Wallace’s Missionary Prayer Letter April 1, 2020 (Feb.’20 – Mar. ‘20)
Dear Pastors, Churches and Friends,
April 1, 2020 (Feb – Mar. ‘20)
Thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement. I never want to get accustomed to being saved, nor do I want to take for granted the blessing of having many ministry friends that help us Thanks for your part in what God is doing here, saving souls and building His church.
Lately we have been going to the public schools to minister. As parents line up waiting for the children, we pass out tracts and witness to them. We’ve seen many saved recently. Luis Jesús was one. He is an older man in poor health, but his conversion reminds me of John 3:4 that says, “Nicodemus replied, How can a grown man be born? Can he enter his mother’s womb anew, and be born?” Aurora is another who sat selling her crafts outside of the school, and Mary sat beside her, witnessed to her, and she got saved. Aurora reminds me of the story of a lady in Acts 16:13, 14 where we “…spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman … heard us: whose heart the Lord opened,” Another way we get the gospel out is stand in the heavy traffic along the roads and pass out tracts. As a result of our efforts, I get calls from people almost every week who received a tract. We also usually have at least one first-time visitor at church each week, often because of a gospel tract. After church some Sunday mornings, we take the church to the streets to preach, pass out tracts, witness, and invite people to church. Those following Sundays, the same men get to preach in church during the evening service. It has been a blessing seeing some young people in our church get saved as well. The boys, some just 12 and 13 years old, preach in public, then again in church. While knocking doors we meet people who are exposed to the Jehovah Witness doctrine. Fortunately, many hear the gospel, and the Holy Spirit sends conviction. They then recognize the truth from error, and many get saved. This happened to Lydia. She was a young lady that knew a little of the Bible but nothing of salvation. That was until we shared why Jesus came, and she realized her lost state and the awaiting condemnation. She turned from her sin to Christ and was born again. Yurena was another to whom we witnessed. She didn’t believe in Hell until we shared it with her using the Bible, and after much more Scripture, her heart was softened, and she was saved. We’ve seen many people in their twenties get saved. Two young men that recently accepted Christ separately were Daniel and Nicolas. Both honestly admitted their uncertainty of their eternal destination but thankfully received Christ and are now certain of Heaven. We have people saved in church regularly, too. Florentino is a relatively tall Mexican who came from Tiajuana one Saturday and personally met someone much bigger on Sunday – Jesus. He was born again. We have prayed for a while for a man named Rodrigo to be saved. He is the one that helped build the church last year. We invited him to church repeatedly, but he never came. We began to witness to him while he worked at church, but he would only receive a little of the gospel, before he changed the subject. Recently he came to church and brought his daughter, Nina, who was visiting him. I preached the gospel and afterwards they asked to talk to Mary and me privately. There, we shared the gospel again, and they both got saved. Nina then said, “I feel so different and such a peace now that I have Jesus in my heart.” In the open-air markets one day last month, Mary opened her Bible on two different occasions and two ladies, Rocio & Araceli, opened their hearts and were saved.
Our volcano remains very active, but the pollution should start to clear a bit now as the wind has begun. I had a special lung test to determine why my lungs are constantly inflamed. I believe it’s because of the pollution as scientist and doctors say living in Mexico City is the equivalent to smoking at least ½ pack of cigarettes a day. I will wait, however, for the official test results. I have had severe back pain for a several months and recently our nueromuscular doctor sent me for an Xray and MRI which revealed I have a herniated & rupture disc. The solution for this in the U.S. is often surgery, but my doctor has prescribed physical therapy to hopefully help me postpone the need for surgery. Like any mission field, the work here can be hard on the body (and vehicles) but we gladly serve our Savior with joy and consider it an honor, remembering all that Jesus suffered because of our sin. We do, however, appreciate your constant prayers for our health and safety.
We just had another wedding last week in our church of a young couple named Cesar & Araceli. Our church is planning to attend camps and conferences this year. We also had a big day for children of our church with food and fun for completing their Patch the Pirate program. Thanks again for everything. We are “…your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5
Bro. Mike Wallace &Family