Wallace’s Missionary Prayer Letter August – September 2011 (October 7, 2011)
Dear Pastors, Churches, Friends and Family,
Greetings in Jesus’ Name! Well, the first day of Fall brought cooler temperatures here, down from 104 degrees the day before to 102 degrees. It is a nice for us, however, to have bright sunshine almost every day. Praise the Lord!
Continue to pray for our safety. 17 years ago I named my first-born son after Joseph in the Old Testament, knowing how God used him in trials, even when he was wrongfully imprisoned. Just a few days ago after working on a puppet program then going to a church activity, my Joseph was detained and questioned. He did no wrong, but in this dangerous area, he was pulled over, surrounded by seven police cars, and guns were drawn at him. A young Mexican boy in his car was looking at a plastic BB gun in the back seat as he drove. Someone saw the “gun” in their car and reported it. Due to all the crime here, people are very nervous and toy guns can look real. Joseph was pulled from the car, hand-cuffed and taken to jail. Later it was discovered during the investigation that it wasn’t a real gun. During this time, Joseph maintained a good testimony, witnessed to the investigator and invited him to church. The investigator realized the mistake and released Joseph after a few hours with no charges. Amen! I am glad to report that Joseph recently surrendered to the ministry. PTL!
It’s been a blessing to see dear Mexican souls saved regularly. Margarita Garcia was one who recently allowed my wife and I to speak to her about her need of salvation and she was gloriously born again. Hallelujah! Socurro Madregal was another who forsook her religion and gained eternal life. Glory to God! More Mexicans than ever are going to church and many are getting saved, largely in part to the violence from the drug cartel. It is similar to what America experienced temporarily after “9/11.” Though there are serious concerns for safety, and Satan is trying hard to close this open door (see Rev. 3:7), much is being accomplished through the gospel. I am reminded of what Paul said in Romans 5:20, “…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” What is currently transpiring is a Border War – a line between the U.S. into Mexico with much violence. It makes me think of the War that took place many years ago on the Cross – a line/cross between Heaven and Hell. Much violence occurred there but Jesus got the victory over sin, evil and Satan. Pray that many who labor to minister in Mexico will remain safe, and by God’s grace, will win the victory for souls in this challenging area.
We are working hard to learn the Spanish language well. Mary has also begun converting the songs the Lord has given her into Spanish. As I am beginning to think more in Spanish due to all of the studying, I had an interesting thought about a correlation to the humility of Christ. Jesus, Who created languages (see Gen. 11:9), had to learn His own native earthly language as He grew up here on earth. He who created all things including man; man’s body; man’s tongue; had to learn how to use His tongue to speak and minister to others. At times I feel inadequate like Moses (in Exodus 4:10) who said he was “slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” Please pray about this. Spanish sure is a rapidly-spoken language.
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 Thes. 3:1. We pray for you, too. We are your servants for Jesus’ sake (2 Cor. 4:5).
Bro. Mike Wallace &Family