I hold dear the cherished memories of my experiences in El Salvador during the past two years. At the close of June, I parted with all my possessions, bidding heartfelt farewells to the many dear friends I had made in El Salvador. After a brief return to the United States, I ventured to southern Mexico. My time in Mexico was a dedicated endeavor aimed at connecting with pastors, visiting churches, and engaging with communities facing the challenges posed by gang presence
The first area I had the privilege to visit was remarkable. God greatly encouraged me. One particular moment that stood out was a meaningful conversation I had with a young man who was waiting at a taxi stand. He graciously devoted over thirty minutes to listen as I shared from the Bible his need for Jesus Christ. His attentiveness was evident, and as our conversation concluded, he believed the gospel and called upon Jesus Christ for salvation.
While in Mexico, I had the honor to preach at multiple churches and help in one church's neighborhood Bible Clubs for children. These moments spent with the children were rejuvenating. Serving the community's children, teaching them the Bible, sharing inspiring missionary stories, playing games, and eating Mexican pozole was tremendous. I must say, the Mexican pozole there ranks among the best I've ever had in my life; God certainly knows how to reward us with wonderful surprises.
I also had the opportunity to visit four Drug Rehabilitation Centers operated by other organizations. There, I shared my personal testimony and taught important biblical principles to help them. My heart was deeply moved to meet numerous teenagers who were grappling with addiction. It serves as a stark reminder that young people today are grappling with deep troubles unlike never before; they are seeking relief from inner turmoil through drugs, alcohol, and the allure of gang life. There is urgency for us Christians to extend our lives to this younger generation and serve them the hope and love that only Christ can provide.
Following my time in Mexico, I made it next to Colombia. This past Sunday, I had the privilege of joining a small church and delivering two important messages. One aspect dear to my heart is reaching out to gang-infested neighborhoods to proclaim Christ to them. Following the church services, the pastor took me to one such neighborhood. There, we walked around to share the gospel with drug addicts. We also learned the name of a local gang leader. I request your prayers, as I earnestly hope that God will grant us the opportunity to sit down with this gang leader and boldly proclaim Christ.
Colombia is undeniably a beautiful nation, boasting breathtaking beaches and a vibrant, colorful atmosphere. However, beneath this beauty lies a darker reality, characterized by the prevalence of gangs. It deeply saddens me to see this grip on so many young lives, and my heart aches for these individuals seeking a way out of this destructive lifestyle.
I wholeheartedly seek your prayers and support. The challenges are substantial, and I’m traveling to seek God's heart in determining how I can best serve His Great Commission. I have been posting pictures on Facebook, and I welcome you to follow me to stay informed and join me in daily prayer.
On a different note, I'm absolutely delighted to share the exciting news of the recent launch of my newest children's book, "Pants the Squirrel." This delightful book is available in both English and Spanish, just like all of my other children's books. The illustrations are not only vibrant but also breathtakingly beautiful, perfectly complementing the captivating storyline of a curious squirrel who bravely adventures out of the forest to embark on a journey of a lifetime. I hope you will consider ordering copies and sharing this tale with countless children who will undoubtedly find inspiration in its pages.
In closing, I'm thrilled to share that my ministry has partnered with Waymaker Publishing, focusing on an essential campaign. We are seeking writers to join us in creating heartwarming and impactful books for needy children. Far too many children are growing up without access to books, perpetuating a cycle of illiteracy and limiting their educational opportunities. Our mission is to provide free books to poor children, offering them the opportunity to unlock their potential and develop a lifelong love for learning through reading.
If you have a heart for this cause or know someone who does, I invite you to explore the opportunities and get involved by visiting www.MissionFrontier.info/bookangels or www.WaymakerPublishing.com/angelwriters. Your contribution, whether as a writer or supporter, can truly make a lasting impact on these young lives in need.
Your partnership in my ministry is not only greatly appreciated but also instrumental in bringing hope and wonderful change to those in need. Thank you for standing alongside me and sharing in the mission!