The suburban was fully loaded – not with luxury options but with a church planting team ready to take the gospel to village EZ in Northern Mexico and with the little gift bags of cookies that had a Christmas card and a gospel tract in Spanish attached.
We had a great trip. One of our goals this year is to expand out evangelistic outreach in the community by building new relationships with villagers. By the grace of God we were able to go to every house in the village and meet every family as we delivered los regalitos (the small gifts). Of course, in Mexican culture it is common for families to invite you in to sit down and talk. We had a lot of great opportunities to speak with people, build relationships with many we have never met before, pray for most, and read the Bible with some. One of the believing women in the village came with us along with her niece who recently retuned from working on a cruise ship (the niece is not a believer but she is bilingual and we are working on building a relationship with her).
One woman we spoke with was weeping as we visited with her because her 33 year old daughter had passed away days before due to some kind of sickness. We spoke the Word to her and prayed with her. We hope to return and read the Bible with her. One of our strategies going forward as we follow-up on these relationships on subsequent trips is to read the Bible with people in their homes as a means for deeper discussion around the gospel.
As you can see from the photos it was pretty cold – in the upper 40s however we still had a great time doing ministry with the children and at our outreach Bible study which thankfully we were allowed to have in the school room which has heat.
Please pray that the Lord will use these new relationships to draw people to himself!
I also had the joy of going back to Village EZ yesterday (Dec 19) with a great brother – Greg Giordano – he spent 2 years ministering in the village and was the team leader last year. He and his family are passing through Los Fresnos on their way to begin their first term on the field in Oaxaca, Mexico. We had a great time and were able to spend the day encouraging two of the believers.
An Unexpected Ministry Opportunity
We also had terrific opportunity to participate in a Family Equipping Conference for a handful of churches here in the Rio Grande Valley. Tony Hernandez (the man whom we are doing the church plant with) and I (Trevor) were the main speakers. The conference was really great with a lot of good questions and positive feedback. I spoke on the topics of training up children, discipline, and getting their hearts. In fact, one of the churches is having us come to do an all day conference with their families on January 11! We are praising God for this totally unexpected and thrilling opportunity.
In the midst of mentoring missionaries, our own missionary training, leading a church planting team into Northern Mexico, planting a church in the RGV, finishing the boys soccer season, and speaking at family conferences we are now enjoying a short Christmas break from the Center for Pioneer Church Planting. We will post soon on how we having been keeping busy during this time of much needed rest.