Sierra Vista, Arizona, April 10, 2018
Relative to our work for the Lord in Mexico, my last report was for May 2017 through November 2017. Here is the report of our work for the Lord in Mexico from December 2017 to 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 each of them once a month.
As you may recall, last November we traveled to the Yucatan state in Mexico to work with some churches. We met with the brethren in the small village of Bechanchin. This church got its start when two brothers, Gualberto and Torivio, were working in Alabama and were converted to the Lord. When they returned home to Bechanchin, they started the church there. When we visited in November, we were concerned about the church. It seemed to be diminishing rather than growing. We wanted to send brother Cesar back to this area for several weeks to see if revival could occur in the church. The brethren in Alabama and Georgia were generous in funding brother Cesar’s trip.
In February, brother Cesar and his wife, sister Margarita, traveled from Nogales, Sonoro, Mexico to the Yucatan and were there for three weeks. They concentrated on working with the churches in Bechanchin and in Tekax. The brethren in Bechanchin are hard workers. They have their ranches/farms where they work six days a week, pretty much from sunrise to sunset. The problem is that they have little time for the Lord. They also had little time to meet with brother Cesar; work seemed to be a priority. They don’t seem to do much studying of the Bible and they don’t hold devotionals with their family. Although brother Gualberto and brother Torivio have large families, very few members of their families meet with the church. When church members quit coming, little seems to be done to bring them back. In addition, the church in Bechanchin has been working with liberal churches from neighboring towns. When brother Cesar brought up the liberal believes and practices of these churches, the brethren in Bechanchin saw no problem. Brother Cesar felt that he was not able to encourage much lasting change in the church there. Overall, the situation with the church there is discouraging. We can continue to pray.
In addition to working with the brethren in Bechanchin, brother Cesar was working with the brethren in Tekax. Last November, three of the sons of brother Diego were baptized. In February, another boy was baptized. Brother Cesar spent much time teaching and training the boys. A man and woman in Tekax were interested in the gospel. The problem was that they were living together even though they were not married. Brother Cesar was able to marry them. We hope this couple soon will accept the Lord and be baptized.
Brother Diego of Tekax is training to be a chiropractor. Each Saturday he takes the bus to the capital city of Merida for all-day training. Since brother Diego is very poor, he would never be able to pay for this training. Private donations pay for his training. Through other private donations, we were able to purchase a massage table at the Sam’s Club in Merida so that brother Diego would have a table to give people chiropractic adjustments. The plan is that after he completes his training he will be able to support his family and serve others as a chiropractor.
On returning from the Yucatan, brother Cesar was able to work with a couple of churches in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.
Several years ago, I was privileged to baptize Cesar’s daughter and son-in-law, Karina and Victor. Over the years, we have grown to love them a lot. We have met with them multiple times and I helped them move three times; the last move was to Nogales. Just recently we learned that brother Victor had been married before he married Karina. This was news to everyone, to include brother Cesar. For now, brother Victor continues to live with sister Karina and the church is not using brother Victor. However this situation has caused much turmoil in the church in Nogales.
Our plans are to visit the churches in Sinaloa later this month. The one-way trip is approximately 550 miles. It is our desire to visit them in the spring and in the fall of each year to encourage them and assist them in their Christian walk.
We love these brethren very much. Please pray for the brethren in Mexico and for the success of the Lord’s work there.
In His service
Brother Ed Anderson