I failed to share an important word for us. We learned it the first day we went to Chanchen. It’s a word that sounds like “mooch-tuhmbal”. It means “a gathering”. Very interesting… they call worship celebration, the gathering. That is just too organic.
The reason why I wanted to share that word is because today there was another kind of gathering. This happened in Paamul, where the Millers live. Through volunteers and local believers they now have built a “palapa” (thatched roof building). The church that meets weekly for celebration is called the Fellowship Church. It ministers to the local English speaking residents of Paamul.
In preparation for Monday’s hard work in Chanchen, we loaded our supplies and headed to Cobá. This will be our hub while we build stoves and relationships in Chanchen, which is about 20 miles away. This area is rich in Mayan history. So we side tracked to visit some 1700 year old city ruins, which included Nohoc Mul pyramid (the tallest in the Yucatan at over 126 feet).After that exciting and exhausted tour, we are ready for a more exciting day tomorrow. Thanks for continual intervention for:
Sensitivity as we meet people that don’t know Jesus’ salvation yet.
Physical strength to complete the stoves.
Opportunities to encourage new believers.
Look forward to tell you more about the great things Father is doing this week in this part of the world.
Now it is Tuesday morning. You may think that we’re late posting updates, but actually being in remote areas wi-fi is not always available. But here we are….
“Josebactic” was a very common word for us today. Yes, we were very thankful for the new friends. Thankful for the different, but good food; thankful for the smiling faces; thankful for seeing the seed of the gospel fall in what seemed to be fertile ground. “Thanks”.
We had the opportunity of working with Gregorio. He and his family are solid valuable members of the Chanchen outreach endeavor. His son Eliseo is the official translator, and leader of the starting church in the community. Gregorio taught us how the stoves were put together, lit, and channel the way to present the Gospel. Mario, his assistant, is a 14 year old boy who… well he has some physical challenges but he still serves willingly and joyfully.
After setting up three stoves in three homes, we were blessed by receiving the blessing of smiles, tears, openness to the gospel, and the open arms of welcome at anytime… always.
Julia. She is asking a lot of questions about God. Let’s agree that salvation will come this week to her and others around her. Her greatest attack is coming from the JW who are confusing her beliefs.
The three families who received the new stove: Antonia and Francisca; Estafani and Jorge; Octavia. Agree with Dad that you want those seeds to sprout, grow, flourish, and multiply.
Pray for Gregorio and his family: Maximiliana, Eliseo, Erica, Charlie and another son that I don’t remember his name. For more knowledge and understanding of Him, continual provision, more opportunities to make Him known.
Here are some taste of our day in pictures. We thank Father for each of you.