Saturday, August 4, 2012

US/Mexico Border update

As the group assigned to the US/Mexico border closes for this month, we would like to give you a quick, preliminary report.

First, our team was assigned to a congregation in San Juan (near Donna), Texas to conduct a Vacation Bible School (for all ages, including adults). We are very thankful to this congregation and their warm reception, hospitality, and hard work during the event. This congregation recently lost their building due to the lack of funds being able to provide necessary maintenance. They have been meeting in a member's home and have being going strong ever since.

Our first night of VBS there were 76 people present. Over 15 of them were adults many of which were not regular attendees of any church. On the second night three adults in the class made public professions of repentance of sin and faith in Christ Jesus. We are thankful for Iglesia Cristo El Rey for them to allow us to use their van this week to help with the transportation.

We have been blessed by the opportunity to share books and Bibles with different individuals. Through giving received others were provided with the Scriptures in the modern Spanish language. We also provided a soon to be married couple with a copy of Pipers "This Momentary Marriage." There are others who received various copies of other books by Sproul and Piper.

We will begin our return to the St. Louis area tomorrow afternoon following celebrating with our friends at Iglesia Cristo El Rey. We will share more information on the trip in the days to come.

Once again, we are thankful to each and every one of you that pray for us on a regular basis and for those who are able to "hold the rope."

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Updates from the Border and from Home

It has been a while since I have updated everyone, so here are a few thoughts on what all is going on at this time.

Outreach along the Border
Currently I am with a team of people who have accepted an assignment for 10 or so days to continue ministry along the US/Mexico border. During our discussion today (in the van) we were recalling ways that the Lord has blessed us and provided for us, specifically by the generous giving of so many here in Texas. I want you to know that they have taken care of all of us so very well. We are so blessed of the Lord for Miguel and all of his family and the extended family of Christ at the church in San Juan (Donna), Texas. We praise the Lord for them. Their hospitality and generosity has been such an encouragement to us and I ask that you pray for them and thank the Lord for his mighty provision through them!

Through your generous giving we have also been able to provide Bibles and good books to families with whom we have regular contact. We are thankful that it appears that they are getting connected with congregations and we are also seeing a hunger and a desire for the Word in their lives. Please continue to pray for the people that we have been visiting. Pray that the Lord would bless them with jobs, income, and by bringing them to salvation!

Tonight we will be having dinner with another family and also as a large group talking about the Scriptures together and praying with them. Please pray for this meeting as well as for a team of people that will be delivering a copy of "For your Joy" by John Piper (Spanish-edition) to every home in a small neighborhood on the US side of Reynosa, Mexico.

Other information from the Suttons
Our family will continue to seek the Lord for direction as to where we are to serve for the future. For now, please pray specifically for wisdom as to how to manage our household well, for Rachel as she is working again. This, as well as me being away from home during this trip has been hard on all three of us!

We want to be a blessing to the community in which we live and continue to work with others in partnering together in taking the Gospel to the Nations! For your continued support and encouragement, we are grateful!

In all things...Christ preeminent!

The Suttons

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