“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18) We as human beings are prone to take for granted the things that God has given us. An example of this would be our families. It is a shame that many times we as Christians do not give thanks to God for the family he has given us. Many times we are rude and antagonistic with the ones who are closest to us.
Dana is a single young lady who started coming to our church about two months ago. When she wanted to get saved, she went to a family nearby that comes to our church and asked to be shown how she could know for sure she was going to Heaven. After she got saved, I talked to her about getting baptized, and I also asked about her family. She told me that her mom and dad had gone to the States 18 years prior when she was only 3 years old, and her grandmother had raised her. Two years ago because of problems in their marriage, her dad returned to Guatemala; however, he did not return to be with his daughter. He lives very far away and has very little communication with Dana. In the 18 years that her mom has been in the States, she has not returned one time to see her daughter. When I asked Dana if she had any kind of dream or something that she would like to accomplish, she told me that she has always dreamed about having a family. May we not take for granted the family that God has given us, and may we treat it like the valuable treasure it is.
We had a lunch for all the mothers after the service on Mother’s Day. We had an attendance that day of 212, with 55 mothers present. Of the 55 mothers who came, 15 were first-time visitors. Please pray that we will be able to have a chance to witness to all the visitors and that many of them would get saved.
Because of circumstances out of my control, I have not been able witness to Leonardo and Juan, the two men I mentioned in my last prayer letter. Please continue to pray that the Lord would allow me to locate them and that they would get saved.
In closing, I would like to say thank you to those of you who have been praying for our health and safety. Our oldest daughter Lydia got sick with severe stomach pains and dizziness. One time when I was talking to her, she passed out. We took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with appendicitis and a strong case of the flu. After the operation, it took her a week to recover, but we are very thankful that she is better and back to her usual self.
His for souls,
Daniel and Misty Wilder, Lydia, Charity, Emily, Hannah, and Serenity