97 Years Old and Ready for Baptism, A Great Open Door, Plus photos from our latest trip in N Mexico

Waiting…Waiting…Waiting…

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:

Baby J - This little guy LOVES Titus

Baby J – This little guy LOVES Titus

Acting out the story of Jesus' birth with the kids in Village EZ

Acting out the story of Jesus’ birth with the kids in Village EZ

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One of the families had a big birthday party in their barn last weekend - this is Titus and me posing in the photo booth

One of the families had a big birthday party in their barn last weekend – this is Titus and me posing in the photo booth

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Periodically we bring some school supplies to the schools that let us hold escuelita de Biblia - "little Bible school." The teacher always likes to take "official looking pics.

Periodically we bring some school supplies to the schools that let us hold escuelita de Biblia – “little Bible school.” The teacher always likes to take “official looking pics.

Making tamales

Making tamales

Revolution Day Parade in  Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in  Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in  Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in  Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in  Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in  Village CO

Revolution Day Parade in Village CO

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Soccer provides a lot of relationship and gospel opportunities. I was sharing my testimony here.

Soccer provides a lot of relationship and gospel opportunities. I was sharing my testimony here.

A few of us eating a the hamburger in Village CO

A few of us eating a the hamburger in Village CO

Making tamales

Making tamales

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