|Posted by DBPower on August 28, 2016 at 4:10 PM|
My Friend Joe came down with our new friend Chris to spend time with us over the weekend as Fernando and I went around visiting people and praying for the sick. When we had stopped to eat after Friday's service, Joe said how encouraged and amazed he was by what he saw happening in the Church. When I questioned him as to why, he went on to say that sometimes we can't see how beautiful the forest is because we're down in the trees; to clarify his statement with another illustration, he then said that in our case, we are on the front lines and down in the trenches.
I dug a little deeper and asked him what he saw that amazed him, and referred to where we are at as a Church and as Leadership and as a congregation, compared to just 2 years ago. He reminded me that I was only talking about the vision of people's lives being changed, and how I was wanting to see those whom we were investing our lives in growing up spiritually and taking on leadership roles. He went on to tell me how he sees things now, and how much growth and progress has been made over the last couple of years. As he spoke, I was reminded of how I had been hoping and praying and working for us to have a solid children's ministry, to have a bunch of youth on fire for Jesus, how I wanted to see people getting saved and people being healed and people being set free from the bondages in their lives. I remembered how we saw so many kids struggling in school and with life in general, and how so many parents were struggling to keep them in school and supplied with what they needed.
As I sat there reflecting on the tiredness I was feeling two years ago while preaching the Word outside in the elements twice a week using only a computer and video for worship songs; as I reflected on how hard I was clinging to the hope I had in Jesus while not being able to see any abundant fruit for the labors, God powerfully touched my heart. I teared up instantly. What joy. What humbleness overwhelmed me at seeing very clearly God's mighty hand at work over time, and seeing His constant faithfulness to His Church, and to His servants. What inspiration I felt at that moment - it was as if someone infused 6 liters of Encouragement into my 5 liters of blood, making me feel like I wanted to burst from within.
I am so grateful to those who are serving in and through la Iglesia en San Luis - they are indeed my co-laborers, and I can't wait to see what God does in and through them in the future, and where He takes them...
Thank You, Every One Of You who have invested part of your life or resources or prayer into this work. We continue to Proclaim and Demonstrate Jesus' Love, Word and Power, and have seen some lives wonderfully changed... Our Mission is to see Multitudes of Lives Being Changed Continually and Forever - we are definately on our way!
Please pray for us as we look to start the King's Kids before/after school program for the new school year beginning in September. Please pray that the necessary resources come in for the first building of our Community Center in Colonia Reforma as we are lacking only a little more. Please pray that we are fruitful as we begin to minister to the kids in the local Juvenile Detention Center next month. Please pray for the Medical Clinics we will start having beginning November. Please pray for the city-wide evangelistic outreach we'll have during Christmas. Please pray for us as our Church plans to plant the second Church in Colonia Mesquite as the Lord Jesus draws more and more people unto Himself. Please pray for my Dear Friend and Mentor Pastor Ray Williams and his wife Carol as he suffers from cancer.
Finally, please pray that the people in the Church at San Luis continue to be discipled so they Grow and Glow and Go for Jesus! If you are interested in joining us in anyone of these efforts, please let us know. May God Richly Bless You With All Spiritual Blessings, and may all know you for your Love of Jesus and your Love for others!!!
PO Box 13582
San Luis, AZ 85349