Friday, December 07, 2007

CEF Course and some good news

Tomorrow, Saturday December 8, we’re going to have an APEN (CEF in English) training time at the church, from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. The conference speaker, a lady by the name of Margarita, has asked for a minimum of 20 attendees, and it looks like that’s going to happen. If everybody comes who has stated that they will, we’ll have 23 people. About 10 people are coming from Iztapalapa, the church that we were previously ministered for 6 ½ years.

While the ladies are in the training time, a number of us men plan a BBWQ with untold amounts and variety of meat on the grill. Yes, it’s going to be tough, but someone has to take care of the kids and make sure we are adequately nourished to take on such an arduous task!

Another cool story…this past Sunday after the service Margarita spoke to Martín and I regarding her husband. Apparently he has been unfaithful to her. They have 2 sons, Hugo and Moisés. Cases like this are all to common, in every culture. We encouraged her to be loving and caring, citing 1 Peter 3 and Ephesians 5, and recalling principals that we’ve been studying as a church from the book Love and Respect (Martín just completed an awesome 3-week sermon series).

She called us later Sunday afternoon and said she wanted to come and see it. She excitedly related to us how she was able to talk to her husband and express genuine concern for him. She also asked forgiveness for a conversation she had with him where she lost control and got very angry. She related to us how her husband, incredibly, opened up to her, actually began to cry. She led him in a prayer to trust Christ. So cool when God does things like this! Please continue to pray for that relationship.

Last Wednesday I spent most of the evening, up through 11:30 p.m., with Lupita, a lady in the church who just gave birth to her 3rd child. Elena and I went and prayed with Lupita, as paramedics and an ambulance arrived at her home. She is Elena’s next door neighbor. She experienced uncontrollable spasms, for the better part of an hour, until the ambulance took her to a nearby clinic. We returned home several hours later. Still not sure what was wrong with Lupita…but it seems to be emotional and perhaps even spiritual. The doctors were puzzled as well. Pray for Lupita.

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