Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Planting Churches Is Hard And Takes A Lot Of Time

In this photograph I am pictured in the base church, El Camino Agape, with a graduated student and his family and a few friends from a new church that we are starting to plant in Lazaro Cardenas, an hour and a half south of Rancho Santa Fe Mexico Mission.  

Pastor Jorge Roque studied with us a few years ago and has since been led to the San Quintin Valley, where he has done the evangelistic work to find a small and growing congregation.  They now have a property and are seeking the Lord to call forth visiting work groups that would come to help them raise up asmall building where this burgeoning church can meet.  Of course, they won´t be able to do this on their own, they will need our prayers and physical help.  

In the Bible, II Timothy 4:5, Paul admonishes his young protégé, Timothy, to "be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."

Anyone interested in organizing a work-project group to assist this developing church, please, contact me.  I will put you in touch with Pastor Jorge and we´ll see what the Lord does to build this place.  In biblical terms, I believe that we are taught that when we join together the impact is multiplied far beyond just the addition of those who join together.  In God´s math, one plus one equals far more than two. 

Pastor Jorge doesn´t speak English, but I speak Spanish and would be glad to translate for your group and to help your combined efforts go smoothly.

Training up students and training spiritual leaders and Christian teachers and Bible-knowledgeable pupils is important and something that makes a difference as the one teaches another, reaches another and so-on.  However good and important that is, the main goal is to, through those that are able, plant new churches and to open up new areas for the work of God to continue here in Mexico.  Free and clear Christianity is hard to find and there aren´t all that many Christian churches in Mexico.  Remember, freedom of religion officially came to Mexico only back in 1993.  Almost twenty years, that´s a long time, but it´s not enough time.  Time is short and the laborers are few and there are just way too many people that, sorry-to-say, live Gospel-free.  

Paul's words to Timothy: "And what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others," II Timothy 2:2.

Let´s remember that God is not willing that anyone should perish.  And, that we are not in need of Crystal Palaces as places of worship, just simple, block buildings with very minimal touches to make it extremely useable.

Please, pray with us and work with us, should the Lord so lead.  Thank You and God Bless You, Too.

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