Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Block party in Playa.

We had a great turnout! Over 200 kid's and over 100 adults had a great time at the block party. I personally talked with 4 young families that said they plan to come to our small group bible study in this community. Please keep praying for our church and for these small groups we are starting next week.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Report from the mission team from Alabama

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

Volunteer Mission team coming in tomorrow

We have a mission team from Coming in tomorrow from Alabaster Alabama. Please pray for this team.

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

Flash Back

Our Family vacation in 1965.

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

Block party for KIds

New church outreach method in Playa del Carmen Rabbit on a motorbike.
We are starting four new small group on May 6-8 Please pray for these new bible studies...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Volunteer Missionaries brighting up Playa Del Carmen

Mission team from Ocean View Baptist is going the second mile as they work hard painting our mission house and the medical Clinic in Playa. Please continue to pray for this team and the team from Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster, Alabama who will be coming in on the 26th.

It's a Boy

Our new Pastor of Worship Daniel and his wife Liam are the proud parents of Gabriel born on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Prayer walking in Playa

The team from OVBC prayer walked in four areas in Playa del Carmen today. One young lady name Blanca came up to a couple of our prayer walkers and said that she wanted to know more about our church. She said for some reason for the last three days she has had a strong desire to read the Bible. She is planing to be in our church service on Sunday. Please pray for this young lady from Mexico City.

Pray also for our minister of worship Daniel and his wife Liam. They had a baby boy this morning.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

South Carolina Group Arrives

Ocean View Baptist Church, from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is here with us this week. Tomorrow we are going to do prayer walks and handing out Bibles in the areas where we hope to soon open a small group bible study.

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

Please Pray for our Weekend services and volunteers

We need your prayers this week Daniel will be preaching in Spanish and I will be preaching in the English service. We also have a volunteer team coming in from Ocean View Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Tuesday. We are looking forward to working with this team.
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

Great Sunday!

We had a great Sunday.... This was the time change Sunday here in Mexico and so I was planing for low attendance Sunday but to my surprise to had good crowds in both Spanish and English Worship services. We had many first time visitors on the Spanish side. I preached in both services people on the Spanish side seem to really love Spanish with a North Carolina accent.... I guess it is a God thing Spanish was the only class I ever dropped in College.

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

Too Busy to write

This last week I have been too busy to keep you up to date on all that God is doing in our lives.

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 PeƱaluen. 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.