Monday, February 13, 2012

A Worthwhile Investment

Most of the activities we do as a church, with few exceptions, are geared to reaching one or two new families, families that aren't churched.  Of course, if no one new comes, we still have a good time, but it's always great when we make inroads into new families, new contacts.  Although relational evangelism is probably much easier here in Mexico than in the U.S., it is still amazing to me the amount of trust that needs to be built up, and the multiple contacts over a period of years that are usually needed to see one brand new family become integrated into the church.

Again, I'm talking about people who do not have any knowledge of the gospel, or have had much exposure at all to an evangelical church.  People who are already Christians are not our primary focus.

So it was cool last night at a Valentine's event that the youth group organized to see three different families represented.  On family in particular, Arturo and Jessica, have sent their kids to different community center activities for the last two years.  This was the first time, however, we've ever seen them in a church activity.   A big thanks to Fabian, Tiffany and Tina for organizing this!

My pictures are pretty terrible.  You can see better one's at Tina's blog, as well as a brief report on the night.

Yesterday it was my turn to preach, also, and the theme was friendship, taken from John 15:12-17.

In other news...we are NOT going to California to Valley Bible Church in April.  Apparently the senior pastor there, Phil Howard, will be having some sort of medical procedure around that time.  I may, however, be going instead to Leroy Community Chapel, for their missions conference around the same time.

Quote of the Day:  In God you come up against something that is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself.  Unless you know God as that—and therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison—you do not know God at all.  A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.  C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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