3 December 2013
I’m in hopes that each of you has recuperated from a wonderful Thanksgiving time. Certainly a time for all of us to count our blessings and give thanks to our Lord for His provisions. I spent the weekend traveling and making my way back to Texas. I will be spending most of December here, with spending time between the Bryan/College Station area and Brownfield. With the next cold front making it’s way to Texas, I have prepared myself to freeze as the weather in Autlán when we left was in the mid 80s during the day, and a cool 60 at night.
As noted above, I have one huge thanksgiving and praise that I would like to share. In regards to our vehicle issues noted in October’s blog update, we received a donation that God used to enable both vehicles of Pastor Leonel's to be repaired. Praise for His timing and provisions. As I returned to Texas this month, I know that the Bible studies and services in Casimiro Castillo, El Limón and Villa de Purificación will continue with safe travels made by the group. Praises to Him!!
The church in El Limón has also taken a giant step forward. Noted below first is the before picture taken toward the front of the building:
The following picture is taken after the most recent construction again taken toward the front of the building:
We now lack the door and window (this is a one piece unit) and one more piece of laminate for the roof. Praises to God again for his provisions and workers for this building to be near completion. Funding and time (His time) are again in the forefront of our prayers for completion.
I had started meeting with an elderly lady in Autlán prior to leaving. She has had cataract surgery, though the surgery did not work for one eye. She is not able to read smaller print, which means she is not able to read the Bible. We have started meeting in her house, and are making our way through John. As I write the lessons in Spanish, it is challenging for my new language skills as well as God’s showing me things I have never seen before in the Gospel of John. I’m blessed to have this opportunity to meet with her, and look forward to continuing this upon my return.
I think every time I study the Bible, I’m reminded the Bible is the Living Word of God. Living in that as I read a scripture again (how many times have I read John?) I learn something different depending on where I am in my life and what God needs to show me at that moment. The Living Word – is it a living part of your life? What a blessing you are missing if not. Ask God to show you what He wants YOU (yes it’s personal) to learn and then read His Living Word: this is what He is after. It’s personal: He wants to be a part of your life; He wants to have a relationship with you; He wants to have you understand the full meaning of His love and how He desires to spend His eternity, His Heaven, His blessings with YOU. It’s very personal. We only have to accept His gift of salvation through His son, Jesus Christ. You see, Christ was born to die for our sins on the cross. To save everyone that will turn to Him and ask for forgiveness and claim Him as your Savior - yes your personal Savior. It's personal. It’s not something He desires for us to do tomorrow, or next week, or next year. His desire is that we do this NOW. In this instant – whether you are at work, in your car, eating lunch or where ever you are, He will accept you just as you are at this moment. We don’t have to ‘clean ourselves up’ first, thankfully or else we would never be able to accomplish the ‘cleaning’ necessary to confront the Holy Living God. What a gift He has given us – have you accepted it? If you have accepted this gift, when was the last time you thanked Him for your gift? I hope that each of us think of these things during this Christmas season. It’s not about the gifts, sales, bustling around, making menus, etc. It’s about the most wonderful gift any of us could ever receive – and it’s ours just for the asking. Reach out your hand to His hand. He’s waiting right now. No one can do it for you, this can not be replaced with good works else Christ would not have had to come to this hurting world: It’s personal.
May you each have a wonderful Christmas holiday – Merry Christmas to all!