Mission Field: Mexico
Years of Service: 23
Home Church: Fairhaven Baptist Church
Our Missionary for 23 years
Dear Praying Friends,
I'd have to say that this fall evangelistic campaign is the most successful evangelistic campaign we've had. I attribute it to God's working in the lives of our people and their spiritual growth and maturity in the last couple of years. I expected and would have been happy if we had average between 240 to 250 in attendance; but every Sunday, it has been far greater than my expectations.
This Sunday, 297 were in church for our anniversary. The children's attendance went down to 97, but the adult attendance rose to 200 as many of our people worked hard to get our their friends, neighbors, and relatives. We had about 35 in our new teen class that Brother Oscar is teaching. In the adult service, we were packed with 180 in the auditorium and 20 adults and teens working in the classes. We had 22 adult first-time visitors; ten adults came forward at the invitation. Five men (two of them are our neighbors) and four women made a profession of faith and one woman received assurance of salvation. One of the men, Eduardo, a soldier, is the father of a new boy in our Christian school.
What is a blessing is to see is four of the seven previous converts of the campaign in church: Sara and Norma of our van route (the route finally passed its goal with 22); Victor, a cousin of one of the women in our church; and Marcelina, a woman from one of the routes who is coming with her husband.
Raul, another convert, didn't come to church as he lives downtown and it's difficult for him to come, but I was told that he asked me to visit him; and Laura, another convert, is married to a soldier who doesn't always let her attend, but she is sending her children. Sara, one of the newly saved, has shown concern for the salvation of her relatives -- a good sign of spiritual growth. Please pray for Sunday's converts as the majority of them live in other parts of Mexico City that are not close to our church, but are relative and friends of our people. Please pray as we follow up on the spiritual welfare of the 16 newly born again adults of this campaign.
Thank you for your prayers for our campaign,
Dear Praying Friends,
Things have been going great since our return seven weeks ago. This Sunday, we had 219 in church with over 150 adults packing our auditorium and we are not in our fall evangelistic campaign yet. Yareni, the teenage daughter of one of the policemen in our church, was baptized this Sunday. Her older sister, Marina, is in her first year of our Bible Institute.
Since our return, I have been teaching in Sunday School about spiritual gifts focusing on the ones that are still valid for the church today. We have many in our church that are now qualified to be workers and have a willingness to work, so much so that we need to open new ministries to give them an opportunity to exercise the gift God has given them. We have 92 members in our church and I believe God has given everyone of them a a gift that He wants them to use in ministry.
On Sunday night at our Stewardship Banquet, we will be telling our members of new ministries that I believe God wants us to have to reach more people and meet more of the different spiritual needs that Mexico City has. Please pray that God provides economic support for these new ministries though the people of our church.
We thankfully have a tract problem. We find our selves frequently running our of tracts. The last few weeks, we have had to order from our in-country supplier thousand of tracts; and within a couple of weeks, we had to order thousands more. We are already about out and this week I called our supplier and they said that we cleaned them out. We are going to have to print our own until we can get some more from the States. I praise God for a people that love to get out tracts to the lost!
Please pray as we begin our four-week fall campaign on the 21st that many souls genuinely trust Christ, are generated, and follow the Lord in baptism and spiritual growth.
For His Cause,
Dear Praying Friends,
Thank you for praying for my trip to visit the church in Mexico City and for the missions trip of twelve people from my sending church, Fairhaven Baptist in Chesterton, IN.
Our people from Fairhaven were such a blessing and encouragement to Liberty Baptist Church. Two of them, Rebecca Schreiber and Paul Hawn, taught on children' s ministry, and Clint Schreiber taught 21 hours of Greek to our Bible Institute students as well as preached and taught in our church.
Two young men taught the teens and Jr. Church and Bruce Leake, a former missionary to Wales, taught adult Sunday School.
The missions team was a great help in our Bible clubs both in helping get thousands of invitations out and helping in the preparation and execution of the programs.
We had never done Bible clubs before, so I had some apprehensions about how they would turn out. We held three open-air Bible clubs on Saturday in the three areas where we have bus routes. We had consecutively at least 110, 120, and 50. Many who attended heard the gospel for the first time. Several children were saved and several new adults attended.
On Monday, we held two Bible clubs. One in an apartment complex and one in a home. The first had 38 attend; and the second, 25.
In the first, two women, sisters-in-law to the host of the Bible club, trusted Christ; and in the second, two women said they wanted to attend the church with her children. In total, at least 343 attended the Bible clubs, including 107 adults.
The weekend before the group came, it was a pleasure to see 20 of our church out knocking doors for Saturday visitation, apart from them that visit the routes. We had two baptized that Sunday: Santos and his wife, Magdelena. Santos was saved last November when I preached the church's anniversary and has been faithful ever since.
The following Tuesday, thirteen other people came out to pass out tracts to the nearby Jewish population. On the next Sunday two other women were baptized: Ada and Lizet, a woman saved in our absence.
In the evening, Raul and his wife, Mariela, joined the church. Raul, an officer in the Mexican army, decided to be faithful to all the services last fall. His wife had been a great help to us in VBS last summer. Raul and his wife now go out on Tuesday night visitation. We are happy to have this new serving couple in the church.
Thank you for your prayers that made this last trip such a great success,
PS. Below are photos of the Bible clubs.
Dear Praying Friends,
It had been a long time since I had the privilege to preach in a nursing home, but Bro. Josh McGee gave me the opportunity a few days ago to preach in the Addison Point nursing home in Chesterton, IN and I am so glad he did. Before the service, I visited a lady there named Barbara Martin who was there temporarily for therapy. We had a very pleasant conversation and invited her to the service, and then wheeled her there.
At the end of the salvation message, Barbara raised her hand for salvation as well as another woman. Returning Barbara to her room, I was able to talk to her and lead her to the Lord. With tears in her eyes and under conviction about her lost condition, she in her own words called upon the Lord. Afterwards, she spoke in the terms of before and now and clearly made it plain that something significant happened to her in her heart. I left a woman rejoicing in her salvation and I myself rejoicing in my heart as well.
The other lady, Roxanne, was dealt with by Bro. Josh. He was surprised how open this Catholic woman was to the gospel and was under conviction about her eternal destiny. Her husband, Bill, who is staying with her and was in the service, also wanted to know how to be saved and asked a lot of questions and realized that it was by faith alone that they could be saved; then, in their own words, they also asked Christ to save them and asked Josh for more Christian literature . Bill and Roxanne returned to their home last Thursday with Bibles, literature, and salvation. Praise the Lord!
I am now in Mexico City for two weeks. I was so please with the crowd that went soulwinning on Saturday. Last year, we began with few soulwinners to knock doors, although we had people visiting on bus routes. Then, after weeks of teaching on personal Christian growth, our group grew to six men, then when I visited Mexico in November it had grown to a dozen, and now it has grown to 20. I asked if there were any new soulwinners that came out on account of my return and they answered that they were those who usually go and that; in fact, some were missing. I thank God for the order and firmness of the people in our absence.
As far as the attendance of the church, it has not dipped in our absence and we had 214 this Sunday with over 150 adults filling the auditorium again. We had two baptisms as Santos, who was saved last November when I preached the church's anniversary, and his wife were baptized. They have been faithful attending since last fall and even are bringing out Magdalena's mother and their nephews and nieces. A woman named Lizet, who was saved at the beginning of this year, asked to be baptized as well as a woman named Ana, so we will do that next week as well as receive some as members who asked to join the church. Many people in the church made decisions to get involved in the work of the ministry, our theme for this year.
Saturday night, We held a banquet for the married couples of our church and the Cromwell's did a great job organizing it with great food (some even prepared by Bro. Cromwell.) All I had to do was preach. The Cromwell's have done an outstanding job these last three months and are returning on Tuesday. On Sunday night, 101 people came to church to give them a send off.
Please pray as we have a dozen people coming from our home church to help teach a workshop on children's ministry and help the church begin a new ministry of Bible clubs. We even have a college professor with a great command of the Spanish language, Clint Schreiber, teaching a block of 21 hours of Greek to our Bible Institute students. Please pray for wisdom, safety, and God's power as we pray and work to see many people reached through the Bible clubs and our church people equipped for the ministry.
Thank you for your prayers.
For His Cause,
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