Waiting is a normal part of ministry in Mexico (and many other cultures as I understand). We could be waiting for people to show up to church or a Bible study that was scheduled to start 45 minutes ago – I used to get nervous that no one was going to come but have now realized that when something starts at 10:00 that actually means any time between 10:00-10:59ish. Sometimes, I wondered why it only seems like us gringos are the only ones ever waiting until we met a man from Village C (we will call him Fonso) who has been waiting a long time…23 years!
Fonso is 97 years old and his wife is 78. When we met Fonso he said he wants to be baptized. As one of our team members asked necessary questions regarding his conversion and testimony we learned that he was converted 23 years ago by his brother-in-law who is a pastor in another town. His brother-in-law intended to return to baptize him but has never did because he believes traveling to do so is too dangerous. So, we have this “spring chicken” who has what seems to be a very valid testimony who has been waiting to be baptized for 23 years! Suddenly, waiting for 45 minutes for people to show up to church does not seem like so long.
We hope to baptize him this Sunday – we just need a container of water big enough to do it. What is even cooler is that Fonso and his wife want to open their home in Village C to begin a Bible study in what they and we see as the early stages of a church plant in that village. This will give our brother Mr J, who we have been developing as a leader in the church in Village CO, a chance to teach every week and some great experience shepherding those who come to this Bible study/church plant. God is amazing!
Below are pictures from our last trip to Mexico: