Many times we can keep our trips to relatively short distances, a thing which is assuredly preferable to me, but other times we get to travel great distances in our deputation ministry. The beginning of November started with a trip that began in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and ultimately ended in Houston, Texas, with two Spanish-speaking churches, Iglesia Bautista Libertad and Segunda Iglesia Bautista Libertad. My Spanish, being very limited, I had to speak through an interpreter. Many of the folks were bilingual, and those who were not graciously accepted my bad Spanish. I had the privilege of leading 2 teenagers to the Lord on our first Saturday in Houston when we went out soul winning with Pastor Medran in the soul-winning ministry of the Segunda Iglesia Bautista Libertad. The rest of our time there was spent at Pastor Roy Carrizales’s missions conference. We had a much greater time at this conference than I can relate on this page, but I will highlight my favorite part—the International Exposition. The folks there put up several booths in which each booth represented a country. They dressed up in authentic garb and served authentic food. I got to sample authentic English, Turkish, Israeli, Costa Rican, Thai, and Peruvian items. We enjoyed seeing the need for the world through food! To see pictures, visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GodlovesToronto.
The next leg of the trip was in the little village of Anacoco, Louisiana. Because a couple of our meetings moved unexpectedly, we arrived in town a lot earlier than we were going to. I was disheartened by the loss of meetings for the month, but God quickly made up for the difference. On the dates in which we had no meetings scheduled, we dropped in to area churches of like faith. We visited Baptist churches in neighboring Hornbeck, Leesville, and Floien, Louisiana. Because we dropped in to meet the pastors face-to-face, we got meetings with three of the four we visited, with two of them occurring in the same month in which we dropped in. We praise God for our time there, because it was very profitable as well as beautiful.
We crossed back into Texas for a couple more meetings in the Dallas area on the third week of November. Again we were in Spanish churches, and again we found some amazing people. It was our privilege to go soul winning with Pastor Avalos of the Iglesia Bautista Biblica Fundamental in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday and then preach the morning services on the following Sunday morning. On the same day for the evening service, we presented our work to Pastor Danny Ortiz and the Iglesia Bautista Fundamental in Lewisville, Texas. I cannot speak highly enough of both pastors and their congregations for their hospitality and helpfulness. It was hard to say, “Adios” to either. We have certainly made plenty of friends this past month.
We ended the month celebrating Thanksgiving with my family in Louisiana. During our stay I even got to preach at our sending church. Praise God for a very profitable month! Please continue to pray for increased support and for souls to be saved in our travels. As we witness and hand out tracts to people we meet on our travels between meetings, I am increasingly burdened for the great need for more churches to be planted in this country. Please pray that everyone would have a Gospel-preaching church in his neighborhood.
His servant and yours,