Has it been a week since our last update? And even now, I only have a few mintues before bedtime. How full the days are! As the Lord has grown our family and ministry here, how easy it is for us to get overwhelmed or begin to sink. But like Peter, it is only because we have taken our eyes off Jesus and looked toward our own selves. How powerless and weak we are...and how mighty and strong is our God! Each morning, and often throughout the day, we pray together as a family for the Lord to guide and direct our day. More and more, I feel in such desparate need of His wisdom, strength, and realize more and more how desolate I am apart from Him!
As I was preparing for my Sunday night class, I felt overcome with the need to just pray. All the songs, lessons, verses, and crafts are nothing if they are not bathed in prayer beseeching the One who loves the little children to work in their hearts. Often, I do not know what to say or how to help, but He does! And how I have come to love these people here more and more! Thank you Lord for sending us here! As I sang "Jesus Loves Me" tonight to Nehemiah, the words "they are weak but He is strong" set deep in my heart. He is so strong! And has the power to save!
I was thinking that Mondays would be a good day to update you all on the ministry here. I know so many of you are praying and your eagerness to stand along side us here through your prayers has convicted my heart in coming to my knees so much more for our church here in La Toba. As we see our sweet Saviour's work in each heart here, we have joy unspeakable! May He add many, many more jewels to His crown!
Wednesday, we were out of water all day. Cleaning was difficult and wouldn't you know it that an unexpected guest arrived for the night. I'm learning more and more to swallow my selfish pride on such matters and do as the people here do...give each guest the best we have and receive them with sincere joy especially one who is a servant of our Lord.
Pastor Alvero, a national pastor from the state of Sonora, feels the Lord may be calling him to work in our state here and he was surveying the area. He preached in our Wednesday night service and then returned and preached in our service Sunday evening.
Hna. Julia, her daughter Lupita, and Hno. Juaquin gave testimony of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior following Him in obedience by baptism last night.
We've been having growing pains in our little church lately. How wonderful to see each and every pew filled! Last night, we put chairs up front near the pulpit, chairs along the back wall, and there were still people having to stand outside. We're being creative in fitting all the children in my evening Sunday School class and have been brainstorming and especially praying asking the Lord to gives us ideas to best accomodate and work with what we have. May we be faithful in whatever He gives!
Picking up children in the bus