I wanted to give you guys a quick update on some great things that are happening: A couple of weeks ago when I met with Marco he and his wife were having problems again, but once again God was present at our meeting and continues to finish His work in Marco and now they are doing very well! Yesterday Marco and I met, normally we meet on Mondays but he couldn’t this past one, so we met yesterday and I was very encouraged by our conversation. We talked about our God given task to glorify Him in everything, and our desire to be happy. Marco had really been struggling with wanting to please God, but having a natural desire to enjoy life, and thought that these two were at odds with each other. We looked at Scripture and saw how they are not at odds, but how in fact they go hand in hand. He was so comforted by what Piper said “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him (or in Spanish ‘Dios es mas glorificado en nosotros cuando estamos mas satisfecho en El’.” Please continue to pray for Marco, as with us all, sin is a struggle, but he is growing and I believe God has great things for him.
I was asked to preach at a youth event once a month to help a church out here so I agreed and the first event was this past Saturday. From the time God called me to missions (which I now realize that God calls us to Himself) I have been fighting being involved in student ministry, but He is sovereign! I preached on Psalm 1 and felt like we were met by the Spirit of God and that eternal work was done. A young man named Bruno approached me after the sermon and wants to talk about his salvation. I gave him my number and he will call this week. Please pray for Bruno.
My pastor has also asked me to help him preach through a series on sanctification through Romans. This will be a very difficult and intense series so I also ask that you would be in pray as we walk through it.
I have also been asked to preach at a marriage conference Oct. 7th-9th in Acapulco. I will be preaching on “The Purpose of God in Marriage”. There are some things that require much suffering in the Lords service, this will not be one of them. We will be enjoying God’s creation of the beach and doing what we love most; teaching people to glorify and enjoy the Father more and more. Although we will be enjoying our time at the beach I do ask that you pray that God would use us in the lives of our fellow believers!!
Nov. 8th-11th we will be hosting our first pastors conference in Autlan, Jalisco. The theme of this conference is expository preaching, and with the idea that through examples of expositors we will teach true biblical doctrine. Please pray that God will enlighten the hearts of his servants that they would be more equipped in the Word of God to proclaim the glories of His name!!
Here lately God has also reignited a passion in my heart to minister to families, specifically in teaching parents how to evangelize their own children and how to have a home that is Christ centered. I have a desire in my heart to plan a family conference for this purpose. We will be looking for pastors who share this same passion to be a part of this, so if you or if you know someone please e-mail me so that we seek the Lord together in this.
Once again, I thank you guys so much for all your prayers and support!! God working through you all continues to advance His kingdom!! I ask that you all continue to pray for the things mentioned about and bring them before the congregations of the saints where you gather!! Hold the ROPE!!