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: