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Seminar in Mexicali a Huge Success!

Posted in Mission Updates 2010 on October 25, 2010 by filerofish

Beloved in Christ,

Miriam and I had an incredible and amazing weekend serving the Lord in the Mexicali Valley. God is doing an awesome work among the brethren there, and we had the privilege of being able to contribute to that ongoing ministry.

The preacher of the Colonia Polvora church was the one who the Lord used to put the whole conference together . He and I have been in continuous contact  with each other for over a year in a half now, and this enriching dialog has made it possible for us to develop projects and ideas that are just now beginning to blossom. One of these ideas was to bring in various area preachers as special speakers to help meet the need for solid Bible teaching among the brethren. Several churches in the valley have already been meeting together about once a month for fellowship, so I suppose that one could say that the logistics for a Bible conference were already in place even before getting started.

Although the Colonia Polvora was the official host of the program, they requested that Ejido Puebla provide the meeting place because of the exploding interest and response to the publicity. So, on the 15th I set out toward Mexicali to begin teaching an 8-hour seminar on the “Authority and Integrity of the Bible”. This is merely an introduction to a fuller course on Bibliology on an advanced level.

I hit several snags and obstacles during my trip, so I was forced to arrive two hours late on Friday. I had no idea of how many people would be waiting for me there. I figured that there would be about a dozen or so, as usual. To my big surprise, the huge parking lot in front the building was completely full, and there were a good 150 people or more inside. There were folk from Colonia Televisora, Colonia Polvora, Ejido Puebla, and even all the way from San Luis, Rio Colorado. I was blown away but the turn out. Still stress out from the trip, I tried to do the best that I could under the circumstances. I made up for it on Sunday morning during the class though, so it wasn’t a total loss.

We covered topics such as the sufficiency, indestructibility, and uniqueness of the sacred scriptures among other things. On Sunday morning, I closed with some scientific evidence of the Bible trustworthiness and a brief testimony of “Why I Left the Charismatic/ Pentecostal Movement”. It was good to visit with old friends from my childhood, and to fellowship with many new friends that I have made since the event. I have a long mailing list now that I need to follow-up on.

On Sunday evening, I spoke at the Colonia Polvora church and gave another longer version of my testimony which was met with an outstanding response. Toward the end, I invited those who had any special prayer needs to come forward. Six accepted the invitation, and one older lady who became a widow after her husband had been shot and killed over a year ago, made her decision to follow Jesus and confess him as Lord of her life. Aldo tells me that this was no small victory, because she had been resistant to the gospel as a result of her personal tragedy – understandably so.

One of the greatest blessing that I got out of this event was all of the personal expressions of love and encouragement that I received from those attending the meetings. I shall never forget the heartfelt words of one brother who is a retired teacher and school principle: “God bless the day that you decided to come to the Valley and share God’s word with us” Tears were in his eyes as he embraced me in the finest of Christian affection. These were no idle words, and they will remain with me forever!

God is doing something extraordinary in Mexicali. I still don’t know what exactly He has in store for the brethren there, but there is a season of revival like I haven’t seen in a long, long time. Let’s continue to pray for the best.

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Summer Camp 2010

Posted in Mission Updates 2010 on August 9, 2010 by filerofish

Dear partners in mission,

Thank the Lord, we were able to hold our summer camp this past week. Attendance was lower than expected and we did hit several snags before the event, but God pulled us through somehow and we were able to minister His precious word to children, youth and adults.

Our theme this year was “Re-digging the Wells of Living Water” based on Genesis chapter 26. I had scheduled a special guest speaker from Hermosillo, who was also coming with another 8 young people. They all canceled at the last minute because of financial woes and back-to-school issues, so I was left to deliver three evening messages and 6 morning classes. By the end of the week I was completely drained, so I am still trying to recover from all that.

Miriam, my wife, has been ill with cold-like symptoms for nearly three months now. She was sick before leaving school in May for the summer vacation, and she is still sick now. Even so, she was able to help in the kitchen and with the kids’ classes. Thank God for her dedication. Please keep praying for her.

Dear partners in mission,

Thank the Lord, we were able to hold our summer camp this past week. Attendance was lower than expected and we did hit several snags before the event, but God pulled us through somehow and we were able to minister His precious word to children, youth and adults.

Our theme this year was “Re-digging the Wells of Living Water” based on Genesis chapter 26. I had scheduled a special guest speaker from Hermosillo, who was also coming with another 8 young people. They all canceled at the last minute because of financial woes and back-to-school issues, so I was left to deliver three evening messages and 6 morning classes. By the end of the week I was completely drained, so I am still trying to recover from all that.

Miriam, my wife, has been ill with cold-like symptoms for nearly three months now. She was sick before leaving her school job in May for the summer vacation, and she is still sick now. Even so, she was able to help in the kitchen and with the kids’ classes. Thank God for her dedication. Please keep praying for her. We are all very concerned. I will be taking her to the doctor tomorrow for followup.

VBS 2010 A SUCCESS!

Posted in Mission Updates 2010 on August 1, 2010 by filerofish

Thanks to your prayers and to the combined efforts of everyone involved, this year’s VBS was a big success! We are all very exhausted but totally satisfied with the results. Perhaps the best reviews came from the children themselves. Comments like “this was the best VBS ever” were often overheard. Here is the link to the slideshow:

http://www.slideshare.net/filerofish/vbs-ensenada-2010

Our teachers were also motivated and encouraged by the participation of the kids. A few of them were quite outstanding indeed. One little boy who made a brief presentation of a chosen mission field, was so eloquent in his speech that he surprised everyone. Later on, we discovered that his mom is a school teacher, so he has a good model to follow at home. I think that he would make a wonderful preacher someday.

At first, we were concerned about the attendance which was lower than last year. However, the  smaller groups were much more manageable and I think that the kids got a lot more out of it.

We wish to thank Adriana and Marina from around the L.A. area who helped with materials and refreshments. We also thank Crossroads Christian Church of Salinas, CA. for their support. You have made it possible for us to plant the Gospel seed in the hearts of Mexican children. GOOD WORK!

PROGRESS ON MEXICALI CHURCH BUILDING

Posted in Christian Mission for Mexican Evangelism, Mission Updates 2010, NEWS on May 7, 2010 by filerofish

AID FOR THE MEXICALI VALLEY

Posted in Mission Updates 2010, NEWS on April 28, 2010 by filerofish

REBUILDING THE CHURCH IN MEXICALI AFTER EARTHQUAKE

Posted in Mission Updates 2010, NEWS with tags , , , , on April 20, 2010 by filerofish

With the hottest season of the year just around the corner, the need to rebuild the Colonia Aurora church-building in Mexicali has become a race against the clock. This particular church was a complete loss after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Imperial Valley area on Easter Sunday (April 4, 2010). This situation has forced the congregation to meet outside under a makeshift tarp. Brother Atondo has courageously continued to minister the word to these brethren, in spite of his personal battle with diabetes and related symptoms.

After meeting with the Atondos in Mexicali and having evaluated the situation on the ground, three possible solutions were proposed. One was to apply to IDES for special aid to help with the expense of a new building project. However, the mounting time constraints, the loss of the value of the dollar, and the need to move quickly made that option impractical. The second proposal was to use a tent as a temporary shelter, but the heat factor would have made it unbearable to meet in. The final solution was to disassemble an existing building in Tijuana that had recently been abandoned, and re-build it on the existing lot where the old building once stood. This was the only viable course of action at our disposal.

Fully committed to the recovery process, several men from our congregation and I set time apart this last weekend to help provide manual labor. We worked long hours under the hot sun and dry evening winds to try to recuperate as much lumber and other materials as we possibly could. I am happy to report that the extra care given to this task made it possible to recover over 95% of the materials virtually unscathed. The brethren from the Mexicali area will help to finish this phase of the project, and will also be involved in the re-assembling of the structure on the new site.

Some of the lumber from the older building was also rescued and will be used where needed – most likely for pouring the cement floor and for reinforcement where needed. Dionicio’s grandson Felipe is an experienced builder and contractor, so we are blessed to have him as part of the team.

OUR UPCOMING 24th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

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?