This tree is located on the canal road between Amole and Tamazula. Every time I see it, I’m reminded of one of my favorite Psalms.
May has come and gone and it’s hard to believe how quickly it passed! Be sure to check out our blogs for more articles: Rebecca's blog, for stories and photos of our family and life in Mexico. Sarah's blog, for updates on her life as a "third-culture kid" in Oregon. Feel free to forward or print out this letter to share with others.
Psalm 1 -- Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The Guasave alliance of churches held their annual summer outreach last month. Over 200 people were in attendance for each of the three nights. We heard testimony from neighbors a week later who were impacted by the concert, the message and the time of prayer afterward. Continue to pray for unity within the Christian church in Guasave; it is beautiful to see all the different denominations working together with the common goal of sharing Jesus Christ with the city.
We’ve begun another session of parenting classes at the church in Tamazula. This session is a bit different, because we are writing the curriculum as we go along. While being authors was never a life’s ambition for either of us, we have seen an increasing need for a parenting book or curriculum written in Spanish and specifically designed for the rural Mexican culture. Pray for us as we move forward with this project which God has laid on our hearts to do! Also pray for Caleb as he is preparing to lead the children's class on his own. This will be his first experience teaching a class without Sarah at his side! Pray the rest of the kids, too, that they would work well as a team to reach these little ones for Christ.
Plans are underway for a mission trip from Sinaloa to Nayarit in July. Some time back, Pastor Felipe and his family expressed a desire to travel south to Felipe’s home town. What began as an off-hand comment grew into a full-blown plan. Felipe traveled 8 hours south to Quimichis, Nayarit, last month on a scouting mission. Returning, he reported a great hunger for God in his village and that the believers there are very excited about our pending visit. Pray for the families who will be traveling south in July. Already we have experienced a lot of spiritual attack, so please pray specifically for spiritual protection over all involved. More than anything else, pray that we would be able to accomplish what God sets before us to do!
We continue to travel each week to the village of Benito Juarez, just outside of Los Mochis, to help at the Magdelena Rincon school for the deaf. All of us are beginning to pick up a little sign language, and wish we could spend more time there. During the little boys’ art class a few weeks ago, we learned how to tie-dye. They had so much fun that the whole school wanted to get in on it!
While we continue to work with the youth of the Vida Nueva churches two Saturdays a month, we have begun giving music classes on the alternate Saturdays. We load up our van and our trailer with drums, guitars, pianos and bass guitar, and we head for the Tamazula church. Our first week, nearly 30 people came to the class. Last week there were more.
There is a lot of desire within the church to learn music. We pray that we are able to give a little incentive and some tools so that those who want to worship God in song will be able to. This is a huge project, but everyone is enjoying it so far! Pray that God would provide for the materials necessary for the class: strings for guitars and bass guitars, drum sticks, guitar picks and electric keyboards which work. Andrew is in the process of repairing a couple of the keyboards which have electrical issues. God is so good and has supplied enough instruments that we can share around so that everyone gets a turn.
Prayers and Praises:
Praise God for the families attending the parenting classes.
Pray for us as we move forward with the writing of the parenting curriculum. Pray that the teaching would be clear and understandable and that we would share with the people what will be most helpful and what God wants them to hear.
Pray for the families who will be traveling to Nayarit in July. Already we have experienced a lot of spiritual attack, so please pray specifically for spiritual protection over all involved. More than anything else, pray that we would be able to accomplish what God sets before us to do!
Praise God for the outreach held in Guasave last month. Pray that the area churches would continue to work together to reach their communities for Christ.
Pray that God would provide for the materials necessary for the music classes: strings for guitars and bass guitars, drum sticks, guitar picks and electric keyboards which work. (Andrew is in the process of repairing several which have electrical problems.)
Pray that God would provide more teachers and helpers for the deaf school for the coming year.
Praise God for the new church beginning in El Serrano. Pray that He would provide for the work there and that He would raise up leaders in that village.
Pray for the Pastors of the Vida Nueva churches: Misael, Felipe and Ernesto and their wives and families. These leaders are constantly on the go and have very few resources to work with. Pray for strength and endurance as they do the work they have been called to do!
Continue to pray for Sarah as she works in the States. She has settled into life in Oregon, but still misses life in Mexico and her family...maybe even as much as her family misses her!
Lord willing, we will be moving forward on the construction of the youth center behind our house this month. Pray that God would provide what is necessary: time, resources and energy!