Grace and peace,
We’ve been preaching in the drug rehab center since our last update. Praise God, truly, we’ve been seeing some genuine fruit brought for to His glory. Just wanted to share, real quick, an update from this place, that those of you who are praying for us can lift these things up before the Throne of Grace on our behalf.
There is a man that the Lord has been working on. When we first started preaching, the Lord just opened his heart to receive the Gospel. Acts 16:14 talks about how the Lord opened Lydia’s heart to receive the Gospel, and that seems to be exactly what has happened here. He has rejected God his whole life. Never read the Bible, nor did he want to. He had a sister who is a Christian, and preached to him a lot, but wanted nothing to do with it. But somehow, he ended up in this rehab center, and says that when we preached the Gospel, the Lord birthed it into his heart to receive the Word and be baptized. Then all of a sudden he found himself hungering after God for the first time in life. He was the first one to ask us of his own accord, “What do I have to do to be baptized”. We spent about 4 or more hours with him earlier on Sunday going through the Scriptures, finding out where he’s at, and it’s amazing. He has been in his free time recalling every single sin he’s ever committed that he can remember, and renouncing them one by one, and asking for forgiveness. We talked about the nature of true repentance, of faith toward God, of baptism, of what it means to follow Christ, and live a life of carrying the Cross, and more, and he seems to be as sincere and ready as anyone can get and by all evidence, appears to have a genuine work of grace within his heart. And he’s hungrier to know the Bible than almost every Christian I know. So Lord willing, we will be moving forward to baptize him in the next week as the first baptized convert in Mexico through this work to the glory of God. Pray that God’s work will advance unhindered!
A DRAWING OF THE SPIRIT
The director guy, Marco, who I mentioned last update as being heavily convicted, is still in a drawing process it seems. The Lord is definitely working on his heart, and he’s changing, but hasn’t come to the place of absolute surrender to the will of God for his life and baptism into Christ. He loves to hear us teach God’s word, is hungry to learn more, is eager to read his new Bible that we were able to give him. He also seems to be growing in the knowledge of God, even if slowly. The problem is that he is always incredibly busy, taken up with the cares of this place. He’s such a precious, caring soul. When we left recently, we were surprised to come outside and find that while we were in, he decided to wash Sean’s car. Please pray that the Lord will continue to work on Him and give him time to study his Bible and truly both find God, and be found by Him.
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (John 10:15-16).
In Christ – Josef