September and October 2005

Dear Friends in Christ,

“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

Services: The last couple of months have shown more stability in our people. We have been having over 50 in attendance, and more than 60 the past two weeks, with visitors in most services. It is great to see the growth, and the people wanting to serve.

Anniversary: The “Iglesia Bautista Semilla Preciosa” celebrated its 7th anniversary in July. We had a “potluck” dinner, with 90 in attendance, 2 saved and 7 baptized. Amen!

Salvations: Several have been coming out for visitation – soul winning. There have been 17 saved in services or on visitation.
The parents of one of our teens were saved. Two other people who had been attending services were also saved.
When visiting Jorge’s son about being baptized, I witnessed to Jorge about being saved, but he rejected the Lord. Five days later, a big fork lift ran over his head and chest. We prayed that he would have another opportunity to be saved. In just two weeks, he was back home and gladly accepted the Lord! He told me that he knew the Lord had spared his life, and he needed to serve Him. Amen! Please pray for him spiritually and physically, and that he will continue to be faithful to the Lord.

Teens: We took 10 of our teens to youth camp. All of them received a blessing, and surrendered their lives to serve the Lord in some capacity. Our teens have been bringing visitors, as well as winning some of their friends. There have been 15-20 teens in most every service. We pray they keep the excitement!

Please pray for César and Perla, who have had some disappointments in their lives, and are running with the wrong crowd.

Change: Please note our changed e-mail address: [email protected] Also we have a new internet phone (1-513-898-1359) which will make it easier and cheaper for you to call us.

Praise: Good attendance and faithfulness; Anniversary; People saved & baptized; Camp & Teens’ growth

Prayer: National Pastor for the church; Spiritual lives of Jorge, César, Perla

In His Service,

July and August 2005

Dear Friends in Christ,

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:” 2 Thessalonians 3:1

Furlough: As we mail this letter, we are heading back home to Mexico. After 4 1/2 months and 16,000 miles we are anxious to get back to the work. The Lord has blessed in our meetings and we have seen several saved and many recommitting their lives to the Lord. We have had safety in our travels and only had a problem when a spring on the travel trailer broke toward the end of our trip. The Lord blessed in getting that fixed as well.

God allowed us to share the gospel with several along the way. On one occasion, as we traveled south we were bucking such a head-wind that we had to stop in a tiny town in northeastern New Mexico, to buy gasoline. I fueled up, went in to pay the owner, and he was just waiting for me to show him how to be saved, and he trusted the Lord as his Savior! Amen!

Anáhuac: The Iglesia Bautista Semilla Preciosa seems to be doing well in our absence. Some of our men have filled the pulpit from time to time. Working together, they have had more church activities than ever, and we want to encourage them to keep on doing the same after we are back.

We will be celebrating the church’s anniversary in July with several things planned for that day including a baptism. There are several adults and at least 8 teens awaiting baptism. It is good to see that our folks have been working in our absence.

We will also be taking the teens to youth camp the last week of July. They still lack some of their money but are working hard, doing different jobs and fund raisers to be ready to go. We hope to take a good group, and pray that the Lord will speak to their hearts.

Family: Connie and I celebrated 25 years of marriage in May!!

Praise: Safety in our travels; People saved; Church in Anáhuac moving forward in our absence; 25 years together!!

Prayer requests: Youth camp; Right man to pastor the church

In His Service,

May and June 2005

Dear Friends in Christ,

“For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:” Colossians 2:5-6

Furlough: We are reporting to several of our supporting churches in the U.S., as it has been five years since we have been back to them. We’ve been having good meetings, and it has been great getting to know new pastors and churches, as well as renewing old acquaintance. We won’t be able to get to all of our supporters at this time, but hope to report to the rest another time soon. We also have meetings in a few new churches to raise new support to keep up with the expenses of the ministry and the cost living. The Lord has been blessing and supplying our needs. We will be back in Mexico the first week of July, in time to take the teens to youth camp the end of that month.

Another missionary in the area, Warren Klenk, has been helping with services in our absence.

Anáhuac: The Iglesia Bautista Semilla Preciosa is continuing strong, with several of the men taking services and preaching, when Bro. Klenk can’t be there.
Last week, Manuel, a teenager who had been coming for a little while with his dad, got saved after the Sunday morning service. Amen!
The folks have had special activities on a couple occasions and it is good to see them working together.
The teens are staying faithful to the Lord, participating in all of the activities of the church. They are also working, doing different jobs, trying to raise money for camp.
Please continue praying that the Lord will provide the right man to pastor this church, so that we can move on to another place to start another church.

FM-3 Visas: Our Mexican work visas are back from the renewal process!

Family: Our second son, Andrew, married Shana MacQueen on May 14. It was beautiful!!

Praise: Safety in our travels; Church in Anáahuac remaining faithful; Manuel – salvation; FM-3 visas

Prayer: Our safety & that we’d be a blessing to the churches we visit; Youth camp; The right Mexican man to pastor the church

In His Service,

January and February 2005

Dear Friends in Christ,

“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, …”
Hebrews 6: 18-19

Happy New Year!! This past year marked many changes in the world, and the wicked grew even bolder. It is of special comfort to know that our Lord is ever the same in His justice and righteousness! May our confidence in Him, and our resolve to win the lost, be even stronger in this New Year!

Anáhuac: The Iglesia Bautista Semilla Preciosa is experiencing growing pains. Amen! We have seen more faithfulness and spiritual growth in our people. Several couples came out to work, painting, and getting some other things done on the building, in preparation for the Christmas program.
The Christmas program with dinner following was a big success, with 86 attending. Each of the Sunday School classes participated in the presentation of the Christmas story. We had several firsttime visitors, who although didn’t come forward to get saved, heard the gospel. .
Adolfo and Marta and their three kids have been coming faithfully since October. They came from a strong Independent Baptist church that was too far away for them to be really faithful. Pray that they would do what the Lord wants.
The day after Christmas, Jesus got saved, after my father-in-law preached, and I translated. Some twenty five years ago, Jesus had studied to be a priest at a Catholic seminary. After seeing the hypocrisies, he dropped out, got into drugs, alcohol, and etc… He had attended our church several times earlier in the year, but then stopped coming. I tried to visit him and his family for months, but they never allowed me to talk with them. His family is still very cold. We’re thankful that he came and surrendered to the Lord. Pray that he will now grow in the Lord and that we can reach his family.

Registration: Two years ago we started the registration of our church and now finally have the papers in hand. Amen! This will make it possible to have the church property in the name of the church and it should protect us from cults that might try to take over the property.

Family: We celebrated Thanksgiving with missionary friends in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, and had a great time.
On Dec. 1st, Andrew, our second, was engaged to Shana MacQueen. They will be married this summer. We look forward to seeing the Lord work in their lives.
For Christmas, my in-laws and two of our boys, Andrew and Joshua, came down to celebrate the holiday with us. We had a wonderful visit! Seth had to work and we sure missed having him here.

Prayer Requests: Souls saved; Adolfo & family – to join our church; Jesus – to grow in Christ;

Praise: Great Christmas program; Salvation of Jesus; New opportunities to serve the Lord.

In His Service,