we had not seen for 15 years. We pray their hearts will be inclined to righteousness.

Nicest gifts!

One of the nicest gifts is to get pictures like these. These pictures are from a 5 year old who has difficulty with his speech, but obviously has a heart that is full of biblical thoughts. There is the cross, the empty tomb, and I think the blue clouds are because we had recently been talking about heaven. The only thing in this life that matters is that the eternal truth be passed on to others and God be glorified!

December 24th, 2015

Merry Christmas from our church to you! This is right before the folks came for a meal and pinatas and time of sharing blessings. The LORD is so good and we are thankful for the ministry He has given us, for the people He has changed and the hope of heaven that makes everything bright! About 80 people came and it seemed to be a good number, not too many, not too few. There was a good spirit and people went home sleepy a bit after midnight!

Christmas Play- 2015

This year the play was presented by the children. It is amazing to me how well they do! I was very thankful for Karina's help this year. She was with us the whole time practicing and then near the end took over completely as I went to the piano. It is always fun to see the sheep, but this year one of the sheep grew too much and we had to put him in as a little bull, you can see his horns in the background of this picture.

Visit to the General Hospital- December 2015

Two Fridays in a row we went to the general Hospital here in Cancun and sang and the men shared the Christmas Story and we gave out hot rice pudding to the ones that were waiting there.

The first week we went it was raining and we were a bit unsure of where to stand and it was a bit difficult. But the second week, we made some changes and there were about 100 people listening to the Bible stories, people sang with us the carols and again we gave out the rice pudding. To me, that was one of the best memories from this past Christmas!

I briefly remember thinking, "I should take a picture". But it just wasn't the time, to take away from the seriousness of the moment, and when we were distributing tracts and the rice pudding, I didn't even think of it. I pray that someone sometime will somehow look favorably on Jesus Christ for the small tokens of love given in His name those nights.

Ladies Christmas Party- December 2015

We had a gift-exchange and snack together for our party. But the best thing was that the 2 previous Fridays we went to the general Hospital here in Cancun and sang and the men shared the Christmas Story and we gave out hot rice pudding to the ones that were waiting there. The first week we went it was raining and we were a bit unsure of where to stand and it was a bit difficult. But the second week, we made some changes and there were about 100 people listening to the Bible stories, people sang with us the carols and again we gave out the rice pudding. To me, that was one of the best memories from this past Christmas!
All 3 of these women came to church as children and are now back, and 2 are expecting children and one just had her baby. All 3 of these ladies have been saved now and we pray they will grow in the LORD JESUS.

Merry Christmas! December 2015

We are thankful that some of the pastors of the mission churches could get together again this year in Cancun to enjoy a meal together.

Cookies!

The kids... and the rest seem to enjoy Christmas cookies each year. Who wouldn't?
Some of these cookie cutters are the same ones I used as a kid with my mother. Amazing how they are still in good condition, but the ones I buy now, seem to rust or fall apart with a few uses.

Ladies meeting/Decorating for Christmas- November 2015

Samy

Angel Samuel has been saved and baptized and has a good attitude and helpful spirit here at church. He has also been memorizing his verses regularly in the children's class. This day we took him out for an ice cream as part of his reward for Bible memorization. We pray that he will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ!

Kids!

November 20 is the Day of the Revolution in Mexico. School children often dress up as revolutionary soldiers and have a great time doing it! Nelson really got excited about being a soldier and I had to take his picture!

Even if there are just 2 or 3!

Friday evening is the time for the ladies meeting, and even if there are just 2 or 3 gathered together in the name of the LORD, He is in the midst of us! I am thankful for this promise and also for the ones the LORD has brought together to honor Him!

We were having about 13 ladies for a few weeks, so I finally brought the camera down to take a picture and that day there were just a few!

Thank you Candy! November 2015

Candy helped get the kids Christmas stockings made in time for December! We try to meet every Thursday morning for Bible study and for me to listen to her as she advances in her piano practicing. I appreciate her being willing to help and also thankful for her evident love for the LORD JESUS CHRIST. She and Christian are doing a great job in training their little daughter Elizabeth. Elizabeth will now sit the whole hour I am there with her mom, and look at books and turn the pages carefully, and she is just 2 years old!

Brother Tono- Youth Pastor Cancun- November 2015

Our church has been encouraged with the love and work Brother Tono and his wife Karina have had with the teens. We are thankful to have them here with us.

Grandma's Birthday-Valladolid- November 2015

Some of the children and teens in the Valladolid church celebrating their grandma's birthday. We pray that one day she would come to the LORD JESUS and be saved.

Brother Vicente is the pastor at the Valladolid Church. Here is a picture of his wife Deysi in red and his daughter Lupita who is in her first year of dental school.

Venustiano died November 2015

Venustiano made a profession of faith about 15 years ago and since then some of his family has also come to the LORD. Venustiano was industrious and could fix just about anything that was broken. One time I remember we went to his house and it appeared that there was a refrigerator in a nook in the wall, but when you opened the door, it was really the entrance to his son's bedroom. In the door where the eggs and butter go, his son had his soap and cologne.

The afternoon he died, he had just rewired some cables in the house that were not working correctly, cleaned the patio, bathed and had a meal. While he was resting in his hammock, he began to have pain and finally taken to the hospital and there he died. Now he is in eternity and makes us remember the brevity of life.

This is a picture of him with one of his grand daughters about a year before he died.

Carmen and Eloina

The LORD has saved these two sisters and we have gone through the whole Firm Foundations series with them. I am encouraged by the way they invite and share the WORD with their neighbors and family. Since they never really learned the Bible as young people, it was a delight to be the one to share with them for the first time stories about Moses and King David, Jonah and the life of Jesus and his teachings. Sometimes we who have heard these stories since kids are a bit calloused to them, but it was fun to teach these ladies and see and hear their reactions as first time listeners. If the LORD wills, they will have many more years to live for the LORD.