¨Therefore said He unto them,¨ ´The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest´, ¨ Luke 10:2.
(Ruth-Ann and me in front of her day care facility)
Sad to say, but this is probably the one Bible verses that is most ignored by modern churches. Hardly any teaching on it is giving in our local places of worship encouraging missionary mindedness. Yet, it seems that Jesus expected missionary work to be a vital and important part of the believer´s life. The truth is that there are so few of us out here, ones that have given up family, friends, jobs and former lives going to work in some times out-and-out awful places. Often, with very little help, earthy reward or financial support. As I read the New Testament, I can see that it has always been that way.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 9, the Apostle Paul’s writes a long list of arguments in favor of supporting missionaries. In the Holy Scriptures this is probably the strongest defense of fully supporting missionary outreaches that there is. Truth is, we really need more supported missionaries than we now have. Church support and individuals giving support to missionary outreaches is biblical, and the Apostle Paul approved of it.
(Ruth-Ann, back in her tiny office at the Huerta Day Care Center)
Some of us on the mission field, like me, do what we can to help raise finances to support our works, but that is very difficult and tiring. I know that all too well. So, please, I want you to know this in the depths of your hearts, I am so grateful and extremely thankful for all that you do to make this mission base work. You must know, I could never manage this ministry all on my own. God Bless You All for coming along side and making this your mission, too.
In these photos of me with Ruth-Ann Waterhouse, a long-time friend and fellow missionary, we are praising God for her return to missionary work in Colonia Guerrero, about an hour south from San Vicente. Over the years, I have asked that we pray for her and her special needs, like housing and auto concerns. She took sick an about eight months ago and faced several rather large health problems. As we prayed and prayed for her, I could hear and see that God was doing a restorative work in her body. Praise God, about a month ago, Ruth-Ann returned to her house in Mexico, her outreach to underprivileged children and her daycare center outreach and to her church and friends in Mexico.
I would also ask that we remember the poor and needy children at Christmastime. Ruth-Ann works with about 30 children in La Huerta (Orchard) Day Care Center and it would be great to have extra gifts to help her bless her little charges. The ages of her children are from 2-12, or so. She would be so blest and happy to have your help. God knows that the children under her care would be overjoyed to have a gift at Christmas.
(Fellow workers and little charges of the Day Care Center)
God Bless You All as you consider the poor and needy of this world. I do have a private mailing address in the USA where your gifts for Ruth-Ann and Rancho Santa Fe may be sent. Just write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you the address to use. Thank You, and I wish you all the very best Holiday Blessings, ever.