December 5, 2013

In Everything Give Thanks

December 5, 2013
… in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

As our friends and family in the United States prepared to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we too paused to reflect on the goodness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and all that we have to be so thankful for every single day throughout the year--our Savior and the privilege to serve and worship Him, His church, His Word, our family and friends, answered prayers, godly children, a blessed marriage, and each of you who prayerfully and sacrificially participate with us in what the Lord is doing in and through our lives here among the Mayos of Sinaloa, Mexico--to just name a few. This past Saturday we shared in a time of thanksgiving with some of our family and friends serving the Lord in this area.

This week we held a teachers training workshop with some of our church family here in Mochicahui as part of our preparation towards beginning a children’s Sunday school ministry to be held on the new church property beginning in mid-January. Prayerfully this will allow us to begin further outreach specifically with the families in the area where we will be eventually meeting as a church once an initial shelter, bathroom, and small secure storage room can be built. For now we will continue to hold our Sunday worship and midweek services in the rented facility where we currently meet as we work towards that goal during the first part of the coming year.

This coming Sunday morning I will have the privilege of preaching at “Cornerstone” church in Los Mochis where others from our congregation will also be attending and some participating as well through music specials for the glory of the our Lord.  Pastor Eduardo and the rest of the church family there are a great blessing to us as we serve together to see the gospel proclaimed and the Word righty taught in order that the body of Christ be built up and established in this part of the world.

Next week I will also have the privilege of teaching a session entitled “The Pastor, Pastoring His Own Family” during conference for pastors of Reformed Baptist and other solid Bible teaching churches from throughout Mexico that will meet in the capital city of the state of Sonora on Wednesday evening and all day Thursday and Friday.  Please pray for each of the men who will be teaching and attending.

This fall I have had the joy of meeting each week with two different men and a college student from our church for times of discipleship and Bible study.  Each are at different stages of understanding God’s Word and spiritual development, so these individual meeting times have been profitable for building our relationships and tailoring the studies to their specific needs.  Prayerfully the two more mature men will be able to assist in the discipling of others and be of a great encouragement as we expand our times of study to involve all the men of the church together.  Danyel and I together have also been enjoying the opportunity to disciple a couple from a nearby town who are more recent members of our church family.  Watching them grow in their knowledge of Christ though His Word is a great joy in ministry.  I have also been called upon to assist another fellow pastor in the needed confrontation of sin within the confines of a dear family where he serves.  Even in the most difficult and disheartening of all circumstances I am so thankful that the Lord has given us clear directions from His Word that we must follow and His unfathomable grace and wonderful counsel for all those that are affected by the sins of others.
Recently I had the opportunity to spend the day with a good friend from here and another fellow believer from the United States who owns a very large farming operation near the area where we live and serve.  I had met previously with this brother in Christ last year when we both were attending the Shepherd’s Conference in California.  It is his desire to see the large influence that his farming operation has here in the northern part of our state to be used in some way by the Lord to further the impact on the people of these communities with the gospel and in the establishment of local churches.  I am very thankful that the Lord has burdened his heart for the very people that we have so grown to love and in whom we have invested our lives over these past fourteen-plus years.  One necessary component of seeing solidly biblical Christ exalting churches established is the training of men in rightly understanding and applying the Word of God in their personal lives and ministries.  Please pray with us over the coming months as we seek the Lord’s direction and wisdom in how we might partner together for the glory of God.

These weeks have also been filled with activity concerning the preparations for the upcoming celebration of marriage for Arquimedes and Amy on December 21.  As parents it has been a joy to provide the premarital biblical counseling to assist them in preparing for their life together in the Lord.  It is also a joy to see the spiritual maturity demonstrated in their relationship with one another.  Danyel has of course been very busy making the veil and dress modifications as well as sewing outfits for some of the boys and girls that will participate in the ceremony.  And we have enjoyed assisting Quimi (“KEY-ME”) and Amy in fixing up our old house in Jahuara that they are purchasing to make their home.  We are also very thankful that the Lord answered prayer in making it possible for Daniel and Mariana to get the needed time off come down for the wedding; it will be great to spend a few days with them before they return to California and we leave for Kansas on Dec. 25.  On December 28, there will be a wedding reception in Olathe, Kansas so that family and friends in the United States will have the opportunity to rejoice with them personally as well.

Again we thank our wonderful Lord and Savior for His many blessings including each of you as well.

Your fellow servants,
Brian & Danyel