Wallace’s Missionary Prayer Letter October 1, 2016 (Aug. – Sep. ’16)
Dear Pastors, Churches and Friends,
October 1, 2016 (Aug. – Sep. ’16)
Things are going well for us here in Mexico City. We decided not too long after we arrived here a few months ago to start a weekly email update. This has allowed us to give a lot more current information & prayer requests regularly, and we appreciate the positive feedback that we have received. If you as an individual or church are not on our weekly email update but would like to be, send me a quick note to the email address below, and we will add you to the list.
When we returned to Mexico and moved into our new apartment, we had some difficulty getting used to both the frequent floods from plumbing leaks, as well as daily gun fire in our neighborhood. I am happy to report that the leaks have stopped, but I can’t say the same for the gun battles. We are living in a much more dangerous area of Mexico City than before, but the need of the gospel is even more evident to us and we are glad & honored to here.
When one looks at the problems here like crime, kidnapping, pollution, sanitation issues, all of the people trusting in religion or involved in cults, satanism, drug cartels & gangs, it could seem depressing. Not to mention the 36 million people squeezed into a city. Actually, on the contray, we are excited to be serving here. With so many having what some would call hopeless lives here, we decided to name our church Iglesia Bautista Esperanza or in English – Hope Baptist Church. The only hope people really have or really need, is the truth of God’s Word and the gospel of salvation.
Fortunately we have not experienced the multitude nor magniture of earthquakes yet like we did in our first term. We have experienced an occasional run in with police who usually want “easy money.” I was bit by a dog while knocking doors, and Mary suffered a bit of whiplash when we had an incident in our van. Mary also contracted a parasite. I am happy to report though that God’s grace has been sufficient, and your prayers are being answered. Today we are fine.
We have seen some saved, ususally a few weekly, and one with a really, really rough background but I won’t disclose the details. We have new visitors to church, almost every week. We have a few families that are really faithful to attend weekly, but are also very helpful to us in the ministry. The 15-passenger van we bought and brought down is working very well, both in handling the rough roads, as well as hauling gospel literature and lots of people. Our Jewish ministry is going well and we are making more and more Jewish contacts & being invited to Jewish events.
Along with praying for our health & safety and church, please pray for a good church building in a safe area. The building we have now is perfect, but it temporary. We have to move out by the end of this month and we don’t have any good options yet. Pray if God wills, that the owner of the place in the plaza who refused to rent to us because we are Christians, might reconsider. Also, pray about being involved with a gospel outreach we will have using Christmas Joy Gift Bags through Bro. Paul Deem’s Directline Ministry. If you need more info. or would like to be a part, call them (740-667-6166) or email them (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 14th to tell them of your intentions to participate on November 10th. In closing, we appreciate your partnership with us, whether through prayer, financial support, help or encouragement. We pray for you all, too. We are “…your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Cor. 4:5).
Bro. Mike Wallace & Family