Wednesday, December 31, 2003

May God richly bless your new year.
May you purposely bless God in this new year.
But before you think about tomorrow and the days to come...
Think back over all the Lord has done in your life this past year
and thank Him, thank Him, thank Him.

On behalf of the R & R Ranch, I would like to thank you for making this the best year of ministry ever! You helped build churches in Mexico, start new churches, support 3 pastors, supplied clothing to needy, helped with emergency medical needs, the music ministry of Reflection in nursing homes, revivals, camp meetings and helped to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to many, many people.

Monday, December 29, 2003

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. This is such a blessed time of year as we remember the birth of our Savior and then move on to live a new year for Him. Sharon and I enjoyed spending a few days with my Mom and Dad in Mesa, AZ. My sister's family came down from Globe for one of the days. We also celebrated our 18th year of marriage on the 26th of December.

A new resident was added to the nursing home at NCCH. Her name is Rosalea. She doesn't speak much English so it will be a good opportunity to practice my Spanish for our trips into Mexico!

Thursday, December 25, 2003

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son,
that whoever believes in Him might not perish
but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Pastor Rey told me today that there is a need in both San Carlos and Navojoa for orphanages. In Navojoa, we already have a facility that would work with a little fixing up.

Please pray that God would lead a couple (or couples) to us that would like to run such a facility!

The possibility has arisen to begin a radio ministry in the San Carlos area. Pray for wisdom in this area as well. Pastor Isaias is currently preaching on a radio station in Navojoa and Pastor Guadalupe is trying to get a time on the station as well. But that station needs a bigger antenna to reach further into Sonora. Perhaps you know about these things and can help in this area. Contact us (link at right) and let us know. But all of you, please, pray!

On Christmas Day approximately 50 people will be taking food baskets into the Navojoa area. Pray that they will not only meet physical needs but touch people's lives in such a way that they will want to pursue a relationship with Christ.

Pray specifically for:
Pastor Guadalupe's congregation in Navojoa and the churches he oversees.
Pastor Manuel's congregations in San Pedro, Rodeo, Burabampo and Jitonhueca
Pastor Juan's congregation in Chucarit
Pastor Manuel's weekly radio broadcast and evangelistic services

Monday, December 22, 2003

Sharon hands out gifts at Northern Cochise Community Hospital's Nursing Home
Bea gives a gift to our friend Mary
Casa de Esperanza, in Cochise, Arizona
Henry from Casa de Esperanza presents us with a Christmas gift
Yesterday was great! We handed out the Christmas ornaments that Sharon and Bea made to all the residents at both nursing homes. They made extra so there was enough to give one to every patient on the hospital side as well.

We let the residents pick their favorite Christmas carols to sing along with and read the Christmas story from Luke. God really blesses us through this ministry.

We have been working on our next recording...all songs about heaven. That's a blessing too, because your mind is ever on the Lord and what He's preparing for us. Are you prepared for Him?

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Yesterday our trio, "Reflection", sang at the Christmas party for the residents of the Northern Cochise Community Hospital's Assisted Living Home. There were 25 residents from the nursing home side and several were brought over in wheel chairs from the hospital side.

We sang carols with them for a half hour and then Santa's elves came to distribute presents. Everybody got at least one and some received several. I got to go around and talk to everyone. They were so excited to have a party and all the attention.

We've been doing Sunday services there for almost 4 years so they are like family. Sharon and Bea made stars for them this year that they can hang up wherever they want. We decided to wait until Sunday to hand them out. There was so much going on yesterday.

If you have a nursing home in your town (it's guaranteed there's at least one!) go visit them once in awhile. All you have to do is shake their hand and say hello. It will mean a lot to them.

Have a great day.

Friday, December 19, 2003

Welcome to "Reflections."
My wife, Sharon, and I founded a non-profit back in 1997 called the "R & R Ranch"

I thought this "blog" might be a good place to share what's happening in our lives, the lives of those we minister with and to.

Pastor David Rey works with us in our Mission Mexico venture. Keep his wife, Marina, in prayer as she's been sick lately. David will be going down to Hermosillo in early January to continue the process of forming a Mexican Corporation.

Have a great Christmas, if I don't talk to you before then.
Comments welcome - e-mail me through link at right