P.O. Box 1453
Calexico, Ca. 92232
June 3, 2012
To our beloved in the Lord in the city of Lakeside. Greetings in Christ. It is with joy
that we report of our work in Mexicali and the areas close by. We thank our Good God
every day for using us in the spreading of His truths in this world that seems to run and
hide from Him who loves us.
The church in Mexicali proceeds ahead with its congregational studies. On Sundays
we are ending John 13. On Wednesdays we have one more class on Psalms 119. It has
been a long study on this chapter, but we have been shown that indeed the Word of God
is "exceeding broad". We have come to appreciate God more with this study. We
decided from the beginning that we were not going to roll over Psalms 119. We wanted
to hear it all. We lack only 20 verses. If David wrote the Psalm we can see how he
missed hearing it at the tabernacle when he was in hiding for about 20 years!
Our visits with the brethren in Tecate have gone on. We will be taking a short break
during the summer and maybe a little longer. The brethren there are doing well but they
need to congregate a little more. Even if just to read the Bible together in order to
improve their knowledge of our Lord.
Classes with Juan Leyva are coming along very well. He is reading alot on his own
and that is a very good sign. He constantly is asking me questions of this and that and I
do my best to answer them. He is still a little confused because of the way the Bible is
structured. I've had to explain that the Bible was written during a course of many years.
Juan thought that Moses and Christ lived more or less during the same time. His wife is
back with us hearing and helping him find the Bible passages as we read and teach.
Our classes in Calexico are bearing fruit. Our class with Margarita, her daughter
Pricilla and Andres (not baptized) continues very well. They feel much more
comfortable and less stressful about us teaching them "only the truth". They have
learned to forgive and are now ready to consider starting a church in Calexico. Because
of a "party spirit" which has prevailed in this small city, there are two small groups
meeting in homes. Their "god" is their own concept of what is Truth, sort of the way the
Watchtower Society believes. The Lord said that the "truth will make you free" (John
8:32). If we read a little more we see that only One can set us free of sin .. the Son of
God .. not a set of rules. It is not commandments that free us from sin but the blood of
our Lord Jesus the Christ (I Peter l:18-21).
If this happens, we will be starting with a group of about 5 Christians and a couple of
visitors and ourselves. These 5 Christians are driving 12 miles to El Centro for worship
on Sundays. They do have a Spanish/speaking class. What they do is hear recordings of
sermons in Spanish because of these 5 Christians, only one is able to speak English.
Anyway we are excited because these brethren now understand the message of God.
Trip to El Salvador July 16-30
Brethren, we are planning a trip to EI Salvador this coming July. We will be there
only 2 weeks. Those who are going are Mike Mendez, Dane Bengard, Glauco Gonzalez
and myself Two weeks but they will be intense. This is what we will do according to
Brother Mike's long desired plan if the Good Lord allows.
We will be holding a lectureship type meeting. We will be meeting for 5 days,
Tuesday the 17th starting at 9:00 am. when Mike will present a 90 minute class from
Romans. We will take a 30 minute break and then Glauco will begin his 90 minute class
on Isaiah at 11:00 a.m. We will break for lunch at 12:30. At 1:30 p.m. I will start my 90
minute class from Genesis and we will end at 3:00 p.m.
The idea is to have as many preachers and teachers at the lectureship. We want to
encourage the brethren to study the books of the Bible rather than having topical studies
all the time.
In the evenings we will all split up and at 5:00 p.m. preach a sermon in one of the 9
congregations in the San Miguel area.
The second week will be conducted as we usually do, visiting brethren in the
morning and then having a gospel meeting in the evening. I'm excited about this.
In behalf of the brethren in El Salvador we thank you for supporting us here in
Mexicali and other places. In behalf of the poor in EI Salvador, I offer myself as your
trusted messenger. If someone would like to help the poor down there, I will take your
offering to them and give it as best I see and ask about the need. If the church or an
individual would like to send some help, please write the check in my name with
"support for needy" on the memo line.
We hope to be with you the 8th of July because we will be down south on the 29th.
O.k. our beloved, this is all for now... The Good Lord bless you.
In His Service,