Wow, time here is just flying by! I blinked and suddenly it was December. Life just doesn’t ever seem to slow down! Since I last wrote, quite a bit has happened. The biggest praise is that I finally have my visa, and I can stay in Mexico! It was a bit of an ordeal to get it all worked out, but God provided and all of my paperwork went through, as did Candace’s. It also worked out that we made it back to our village just in time for the fair that the Catholic church put on to celebrate the village’s patron saint. It was a very large celebration that lasted over a week, and we gained a lot of insight into the culture here through the activities that went on. With Christmas coming up we are anticipating a lot more activity, and prayerfully plenty of opportunities to share the gospel as well.!
We also had another unique experience recently, as the mother of one of the local believers passed away, and we were asked to attend her burial. She had only recently become a believer, and the majority of those who attended were her friends from within the Catholic church. This provided the opportunity for one of the local Christians to share the gospel with many who attended the ceremony. It was a blessing to be able to be a part of that service, and to support our brothers and sisters here.
One final praise is that we had the opportunity to take a short vacation over Thanksgiving, and spend a few days with other members of our team working in Oaxaca, Mexico. It was a wonderful time to rest, and to share with each other all of the ways that God is working!
There are several people here who we can now consider true friends! We are beginning to feel very at home here, and can really enjoy the time that we spend out visiting various people in the village. This is also helping us make connections to new people, and giving us the opportunity to share more of our faith with our new friends.
Here in our village, December is a month packed full of parties, ceremonies, and religious activities. Please pray that we will be able to learn more about the people here, and find opportunities to share throughout this busy season.
Language Struggles. Candace and I are still struggling to find consistent and capable language tutors. Please pray that God will lead us to the right people, and will continue to provide opportunities for learning despite our struggles.
Written by Ellen Burns