What is the purpose of the church? Boy, that’s a loaded question to get a blog post started isn’t it? Well…I want to try to show how the Lord desires for us to get out of the box (of the four walls of the church) and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to “seek and save that which is lost.” So, to me…the Church is being the Church when we come together and stir each other up to good works (as the Hebrew writer says) and then “GO,” the first word in the Great Commission…”GO and make disciples of all nations…” So, the work continues…
I have loaded up some pictures for you to take a look at of the work…
Here’s Oscar and Miriam and their new baby “Oscarito,” (means “little Oscar”).
Ain’t he cute!!
Oscar and Miriam lost their first baby, Gracie. She died of a rare disease that caused her body and organs to “stiffen.” She died after living only a few months. Oscarito appears to be doing well. The medical doctors in Mexico are nothing like in the States. They say, “He is normal.” But, this is what they said about Gracie. However, Oscarito is already doing much more than Gracie and is only about 1 month old. He is moving and kicking his legs…Gracie never did either.
Here’s Katie Church with Oscarito…Miriam is full of joy!
Miriam had a C-section and she literally almost bled to death. She lost half the blood in her body before they got the bleeding stopped. She is just now able to go up and down steps well. She’s some kind of “trooper.”
I mentioned Katie Church. She and her husband Jason, whom I’ve mentioned before in previous blog posts, have felt led by the Lord to move to Weslaco to be missionaries and church planters. They had never been before. Sounds like Abraham. They had confirmed in their hearts this is the work God is calling them to do. Jason told me on Wednesday, “I don’t want to go home…because this is going to be home…this is where we are supposed to be.” Praise the Lord!
Here’s a couple of pics from inside the church in Progreso, Mexico that we helped build this past June. This is where Oscar pastors along with Miriam. They have been able to close in the holes with windows and doors. They’ve put in seats as well. It looks great!
The work continues on the church. The next project is to get the power pulled over from the main road to the church and to build classroom space for the Bible Study classes. We’ll work on these things when we head back in June 2012 (9th-16th).
My brother-in-law, Craig Church of Craig Church Ministries (CCM) has a desire to partner with us and help us reach Weslaco and Progreso with community impact festivals or “mini-crusades.” There has never been a crusade in Weslaco. Craig has a fantastic ministry and you can learn more here at his website. Craig has a desire to help us (his home church) and we’re excited about having the calibre of his preaching and the prayers of his many supporters with us.
We got to reconnect with Kika (pronounced Kee-ka) in Weslaco, TX. Her husband is Andreas (pronounced An-drey-us) and her son is Frank.
Kika is like the Macedonian man who Paul saw in a vision recorded in the book of Acts. The man pleaded and begged Paul to come and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Kika told us, “You’ll never know how much I’ve been praying that someone would come and care about us.”
Adrian Cantu (whom I had the privilege of leading to Christ) told me, “We are a forgotten people. Nobody really cares about us.” That breaks my heart.
He told me, “Kevin, I want to help in any way I can to get a church started. I’m excited to help!” What a blessing!
The work continues. It all started many years ago with a man named Harold Ward. Mr. Ward turned a cantina into a mission house in Weslaco, TX. The house went from selling booze to housing people who would share Jesus. Covenant Baptist Church bought the mission house several years ago and now they are selling it to us at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. We have raised almost $45,000 of the $80,000 needed. We have until 2/14/12 to raise the funds and I believe we’ll have it. How? I don’t have a clue. I just know that the Father provides for what He calls us to do. So the work continues.
Oh…I ran into a Gringo down there…recognize him?
After finishing up in Weslaco, I flew into Charleston, SC where Pam and the family picked me up at the airport and we headed to Parris Island, SC to see Josh Isaacs graduate from Marine boot camp. Here are some shots…
When we got there Josh took us on a tour of the facilities and grounds. This is from inside the barracks.
Family day was on Thursday and then he graduated on Friday. Josh was part of about 400 graduating in his group.
We got to the field for the graduation at about 7:30 am and it was 49 degrees and chilly…
We sat with Eric and Sandy Jeffcoat’s family and Robbie and Ashley.
They came down to support Josh along with his mom and Josh’s aunt and uncle.
Finally they all came marching in… Josh’s platoon was the first one in… number 3080…man, can they march!
And here he is…
Doesn’t he look good? Let me tell you, they turned him into a rock solid, polite young man. He said, “Yes sir” to all the men and “Yes ma’am” to all the ladies. When we crossed the streets, he would make sure our entire group made it over safely. I thought to myself, “It’s amazing what the Marines expect of their men and women. Why not the Church as Christians?” What do we expect? Do we expect manners and discipline and self-control. I mean these men can’t even scratch an itch in formation or shoe away a bee if it lands on them. They can’t move and they are rock solid.
I have much more to share about the experiences of the week…but, I’m going to sign off for now. Honestly, I’ve done this post twice. UGH! Why? Because the first post (about 2/3rds of it) crashed. UGH! Live and learn. I thought I was saving and that WordPress was autosaving…but something glitched somewhere. Oh well. It’s done now. 🙂
Praise the Lord for a super week! Church tomorrow…can’t wait!!