Monday, September 29, 2008
The Doers of the Word Bible School held its 13th Graduation last night. 10 students finished their studies and received their certificates. 6 first grade students received their certificates of completion and teachers Jesse and Ricardo received recognitions. A time of celebration, prayer and praise was had by all in the Caring Hearts Church.
Preparations are under way with our preliminary team. Mike Williams, optician, is organizing all the glasses with help from the Bethel kids. Others are bagging rice and beans to be given away. Kathryn Burgess, pharmacist, is preparing the medicines with members of the team. And Dr. Roy gave check ups to all the children of Caring Hearts. Today we will have a volunteer meeting. Pray that we will have enough doctors, dentists and translators who volunteer from the local area.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Adriana and Jose, longtime friends of Caring Hearts were married this past Saturday in our church. Ken Blose oficiated and Papa Harold gave away the bride. Many of you probably know her testimony, that she was very sick. During one of the medical clinics, Papa Harold and a team of doctors and ministers went to see her, as she was blind and could not walk as a result of turberculosis of the brain. After prayer, God did a miraculous work in her body, and now she has been doing well for over 5 years, healed from this horrible affliction. We thank God for this new couple and pray that God will use them to proclaim His gospel in San Luis.
There are only 3 days left till the Medical Clinic. Papa Harold and the preliminary team have arrived and are preparing the pharmacy and different sites for the clinic. Ken has been working with the Municipal Government in getting the word out. Here he is with councilman Dr. Guerra announcing the clinic on the radio. Pray that those who need the clinic will hear about it and come to receive help from Caring Hearts.
Friday, September 26, 2008
An amazing thing happened last night. As we were preparing Kendi for bed, she started asking questions about the baptism service, and Juana answered her. She then began crying and saying she wanted to be baptized. We initially thought that she was tired and probably just wanted to get wet. After praying with her to go to sleep, Juana left her room. Kendi then launched into ferverent prayer, asking God to clean her heart, telling God that He was her everything, and asking God to baptize her. Were were astounded as we are not accustomed to pray in that way, in the house or in church, so we are convinced that it was God moving in her heart. I was able to record a few minutes of her 40 minute prayer time.
Two new children have been added to our list of patients for our tri-annual trip to Tecate for the plastic surgery clinics. Here we have Ezequiel and Maria. Pray that all will go well for them. They will be going to their first clinic in the middle of November.
A group of veteran construction specialists from different places in Pittsburgh are here now constructing a home for our coordinators Ken and Juana. They are being helped by guys from Ricardo's Rehab center. Here are some pictures of them working.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Here are some pictures of Antonio Valles sharing a message at the Oasis Bible Study Group. Just three years ago, he didn't know how to read. Since he has been at Oasis, he has had an encounter with the Lord, and asked brother Pedro for the opportunity to preach. Praise the Lord! God is moving in the hearts of the young men in Oasis and their lives are being changed. We also have photos of families who have come and who have received the Lord for the first time at the Bible Study. Alleluia!
Monday, September 22, 2008
This week we had a visit from Pastor Edgar Nunez, pastor of El Renuevo church in Portland Oregon. He is Marcelo's and Angelica's pastor. Marcelo and Angelica are the couple who are helping Pedro and Fran at Oasis. Pastor Nunez is originally from Guatemala, and has also ministered in Brazil. He is pastoring a Hispanic church in Portland, and Marcelo and Angelica are their first missionaries. We were all pleased with the visit and believe that a relationship is being established by God.
Friday, September 19, 2008
There are only 12 days left till our annual medical clinic gets started. Here Coordinator Ken Blose meets with officials from the city government to go over details. Almost all of the medicines have been brought across the border and we have lined up a team of volunteer doctors. Pray that they will be able to keep their commitments. We are expecting our biggest clinic yet, be praying October 1-6 for this mass humanitarian and evangelistic effort.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Every Monday, Pedro, Fran and the Oasis family hold a Bible study which is open to people from the neighborhood. God has blessed with a faithful group who have come for the last three weeks. One gentleman has received the Lord and testifies of great changes in his life. Pray that God will mulitply and bring more people to this Bible Study. Pray the the boys will be inspired to participate more and more in ministry.
Mexico celebrated its independence day Setpember 15-16. This is something you won't see in other places. Mariachi in an American Walmart! Juana and I were shopping in San Luis AZ the 16th and this group had a concert in the produce section. Enjoy the video!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Here are pictures of Rositas 15th birthday party.
It was a wonderful event attended by friends and family. Brother Eleazar, children's pastor at the Caring Hearts Church shared a message, as well as Oasis director Pedro Alvarado. The children of Bethel and Oasis participated with song. After the service, we had a delicious meal and great cake. We want to thank Rosita's friends who helped to make this a wonderful event for her. Pray for Rosita as she continues to grow in the Lord.