Monday, April 9, 2012

Mission Update

Buenos Dias everyone!

Here were are in the Rio Grande Valley again and I would like to bring everyone up-to-date on a few things and specifically ask for prayer in a few different areas.

Here are some thoughts about a few of the days.

On our trip south we ran in to a little problem of tornados crossing the highway in front of us. Though we did not personally encounter a tornado, it caused us to stop and wait for the storms to cross before heading south. We later stopped at a familiar place along our normal travel route and spent the night.

Friday we arrived at the Valley and made contact with the people from the congregation. Rick began a "Sound Technician" class with two people. His impressive training program was developed by him personally and he is now translating the details in Spanish.

Saturday proved to be an event-filled day. Billy and I completed our morning jog to the local coffee shop. (I say jog, but it was more like 40% jog on the way there only and the rest was walking). Rick continued with round two of the sound Technician class. In the middle of the day a man who we refer to as "Hermano Solis" was working, cutting trees, when he was cut by a chainsaw, down to the bone. He had surgery later that evening. We were able to be with the family and pray with them, encourage them. Hermana Solis (the wife) was such an encouragement. As we were sitting in the hospital (knowing that the family has been through a lot lately), she asked if we could give her some scripture that she could cling to and find strength and encouragement. It was a joy to see her with her copy of God's word each time we visited.

Sunday we all got a very early start and had a full day of plans. We ordered tacos for the congregation for breakfast and fired up the coffee pot for those who would come early. Billy ran the bus route at our previously established stops. We had a great service (about 40 or so in attendance). Enrique completed his first assignment as new "T├ęcnico de sonido" and did a great job, I might add. In the message Sunday, we looked at the subject of baptism and how this relates to a visual reminder of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The day ended up with us resting for a while, then picking up Hermano Solis from the hospital and taking him home to be with his family.

I am writing all of this things to you, now on Monday. There are many other things that I would like to share with you, and by God's grace will do so perhaps in a follow-up post. Thank you all so much for reading, praying, sending, and going. Never forget that those who stay and support us in going are just as much part of the mission as those who go. We love you all!

In all things...Christ preeminent!


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