After the song had ended that Sunday, an idea came to me. Of course, many ideas come to me and many of them are quite laughable :), but when I ran this one by Daniel, he too thought it would be good.
Four years ago, there was no church here. Praise the Lord, there are now 15 families who have come to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ...men, women, children...our brothers and sisters in Christ. Imagine living in a town where there are only 15 Christian families. Imagine going to a school where you may be the only one who knows the Lord.
These families come to church each week giving testimony of those with whom they shared the gospel...family members, neighbors, co-workers. We rejoice with them in the good response they find and pray with them as they often hurt over those who will not listen or believe.
We go to their homes and talk with them...how their lives have changed since coming to Christ! And as they too begin to live for and serve their God, how the times of both trial and blessing come hand in hand.
I know many of you pray for our family. When I tell you one of my little ones is sick, you pray for that one by name. And as I sat on the piano bench that Sunday, I wasn't just seeing a group of faces...I was seeing dear individual souls...I was remembering their hurts, joys, and their stories. My heart was burdened to pray more for them. And then I thought...
Maybe some of you would like to pray for one of your brother or sisters in Christ here too. I thought how wonderful it would be to have another Christian man, woman, boy or girl take special interest in a man, woman, boy or girl here.
So this is what I was thinking...If you would like to, I would love to send you the name of someone here in our church (you can specify man, women, boy, girl). I would love to send you their picture, a little of their story, and ways in which you can especially pray for them. Oh, I know they would appreciate your prayers so much. And while I often ask you to pray for the people here, I thought it would help if you had a specific name/face/requests for which to pray making it more personal. You could even write them a little note of encouragement from time to time. Maybe your son or daughter would like to have a Mexican boy or girl to remember in their prayers or to which they could send a letter or a picture they drew.
The longer I live, the longer we serve here, we are made more and more aware of the spiritual battle that rages. And the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. Satan loses ground as we are on our knees!
Would any of you like to commit to praying for a brother or sister in Christ here for 2010? If you would, please comment here or email me (lockwoods2mexico (at) juno (dot) com ).
I will begin assigning names and sending the information as soon as someone asks.
You know, I thought to myself this morning, "What if nobody wants to do it?" And as soon as I thought it, the Lord spoke to my heart...If nobody does it, nothing's been lost; but if just one does, those prayers will be heard by our Almighty God and only eternity will tell the gain."
Youth Choir Singing for our Christmas Service (See video below)
Church Adult/Teen gift Exchange
Church Adult/Teen gift Exchange
The children's class exhanged gifts as well