For the last year we have been asking individuals and churches to pray for the unity of Baptist pastors and leaders in La Paz.Over Thanksgiving weekend the Southern Baja Baptist Convention held their annual meetings.We have received the following news from those days of fellowship:
- The churches sponsored an evangelistic campaign last month in the city's auditorium and 40 people accepted Christ and 50 re-dedicated their lives to Christ.
- Getsemani's mission in San Jose organized into an official church last month.This mission only began one year ago and has quickly mushroomed into a vital congregation.
- El Mesias has a mission in a growing neighborhood outside of La Paz called Las Fuentes (the Fountains).It had stagnated for a while, but new leadership and energy has resulted in 30 people now attending.The hope is that this mission will organize into an official church in 2004.
- The Convention is seeking to start a mission in Constitucion where there is no Baptist Church.
- The First Baptist Church has a mission in a neighborhood of Los Cabos that is also growing rapidly.They expect this mission to become a church in 2004 too.
A leader in El Mesias asked us if we might locate an accordion for him during our home assignment in the United States.Last week a woman called us wanting to donate an accordion specifically for missions.Wow God!
In October two volunteers, Bert & Deane Langdon, came to minister with the English Worship Congregation.They have a strong background in Christian Education.With the help of translators, they offered two workshops on leadership development for the convention and over 40 persons attended each time!
We were able to send more financial assistance to the convention in October towards the Theological School building program.This has enabled them continue work on the bathrooms.Last we heard the bathrooms are almost completed.
Theological classes have continued in our absence.The student body is small but faithful.God is rising up new leaders to supply all these thriving missions! Cristo Viene has been without a pastor for over two years.The convention has been rotating leadership for pulpit supply each week.This month a pastoral candidate is coming and the prayer is that Cristo Viene will soon have a new shepherd.
God is at work in La Paz!Your faithful prayers are being answered!We sent our annual report to the convention's meetings, telling them that we have spoken on their behalf in more than 50 churches and at 3 conferences thus far.Around 3700 believers have heard how God is at work in Baja California South!And this doesn't even count the 1000 people who heard their story at the World Mission Conference in August. The churches in La Paz are overwhelmed at your interest and love.And they also told us that they are praying for our return; they are looking forward to their continued partnership with the ABC churches.Jump up and shout people!You're making a difference in Mexico!