Andres Galaviz Update
“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth….I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him….Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all….The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.” Psalm 34:1,4-8,19,22
The Lord is so good.
During these past few months I believe that all of us can attest to His wonderful goodness.
Has it been easy, no…it hasn’t been easy for anyone this year so far, but God has been faithful. He has allowed all of us to help each other by praying and supporting one another in so many ways.
We know that for all of you beloved brethren to continue to support us hasn’t been easy. But the Lord has been faithful to all of us. Funds have arrived, prayers have been uplifted before the throne of grace…I know some of you have probably had illness touch your families and yet you still have prayed for us here too. Finances have been stretched and yet God has blessed and many have given to missionaries who have then given farther down the road.
This is how it has been here for us. Our brethren here in the villages as well as others the Lord has permitted us to touch in other parts of the country have been at times in dire need. Here there hasn’t been any gov’t helps, no food banks or staples handed out…yet we have all worked together and as of yet no one has been lacking. Many of you heard how we were helping financially brethren in other parts of Mexico who were under strict quarantine for months on end (sadly some still are…it has been months and they still aren’t allowed to work…they may begin to see relief from the lockdown this week)…and you added your financial help to ours. We were able to supply finances for over 10 families steadily and off and on for others in need. We have heard that these needy brethren have also taken from what they were given and touched others who live around them. Love begets love.
Mexico is still not allowing churches to meet. But many of us by June were meeting, although it is called civil disobedience. The brethren here in the village came and asked Andres to please start services again. After much searching Andres started preaching on Sundays from that moment on. Authorities here haven’t persecuted us since we are in a village and we have no other way of reaching the brethren…no internet connection or phone service here among the brethren. But in the larger towns and cities they haven’t been allowed to meet yet. In the state of Tabasco the civil authorities even threatened to jail any pastor who called together the congregation to meet. Lord willing, we pray that this will change this month for them.
Andres has been continuing to preach through 1 Peter. Last Sunday he was teaching from 1Peter 4:1-6. It has been a blessing to all of us who are able to attend.
Many of you have asked if Covid-19 has been in the villages. At the time we were asked we could say no. But since mid-August we have seen several cases. Sadly, we have seen a few die. The Lord be praised no one from the congregation has had a severe case. Our daughter, Damaris caught the virus. We are going into Cuauhtemoc for supplies once a week now, coming and going on the same day (which is really physically hard for Andres and I). Damaris was doing all the shopping for us so we wouldn’t be exposed in the stores. But even though you use all the precautions you are still open to contagion. The Lord was merciful and she is now much better. She is still weak but with time we pray she will gain strength. We are very thankful that she is recuperating. Many of you who knew were praying for her and we are very appreciative of this wonderful demonstration of love.
Andres is still actively involved with many pastors and brethren throughout Mexico and the area. Most of what they are able to do right now is counseling and encouraging by phone (mostly WhatsApp). It has been good for the brethren to encourage one another and know how to pray for each other.
Also Brother Samuel, one of the brothers here has been quite ill. He will recuperate some of his strength and then he once again is weak and swollen. The doctors and hospitals here just send him home. We don’t know how long the Lord will keep him here but Samuel, a simple man, with a simple faith in God has been a testimony to all who he touches. We tried to give work to his wife, Gloria, here on the property but Samuel has gotten so weak that she cannot leave him alone for very long. She tries to feed their animals and do what work he used to be able to do…so we help them as much as we can.
Also, throughout the whole state we have been in a severe drought. The rains didn’t come this past spring and summer like normal. All the people here in the villages plant and wait for the rains to come. The corn and beans are toast. They literally crumble. So the men are out cutting what dry silage they can get before all is lost….We aren’t complaining, just informing. Please remember us before our merciful God and add your prayers/requests/praises along with ours. He has never forsaken us we just pray that we can continue to walk steadfastly and all who are the Lord’s beloved here will be able to testify of His goodness.
Brethren please as the Lord gives mercy and burdens your hearts let us pray for one another. Pray for us please. Andres continues to serve as the Lord permits but please continue to pray. On his last cardiologist appointment we were told that because of several things happening in his body that it is “now the beginning of the end”. We know that our lives are in the Lord’s hands and He determines our times. We will rest in that.
Also brethren please pray for us. A few days ago about midnight we heard automatic gun fire here in the village. We haven’t had that in quite a while and it was usually just handgun fire. This was definitely semi automatic/automatic weapons. We know the Lord is always faithful. He has kept us in so many different situations and we know He will be with us and also with each of you. Do we know why so many things go on here or there? Maybe not, but we do know that God is God and all He does and permits is for His honor and glory. May we all be found faithful, serving Him.
All we can ask brethren is for you to pray for us. Please continue helping us as the Lord permits. We are thankful to God and each of you for your constant faithfulness and love, and His wonderful grace and mercy.
Walking steadfastly in His service always,
Andres, Rhonda and Damaris
Also , I would like to add just a note. Our son, Lael, that some of you know, has been ill. He is not saved, is so very lost. It is not a good situation to say the least. He had Covid and was hospitalized. Because of the virus he had Pertussis and now his lungs are porous. He is under treatment for which we are thankful. But he will possibly have to use oxygen for quite a while, if not permanently. So if the Lord places him upon your hearts please pray for him…for his soul..for repentance.
Plus, just so you know we were able to get satellite internet at the house in the village. It was needed and the Lord blessed us with an opportunity to share the signal with another family here. It is another expense but we believe a necessary one. This way we are in communication with others and we can call via WhatsApp Andres’ cardiologist at any time. We can only use what is available via internet for communication, not normal phone signals…but it is a useful blessing.