Wallace’s Missionary Prayer Letter June 1, 2015 (Apr. – May ’15)
Dear Pastors, Churches and Friends,
June 1, 2015 (Apr. – May ’15)
I hope all is well there. We are fine here on the mission field. Thanks for your prayers and support. We sure appreciate you all. You folks are a blessing to our family as well as to many here in this mega-metropolis.
Lupe, who I led to the Lord a couple months ago, has been faithful to church. It is amazing seeing his life changed from a drinker and fighter to sober, gentle Christian. The gospel has not lost, nor will it lose its transforming power! I recently led another man to the Lord who lives in the same mountain area as Lupe. His name is Raymundo and he, too, was an alcoholic. The interesting thing is that Raymundo is the custodian of the local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group and actually lives in the building where they hold their regular meetings. I know AA exists in the United States too and this group has helped some, but you can’t get much closer to the cause than Raymundo who actually lives there. However, Raymundo was not able to get the victory over this sin of alcohol until he met the Deliverer, Jesus. With tears in his eyes that April day, he repented and trusted Christ as Saviour. Glory to God! I meet with Raymundo every Thursday to encourage him and teach him more about the Bible. He has a few close friends that I have met & witnessed to and I trust in time they will be saved, too.
A bit of personal news – Mary & I will be grandparents this October. Our daughter, Hannah, will be having her first child and our first grandchild. Praise the Lord! Hannah is married to Mark Martinez, a youth pastor in Colorado. Our youngest son Stephen is on the field with us and our oldest son Joseph is in Bible college (at West Coast Baptist College in California). Joseph is currently in Chicago working full-time at a church in their Jewish outreach ministry through the summer.
Speaking of Jews, our Jewish friend Victoria here in Mexico City, told us a several weeks ago that she believed that Jesus is the Messiah. Two weeks ago she said she was concerned about her destiny “in the afterlife” when she died. Mary witnessed to her again and she trusted Christ as Saviour. Hallelujah! She now wants to come to church regularly to learn more about her Messiah and Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Victoria has become a good friend of ours and has introduced us to many other Jews. If you don’t know this, it is not easy to develop such close relationships with Jews for us gentiles, but God has opened the door. And what a blessing not just to have Jewish friends but to now we have our first (of many, I hope) Jewish converts. Amen! Church planting is our call and focus but what a privilege to reach the Jews, too. Jesus said in Matthew 10:6 to go “…to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” and there are almost 50,000 Jews here in Mexico City. Paul said in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.” (2 Thes. 3:1) We are “…your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Cor. 4:5)
Bro. Mike Wallace and Family