Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Written by Page Hughes
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Day 1: Saturday April 26, 2008
Before the sun rose in Alabama our team headed to the airport to begin our passage to the field God has for us this week. Quietness settled over our team as we prepared for the week long journey with God. After two bumpy but safe flights we landed in Cancun. Out of our team of 15 only one couple had to go through a bag search at Mexican customs. Even they came throug it easily and I am thankful to report every bag made it here safely with enough paper, pencils, construction paper, glue sticks and other vairous school supplies to take care of at least 75 to 100 children at Chan Chen, the Mayan village.
Our gracious hosts met us with smiling faces and brought us to their home for lunch and supper. We spent the afternoon resting and preparing for the week ahead.
Our after dinner conversation turned into an anointed prayer experience where we sought God's heart and will for the community, our missionary friends, specific lost friends we will serve this week, and prayed for anointing on the services this morning.
As I close I would like to ask you to join us in praying for many of the requests we covered this evening. Please pray for two community leaders. Both need salvation and could be potential leaders for Christ in this community and in the Mayan village. Please pray for revival and renewal in the community. May the next great awakening start here and now. Pray for the 4 new small groups beginning next week. Commnity groups are the key to reaching people. The carnival and cook outs will be in two of the communities targetted by these small groups. Pray for finances to be able to continue the work here and meet the needs of many. God is at work and we want to join Him and see Him do more than we can dream or imagine. Ephesians 3:20
Your prayers are key to seeing God move, so please pray for these requests and any other God brings to your mind. We are expecting miracles. One last thought. Robin, one of our team members said last night we need to not only ask God for miracles, but go ahead and prepare as though He is sending them. It is like praying for rain then preparing the field knowing God is going to send it. We are preparing, and we sure need you guys to pray with us that God sends His Reign.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Les Hughes will be preaching the message in both services. Les Hughes is Senior Pastor of Westwood. His unique blend of biblical teaching and practical life application helps build a bridge between the biblical world and the twenty-first century. His goal is to do this with excellence and creativity.Les is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Page, live in Alabaster with their three sons, Kyle, Caleb, and Luke, and their daughter, Gene’ (Jen-AY).
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Our kid's Brandon and Brittany in 1988.Brandon and Amy's wedding 2007
The Seasons of Life seem to be passing faster and faster but I have learned one thing. Life is a test. Life is preparation for eternity. This is not the big show. You're in the warm up act of your life right now. You're going to live on earth 60, 70, 80 years and then you're going to spend the rest of eternity in eternity -- far more of your life on that side of death than you will on this side of death. This is the warm up act. This is a test. You're in preschool. This is a preparatory academy. God wants you to learn a whole bunch of things before you get over there. One of them is that He died for you and rose for you and He wants a relationship with you. After you have that relationship, He wants you to learn certain character qualities which you will take with you into eternity. That's all you're going to take. You're not going to take anything else with you when you die but you will take your character -- the kind of person you've made yourself to be.
God wants us to grow and learn. In all of these seasons there is an important lesson to learn. To make the most of the seasons in life you've got to extract those lessons. You've got to look for the truths, look for the principles. What does God want to teach me? When you're going through a season, you don't say, "Why is this happening?" but "Lord, what do You want me to learn?" God never wastes a hurt and He never wastes a season. He always wants you to learn something out of everything that is going on in your life. If you waste an experience you're making a big mistake. Because it's not just an experience, it's an education. You ask "What can I learn from this?"
We are in a great season of life today.... We are seeing God do great things in our life and work..
I love to see things grow and our new church is growing.... Thanks so much for your prayers and your support.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Pray also for our minister of worship Daniel and his wife Liam. They had a baby boy this morning.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
One of our volunteers getting to know some of our Spanish speaking church members. Communication is 70% body language....... here it maybe more like 95%.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
We have a busy week planed so please pray for our safety and that we will do God's will as we reach out to the Mayan speakers in Chan Chen and the Spanish speakers living in Playa Del Carmen.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Please keep praying for this new church and for us to have good health and God's wisdom as we go forward.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
One word that is always a part of life on the mission field is "change".
People are always coming and going.
This week Chris and Donna Arellano moved back home to Colorado. Chris and Donna had been serving as our Volunteer coordinators for about a year and half. We are going to miss them greatly. Please pray for Chris and Donna as they start their new ministry in Colorado.
New Comers to the work this week.
New Minister of worship in the Paamul church, Pastor Daniel Peñaluen. Daniel is from Cuba, where he and his wife both were members of the Cuban National Orchestra. Daniel has served the last five years as the pastor of worship in Cancun. I have known and worked with Danny for over five years and he is like a son to us. Pray for him and his family in this time of transition.
Pray for us as we are seeing God open many doors.
The people of Chan Chen have many needs and we need a great church in Playa. Pray we will have the wisdom to follow God's will and timing.