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Nov 18

Mission to the Children

The rainy season has hit us hard. We have had a lot of flooding at the ranch, but thanks to your support we were able to fix our entrance way, and start digging out the mud from under our bridge. I know many of you are experiencing cool weather but here it is always hot. Our highs are 82-92 right now. Me and Josh have been working hard, and it took us four days to lay a rock foundation and then spread out the crush and run. Each rock had to be carried by hand through the mud and laid in place and it was exhausting. Our drainage ditch in front of the ranch has been filled with two feet of mud and caused the rain water to enter our ranch and flood our driveway and fields.  Me and Josh have started digging it out. IT is an enormous task. It will take us a month to do it by hand. We are praying for $250 to bring in a backhoe to do it. We are thankful for all the progress we have made, but we still have a very long way to go. 

Last week at our leadership meeting we decided to do a Christmas party for all the children in our small town of Astilleros. It will be an outreach activity and we are planning for 100 people.  It is awesome because it will cost around $300, and we have absolutely no money, but are going to start taking up an offering for the next four weeks. It is a big step of faith for us. No one in our church has a job and they struggle to get by. The truth is many children in our town will not have Christmas.  Life is hard here and our church wants to reach out and help our community. If you would like to help, please designate your donation to “The Christmas Party”.   Our services at the ranch are incredible, and each week we feel the presence of God in a powerful way. We struggle to keep the doors open, but praise God in spite of all the Flooding, robberies, busted water lines, and financial shortcomings, we continue to prosper. 

In these difficult times our ministry needs your daily prayers. We are struggling but by the power of God we are still standing and living by faith. We need help and we would love to host teams or individuals.  Please contact me if you have any questions.   Marriage life is treating me Just fine, and we are having to adjust to our new routines. Please pray for Lis as she tries to keep me in line. Sammy finishes his studies at Christ for the Nations this December. He has been on his own the past year, and he has worked full time and studied full time. I am proud of all his hard work.  Josh has been a huge help for me here.  He has been working very hard at the ranch, and he hates it, but each week he is there in the hot sun helping me.  I sure will miss him when he returns to the states next year to work.  Josh turns 18 this month and it is amazing how fast the time goes by. Imelda and I have sowed a lot of seeds into his life, and I am excited to see the great things he will do with his life.  I am very proud of my two sons.

Times are hard, last week Mission to the Children had to stop buying refreshments for our services due a lack of funds; Our account had $6.32 in it. Someone here stepped up and paid for our refreshments for last week and this week. That is the cool thing about living by faith, you just have to wait and God provides. God has been teaching me to wait without worrying. It’s not about what I can do, but rather it is about knowing what I can not do, and allowing God space to work and provide. Mathew 6:33 tells us to seek first the kingdom of God, but often we seek first the solutions to our problems, then when our options run out, we turn to God. First, God is bigger than all our problems. Second, our problems may catch us off guard, but our problems never catch God of Guard.  And finally, we live in the shadow of complete victory because of what Jesus did on the cross, and heaven is the complete cure for all our problems.  We walk in promised victory and we may lose many battles but we should never feel defeated, because we are not. Better days will always come. Faith keeps our heads up in these difficult times. Thank you for supporting “Mission to the children”.

Support Information:

Please make donations to: Mission to the Children PO BX 211322 Bedford, TX 76095 or

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/missiontothechildren 

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