"I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth."
Things seem to be going well here on the south side of the border, as we continue t plant the good seeds of the gospel! I was telling my wife this past Monday how tired i was and we
began to retrace my steps over the past week and realized that I had spent fourteen and a half hours just in teaching time last week! It is truly a blessing to be given the grace of God and be entrusted with His Word! We have truly been called to a great task! I want to share with you quickly some things that are going on here:
I continue on Mondays to meet with Marco, and Ivonne meets with his wife. We have been leading them thorough a study on the attributes of God. I have learned so much simply from teaching the Word of God to Marco! So many people want to hear things that are practical, but i find that the most practical of them all is simply Theology! I have seen great change in Marco and his wife Karen simply from learning who God is. I ask that you continue to pray for Marco and Karen as they continue their journey to the celestial city! Also, she is two months pregnant, and already have had some problems.
We at Solus Christus, our church plant, have meet four weeks, and we feel that the Lord has great things for us! On Sunday mornings i have been preaching through the book of Titus and have been so encouraged at the effect it has taken on all of us. We also have been meeting on Tuesday nights for our new membership class. This also has served as an extortion to us. We are learning what a church should look like and how it should function. There are seven of us as of right now, and i feel that these seven will set a great foundation that God will use to eventually send laborers all over the world!
I also continue to meet with a group of young men a couple times a week. Once on Wednesday's at what we call "Confessions". It is a time that we get real with each other, and look into the deep things of God. This is a very intense meeting every week and one that I long for all week long! God is going to do great things through this group of young men! Then on Friday we meet also going through the study on the attributes of God. In the past three weeks this group has grown to about 25 young men! I ask that you pray for this group as i feel most of this grow believes themselves to be saved, but they bear no fruit of that salvation.
When we hosted the pastor's conference in Autlan, we invited a bookstore to come named "Faro De Gracia". Little did we know the relationship that the Father would form there! These men have become such an encouragement to me! The bookstore also is a church that was started by a dear brother in Christ from the states several years ago, but has had some problems getting to come back. So the church has been without a pastor for over two years, and when he left there were only a handful of people at the church, but now they pack out their little building! They ask preachers to come and preach from different parts of the city and each has a different Sunday of the month that he goes to preach there. They asked me to take the second Sunday of the month which i have done, and have been preaching through Hebrews. The relation that we have formed between Faro De Gracia and our church is also been of great help and encouragement! They share with us in reformed doctrine and practice! Please pray for Faro De Gracia, that the Lord would send them a pastor!
Please continue also to pray for my dear wife and I. The Lord has been so good to us! We are reminded of the love and true spiritual bond we have as brothers and sisters in Christ through the faithfulness of each of you! God has been so gracious to us and continues to shape and mold us so that we no longer look like us, but rather His Son. Please continue to hold the rope! We live in a season when it can be so easy to forget about those who have gone in, but i ask, plead, with the Father, that you would be reminded often of us, and that you would be convoked to lift us up! Thank you all who are reminded to pray for us, and that you all who are so faithful in supporting us in a monetary way as well! Continue to content for the faith that is in you!! Blessings!
jonathan & Ivonne murdock