STRUGGLING

We’ve been working to raise money for our return to Mexico in January but so far we’re well below what we need to work another year. Not worried because God has always provided and we know He will take care of us. I’m very disappointed that our visas didn’t come through. It seems our paperwork was lost this time meaning we had to start over from scratch but I won’t go back by the same source. Can’t see wasting more money where it has no result, especially when money is so short. Our team has given out the last of the food in the food bank so we’ll have to restock as soon as we get back there. Also we’ll have our hands full getting the new trade school up and started. Please be in prayer for us to be able to accomplish the work God has given us to do. If you can possibly help us financialy then please contact us. See our Mexico Ministry Mission page on facebook for pictures, videos & all info. 100% of all donations go to help the poor and share the gospel. No one receives any salary and we pay our own expenses. Thank you and God bless.

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Mission Update: 8-30-13

We are happy to announce that our ministry team in Mexico has been delivering despensas (food packages) to very needy people and also ministering to spiritual and other physical needs as well. I received pictures this week from our team and posted them on our facebook page. Please take a look and feel free to browse all the photos posted there. Look what the Lord has done! Also please pray for the Christians who continue to be persecuted in Chiapas, a well as those who persecute them. If the persecutors come to know Jesus they will become new creatures in Christ and allies! Also please pray for our team to be protected as they work in the fields of the Lord. Thank you and God bless you, gary

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JOURNAL ENTRY 5-26-13

Yesterday Gabriel andI went to the border to meet with Saul and Concepcion, the men who agreed tolet me keep the van and Toyota at their house till I come back in January.  They offered to let me keep the vehicles there for free but I insisted on paying 500 pesos when I leave the cars and another 500 pesos when I come to get them again.  Today was the last week of bible study with the team and it was a good one. I’ll miss the studies and I hope the team will keep it up.  Noe Ruiz came and moved the bags of corn for me to put “pastillas” in everything.  Pat made up the pastillas (poison gas pellets to kill insects) and Noe and I filledthe barrels and put the pastillas in, I paid Noe 50 pesos for helping.  Tomorrow we plan to go to Comitan and later take despensas with Rosi and Chuy.

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JOURNAL ENTRY 5-24-13

We got a lot done this week and almost ready to go.  We got all the post we use for lights in the fiestas painted with used motor oil and diesel. We got the sound system moved to the tortilleria and stored.  We paid the rent through January 2014, 1,500 pesos and gave Nicasio 1,000 extra to pay the light bill and the rest will goon our rent when we get back.  We got all our pictures saved on discs and made frames from cardboard to use for our signs when we take pictures.  We arranged for Rosi and Chuy to turn the lights on while we are gone.  On the 20th we bought medicine inPujiltic and paid 231 pesos.  On the 24thwe went to Comitan and bought beans and rice for the food bank and also bought food and supplies for the kids at the shelter in Pancho Villa.  We bought 100kg beans for the mission at Sam’s and paid 1,657.64 pesos.  We bought150kg beans, 50kg sugar, 25kg rice, 10-#10 cans of pineapple, liquid soap, and12 liters of bleach and paid 3,998.51 pesos for the shelter.  We delivered the food and supplies and they were very happy.  They struggle to feed the kids.  We also got some pictures.  Pat bought some new pens atTony Papeleria and paid 13.90 pesos.  Onthe way back we put 300 pesos in gas in the Toyota.  Today we bought medicines again and paid 270 pesos.  I woke up with terrible pain and haven’t been able to do any bending or lifting but I paid Chuy and Noe’ 50 pesos each to lift and move things for us today. I paid Gerardo 50 pesos to move things yesterday too.  We bought 50 kg rice at San Luis on the 22ndand paid 495 pesos.  We still have to put poison pellets in all the food (to kill the insects) before we leave and many other things.  I pray my back will bebetter before we leave.

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JOURNAL ENTRY 5-14-13

We went to Comitan today to check emails buy water and food. We spent 21 pesos at parking lot and 30 pesos at Cyber. Pat bought Pearl a dress at a dress shop andwe went to Sam’s.  We spent 820 pesos on19 cases of water and some food. We spent 217 pesos at Wal-Mart for food, soap and packing tape. We spent 130 pesos on lunch. Fidel met us in the parking lot with Sylvia and Rut and we gave them aride home.  Fidel helped unload thewater, thank God, and he’s coming tomorrow to clean up around here.  Enoc sent pictures for his mom and I got them downloaded for her.  Gabriel is sick and not working so I guess it’s just as well we canceled the crusade. It would bevery hard to do without him.  Ivelisse and Chave are coming into the airport on 5-29 and I agreed to pick themup.  We had a lot of positive comments on the emails I sent out about the week Karen and Dan were here.  So much to do to get ready to leave!  I hope we can get it all done.

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JOURNAL ENTRY 5-16-13

13   Yesterday was the man next door’s birthday and they threw a big party that started at 2pm and ended at 9 pm.  Thank God they didn’t go until 3 or 4 am as they usually do.  Cane harvest didn’t end yesterday as usual but they decided to go until June 6 or until the rain stops them.  It has rained several times but not enough to hold things up for long.  I got pictures of the sound system to send out when we go back to the cyber.  Fidel worked today and yesterday and got the yard cut and cleaned up finally. I paid him 200 pesos for the 2 days work and gave  him the wood for firewood and hauled it to his house` for him.

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JOURNAL ENTRY 5-13-13

OnFriday 5-10 it was Mother’s Day here in Mexico and they had a special event for mothers at the school.  Their speaker didn’t work so Gabriel, Geronimo, and some others came over to ask if they could borrow some speakers for their P.A. system. I loaned them our 10”speakers and they were happy.  After the event they brought back the speakers and also brought Pat a Mother’s Day gift theyhad bought plastic 1 gal pitchers for all the moms.  Sat 5-11 we went to Pujiltic to buy some vegetables and paid 40 pesos and also bought 200 pesos phone time for both ofus for a total of 400 pesos. Pat cleaned the house and washed the suitcase Bobleft so we can use it when we go home. Sun 5-12 was Mother’s Day in the U.S. and James and Judith called and let Pat and I talk to the kids.  They are excited we’re coming home soon.  Rosi andChuy came to the Bible study but Gabriel was sick and Damaris had to work withthe youth group. We had a good study and great discussions. I’m going to miss it a lot when we’re gone. Right after the study it rained hard for a couple ofhours.  I took Pat out to Paco’s and paid240 pesos for shrimp dinners.  While atPaco’s I got a message from Raul to call him. I called when we got back and he said we needed to come to Tuxtla this week to go with him to “Asuntos Religiosos “ or “Religious Affairs” to get thelast of the paperwork filed, get a copy to take with us and to hear exactly what we need to do from the official who’s handling our case.  He said that we were approved and that they just had to process our paperwork and send it to Mexico, then wait for the forms to be returned.  We have to take these to the Mexican Consulate in the U.S.to get our visas, 3 yrs!  They expect to have the forms by September but said we could take the paperwork and get the visas even if it’s not back yet.  We are supposed to get 3 year visas from Jan 2014- December 2016. Praise God! We have waited a long time and paid alot of money.  We paid 80 pesos in Taxifare from Home Depot to the Presidencia (city hall, or in this case State Capitolbldg.) and gave Raul another 500 pesos. We bought 404.50 pesos in hardware atHome Depot and bought expanded metal and angle at a steel distributor for202.20 pesos. We put 470 pesos in gas in the truck and ate at Paco’s on the wayin for 90 pesos.

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JOURNAL ENTRY 4-30-13

Lastday of April and barley more than a month to go here.  We talked to Gabriel and Conrado last nightand plan to start a Bible study with the ministry team each Sunday. I hope and pray everyone will take part in it. Daniel sent me a message yesterday and asked us to talk to Jenny to make sure she wanted to give her kids and that she would sign in the end.  We talked to her for over an hour and she said she would give us an answer Saturday.  I was really hoping she would say no and wantto keep her kids but she seemed happy with the idea of giving them up foradoption. Maybe it will be better for the kids but they will be badly hurt by being unwanted by their mother. This job hurts a lot sometimes. We boughtmedicine in Pujiltic yesterday and paid 35 pesos, lunch was 100 pesos and webought supper for 95 pesos, we also spent 50 pesos on fresh fruit.  I tried the batteries in the wireless mics and they both work good. I learned that Conrado plays guitar and keyboard and sings too!  We plan to practice together and hope to do another crusade and this time we will do the music.  On Sunday 4-28 a lady from Tuxtla came with ayoung man who works for her and asked me to help her get an appointment at the clinic in Cintalapa for surgery.  She hasGlaucoma and is losing her sight. They want me to help the young man to get his eye surgery for free.  I told them I’d talk to Pastor Hugo and try to help them.

 

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JOURNAL ENTRY 4-27-13

Since Wednesday we have worked on the speaker box, finallygot it done today. We went to Comitan to buy felt and glue to cover it and paid255 pesos for felt 3 mtrs and 1 meter black polyester knit to put over the frontas a dust cover. We bought glue, batteries and food at Wal-Mart and paid 380pesos and phone time 400 pesos. We ate at the food court and paid 112 pesos.Today we went to Pujiltic and bought nails and more glue and screws and paid140 pesos. We ate at Paco’s and paid 100 pesos. We went to Gerardo’s house andleft the last payment of 4500 with his wife. Praise God and thanks to all whohave donated and helped! We got it paid off quickly!   4-30-13   Last day of April and barely more than amonth to go here.  We talked to Gabrieland Conrado last night and plan to start a Bible study with the ministry teameach Sunday. I hope and pray everyone will take part in it. Daniel sent me amessage yesterday and asked us to talk to Jenny to make sure she wanted to giveher kids and that she would sign in the end. We talked to her for over an hour and she said she would give us ananswer Saturday.  I was really hoping shewould say no and want to keep her kids but she seemed happy with the idea ofgiving them up for adoption. Maybe it will be better for the kids but they willbe badly hurt by being unwanted by their mother. This job hurts a lotsometimes. We bought medicine in Pujiltic yesterday and paid 35 pesos, lunchwas 100 pesos and we bought supper for 95 pesos, we also spent 50 pesos onfresh fruit.  I tried the batteries inthe wireless mics and they both work good. I learned that Conrado plays guitarand keyboard and sings too!  We plan topractice together and hope to do another crusade and this time we will do themusic.  On Sunday 4-28 a lady from Tuxtlacame with a young man who works for her and asked me to help her get anappointment at the clinic in Cintalapa for surgery.  She has Glaucoma and is losing her sight.They want me to help the young man to get his eye surgery for free.  I told them I’d talk to Pastor Hugo and tryto help them.

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JOURNAL ENTRY 4-19-13

Got up at 7 am to take despensas to S.F. Ojo de Agua. We took 25 to the Christianswe missed when we went before. Juan and his wife went with us and helped. Hetold us that the former Pastor at Alturo Albores died yesterday in surgery atTuxtla. We also learned from Rosi that Mario’s 6 day old baby girl had diedlast night also in surgery in Tuxtla. We talked to a young lady named Blanca today,who grew up in the U.S. in Raleigh, NC. She’s back here with her family for 2years now and hates it here. She is very apologetic to us, apologizing for howbad it is here. I feel sorry for her and hope she can make the best of it. Pat,Rosi and I went to Paco’s for lunch and 160 pesos. I just paid 897 pesos forour electric bill.   4-23-13   OnSunday the 20th we went to Comitan to use the internet. We calledhome and posted a few pictures on Facebook then went to Sam’s and boughtbottled water, and put 490 pesos in gas. We spent 270 pesos at Sam’s. Mondaythe 22 we brought the sound system to the pantry and tried out the speakers,mics, amps, and mixer. I also brought my keyboard and tried it out through thesystem. Everything works good except the old Sunn amp. It crackles and some ofthe pots are fried but the Mitzu power amp works great.  All of the wired mics work good but stilldon’t have batteries to try the 2 wireless mics.  I talked to Gerardo yesterday and he’s comingtomorrow to help me understand the mixer. I bought a sheet of 3/4″ plywood (paid608 pesos) and some screws (paid 48 pesos)to make the second speaker boxtoday.  We also went to Sam’s and spent212 pesos for food. We also bought vegetables at Wal-Mart paid 102 pesos andfilled up the Toyota and paid 386 pesos.

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