December 9, 2011
With Thanksgiving now behind us, I would like to take this opportunity personally to reflect upon your sacrifice. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your love and support not only to me, but to the many, many children and families you have helped to relieve their horrific suffering this year. Well done good and faithful servant.
Can I speak frankly? There have been many days in the past 3 years when the violence, death in the streets, and financial struggles were just too much for me to emotionally handle. The American work group numbers plummented from 800 a year to 80 because of fear and I often wondered if the vision of the children coming home would ever come to pass.
As your missionary, each time your check would arrive at my office, I was encouraged to continue fighting the good fight of faith, not only for the children of Mexico, but for you as well. I began realizing that even in the face of personal danger, the Lord was using you to help me keep my eye on the prize, the children coming home. Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank God the violence has stopped in our area and life is returning to normal.
I’m encouraged to announce once again that we have started working on the cafeteria. The steel and cement footings are in and completed. The first course of block laid and finished. The dirt work in the freezer, cooler, and main dining area are ready for concrete. In two work weeks we were able to hire over 40 brothers and sisters from the churches in Mexico to help build and work alongside us.
We’re now praying to pour the floor and porch area in January, (approx. $40,000). Please join us in this prayer. It also looks like we will finish this year strong by ending the year in the black (just barely) with all our financial commitments paid in full and current.
I’m often reminded that we all make a living by what we get. Yet, we make a life by what we give. Thank you for living such a rich and full life as a giver. Your gifts really do make a difference.