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Teaching Bible Pathways...traveling in the mountains of Mexico...meeting new people in Tarimoro...and our family is growing!
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The long, narrow path...

Jesus said, "I tell you with certainty, there is no one who has left his home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or fields because of me and the gospel who will not receive a hundred times as much here in this world—homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields, along with persecution—as well as eternal life in the age to come.  But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."

-- Mark 10:29-31 ISV

I have often reflected on these words of Jesus which are recorded in three of the four gospel accounts.  What did Jesus mean when he said that those who left everything for Him would receive 100-fold?  During our years as missionaries, we’ve seen God grow families, build houses, and raise up an amazing network of adopted mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters.  As we have developed relationships with you, our supporters, we realize how God has increased our family 100-fold.  We are blessed to count you as family! In this year alone, we were able to purchase the long-awaited property for the church in La Pitahaya and rent both a house and a store-front for the mission in Tarimoro.  Although we did leave a lot behind for Christ and for the gospel, we see God’s hand multiplying and increasing in every area.  In tangible ways, God is using each of you, through your prayers and financial support, for the work here in Mexico.  Thank you!!!

At the city market in Coyutla, one can buy anything from  fresh produce to dried chiles, hand-made bracelets and even local coffee.
The kids of Tecpatlan are enjoying looking at pictures on Doug's phone of all the places we've been. These kids are part of a weekly outreach which shares a meal and a Bible lesson with about 60 local children.
When we were in the coastal hills of Veracruz last month, we were amazed at the way God’s hand was moving.  One of the things we did, when we were not teaching Bible Pathways classes, was visit houses and pray with people.  Each day, as we entered people’s homes, they received both us and our words.  One elderly woman was dealing with fear of death.  A family was mourning the loss of a relative who had recently committed suicide, leaving his wife and eight-year-old daughter with many unanswered questions.  Another woman was having trouble forgiving her husband who abandoned her years ago for another woman.  Now in her 80s, she is suffering from diabetes and recently had both of her legs amputated.  Her greatest need was to forgive in her heart so that she could experience true forgiveness from God.  We helped her walk through that process, and when we left her house, she had found true peace.  Several others responded to God’s message of salvation and prayed prayers of repentance and confession, asking God to help them.  Reflecting on each house that we visited and talking with our team, Evie said, “Do you realize that every house we visited received Christ?  We should visit every house in Coyutla!”  There are about 10,000 people in Coyutla.  Hopefully, we can visit more homes when we return there in June.

Meanwhile, here in Tarimoro, we are seeing signs that, “Aslan is on the move”, to borrow a phrase from C.S. Lewis.  Our weekly meetings now include two local families and a young man, and the ladies have started a Bible study with another woman across town.  We have been able to talk to people about Christ nearly every day and have generally been well-received.  Continue to pray for the new mission in Tarimoro, for the new believers here and that God would continue to direct us.
Prayers and Praises:
  • Praise God for successful Bible Pathways courses in Quimichis, Nayarit; Patla, Puebla; Coyutla, Veracruz; and Celaya, Guanajuato, during the months of February and March.
  • Pray for strength and perseverance to complete the translation of the last four workshops in the coming months.
  • Pray for the growth of the Church in Tarimoro and for God’s direction as we reach out to our community.
  • Pray for God’s favor as Ricardo and Cristina begin a new clothing business in Tarimoro.  We have rented a small shop directly across the street from our house and plan to use it to better connect with the community here.
  • Praise God for the construction of a house in Obregon, Sonora, for Fabian’s parents and siblings.  Fabian and Sarah have been working and saving for the past year to help his parents build a house.  They’ve spent the past month in Sonora with Fabian’s family and have been able to lay a foundation and raise walls.  Pray that God would continue to bless this project!  Pray also for safety as the kids travel to California and then back to Texas in April.
  • Pray for strength for the Operation FLOW team as they lead their various ministries and projects.  Visit our website OperationFLOW.org to see how to pray specifically for our team members.
  • Praise God for two additions to our family: Caleb and Hillary will be married on April 8 in Chico, California.  Fabian and Sarah will be having another baby in September. We’re excited to add another daughter and another grandson into our growing family!!!
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