Wallace’s Missionary Prayer Letter October 1, 2013 (Aug. – Sep. ‘13)
Dear Pastors, Churches, Friends & Family, October 1, 2013 (Aug. – Sep. ‘13)
Greetings in Jesus’ Name! After speaking to the Jews, Paul declared God’s calling in Acts 13:47, 48, “…I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord…” Because of your prayer and support, we are so privileged to see Mexican gentiles here also glad for God’s Word and the gospel that brings salvation to them. Souls are saved and baptized weekly – Glory to God! What a blessing it has been recently to also have the opportunity to reach Jews here in Mexico City. Mexico has over 50,000 Jews and over 90% of them live in Mexico City. Most of these Jews live in several communities 10 to 20 minutes from us. God has opened our eyes to this opportunity and as we deliver the gospel to the Mexican gentiles here, we are also developing a Jewish ministry in our church. I have obtained Jewish tracts in both Spanish and Hebrew, along with other materials and I believe the Lord is opening up yet another avenue for the gospel here, but for His chosen people. What an honor! Please pray about this open door for us. I had a birthday since my last prayer letter. What a blessing to have almost 7,000 attend my party (Ha Ha). Actually, my birthday fell during a week-long evangelistic meeting we were attending in San Luis Potosi. People from all over South & Central America attended. It was a great time. With so many people, the church could only provide lodging for part of them. Mary and I ended up staying is a small hotel that cost us less than $3.00 per night. Your imagination probably can’t come close to what we got for that price, but praise the Lord we got a few hours of needed sleep every night. Two people from our church surrendered to full-time ministry during these meetings. Hallelujah! During that conference, there was a Mexican missionary to Israel that really helped us with the vision the Lord has given us for the Jews here. I will be spending a few days next month with a missionary to Hispanic Jews to further develop the best methods for this new ministry here.
Things are going well in the church here. Amen! The orphan ministry is doing good as is the Bible Institute. Mary is getting more music students in the church and at home, but to be a blessing these are free. Mary has also been helping a young teenager in the church who has Leukemia. Her name is Zitla. Please pray for her as the doctors haven’t given her much hope.
Since our last letter, we continued to have an unusual amount of earthquakes. At times, large windows fall from the high rises as people dodge them to escape the swaying buildings. The lights in the City (of over 35 million people) went out three times at night in the last couple months due to earthquakes. It is an interesting thing to “see” this. Mexico City is a spiritually dark place but God used this to show me a picture of how bad it would really be without the influence of the gospel light here. We have also had some major protests in the City as well as flooding & landslides here in Mexico due to all of the rain.
Mexico celebrated its Independence Day last month on September 15th. Contrary to what many Americans think, Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is not Mexico’s Independence Day. May 5th is actually the day they celebrate for a victory Mexico had over the French in the State of Puebla. But though the battles continue for the souls of men here, it is a blessing to see God give victory one person at a time, giving them true independence, liberty and freedom through salvation (John 8:36). Praise the Lord! “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 pray for you, too. We are your servants for Jesus’ sake (2 Cor. 4:5).
Bro. Mike Wallace & Family