Wallace’s Missionary Prayer Letter October 1, 2015 (Aug. – Sep. ’15)
Dear Pastors, Friends & Family,
October 1, 2015 (Aug. – Sep. ’15)
We are on our first furlough now and glad to be back in the United States though we miss Mexico very much. Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement, as well as your interest in our family, souls & missions, Mexico and Mexico City. It is hard to put into words how appreciative and grateful we are for your partnership with us.
When we left Mexico, we “sold” all of our furniture, etc. (actually practically gave it away to some people in the church). We couldn’t afford to pay for storage there nor to ship it back to the U.S. We have been married over 26 years and have much less material possessions now than we did when we got married. But we sure have been blessed spiritually over the years (and materially, too). Psalm 23:1 says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” This is a familiar, or I should say overly familiar verse, but it is very real to us as missionaries. God is faithful to supply our needs (Phil. 4:19). Amen! When Joseph ruled in Egypt under Pharaoh, he commanded his brothers to return to Canaan and bring his dad and family to Egypt, but he wasn’t concerned with their possessions there in Canaan. He said in Genesis 45:20 “…regard not your stuff…” God has always and will always provide for His children (James 1:17). I have said on occasion – everything that you see with your eyes closed belongs to you, and everything you see with your eyes open belongs to God. It’s all His, but He is so good to meet our needs. Hallelujah!
Our furlough has been very busy so far, but good. We spent a week in Texas when we came out of Mexico. We got to see some friends there and be with a good friend/pastor in Edinburg. We also took care of some medical, automobile and other needs there before heading to Florida. We had a meeting there in Defuniak Springs, FL and was with a good friend/pastor and his family. We then went to Alabama for a few weeks for meetings and to see our parents & family. We then went to Ohio and to be at our home church, the First Baptist Church of Kenmore in Akron. What a blessing to see our pastor, Joe Grimaldi, and many good friends we have there. They are such a help and encouragement to our family. Praise the Lord! We then flew to Colorado to see our daughter Hannah, and our son-in-law, Mark Martinez, who is a youth pastor at his dad’s (Ken Martinez) church in Longmont, just north of Denver. What a blessing that we got to also be with our oldest son, Joseph, there as he was returning back to Bible College in Lancaster, California after spending the summer in a Jewish outreach ministry in the summer. We returned to Ohio a week later to find a place to stay. We had a few more meetings in Ohio in August and meetings in Michigan and West Virginia in September.
What a blessing to get to knock doors again with our home church in Akron. I was partnering with Levi, a teenager in our church, when I knocked on a door. A lady named Yolanda came out and as I witnessed to her and shared the scripture some, I said, “Many good people will be in Hell and many bad people will be in Heaven.” She was intrigued and wanted to know more, and she got more – the whole gospel, then was gloriously saved! Glory to God! We have also enjoyed working in a Spanish church in Cleveland some when we don’t have mid-week meetings.
Please pray for our safety as we travel. “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