Archive for December, 2006

Update – December 22

December 22, 2006 6:53 pm

We had a victory this week that I am excited to share.

Guillermo is a Christian deaf man who has come to the church a few times. He had not been as faithful as we would like to have seen, but seemed to genuinely make an effort to be there. He sprained his ankle about 8 weeks ago. This was a severe sprain and required physical therapy. Bill Green and I had been to visit Guillermo a few times at his house during his recovery. Physically he was not showing any improvement.

We made his healing a serious matter of prayer in the church. Friday of last week I spoke with his mother and learned that he was still at least a week away from being able to leave the house for anything other than his therapy sessions. They were seeing a new doctor who had given a better prognosis about getting him walking again.

Wednesday night Guillermo walked into church! He drove himself to church and said that he was doing much better and the new doctor feels that he was only about 1 month away from full recovery. The old doctor was still saying it would be at least 6 months, if ever, when he would be back to normal.

This was a great answer to prayer and is an encouragement to me personally as well as the church.

November Prayer Letter

December 11, 2006 8:53 am

Dear Friends,
We found a building for our new church. Though it took several weeks to get it all worked out, it is a wonderful location for our needs. It is much larger than what we imagined we could afford. Realistically it will be able to serve as our church for quite some time. It is also located just 11 blocks from the main square. This makes it possible to catch a bus from any part of town and arrive within walking distance of the church.

We just completed our second month in the new location. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for us as we continue in this ministry.

In October, I was able to take a trip to Monterrey, Mexico. As some of you may remember, the missionaries and national pastors who work with the Deaf here in Mexico get together twice a year for spiritual encouragement and to help plan out the next summer’s camp. This meeting was wonderful. There were 6 missionaries and 8 nationals. The Lord allowed me to build a stronger relationship with the other missionaries and national pastors and wives.

Previously I had mentioned a pastor who had heart problems. His name is Horacio. I was able to see him at this meeting in Monterrey. He is doing much better and has been released by his doctor to preach again. Thank you for your prayers.

We had a great Thanksgiving. We got together with a group of missionaries from the area. There were about 30 people at the meal. We did this same thing two years ago and it was such an encouragement to us as new missionaries.

After explaining to one of the national pastors about our Thanksgiving events, he was curious if we did “traditional” type activities. I told him the food was very traditional and that we sang a few songs and had a time of giving thanks to God. He pressed for more details about what was considered traditional activities on Thanksgiving. I thought of one other thing we did that is traditional–we watched the Dallas Cowboys play football.

We are getting ready for Christmas. This coming weekend our church will be singing Christmas Carols at an open air bazaar. It is a great opportunity to pass out tracts and invite others to church. There will be a large group of Deaf there since it is an event where the handicapped are honored by the city.

Thank you for your continued prayers.

New Family Photo

8:21 am

Many have asked for a new family photo. You can click the link to view the photo or right click it and save the photo to your computer. It can then be printed for your church’s missions display.

James and Leyla are 8 and 2 in this picture. James will be 9 in January and Leyla will be 3 in April.