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Mexico Report for May 2017 through November 2017

Brethren,

 Relative to our work for the Lord in Mexico, my last report was for December 2016 through April, 2017.  Here is the report of our work for the Lord in Mexico for May 2017 through November, 2017.

 We continue to meet with the churches in the border cities of Agua Prieta and Nogales to teach and encourage them; we try to meet with each of them once a month.  When we meet, they usually read and discuss five encouragements translated into Spanish.  This gives them multiple topics to learn about and also to add their insight on the subjects.

 In June, brother Cesar, his wife, sister Margarita, and their son Cesar Jr. traveled to the United States from Nogales, Mexico and joined us in our annual camp meeting in northern New Mexico.  We all enjoyed the week of fellowship.

 In September, instead of the monthly Nogales meeting to read and discuss the encouragement topics, we had two baptisms.  We all piled into two pickup trucks and a van and traveled outside of the city to a small park down by the river.  This park has ramadas and a swimming pool.  Brother Cesar gave a short sermon and explained about baptism and then brother Abel baptized Miguel and Noemi in the pool.  Afterwards we a barbeque and ended it with watermelon for a nice picnic together.  Baptism and a picnic – great fellowship with the brethren.

In November, brother Duane Cogburn, my wife Virginia, brother Cesar and I made our annual trip into the interior of Mexico to visit and encourage the churches we work with.  We first met with brother Victor and his wife sister Katrina in Obregon and had studies with them.  We next traveled to the state of Sinaloa and met with brother Abdon and sister Lorena and Cesar’s mother in Los Mochis.  On Saturday and Sunday, we met with the church in the small farming village of Las Flores.  In each location we had Bible studies and encouragements. 

 After visiting the brethren in Sinaloa, we flew to the Yucatan in southern Mexico.  In the small city of Tekax, we had Bible studies with brother Diego and his wife sister Patricia.  They have three sons, Angel 13, Marco 15, and Irvin 17.  Each of the sons desired to be baptized.  We traveled to a lake in the jungle and there brother Diego baptized his sons.  Brother Diego just works odd jobs but he has an interest in massage and chiropractic so for the past ten months or so, Virginia and I have been personally paying for him to go to school to be a chiropractor; he travels every Saturday to the city of Merida for training.  I am sure his training for chiropractic is different than the training in the United States.  Even so, Duane, Virginia and I each got the benefit of his schooling as he massaged and adjusted each of us.

In the Yucatan, we also visited the church in Bechinchin and met with brother Gualberto and brother Torivio and their families.  We are concerned about the church there.  It seems to be diminishing rather than growing.  We are hoping to send brother Cesar back to this area in February for several weeks to see if revival can occur in the church there.

 Last year, we also visited two brothers representing churches around Mexico City.  We wanted to visit them again this year and learn more about the churches there, but one brother had temporarily relocated to Agua Prieta and the other brother was visiting his children in the United States.  If God wills, we will visit the churches there next year.

 I want to give a special thanks to the churches and individuals who help fund our travel, our purchase of song books and Bibles, and the other things we are able to do in Mexico.

 The brethren in Mexico have their problems as we do.  Brother Cesar is in constant pain from his old back injury, but he seldom complains.  His daughter, sister Karen, had a ruptured appendix last month which required surgery; she is still trying to heal from that.  Brother Gualberto’s wife just passed away.  Sister Damaris in Agua Prieta has four small children; her husband, who is not a member, abandoned her with no means of support.  Sister Maria in Los Mochis has diabetes, is blind and in very poor health.

 Pray for the brethren in Mexico and for the success of the Lord’s work there. 

Mexico Report December 2016 through April 2017

Relative to the work for the Lord in Mexico, my last report was for September through November, 2016.  Here is the report of our work for the Lord in Mexico for December 2016 through April, 2017. 

We continue to meet with the churches in the border cities of Agua Prieta and Nogales to teach and encourage them; we try to meet with them once a month.  On the first of February we also met with the small group in Naco, another border town.  In each location, I bring along copies of my encouragement lessons, translated into Spanish; these lessons help facilitate teaching and spiritual discussions.   

In late December, we learned that brother Victor and sister Karina were required to move from San Luis to Obregon.  While both of these cities are in the Mexican state of Sonora, they are about 550 miles apart.  Brother Victor works for the school system and he was being transferred.  I took my truck and a trailer and brother Cesar took his truck.  It required two days to travel between the cities with our vehicles loaded.  During the move, we took the opportunity to have Bible studies.  From Obregon, brother Cesar and I made a quick trip further south to visit the small churches in Los Mochis and Las Flores.  There had been some problems in the Las Flores congregation and we felt it necessary to meet with the brethren to resolve the problems.  We had Bible studies with the brethren in both Los Mochis and in Las Flores. 

In late April we made another trip to minister to the churches in Obregon, Los Mochis and Las Flores.  During the summer time, these locations get very hot.  I wanted to visit, encourage and teach the brethren one more time before the weather got too hot.  In Los Mochis, we took brother Abdon and sister Lorena to the beach of the Sea of Cortez and held our Bible study on the beach.  The weather was very comfortable and the visit to the beach was very enjoyable. 

The church in Nogales is now taking an active role in working with the small church in Imuris, about 40 miles south of Nogales.  Each Sunday they have their assembly in Nogales in the morning and help with an assembly in Imuris in the afternoon.  They are hoping to grow the church there. 

The brethren in most of the congregation in Mexico have their Bibles and song books and that is about it – no concordances or other Biblical helps.  Lately, I have supplied them with a few small concordances.  In addition, I have distributed some inexpensive smart cell phones.  I am able to put on the phones the audio Spanish Bible, Spanish Hymns, and a Bible app that requires no internet access.  With the Bible app, they can search the scriptures, so it serves the purpose of a concordance.  For those who have cell phones already, I distribute micro SD cards with the audio Bible and hymns.  I am hoping to increase their Biblical knowledge and help them learn new hymns. 

Pray for the success of the work in Mexico. 

In His service

Brother Ed Anderson 

Picture – Bible study at the Sea of Cortez:

Mexico Report September through November 2016

Relative to the work for the Lord in Mexico, my last report was for May through August, 2016.  Here is the report of our work for the Lord in Mexico for September through November, 2016. 

We continue to visit the churches in the border cities of Agua Prieta and Nogales to teach and encourage them.  We, of course, have grown to love these brethren and we look forward to seeing them and they to seeing us.  Each time I visit them, I bring along copies of maybe five of my encouragement lessons, translated into Spanish; they help facilitate teaching and spiritual discussions.  About a year ago, we introduced the brethren of the two cities to each other since they previously had not known each other.  I know that seems odd, but it is a journey of three hours between their cities and they don’t travel much from their home town.  Since then, they have visited each other several times and enjoy the fellowship and love that is growing between them.  Recently, brother Alonso from Agua Prieta came a couple of times to Nogales to visit the brethren and one time he spent several days working with brother Cesar in sharing the gospel in the neighborhood of the Nogales church.  We are hopeful that in the near future, brother Cesar can go to Agua Prieta to do the same thing with brother Alonso there. 

The big thing that happened this month was our two week trip visiting some of the churches in Mexico.  Brother Duane Cogburn of the Albuquerque congregation went with me.  Our first stop was Nogales, Sonora, where we picked up brother Cesar to be our traveling companion.  Our first destination was San Luis de Rio Colorado.  It has a population around 160,000 and it is located just south of Yuma, Arizona.  We met with brother Victor and sister Karina and their two children on Sunday morning.  As you might remember, I baptized them a couple of years ago and have visited them several times.  They are meeting in their house.  It is tough being new Christians and not having a close church family. 

Our next destination was Los Mochis in the state of Sinaloa.  It took us a day and a half to drive between the two cities since it is a 14 or 15 hour trip.  In Los Mochis, we met with sister Lorena and brother Abdon; they welcomed us so warmly.  Los Mochis is a city of about 250,000 people.  From Los Mochis, we visited the church in Las Flores, which is maybe an hour and a half away.  Las Flores is a small farming village that you probably won’t find on any map.  Even though it was a week day, many of the members of the congregation met with us as we read and discussed about ten of the encouragement lessons. 

From Los Mochis we flew to the city of Merida in the state of Yucatan.  In Merida, we rented a car and traveled south about two hours to the city of Tekax; this is a city of about 25,000.  There we met with brother Diego, sister Patricia and their three sons.  On both Saturday and Sunday we visited the church in the village of Bechanchin, south of Tekax, where we again encouraged and instructed the brethren. 

Our next destination was Mexico City.  The metropolitan area of Mexico City has a population of 21 million, making it the largest city in the western hemisphere.  It seems that everyone there owns a car and all the cars are out on the streets at once – at least that is what it seems like.  The traffic was terrible, some of the roads in bad shape, the drivers very aggressive, and the signs difficult to follow; I did not enjoy driving there.  Our real destination was Tizayuca, a city of about 50,000 people north of Mexico City.  There we met with brother Pepe and his family.  I had previously met Pepe when he lived in Agua Prieta several years ago.  He currently meets with a small church in Tizayuca and I needed to know where they stand.  Pepe’s brother, Mari, wanted to meet us so he traveled by bus and joined us.  Mari works with about four churches south of Mexico City, near the city of Cuernavaca.  We had several good studies and discussions.  From all the questions I could ask, they believe and practice just like our church does.  We did not meet with any of the churches, but these two brothers are leading men in their respective churches.  Someday I would like to brave the road traffic and return and meet with some of the congregations there.  Even without attending their congregations, I would say that I have Christian fellowship with these brethren. 

We did make one side trip to visit the Aztec city of Teotihuacan that has the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon; these are two very large stone pyramids – very impressive.  From Mexico City, we flew to Los Mochis and then made the long drive home.  The Lord richly blessed us in our journey.  We had good fellowship and gave instruction and encouragement to the brethren we met with. 

Pray for the success of the work in Mexico. 

In His service

Brother Ed Anderson

Pictures:

Bro. Cesar, Bro. Diego, Sis. Patricia, Bro. Duane in Tekax:

Bro. Cesar, Sis. Karina, Bro. Victor, children in San Luis:

Church in Bechanchin:

Bro. Duane, Bro. Cesar, Sis. Lorena, Bro. Abdon in Los Mochis:

Bro. Juan, his wife and mother-in-law in Las Flores:

Bro. Pepe and Bro. Mari at the Pyramid of the Sun near Mexico City

 

 

Mexico Report May through August 2016

Relative to the work for the Lord in Mexico, my last report was for April, 2016.  Here is the report of our work for the Lord in Mexico for May through August, 2016. 

We have been visiting the church in Nogales and the church in Agua Prieta once a month to provide instruction and encouragement to the brethren in each city.  It is relatively easy to visit these churches in the border cities.  Our house in Sierra Vista, Arizona is approximately ten miles due north of the Mexican border, but there is no road that goes directly south across the border.  From our house it is perhaps an hour and a half to the church in Agua Prieta by traveling east to the city of Douglas, Arizona and then crossing the border.  Similarly, it is almost two hours to the church in Nogales by traveling west to Nogales, Arizona and then crossing the border to Nogales, Mexico.  Although many people are afraid to travel into Mexico, the Lord has blessed us that we have not had any problems.  It is fairly quick to enter Mexico; sometimes we drive right through the border, but occasionally the Mexican agents will stop our vehicle and look inside to make sure we are not bringing anything illegal or importing things that would require an import fee.  Returning to the USA can be more time consuming.  Of course we must have passports to prove our US citizenship.  In addition, we have applied for and obtained SENTRI passes which speed up the reentry process.  Without the SENTRI pass, one must wait in line for inspection by the US Border Patrol which can take anywhere from half an hour to several hours, depending on how many people want to enter the US.  With the SENTRI pass, our wait is perhaps five minutes. 

The encouragement email that I send out each week in English, I also translate into Spanish.  Very few of our brethren in Mexico have email, so I print off copies of the encouragements in Spanish and bring them with us.  When we meet with the brethren, they read the encouragements in Spanish and provide comments concerning the topics and scriptures.  Since my verbal Spanish is poor, this method allows me to encourage the brethren and do some teaching as well.  Although our verbal Spanish is not the best, it is sufficient so that we are able to carry on conversations with them.  Brother Cesar in Nogales knows enough English that between his Spanglish and my Spanglish we get along pretty well.  In case you didn’t know, Spanglish is our term for language that is part Spanish and part English. 

In June, I took brother Cesar, his wife, sister Margarita and their two teenage children, Karen and Cesar, Jr. to our church camp in southern Colorado.  This was an excellent opportunity for them to receive encouragement and for brethren in the US to get to know them a little better.  During one of the meetings at the camp, brother Cesar spoke and was translated by brother Hector Trillo of the Albuquerque congregation. 

In July, brother Cesar and his family traveled to the Mexican state of Sinaloa for several weeks.  There he worked as an evangelist with the churches and spread the gospel to people he knew in the area.  At the church in Las Flores, one of the leading brothers was found to have misbehaved as a Christian.  Cesar applied discipline to the brother and he repented. 

In August, I took brother Cesar and his family to the church in Tucson, Arizona.  On a Sunday evening, he was able to speak to the congregation with my translation.  In spite of my feeble attempt at translation, I believe the congregation in Tucson was edified by brother Cesar. 

Brother Cesar continues to keep in telephonic contact with brethren from the different churches.  He also is able to visit some of the small churches with the truck that we gave him. 

During a recent trip to Agua Prieta, we visited with the elderly brother Pedro and his family.  They informed us that two of the nephews of brother Pedro were now living in different cities not far from Mexico City and working with churches there.  I was assured that these churches were faithful.  I had previously not known about these congregations; I would like someday to visit these churches and find out more about them and if there are other faithful churches we could work with. 

If the Lord wills, we plan an extended evangelistic trip into Mexico in November.  We are just now making plans for the trip. 

Pray for the success of the work in Mexico. 

In His service

Brother Ed Anderson 

Pictures:

Brother Jesus Alonso and the church building in Agua Prieta.

The gathering of the brethren in Nogales in August:

Mexico February – April 2016

Brethren,

Relative to the work for the Lord in Mexico, my last report was for January, 2016.  Here is the report of our work for the Lord in Mexico for February through April, 2016.

I spent the month of February in the Philippines, working with the congregations there and therefore was unable to spend time in Mexico.  In February, brother Abdon (Los Mochis, Sinaloa) lost his job.  He and his wife, sister Lorena, required extra help until he was able to find another job after about a month.

We visited the church in Nogales in both March and April as well as the church in Agua Prieta in April.  During each visit we had Bible studies and discussions and encouraged the brethren.  Since we live so close to the border, these visits to these cities in Mexico are day trips.  The churches in these cities are doing reasonably well.  I had previously reported about brother Jesus Alonso being incarcerated in the United States.  He was finally released in March; our visit to Agua Prieta in April was our first time to see him after his release.  He was so thankful for his release and our help while he was incarcerated.

In April, brother Eiland Scott (Deming, New Mexico), brother Cesar (Nogales, Mexico) and I made an extended trip into Mexico.  We first visited the churches in Los Mochis and Las Flores in the state of Sinaloa.  These are lengthy driving trips for us.  From my house, it is approximately 550 miles to Los Mochis.  We had several Bible studies with the brethren in Los Mochis/Las Flores and shared meals together.  On Sunday, we assembled with the brethren in the small farming village of Las Flores.  Brother Mariano is one of the lead brethren in Las Flores; he is a farm worker without any specialized training.  Now is a time of year when there is little work in the fields.  We encouraged brother Mariano to work more for the Lord by sharing the Word with people in the surrounding villages and offered to provide him with additional support.  He has committed to working three days a week in this effort.

From Los Mochis we traveled to San Luis de Rio Colorado.  This was a lengthy journey of about 700 miles.  In San Luis, we worked with Brother Victor and Sister Karina.  Again, we had several Bible studies and encouraged them.   The return trip home from San Luis is approximately 440 miles.

Following are the expenses for the three months of February, March and April.  Travel expenses were $909.  Support of Mexican evangelists was $1400.  Other evangelistic expenses were $904.  Benevolence provided was $2312.

Pray for the success of the work in Mexico

In His service

Brother Ed Anderson

Brethren in Agua Prieta:

 

 

 

Mexico January 2016

Here is the report of our work for the Lord in Mexico for January, 2016. 

In early January, brother Cesar took an evangelistic trip to San Luis and Mexicali, cities near the border of the United States.  He had numerous Bible studies with Christians and non-Christians.  The old car they were using to travel between San Luis and Mexicali had the water pump go out; we were able to pay for the repair so that travel could continue. 

I made two trips to Nogales in January.  For the first trip, I took numerous articles that the brethren could use to include some firewood; some of the brethren heat their houses with wood.  The second trip was our mid-month encouragement visit to Nogales.  Again, we brought with us some firewood and other articles.  We had a good time of instruction and encouragement with the brethren (see photo). 

Later in the month, brother Cesar traveled to Los Mochis and visited the small church there.  In addition to encouraging and teaching there, he also visited his mother; she is in very poor health and not expected to live very long.  Brother Abdon has lost his job as a security guard and is seeking additional employment. 

I had previously reported about brother Alonso from Agua Prieta who was in prison in the United States.  He was released from prison on December 24th and called his wife on the 26th to tell her that he was in “immigration” in Texas.  As of this writing he still has not arrived at home in AP nor has he been heard from.  We are quite concerned about him. 

I will not be visiting Mexico in February.  If God wills, brother Duane and sister Anita Cogburn and I plan to leave February 3rd for the Philippines; we plan to return on February 29th.  Please pray for our safety and that God would use us in encouraging and teaching the brethren there. 

Following are the expenses for January.  Travel expenses were $78.  Support of Mexican evangelists was $1000 (two months).  Other evangelistic expenses were $1379.  Benevolence provided was $440.

Pray for the success of the work in Mexico.  Contributions for the expenses are welcomed. 

In His service

Brother Ed Anderson

Mexico Post

Recent trip was made to Mexico. Pray for the brothers there.