Going to Mexico was life-changing experience. I loved getting close to the kids. Shut-ins made me realize how blessed I am to live in America and the dump made me really want to help the people. I will be praying for them every day. – Rachael
Thursday, August 26, 2010
THE GREAT COMMISION
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
You might be surprised to hear this but there has been a growing hostility toward Christian Missionaries around the world. Of course we know there has always been opposition to the Gospel in pagan cultures, but this is something different. The Bible and the Church are not held in the same regard they once were. As the world becomes increasingly secular, religion is seen as an intrusion. Some complain that the church forces its beliefs and practices on other cultures, replacing unique and diverse societies with a western brand of Christianity. As I read about this I thought about the people we minister to in San Luis. Have we changed their language, food, dress or music? No. If anything, they have influenced us. When we minister at Bethel Orphanage, the Oasis Boys home, the prison, drug rehabs and in the streets, we are not trying to make Americans out of Mexicans; we’re making disciples just as Jesus instructed us in The Great Commission above. Perhaps those who question the validity of Christian missions should ask the hungry people at the Good Samaritan soup kitchen, the lonely women in the local prison, the blind, the shut-ins, the recovering addicts and the orphans of San Luis if they feel we are helping or hurting them.
Christians will always carry out Jesus instructions to “Make disciples of all nations” It is a command not a suggestion. And yes, we extend His love to those who question the very premise of missions work as well. God loves them and gave his Son for them. Thank you for giving, going and praying. Carry on the good work!
God Bless you
Pastor Gary Simpson
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
For the next few days, I will be posting the testimonies from the Monroeville Youth group who was with us the second week of August. I am going to do one at a time so you can take them in easier and be motivated day by day by how God moved during that week.
So being in Mexico made me realize how much these people love God. And they trust him so much. God is so alive down there. These people have nothing but are so happy and full of hope they want nothing but to be in God’s presence. They inspire me so much. I can’t wait to go back. - Bethany
Friday, August 20, 2010
So going to Mexico, I heard it was a life changing experience. It put me under a lot of pressure I guess; I thought God wasn't going to use me down there. When we pulled up to the orphanage last Saturday, tears filled my eyes I couldn't believe we were finally there. Waking up the next morning I was, extremely nervous. But then this little girl Dulce stole my heart all through the week. And I thought, that was all god had in store, to love on her, but I was really wrong. We went to the shut ins on Monday. And God totally changed my priorities. I realized how much I had when we went to a home with a mom who could barely walk 4 boys, and a two room house with two twin size beds. Those boys were probably, the happiest boys I've ever seen though. They had this flattened soccer ball, and they couldn't do anything with it but, they loved it. And another shut in, Ken described as an elderly couple, was a couple in a plywood shack, and the husband was like, pure bones. He had one week to live and he wouldn't eat. He didn't even have enough strength to lift up his arm, he tried and it fell back down. And I was just, in shock. Because I thought of how, with how much I have, I could probably never be in the situation of one room with a bed and a toilet. It made me think of how lately, I've been asking for new bedroom furniture. But the furniture I have is way nicer then the woman's table at shut-ins that fell when she set something on it. God has blessed me with so much, and I haven't been grateful for it, until now. At one of the village ministries, I looked at these people with nothing, who loved God so much and trusted him with everything they had, and I busted into tears. These people were so grateful and so happy. The next day we went to the dump. And everybody was talking about giving away there shoes. And I asked God if I should give them away and he said yes. So I walked up, and I gave Mr. Mike my shoes and they said cinco!? And only one lady there needed my size shoe, and it was just, kind of a blessing to know that, if God wouldn't have brought me down there, then that lady wouldn't have gotten shoes. Its little things like that that shows you God knows what he is doing. And then that night we were at church and, I was in tears from the time service began until the end, and I remember Dulce saying, why are you crying? And I said, I don't know. Later I realized that room was just filled with God's presence. Those people came to the altar and broke down into to tears as we prayed for them. And they couldn't understand a word we said but it was like. They can still feel God! They still know him! And He still loves them SO INCREDIBLY MUCH! So, Mexico really opened my eyes up and set my priorities straight. It taught me to rejoice in everything, trust God, and Love him more than you love anything else because, he's truly all you need. I can't wait to go back next year. - Bethy
We had a trip to Tecate led by Adalberto in July. They could only operate on one child this trip, we should have pictures soon. Here is a picture of a child who will be going to November´s clinic. Pray we can continue this ministry with these needy children.
Lazara has expressed interest in continuing her education and our new worker Virginia has taken on the challenge. She will be taking a program for adult education, which has a degree of independence, so a lot of motivation and patience is needed. Please pray for them, so that Lazara can be better prepared for her future.