Friday, February 13, 2004

Well, as long as I'm sharing needs I might as well pass this one along. We got word from the plumber in Navojoa that it's going to cost $735 (U.S.) to repair the showers (essentially there are only stalls with no pipes), fix the bathrooms, put in a sink and install a hot water heater at the Mission Station, which by the way, has tremendous potential for an orphanage (interest in this has been expressed by outside sources).

Pastor Lan's house needs to be connected to the city water, fix a shower, install an existing hot water heater (gift) to the tune of $232.82 (U.S.)

And my God will supply all your needs
according to His riches in glory
in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19
Pastor David Rey has shared with me the need for 15 copies of "A Traves de la Biblia" or "Through the Bible." This is a book he has used in the past to train the pastors in Mexico. Pastor Isaias, in San Pedro, has now started teaching from this book as well and is using it to train new "ministers" for the Lord. The books cost about $10 each. Praise God!

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Well we're off to a good start for the teen trip to Mexico. I found a rental place for vans today that is $200 lower than the others.

The church we're building in Jitonhueca is moving right along, but we're needing a couple thousand more dollars to finish the plumbing and walls. That's not bad considering this whole 30 X 40 building has only cost us about $2000 to date. If you're able to help, you can donate on line or send a check to the address on our website.

Keep the work in Mexico in your prayers.

Monday, February 09, 2004

We are going to be able to take the group of teens from Wynne Chapel to Navojoa, Mexico this coming Spring break, March 15-20. Please keep us all in your prayers, for safety, for effectiveness in witnessing and for changed lives, both the kids and those they touch.

The kids have already raised $700 towards the trip. They are excited about the opportunity and looking forward to working and helping people! At the church last night the youth led the service and gave short testimonials about what the trip meant to them. They lit up as they told how good it made them feel to see the smiles on the faces of the people that they had helped.

I think it can best be summed up by the title of Max Lucado's new book:
We start to live when we realize that. Jesus put it this way in the gospel of John 12:25,
"He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal."
A parallel passage in Luke 17:33 reads like this in Eugene Pattersons "The Message,"
"If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you'll lose it, but if you let that life go, you'll get life on God's terms."