Wallace’s Missionary Prayer Letter October 1, 2019 (Aug. ’19 & Sep. ’19)
Dear Pastors, Churches and Friends,
October 1, 2019 (Aug. – Sep. ’19)
Greetings in Jesus’ Name from Mexico City! During the month of August we held our VBS and had well over 100 in attendance daily. We had some children, teens, and even parents saved. Also during soul-winning and regular church services, people continue to be saved and baptized. Mary and I visited a lady named Paula recently after she was saved at our church. While in her house, she told us she got rid of all of her idols, and that God was beginning to bless her new life in Christ.
Our volcano “Popo” has been very active the last few months and has caused the pollution to be much worse than normal. The bad pollution caused Mary to get a sinus infection, and she had to take several medicines. I saw my gastroenterologist recently, and he put me on some strong medicine to try to rid me of the parasite problems I have which has infected my digestive system. Also, please pray for Mary as she has suffered for a few months and is currently doing 5 weeks of physical therapy for severe muscle pain in her back, neck, and right arm. She also recently developed a kidney problem. Please keep praying for our health.
Our family is bigger since our last prayer letter. Our son, Joseph, and our daughter-in-law, Joanna, had their second child in August. This makes our fourth grandchild. Pray for them as Joseph who is currently a youth pastor, plans to move with his family to Colorado in a few months to help my daughter & son-in-law (also a youth pastor) start a new church. Mary visited her parents for about a week in August to help them. Her dad is 91, and while there in her parents’ home, she was able to lead Dewana (who is one of the healthcare workers helping her dad) to the Lord.
Last month Mexico celebrated its Independence Day, and our church also celebrated its third anniversary. We had to build more benches to help with seating as our church continues to grow. We also had a missions emphasis week and plan on taking on another Mexican missionary, Bro. Martinez, who is on deputation to Panama. During this same week, a new lady in our church named Lydia brought her husband, Elijah, but only for the special Saturday dinner. He said he would never come to a church, but technically it wasn’t a church service, so he came. I encouraged him to come Sunday, and he did and got saved. At the end of last month, there was a demonstration march, then rioting, looting, and fires set downtown. This marked the five-year anniversary when 43 young Mexican student teachers were kidnapped by the police, turned over to the drug cartel, and never seen again. The protest was because of the government involvement and failure to investigate it. As civilian volunteers searched for the missing 43, they never found them, but instead found hundreds of other unidentified corpses in clandestine graves. Recent statistics say that all Mexican government is at least 80% involved directly or indirectly with the drug cartels. While we were downtown last week, most all of the businesses suddenly slammed shut their metal security doors and hundreds of riot police lined the street in front of us as more than a thousand socialist (communist), feminists paraded and protested. They marched to the plaza center and set fire to the almost 450-year-old cathedral. They did this because though abortion became legal in Mexico in 2007, the catholic church is still against it, and the protestors want the government to offer free abortions. The only solutions to these problems in Mexico City is the gospel, and that is why we are here. We plan to take our next furlough June 2020 – April 2021. Thanks for everything! We are “… your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5.
Bro. Mike Wallace &Family