Friday, June 23, 2017

Moving Forward in 2017


Every end of April, Mexico celebrates Kid's Day and it was 
such a joy to see children in the church. 
There were games, songs, food, and preaching! 




In May, my field director from BIMI came to Juárez to preach in our spring meeting. Brother Terry Jones brought some good messages and several hearts were touched! 



Also, in May our church celebrated Mother's Day with lots of BBQ and a gift for each mother. The best gift was sharing the Gospel with them! 



Apart from 7 being baptized, there were 4 additional professions of faith! 


We just celebrated Father's Day last week in our church. The day was filled with preaching, singing, food, and lots of fellowship. Here are just a few of the men that made it in the picture! 



The preaching of the cross has really made the devil mad. From without and within, the Word of God has stirred several young Christians up about doctrines. However, they are seeing a new way to live and walk. What a blessing!



I was doing so well this past winter with my health and started having pain in my left shoulder @ March. It took several doctor's appointments, several x-rays, an MRI, shots for pain, and finally a CT scan showed a 3 inch tear in my rotator cuff. On May 19, I had an operation to repair it. I am recovering, but it's painful. A physical therapist comes to the house 3x a week to help me work my arm back into normal activity. I put ice on it frequently and I need to rest it often. I wear a sling when I go out so as to protect the arm from more damage. By the end of July, I should be using my left arm again! Please continue to pray for healing! 



1) The healing of my shoulder
2) The growth of new converts
3) Protection of our people and church building
4) Safety as we move about the city of Juárez




May we never forget our country and our freedom. May be never forget Calvary where we are really set free!



















Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spring 2017 Update


The last blog update was posted in July 2016. A lot has happened since then and I will try to update you on all that has happened. 

Health:
You may remember that I've had a lot of trouble with degenerative discs in my back. My orthopedic doctor wanted me to try physical therapy instead of more injections last fall. I had a month of aqua therapy in a pool with a physical therapist and thought they were trying to kill me. It was painful, but after a few weeks, I noticed a difference in my pain level for the better. I've not had any major issues with my back since then.

I do, however, have a lot of pain in my left shoulder. The doctor who did surgery on it 13 years ago is looking at it and I have a CT scan with contrast scheduled for next week. An MRI was done, but didn't tell the doctor what he needed to know as far as why I was having so much pain. Please pray we find answers and that it can be repaired. My range of motion is limited due to the pain level.

I've recently had my yearly update with my VA doctor and he was impressed with how well I was doing. He wants me to have my chest x-rayed to make sure that everything is fine there. He also wants me to contact another department in the VA to go over Agent Orange and how the exposure during my time in Vietnam is still affecting me today. I still have swelling and pain, but with the help of medicine and rest, it is mostly under control.

Ministry: 
Our church is growing. We've had several professions of faith for salvation and we have a baptism for 5 people coming up soon. We have painted our building, installed air conditionings. Much of the funds have come from the faithful support of churches and individuals who support and pray for the work here in Juárez. We are training men to take part in the services. This past February, our church threw a celebration service for me in honor of my 51 years in the ministry. 46 of them have been as a missionary!

Family: 
My grandson is now in college and is enjoying it very much! I don't get to see him as often because even when he's home, he's doing homework. And his mama won't let me disturb him!

This has been a very sad time for me and my family these past few weeks.  My sister-in-law passed away with cancer.  Rebecca and I drove 27 hours to Georgia to be there for my brother. I was able to preach the service along with my nephew (who is also a preacher) and see all my family.  Pray for my brother Carl as this is a trying time for him, his 2 daughters, and son. 

Also as we were getting ready to leave GA, I received word that Martina’s husband passed away. Martina is a member of the Ortega Baptist Church.  Rebecca and I tried to get back to Mexico in time, but by the time we got home, they had already buried Manuel.  It is a sad time for this family as well!  Please pray for sister Martina!



1. Continual growth of our church.
2. Continual growth of new converts.
3. Continual protection as we work in Juárez.
4. Continual conviction of our visitors for salvation.
5. Continual training of our men for the work of the Lord.




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Much Needed Update

My dearly beloved and fellow supporters, 

I have much to update as it has been awhile. I apologize for the length of time in updating this. I have been struggling with health issues and just have not made the time to write. I will try to keep you informed a bit more in the coming months. My back is doing ok at this time, but 3 weeks ago, I had a procedure done on my right knee. I had a tear in my 'medial meniscus' that was giving me trouble. The doctor said it would take 3 months or more to start feeling normal again. My daughter, Rebecca, has been driving me to and from Juárez and around town running errands. I can drive some, but not too often as I need to take strong pain medication right now and am not supposed to drive while medicated! I appreciate all who write encouraging notes and who pray for me. Please pray that I heal quickly as the work must go on. 


This past month we had two work days in which we met at 6 am and 7 am. on two Saturdays.  It is so hot right now that we wanted to get the extension of the roof done before we got more rain. We had a good group of men out to help!



We are seeing people getting saved not by scores, but one by one!





If plan A in your life does not work, don’t forget that there are 25 more letters to choose from!

Stay Positive

The harvest fields are before us! It seems that there are not enough hours sometimes in the day to get everything done!  Pray that I will use my time wisely and prayerfully as I work among the Spanish people in Juárez, Mexico.





1. Continual growth of our church.
2. Continual growth of new converts.
3. Continual healing of my knee.
4. Continual protection as we work in Juárez.
5. Continual conviction of our visitors for salvation.
6. Continual training of our men for the work of the Lord.
7. Continue to pray for the John Gilbreath and Ortega Baptist Church.




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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I'm So Thankful!


I had the joy of hosting my field director, Bro. Terry Jones, in October. He preached a week long revival and did a little manual labor as well! New lights were installed in the church kitchen as well as molding around the ceiling. We had one person saved that week and hearts were renewed for Christ. We had a visitor during the revival who had received a tract while visiting two years ago! He had saved it and while visiting family in Juárez, came to see us. It pays to visit, pray, and knock on doors! Amen! 





BIBLES FOR OUR CHURCH

I want to thank the First Baptist Church of Lafayette, CO who has supplied more than enough funds to purchase a Bible for every man, woman, and child in our church. Also, another source of Bibles came from B.I.M.I. through Bro. Jones, my field director. What a blessing to have Bibles for a very long time. I will be planning a 'Bible Sunday' real soon to distribute these into the hands of our people. 


PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for this young couple who is growing in the Lord. I had the joy of winning them
to Christ and baptizing them. Manuel is adjusting to his new life in Christ and his new life outside prison walls. Neither of them know anything about the Bible, so it is a joy to watch them as others help them find chapters and verses during the preaching service. 

Please keep praying for my health. I just received a new set of injections in my back two weeks ago, and at present, am doing well. My doctor is preparing for a radio frequency ablation for the next time my back 'gives out'. Along with degenerative discs, I have arthritis in my back that sure can complicate things for me. I don't have time for this! I am thankful for a good doctor who cares and who is helping me. My daughter Rebecca drives me around when I cannot due to pain. She drives me to doctor appointments, over to Juárez and back, and wherever I need to go. Most of the time, I am independent, but when the medicine runs out in my back, she takes over and is my chauffeur.


PLEASE PRAY - The violence in the city has picked up and there have been several shootings in the area around our church. We are watchful and we listen to the news often. My associate, Luis, keeps me informed and warns me when it might be too dangerous for me to cross. So far, our church people are not feeling panicked, so if they don't panic, I don't! They are watchful of me and keep me informed of the activities that might affect my family or the church. 


Thank you to my supporters. I could not do what I do without your prayers and financial support. I want to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! 





Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Summer Updates 2015


This summer has been busy with church growth and new converts. This past Sunday, eight people followed the Lord in baptism. We've waited a while to see these souls saved and come to the personal knowledge of our Lord and Savior. To see these follow in baptism was a joy. Please pray for these people as they continue to grow! It is so exciting to see what God is doing in their hearts! The baptism was an exciting event in our church - and the water wasn't too cold! Amen. 






The next step in their spiritual growth is showing them the Lord's Supper. 

As cooler weather comes to the Borderland, our plans are to go beyond our area to flea markets, other colonials, and new housing developments with the Gospel. 

We have the men now, thousands of tracts, and invitations to go beyond. By the Spirit and Power of God, we can do it! Please pray with us about this. 

Health Update: 

Thank you so much for your prayers concerning my health. This past month, I had 6 more shots to relieve the pain in my back. I am doing better at present, and going full speed. Because I have degenerative discs, I will need another set of injections sometime before the next year. For now, I'm kicking the devil in the shin! 





Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ups and Downs




First of all, I would like to thank each of you who have sent me Christmas cards and offerings. I am overwhelmed by your love and generosity. Thank you so much! 

Life and ministry have been like a roller coaster ride lately. Up and down you go, feeling as if you are about to lose your stomach. We've had people leave the church, then come
back. We've had illness and hospital visits. Near death experiences, even. My associate's son, Saul, has been in and out of the hospital with kidney infections. He has been so ill, he has not been able to be in school much. His parents are waiting on test results on why his kidneys keep getting affected. My son-in-law John and my daughter Rebecca who work with me, have been talking on and off to Luis and Mary about homeschooling because of this. A young lady who was in our church as a teen took an enormous amount of pills with alcohol trying to end her life. Within one day of her mother having to decide to 'pull the plug' on life support, she became awake. Many people were praying for Teresa during this time. I was able to visit with her for five minutes here and there. In those five minutes, I prayed for her and talked to her about getting back in church and letting the Lord take control of her life. She is home now and, as far as I know, she will be able to lead a normal life. Second chances don't come like this often. We are fervently praying not only for physical healing, but spiritual healing as well. 

My family has not been exempt from sickness. We were dropping like flies with a terrible cold. It has taken weeks to recover. Now that I don't have a cold, I have other health issues that are on-going and are at the forefront of my mind. Ever since the El Paso VA received a bad rating last year, I have had doctors appointments one right after another. Health concerns I have been telling my doctor about suddenly seemed to matter and I found myself having appointments for by back, my brain (for memory), and even for my 'psyche'. I had mentioned to my doctor that my back problems made me a bit depressed, and before I knew it, I had an appointment with a VA psychologist. She declared me 'just fine' after talking with her. Amen. I've had cat-scans and MRI's. Appointments with a neurologist. Physical therapy, which was very painful and did not help. On Monday (January 26), I have another cat-scan. On Tuesday, I am going to have a shot in my back that will hopefully help with pain level for three months. I am to avoid pain medication for a few days. I had not realized how much pain I was in and the intensity of my back problems until I came off the pain medication. Pray for me. I have a few days left without much 'help'. I have a TENS machine that I use that is alleviating pain a bit. 

Prayer Requests:
1) The health of our church - both physically and spiritually 
2) My health - Pray that the shot will work for me and relieve the pain in my back
3) The health of my family - It seems that we all get well, then have another round of the cold return. We are all feeling weak and struggling to regain momentum. 
4) Teresa - who really needs the working of the Holy Spirit in her life
5) My associate, Luis, and his family - He is working hard in the church and is a faithful servant of the Lord. I do not know what I would do without him. He is also trying to take care of his family. His son, Saul, has kidney infections. His other son, David, has adenoid problems, and his wife, Mary, has frequent lymph node flare ups. His daughter, Rebecca who is the youngest, is the strongest one of the bunch! 

May God richly bless you for your continued support and prayers! 


Romans 8:26 
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

So Thankful



Church Growth
 The Lord has been blessing the work in Tierra Nueva. While my health is not what I would like it to be, my helper, Luis, is keeping the work going. Satan is still fighting and working in hopes of destroying believers, but God's power is mightier and His will is prevailing. The church is growing. 



Visitors
Please pray for Ruben and Veronica, pictured in the bottom right hand corner. They were invited by a family in our church and they have been coming on a regular basis. Neither one of them is saved. They listen intently to the Gospel message and they are asking a lot of questions. 
Youth Ministry
We are working to get a youth program going. We have a good group that needs their own class. My hope is to work with them myself once I get to feeling better. The young ones are preparing for our annual Christmas program by making crafts for each family. 


Health Update
Please continue to pray for me. Since taking new medication, I have not felt well. The medication makes me light headed most of the time. According to the information sheet on the medicine, this is normal. I see the neurologist in February and I hope I can wait this out until then. I am able to drive some days. Rebecca and John drive me most places. 

I have started physical therapy for my back. It's painful! The therapist said that my back and hip muscles are very tight due to 'fighting' with back pain for so long. I see the therapist for another 2 weeks, then have appointments with a pain management specialist after that. With taking the medicine for the virus in my back and with physical therapy, I am hopeful that next spring, I'll be up and running with the big dogs...I mean the young men in our church that do so much for me while I'm 'down'. 



Thank you to all who pray for me and support the work here in Mexico. I could not do it without you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may God bless you greatly!