“It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord”. Lam.3:26
“Let us not be weary in well doing…in due season we shall reap, if we faint not…”Gal. 6:9
“Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.” James 5:7
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts…” Zech. 4:6
Dear Brethren in Christ,
Our God is a great God. He does so much for us and permits us to serve Him, teaching us as we serve Him who He is and who we are. He prepares us for now and for when we shall be with Him. He is worthy.
Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We appreciate all you do in praying for us and giving so that we can continue to live and work here in the mountains.
Andrés continues to teach and preach through most of the book of Exodus but also seeing many of these teachings in the New Testament. His main topics have been centered on the ceremonial, moral, and civil law. He has wanted the brethren to see God’s provision for us in every possible way in Jesus Christ our Lord.
In August the Lord permitted Dámaris and me to travel to Indiana and see family and friends. After leaving us in San Antonio to catch our plane, Andrés was able to travel to and preach during those days while we were away, in Monterrey. He shared on Saturday to a group of young men and then preached Sunday to the congregation. From there he traveled back home, via bus, to the mountains to be with the brethren continuing on in the ministry God has called him to. Dámaris and I were able to return to Mexico by the end of August happy to be reunited as a family again. The Lord so graciously kept us all as He has done over and over again.
The Lord also permitted us to travel to other parts of Mexico this month (October). It was a trip that we had planned for since last year with the brethren in the states of Queretero, Irapuato, and AguasCalientes. We really didn’t know if it would be possible financially but we continued, along with the brethren, to pray that the Lord would supply if we were to go. The Lord supplied marvelously. Andrés was able to preach Thursday, October 12th in Queretero at the church pastored by Bro. Omar Ibañez. Then on the following Sunday the Lord allowed Andrés the strength to preach at Purisima, Irapuato and then travel around 2 hours to AguasCalientes, AguasCalientes to preach a service there.
While in AguasCalientes we met with a couple, Enrique and Celene, who mentioned an interest in working as missionaries. They had been involved in a type of mission program some time ago but really have no idea about planting local churches. We believe the Lord brought us together to help teach and encourage them so that in the Lord’s time help them return to the mission field where they were before among the Huichol Indians.. But this time with the support of a local church and the knowledge needed to teach and serve. We exchanged emails and will be communicating over time.
It took us a couple of days longer to return back to the mountains after this encouraging trip. We always break our travels in Torreon to rest before continuing on the next day…it gives Andrés a chance to rest. So we arrived on Wednesday evening but Thursday morning early Andrés’ only aunt (political) on his mother’s side passed away. So we stayed for her funeral on Friday. We left quite early on Saturday to make it all the way to the village by that same day. The Lord was gracious to allow us the strength to be able to do it and for Andrés to be able to preach that next day.
The work, whether it be to just live in the mountains or ministering to the people and brethren who live around us, never ends. Andrés is always busy. Lately he has been building up, once again, our firewood for winter, etc… as we would joke and say , “battening down the hatches” getting everything ready for winter temperatures/snow, finishing certain projects if possible, letting other projects simply just wait until next year to finish, on top of counseling, helping and studying for the next service. Andrés is weakening but he prays that the Lord will continue to strengthen him. The Lord truly continues to bless us.
As so many of you know, Andrés’ last check up with the cardiologist wasn’t the best. We will be looking at making some decisions in the days to come, not immediately of course, but sooner or later a decision will have to be made…unless, of course, the Lord simply takes him home. It seems that one of the wires that runs from the ICD to Andrés’ heart is lost. It is difficult to say if it broke, moved, or something else…it is something that just can’t be said without certain tests. This also means that the ICD cannot register or correct appropriately his heart which will allow his condition to worsen. Many of us would say, well, go in and put in another wire…yes, that would normally be the solution. Not so, for Andrés, sadly. In the past every time the cardiologist and his team have tried to even get close to the heart to position the wires , etc…in the past he has had a heart attack or his heart has just simply stopped. A lot has happened since then and his condition is such that the cardiologist just simply cannot risk it happening…he cannot safely say he can bring him back again. He prefers right now to let him slowly worsen instead of risking his life immediately. We will have to have certain tests done sometime this next year to try and see what happened to the wire. If the Lord so leads please pray with us. We know you always do. Thank you.
Also, pray that the Lord will continue to work in the hearts of the people who live in the villages. Pray for the husbands of the sisters. These men come to services, they have been coming now for several years. There seems to be some understanding in a couple of them but we cannot say if there is a true work of God in their hearts.
Pray for all of us that live in these mountains…”bad men” are on the move. So far we have been spared the violence but for others it hasn’t been so. God has been so gracious to us. We know we are in His hands, but please remember all of us before the throne of grace that our great God will continue to have mercy and protect us all.
Once again, thank you for all your love, prayers, and financial support. We praise God for each and every one of you. Thank you.
Daily walking by God’s grace,
In His service always,
Along with Rhonda and Dámaris.