Archive for March, 2010


Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2010 by filerofish

When Carmen first came to church approximately 10 years ago, she had lost an adult son for good – or so she thought. After a failed marriage, he suddenly left town without leaving a trace. It has been 20 years since he was seen last. No one knew where he was or even if he was alive or not. Carmen wondered if he was dead or alive. You can imagine the pain that she has had to deal with all these years. Even so, she still had a tiny ray of hope left that would not fade.

For nearly 10 years now, we have been praying for him to re-appear, or at least show up somewhere in an obituary or something. Nothing happened – at least until now.

Carmen’s brother-in-law traveled to Guadalajara to visit with his family. A sister of his invited him to go to the public market, which is a huge place in Guadalajara. The chances of finding someone you know there are practically zero. All of a sudden right out of the clear blue, he heard an all-too-familiar voice calling out: “Tío!” “Tío!” When the uncle turned around, he found himself face to face with Carmen’s son. He has been living there all this time and he is apparently in good health. You can imagine how Carmen and her brother-in-law reacted to this incredible news. They found the long lost son whom they thought was dead, and now he is alive and well. This story is still in progress, so stay tuned for further updates.

Please, please pray that this son will come home to visit his parents soon.



Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2010 by filerofish

So far, there have 7,750 unique visitors to our three websites:

A new family has begun to attend church as a result of this method of followup, and we expect more to come soon. Please continue praying that God would continue to bless this evangelistic outreach, as it has shown promise beyond even our wildest dreams.


Posted in Mission Updates 2010, Uncategorized on March 3, 2010 by filerofish

Speaking of family, I’m sure that you are as close to yours as I am of mine. My family is my backbone that keeps me moving in the right direction. I simply could not make it in ministry without them. Their love and support mean everything to me. It is their strength that keeps me strong in the midst of so much opposition and turmoil. Miriam and I will have reached our 24th wedding anniversary this month, and I can honestly say that I would do it all over again. We have been through so much together that I can’t imagine what my life would have been without her. My children are my pride and joy. Sure, they each have their strengths and weaknesses like everyone else, but they love the Lord and are actively involved in the work here. What more could I ask for?


Posted in Mission Updates 2010 on March 3, 2010 by filerofish

In spite of ongoing car trouble, Miriam, Neftali, Kimberly and I made a special trip to Mexicali on Saturday afternoon (February 27) in order to be present at Josefina and Dionicio Atondo’s 60th wedding anniversary. It was raining “cats and dogs” when we left, and it was pouring down during our return trip home. Due to the mud slides, I hit a rock in the road with the front right-hand tire. Fortunately, we were able to make it all the way into town before it was almost completely flat. I was able to reach a convenience store to buy some liquid sealer. It didn’t seal it completely, but at least we made it home O.K. at about 1:00 a.m. The wheel itself was damaged from hitting the rock. The tire mechanic managed to straighten it out enough for now. I will need to look for a replacement.

I’m glad that we attended the anniversary for a number of reasons. Dionicio’s oldest daughter Alma told us that he had tears streaming down his face when he heard that we had confirmed our attendance. It meant a lot to both of them. My Dad and Dionicio were life-long partners in ministry, so at least we could be there on his behalf. I also got a chance to say hello to a lot of folk who know us but whom we haven’t seen in quite some time. It’s good to be well-received by those who appreciate our work and enjoy our fellowship.

Dionicio’s life is a living testimony of how God can use even the lowliest citizen in His kingdom to inspire others to serve. This dear brother has been one of our most prolific evangelists in Northwestern Mexico. But that’s not all. He has been clinically dead twice, and he testifies of a near death experience where he saw himself lying on the operating table while hovering over his own body. I know Dionicio well, and I know that he is not given to exaggerations or fabrications. This was very real.

Dionicio has diabetes and he recently had part of the sole of his foot removed due to an infection. The whole reached all the way to his bone. By God’s grace, the flesh has now come back, and even the skin is growing. The doctor still can’t believe it since she has never seen anything like this before in her years of medical practice.

60 years of marriage is certainly is a strong witness to our present generation which has become so entangled by the immoral lifestyle. What was most touching of all was to see how all of the children and grandchildren gathered around this couple to honor them with sincere gratitude. The great-grandchildren helped to serve the tables.

During our trip back from Mexicali, Nefi and I engaged in a really good theological conversation about the perspicuity of the Scriptures. It’s such a blessing to have a son who enjoys discussing deep theological questions, especially when I need someone to help me stay awake while I drive. Amen? Seriously though, Nefi has nearly always managed to work through a lot of these subjects, mostly just by studying the Word on his own. He is as true a berean as they come – a good example for others to follow.