5 April 2014
Hoping you are all in the middle of Springtime wherever you may be! Below is a picture of a tree that blooms here during Spring.
The name of the tree is Primavera which translates to Spring (the season). I took this picture looking out of the window of the gym.
It’s neat as we travel through the mountains seeing everything dead or dying due to the dry season. And here and there, you will see this brilliant yellow tree that is blooming just for us!
We are enjoying warmer days here, as well as warmer nights. It is a welcome item when the wind starts blowing in the afternoon as that gives us a breeze to cool off a bit.
We continue to travel outside of Autlán three days each week. Over the past few months, we have come upon several accidents on the mountain roads that we travel. We are never able to actually see the vehicle, as it has gone over the edge of the road and down the side of the mountain. The most recent was this past Monday; in which we later found out that the two people inside the vehicle were killed. The police or ambulance driver contacts a flat bed tow truck to pull the vehicle back up to the road. This keeps our prayers for safe travels in the fore fronts of our minds for sure. Thursday, we all felt very blessed as we returned from Casimiro in my Jeep. It had leaked out the power steering fluid (unknown to us) and was making a horrific noise at every turn (of which there are many on these winding roads). When we returned safely to Autlán, Pastor Leonel helped me check the level (there was no fluid within the container). We purchased a bottle of fluid and added fluid to the container so I could drive it safely home. Then yesterday morning, I added more fluid so I could drive it to the mechanic. We are so blessed to have God’s hand cover us in these situations. I’m going to take Pastor Leonel’s suggestion and make an emergency kit for the Jeep. Oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid and coolant will be placed in this travel box. The wise words of someone who has traveled through these mountains many times!
I’ve included the below photos of our second meeting in the church at El Limón. The elderly couple on the far left live next to the church building. The first time we had services here, she cried and cried. Though she isn’t able to speak very much, we knew she was overcome with emotions at being able to meet here for the first time. Since they live next door, they have watched this building come together over a period of several years.
We are praying that God will show us when (and how) it is time to build the church, member wise.
One thing I am learning very well as things occur here: everything occurs in God’s time. As I had just gotten the Jeep out of the shop a couple of days ago, I pondered why this second item of the steering wheel fluid occurred. As God would have it, yesterday morning when I took the Jeep to the mechanic, I had to wait a bit for him to arrive. As I waited, I started talking with the mechanic’s Mom to whom I have spoken with casually before. We ended up having a serious conversation about God’s love for each of us, and His plan of salvation. I asked her if she has the assurance that when she dies she will go to Heaven. Her response was that yes, she believes in God, and that she knows that Christ died on the cross for our sins and resurrected in three days. She hopes that she will go to Heaven. Sadly this is the response for many people here. There is always this hope. I was able to tell her that I am secure in the knowledge that I will go to Heaven for eternity – and was able to explain to her why. I think this is the entire reason that God had the fluid leak occur. His plan was to take me to the mechanic shop on this very morning, and that she would be there so we could speak of His plan for each of us and His desire to have a true relationship with each of us.
I continue to have several Bible studies weekly in Spanish, which helps me increase my vocabulary. As I add these new words to my growing list of new words, this in turn means more studying of Spanish. It seems to be a continuous cycle. As my Spanish grows, so do my friendships here with various people. I am learning so much about myself and about other people around me. God is truly growing me each and every day.
I hope each of you has a blessed week, and you can answer without a doubt that you too have such a relationship with Christ that you know you will spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Without a doubt – it’s a wonderful feeling to have!!
Praying for each of you that will read this update, thank you for allowing me to share my life here with each of you.
In His Hands,