P.O. Box 1453
Calexico, Ca. 92232
June 1, 2011
To our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus whom we serve to the Glory of God in the city of Lakeside. Greeting brethren.
It is with great pleasure that we report to you our labor in this city of Mexicali and the surrounding area. It is with your help that we can extend a lending hand to other congregations and be fully ready to preach or teach the gospel to the saved and to the lost. The church here extends their gratitude to the Lord for you.
Our visit to you the last Sunday of the month was a treat for Martha and I. We look forward to our next visit. We hope that someday soon, anyone of you would like to visit us here in Mexicali. We have plenty of room here at the house and we would be delighted to have any of you.
The church here met on the first day of the week to remember the One who gave His life for us, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To the Father of all light we thank Him on this day to sing praises to His name along with the other members of the church.
We take advantage of the time together to study from His Word. We are now in Chapter 3 of the gospel of John. This last Sunday Brother Jesús Uribe spoke to us for the 3rd time since being baptized 3 years ago. He is still rough around the edges as they say, but he has improved so very much. We are all very happy at the progress he has made. He and Brother Andres Ortega will be speaking on the 5th Sundays.
On Wednesdays we meet again. We are now in Nehemiah chapter 5. We are using this class to teach the brethren a little geography and the cronology of the Bible.
This past month, Brother Mike Mendez from Sacramento came and held a meeting for us. We had several visitors to the meeting and one in particular has continued to visit us since the meeting. Her name is Maria de Jesús. Another visitor, Juan is now studying the Scripture with us. I visited Juan on a Thursday morning and as we finished the class, he asked me when we would be coming back. I suggested "next Thursday". He asked me if we could come sooner so now we are meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. His wife Anabel has joined in the class and is interested in learning the difference between the church she was going to and us. She had a baby 16 months ago and noone from her church has come to visit her. She is hurt by that.
Another friend of mine Alejandro, who runs at the track with me is also filling out a question and answer study I gave him. He told me that he did not have a Bible so we gave him one and he immediately rapped it up in a plastic bag. When I asked why, he said: "That is the Word of God and I don´t want the children getting it, they will tear it up". He has a couple of 3 and 4 year olds. Another lady who walks with us asked me to help her learn the Word and I also gave her the same study. That means we have about 5 people whom we are engaged in study at this time. We ask you to join us in asking the Lord to bless them with knowledge and courage to decide and obey.
On Thursday evenings we have begun a class in Calexico, the sister city just across the border. There are about 8 Christians in Calexico who travel either to Brawley (20 miles north) or El Centro (12 miles north) to worship. We have had 3 visitors to the class and we are expecting a few more. The Sister in whose house we meet wants a congregation started here. She says she will furnish her garage which will easily accomodate about 20 people. Martha and I believe that there needs to be a sound church in Calexico. She is eager to invite her family and many friends to come and hear the Word. Martha and I are all for it!
The third Sunday of the month Martha and I visited the church in Boulevard. Things are going along very well. They are having visitors and with the help of our Lord they will obey the Good Word.
Lately I´ve been spending the night at the church building. We are swamped with thieves here in Mexicali. It is really bad now. There are "little stores", seems like one on every block that sells drugs. Prostitution and every kind of vice is being done here. We
don´t like to go out after 9:00 p.m. The building has been broken into and my pickup was vandalized. I now have a dog that helps me keep these people at bay.
Very well our beloved. We know that you pray for us often. Please, keep it up. Martha's health is under control and I feel well enough to have run a 5 kilometer race in less than half an hour. For the physical and spiritual health, we thank our Lord.
The Lord bless you our beloved.
Your brother in His service,