Wallace’s Missionary Prayer Letter April and May 2010
Dear Pastors, Church Families, Friends and Family:
Greetings in Jesus’ Name! Jesus said in Mark 10:29-30, “…Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife or children, or lands, for my name sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions: and in the world to come eternal life.” Glory to God! First let me say that going to the mission field means one must leave all (which is not always easy for families). As disciples of Christ, however, we must be followers of Jesus (Matthew 4:19, Luke 9:23), not looking back (Luke 9:62) but by faith (Hebrew 11:6) go where God sends. Such was the case with Abraham when God called Him to go (Genesis 12:1). All of God’s children are called to forsake all and follow Him (though sometimes it is more evident with missionaries). We obey and go for a reason: God’s glory, His gospel, and His Name’s sake. 3 John 7 says, “Because that for his of his name’s sake they went forth…” Apart from obedience, I appreciate the promise by Jesus in Mark 10 which tells us God will provide for all of the needs. It has been said (ref. tithes, offerings, etc.) that “You can’t out give God” and “God will be no man’s debtor”. This is also true as we go, God provides and gives back to us. His promise of eternal life to us (mentioned in Mark 10:30) alone is worth much, much, much more than we every could deserve, yet God blesses us along the way with people and possessions. We just need to be willing to go and give our all for Him, knowing He gave His all for us (and He continues to give).
In the midst of our recent travels, Mary attended a week-long advanced chalk art evangelism class in North Carolina. This training will be an effective tool to help win the lost to Christ in Mexico (and has been effective there for many years). Another tool we are acquiring as well, are some good evangelistic films to help reach the masses. Of course, preaching is what God primarily uses (and plans to continue to use in spite of liberal movements in our “churches” today). Amen!
We continue to see first hand, sinners saved in our travels. We also hear of God mercy to save others in the churches we visit. An amazing story is that one of the 29 miners that died on Monday, April 5th (in the Massey Energy’s coal mine explosion at Montcoal, West Virginia), trusted Christ as Savior the day before at an Easter Sunday morning church service. Hallelujah!
We are praying that at the end of deputation (Lord willing by the end of this year) God would provide us a 15-passenger van (less than 10 years old [as is required to avoid large fees] and in good condition) for us to use in Mexico. It was a recent blessing that a teen group at one of our supporting churches gave to help us get a utility trailer. Praise the Lord! We are using it now as we travel, but it will be especially helpful in Mexico in occasionally hauling things from the US into Mexico (more so, though, as we travel locally in Mexico City for many evangelistic purposes). We have a few more prayer requests that we would appreciate your intercession about: (1) learning the Spanish language, (2) finishing some music and book projects before leaving the country and, (3) support will continue to grow (especially for churches who plan [or want] to help us, and in meetings to come). Through prayer, God is helping us as we begin to wrap things up here. One being the direction for our daughter, Hannah, as she will begin school this Fall at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City. I must say I was pleased at many of the other schools we considered.
I must close; so bye for now. “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the world of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1). We pray for you, too. We are your servants for Jesus’ sake (2 Cor. 4:5).
Bro. Mike Wallace & Family