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“I thought on my ways, and turned my feet to Your testimonies” (Psalms 119:59).

“I thought on My Ways…”The poet gives us the first step in turning to God–reflection. He thought on his ways and stopped his course of folly. He examined himself, and what he saw he didn’t like.

He had gone too far without thinking, which describes a lot of traffic on the highway of life. He had lived with presence of mind but absence of thought. Not thinking denies one the fuller like. For there can be no harvest-time of character without a see-time of thought.

Thinking on one’s conduct has the power to stop the evil and right the wrong. When the thief thinks on his ways, the peasant gets his cow back.

There is always hope for an individual who stops to do some serious thinking about life. –Katherine Logan

Thus, as we would expect, the first step in the Prodigal Son’s long journey home was his coming to himself (Lk. 15:17). Only after getting a person to think upon his condition–his guilt and its consequences–can we hope to change him.

Therefore, we need to stop to think and think to stop. If there are bad things in our lives, a little thinking will help us see it’s so.

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As we celebrated our ‘annual meeting’ (8 consecutive years) with CCAlamos and the communities we work with, Dan was telling us how the message always is the same–we need to be ready because the coming of our Lord is at hand. We need to stop and think. As we were reflecting on the work and all things involved in putting together this event, Jerry was sharing with us how the Lord stopped him on his tracks as he was sort of feeling overwhelmed and a bit frustrated with all the things needing his attention. Then he remembered what Jesus said to Martha…”you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part…”Lk. 10:41-42).

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I am always amazed at the ways our Lord works in our lives. Needless to say, I don’t always agree with His ways, or much less understand them, but that doesn’t matter as long as I obey…One thing is for sure, HE IS FAITHFUL!!! Knowing that about Him, I had no doubt in my mind that He would show up at our meeting last Sunday, where our goal was to honor and lift Him up!imageimage

Dan often tells us the only thing we have to do is ‘serve the multitude’ (Lk. 9:16). The Lord wants us to participate with Him in what He is doing in this world, isn’t that amazing? He prepares everything, then invites us to come and be a part of what He is doing. How often though we forget that and are all stressed out thinking it is us who have to do the work, the convincing and all..?

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I took Josie to visit her relatives last Saturday. The guy with the dark glasses is Josie’s maternal grandfather. His name is Juan. He is such a gentle and loving man, a believer too! He is 67 years old and has Glaucoma, (a disease of the eye that damages the optic nerve and is the leading cause of blindness). I read that there is no cure for glaucoma, but there are treatments for it, and they fall into two categories: medication and surgery. I would really like to take this man and get him checked to see what can be done for him. The lady standing there making ‘tortillas’ is Don Juan’s wife Lupita. She is mentally ill. In the next, you see Josie with her mother, who is also mentally ill. The older lady in the white dress is Josie’s paternal grandmother, her name is Gabriela.

It was good for us to visit all these people, and I would like to take Josie to see them once a month, Lord willing. Don Juan is the only believer in Josie’s family, that I know of, except for the aunt Josie lived with before moving back to the ranch. Josie’s maternal grandparents, and mother lived in very unsanitary conditions. Don Juan cannot do much due to his poor vision, which gets worse every day. It is a bit overwhelming to see such an unhealthy and unclean environment and not being able to do much…

The relatives on Josie’s father’s side live and in better conditions. I am glad we are getting to know them. We so want to share the message of salvation with all of them.

PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS: We are so very thankful for everyone that helped put this event together. Warren and his group, Jo & Jerry, Rogelio, Alfonso, etc…We praise the Lord for all the people that were able to come. We had lots of new faces, and also people we hadn’t seen in a long time. PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS UNFAILING LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS!

Pray for the jail ministry. It is such a privilege and an honor to be able to share with the men there. Pray for God to touch their hearts and open their understanding so they can come to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.

Pray for Chelsea as she is away, we miss her very, very much, but know the Lord is using her where she is.

Please pray for the salvation of Josie’s relatives, for a way to help her family, especially her grandfather Juan.

Pray for Rochelle & her sons as they have tickets to fly to Tucson December 7th, then drive to the ranch the next day. Also for Levi as he will be having a bronchoscopy November 22nd. Pray for the Lord to completely heal and restore his air way.

Please pray for the girls here in our house, Daniela (AKA Lolis), Dulce, Monse & Josie for them to have hearts after God’s own.

Continue to pray for us to be wise and win souls!

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Daniel’s perspective: I love to trace things back to their origin. I’m not talking about family trees and such, but instead about how certain things come to be what they are, and how certain people come to salvation through Christ. Every year as we get together, we remind people that over thirty years ago, one of the first missionaries out of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, came back to the town where he and his wife had restored an old ruin and had lived a life that, although full of events, was empty of meaning. When Frank & Betty Robles came to Jesus Christ through the witness of their son Frank Jr., something very radical took place and life would never be the same again for them.
Frank & Betty had a missionary/language school that I attended in 1978 in Alamos. Along with me were four others in the group, two ladies and two other young men. Now, over thirty years later, the three of us guys are still serving the Lord in full time ministry. Bruce Hoffman is in Sinaloa, Mexico, John Bonner is in Lima, Peru, and I’m the one that stayed closest to home and am still in the Alamos area.

On Sunday, there were a whole lot of people here in the ranch that have never known Pancho & Betty Robles. There was a youth group even that “just so happened to be here” all the way from Los Mochis, where Bruce is still there pastoring. They didn’t know about Pancho & Betty, but now they do.
I try not to trace things back to people until they have gone to be with the Lord. I don’t think that any of us need praise from men, if we are truly serving the Living God and living to please Him. (Please don’t get me wrong, it’s just the way I see things). But there were well over 200 people here that were just a very small percentage of the lives that have been touched because of two people being faithful to God’s calling and dedicated the time and made the investment in the lives of so many others to help them bear fruit for the Lord. I can’t even begin to imagine the thousands upon thousands of lives that have been touched by them. Now, we could take a step back from there and see how Pastor Chuck’s life was used to touch them, and how Pastor Chuck’s mom was used to teach him, and how someone had to have taught her the importance of raising her children to be servants of the living God, but then I would be taking you in the wrong direction.
What I really want to do is to encourage each of you to see yourselves as the starting point for the thousands of lives that will be touched by Jesus through you, if you are simply faithful to Him. Remember, the disciples had no way to feed a crowd of 5000+. But they were able to serve up the food that Jesus gave them to serve. We just need to be willing to do that, serve up what Jesus is giving us.

So, reflect on the people that God has used to win souls, but then make sure that you also serve up to others what only Jesus can provide, and you will never be sorry for having done so.

We love you all and are so thankful for each one of you,

Daniel & Ana

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I said in my haste”All men are liars” (Psalms 116:11)

His fault is a common one–hasty words, hasty charges. Many things precipitate fast speech: Illness. Tormented by suffering, we may say things we would not normally say. Feeling neglected, we may be tempted to impugn the character of others. Disappointment. Occasionally we shall be disappointed in others. We may reach the hasty conclusion that all persons are liars and cheats. But no one instance should indict the whole race. Projection. A charge against another may be only the expression of one’s own guilt. Anger. Rash words come fast from hot tempers. Ignorance. It’s faster and easier to assassinate character than to investigate. Hate. Give the hater the slightest chance and he will jam the air waves with calumny; and if the chance doesn’t come, he will make it. Protection. One may accuse another of lying to protect himself in his own lies.

In conclusion, “be slow to speak.” And if it’s something bad about somebody else, be a thousand times slower.

“Do not be rash with your mouth and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God…” (Ecclesiastes 5:2)

I don’t care to recount the times I have uttered hasty words for whatever reason…I am just so thankful for God’s awesome mercy towards me. Not that I take that as a license to sin, I want to be careful with my words, actions, and attitude always, but I fail miserably more times than I care to admit…

I read this interview with one of the 33 Chilean miners, Mario Sepúlveda, trapped half a mile below ground. He was the second one to surface after 69 days!. We had been praying for all of them, like so many other people around the world were, so now to hear some of their stories makes us realize even more the importance of being faithful to intercede for others. Prayer is so powerful and so unbounded.

Anyway, one of the things this guy was saying goes so well with Psalm 116:11. He tells how for 14 days they were in complete darkness, ‘there was no night and no day,’ he says. They begged God to help them, and He did! In his interview, speaking for the first time of the ordeal, he was breaking, he said, their self-imposed  ‘Pact of Silence,’ because he felt ‘there were certain things which need to be told.’

He said he wants the world to know what went on down there, after being swallowed into the bowels of hell and being now being reborn, he felt it his duty to tell what went on and the lessons he learned. He cries as he tells the remarkable story of survival. Mario felt he needed to ‘sort of break’ their “pact of silence” because of the rumors that were circulating.

We can clearly see, by his story, how men of any age, race, status, etc., can utter hasty words, or act in a way he can later regret under extreme circumstances, as the ones Mario is describing in his interview. He talks about the ‘inhume’ conditions down there, the ground was constantly wet, it was weltering hot (92F), the humidity made it hard for them to breath, the air was so bad their eyes were burning all the time, they were all coughing. So yes, he says they were so depressed and some of them would ‘cry like babies,’ at times.

There are things, he says, he will never talk about, only because they would embarrass their children, and also to protect the younger and more vulnerable ones that were down there with them. He says, unlike the rumors, nothing sexual went on, but some of them did act like children, and that is what he won’t talk about…

Anyway, fearing they would starve to death in their underground tomb, in such darkness and oppressive heat, feeling the devil was down there with them, scared and worried they would have a horrible death by dehydration, made them, I am sure,  utter hasty words.

I love this verse, as I have quoted it before, For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalms 103:14).

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Warren & Jennifer were here with another couple that brought their two teenage children. They did a cement floor and the roof for Doña Lupita’s house and painted the interior, (she is an old, neat lady from Mezquital, Tesia). We were blessed to have Warren and the rest as this is Warren’s 103rd missionary trip to Mexico, the last ones (I don’t know how many) have been to our ranch. My highest respects for Warren. They left yesterday early morning. The Lord is so faithful in sending us His servants to work alongside us and encourage us on.

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Full moon the other night when we drove to Las Minitas for our Friday night Bible study there. We had our grandchildren with us as Roshon was taking a sewing class in Alamos. Obed loves the moon and was fascinated watching it on our way there and back, it was so cute to see, he loves the fish too.

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We had a new lady come to our monthly women’s Bible study in Jíjiri yesterday. Her name is Juana. A few months ago she was diagnosed with a weird disease caused by pesticides as she worked in the fields. The diseaseIt affects her blood platelets, along with red cells and plasma, platelets form a major proportion of both human and animal blood. In a healthy body the count of platelets is approximately 4.2-6.1 million, and she was telling us her count goes down to 3,000 sometimes… and she feels real bad when this happens. Anyway, I am always amazed how when we are in a great need we remember the Lord. I am so thankful for that…

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Daniel’s perspective: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:12-13).

I have heard of three people in my days that have received prophecies saying that they are the “John the Baptist” for the second coming of Christ. It’s always amazing to me to hear someone say this as John the Baptist never even claimed to be the prophet that was to come. Jesus made the claim for him.

In all three cases, it has ended poorly for the ones that have received this prophecy. Two are dead. One was a former pastor from Calvary Chapel that broke away and had a large following. Once this prophecy was made, it was a short time after that he was gone. The other , William Marrion Branham, died in a car accident in 1965. And the last was a personal friend who told me about the prophecy given over him. I warned him about the first two and told him to run. He didn’t and his life and ministry became a train wreck. So, it was odd when on my way to a few different Bible studies this week I felt like the Lord wanted me to speak like John the Baptist. Okay, so now it’s me! (I’m just kidding of course). What I felt  Him telling me was that the message that He is coming very soon and that people need to quit having faith in their religion and resting on their records, is of vital importance.

We have been going to San Antonio almost every week for almost ten years. There are only a hand full of believers there, but we will keep going anyway until the Lord tells us otherwise. But what we are trying to do, and we need your prayers for this, is to speak to the whole community of the truth and let them know that they are rejecting that truth on  a weekly basis and relying on a lie that the “father of lies” has been telling them all their lives. For those of you who think that it’s just to each his own, well that’s true too, but our job is to make sure they know that the decision is about eternal life verses eternal judgment.

So, back to all of the guys that are dead that were supposed to be the front runners for Jesus second return, what I felt the Lord was putting on my heart can be described to people who have seen the movie “Spartacus” very easily. A slave, turned gladiator, turned leader of a rebellion of slaves, upon finally being defeated and captured, is given the ultimatum of identifying himself to save the others that of fates crueler than death. When he is ready to identify himself, everyone stands up and starts saying, “I am Spartacus!” Okay, I don’t think that any of us should start saying that we are John the Baptist or Elijah, (except of course, Elijah himself), but I do think that all of us that believe in Jesus as Savior, should be calling on people everywhere like : “THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS: ‘PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD; MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.” (Mark 1:3).

So, if He is speaking the same to you, don’t delay, because He is coming soon!

God bless you all,

Daniel & Ana

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“…In the morning…come up…present yourself to me there on top of the mountain” (Exodus 34:2).

The ‘morning’ is the time I have set to meet with the Lord. ‘Morning’–the very word itself is like a cluster of luscious grapes to crush into sacred wine for me to drink. In the morning! This is when God wants me at my best in strength and hope so that I may begin my daily climb, not in weakness but in strength. Last night I buried yesterday’s fatigue, and this morning I took on a new supply of energy. Blessed is the day when the morning is sanctified–set apart to God! Successful is the day when the first victory is won in prayer! Holy is the day when the dawn finds me on the mountaintop with God!

Dear Father, I am coming to meet with you. Nothing on the common, everyday plain of life will keep me away from Your holy heights. At Your calling I come, so I have the assurance that You will meet with me. Each morning begun so well on the mountain will make me strong and glad the rest of the day! Joseph Parker (theologian, 1830–1902).

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We just celebrated Mexico’s 200 year Independence! Okay, there is much to be said about that, but we will keep it at that. God knows I love my country and grieve for it. And yes, Pam, just like the letter you sent, “We must pray for our nation, our communities, our families, and especially our children. And if we don’t, MAY GOD HAVE MERCY!

“If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The Christians churches in Alamos are having a worship and prayer meeting event tomorrow night (Saturday, September 18th) to which some of us from the ranch are planning on going. It will be a time to lift up our nation to the Lord.

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Things at the CERESO (prison in Cd. Obregón), are going well. You can see Daniel and some of the guys that go together each Monday in the pictures above. Do continue to pray for God to touch the hearts of the men listening…may He draw them to Himself.

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Due to Independence Day, our country had a 5 day weekend! Josie’s cousin Neyda was here visiting together with three other girls, Jessica, Karina & Belén, all three of them sisters. Carla’s niece Luz Elena, María Mercedes from Mezquital, and María from Navojoa were, and still are here, these last three are not teenagers yet, the other ones are. We have been having a great opportunity to share with all these girls. It’s great to have them here, so we can share with them.

Thank God for Chelsea’s help! That girls is such a servant! She said this morning, “yeah, an unworthy servant,’ and I agree. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ” (Luke 17:10). Well, those of you that know Chelsea know  she always does much more than she in commanded, so I would say she is a ‘worthy’ servant, but we do have some ‘unworthy’ ones, that barely do what they are commanded, me being one of them. I am a very ‘unworthy servant’ much more than I care to admit, and many times I cannot even call my self ‘unworthy’ because I have not even done what was required of me…thank God for His amazing mercy!

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Please keep Mocúzari in your prayers, as well as the other communities we work with. The Lord is faithfully working in people’s hearts, as well as in ours.

imageDaniel’s perspective: Right before Ana & I moved here to Mexico in 1984, I took a test to finally receive my general contractor’s license. I probably still could answer most of the questions on the test because I took a course to prepare me for the examination. I was telling the people here last week that I feel like that is a big part of what I am called to do here with them. (Not be their general contractor although sometimes I get to be:) but to help them prepare for the day that they will be standing before the throne of God giving each one an account for what they had done while on earth as Jesus’ disciples. The Bible says this: But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS TO GOD.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:10-12)

Knowing that I will one day be standing before God’s judgement seat helps to motivate me to be preparing for that day. I received my general contractors license, B460200, after I had already moved to Mexico and never used it in an official capacity. I studied hard to make sure I would pass a test for something that I never even used! How much more should I study and prepare to stand before God’s judgement throne for something that I will never cease to use!

So, part of my preparing to stand before His throne is helping others to prepare to do the same thing. Please stop and think for a minute and ask yourself if there could be anything more important and more pressing in the world for you as a person who is going to likewise be giving an account before the King of kings and Lord of lords than preparing for that day. My prayer for all of you is that you will continually have in mind that the day will be soon and that you will be prepared for it and not be putting it off for another time. This is the only time we have! We are unworthy servants, trying to help other unworthy servants get ready to meet our Maker.

God bless you all,

Daniel & Ana

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“…”Prepárate, pues, para la mañana, y sube temprano al Monte Sinaí, y allí preséntate a Mí en la cumbre del monte. (Exodo 34:2)
(Exodus 34:2).

En la mañana es cuando he apartado una cita con Dios. ‘Mañana’–la palabra misma es como un racimo de deliciosas uvas para exprimir para que se convierte en un baso de vino sagrado para tomarlo. ¡En la mañana! Este es cuando Dios me quiere en mis mejores fuerzas y esperanza para poder empezar mi escalar diario, no en debilidad sino en fuerza. Anoche enterré la fatiga de ayer y esta mañana tome una nueva porción de energía. Bendecida es el día cuando la mañana esta santificada, ¡apartada a Dios! ¡Exitoso el día cuando la primera victoria esta ganada en oración! ¡Exitoso el día cuando el amanecer me encuentre sobre la montaña con Dios!

Querido Padre Celestial, Vengo ante usted para tener un encuentro. Nada de las cosas comunes de la vida diaria me impedirá de acercarme a su santo monte. Cuando me llama me acercaré para poder tener la seguridad que me encontraré con Usted. ¡Cada mañana que empieza mi día así en las alturas con Usted me hará fuerte y feliz el resto del día!Joseph Parker (theologian, 1830–1902).

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We just celebrated Mexico’s 200 year Independence! Okay, there is much to be said about that, but we will keep it at that. God knows I love my country and grieve for it. And yes, Pam, just like the letter you sent, “We must pray for our nation, our communities, our families, and especially our children. And if we don’t, MAY GOD HAVE MERCY!

“If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The Christians churches in Alamos are having a worship and prayer meeting event tomorrow night (Saturday, September 18th) to which some of us from the ranch are planning on going. It will be a time to lift up our nation to the Lord.

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Things at the CERESO (prison in Cd. Obregón), are going well. You can see Daniel and some of the guys that go together each Monday in the pictures above. Do continue to pray for God to touch the hearts of the men listening…may He draw them to Himself.

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Due to Independence Day, our country had a 5 day weekend! Josie’s cousin Neyda was here visiting together with three other girls, Jessica, Karina & Belén, all three of them sisters. Carla’s niece Luz Elena, María Mercedes from Mezquital, and María from Navojoa were, and still are here, these last three are not teenagers yet, the other ones are. We have been having a great opportunity to share with all these girls. It’s great to have them here, so we can share with them.

Thank God for Chelsea’s help! That girls is such a servant! She said this morning, “yeah, an unworthy servant,’ and I agree. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ” (Luke 17:10). Well, those of you that know Chelsea know  she always does much more than she in commanded, so I would say she is a ‘worthy’ servant, but we do have some ‘unworthy’ ones, that barely do what they are commanded, me being one of them. I am a very ‘unworthy servant’ much more than I care to admit, and many times I cannot even call my self ‘unworthy’ because I have not even done what was required of me…thank God for His amazing mercy!

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Please keep Mocúzari in your prayers, as well as the other communities we work with. The Lord is faithfully working in people’s hearts, as well as in ours.

imageDaniel’s perspective: Right before Ana & I moved here to Mexico in 1984, I took a test to finally receive my general contractor’s license. I probably still could answer most of the questions on the test because I took a course to prepare me for the examination. I was telling the people here last week that I feel like that is a big part of what I am called to do here with them. (Not be their general contractor although sometimes I get to be:) but to help them prepare for the day that they will be standing before the throne of God giving each one an account for what they had done while on earth as Jesus’ disciples. The Bible says this: But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS TO GOD.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:10-12)

Knowing that I will one day be standing before God’s judgement seat helps to motivate me to be preparing for that day. I received my general contractors license, B460200, after I had already moved to Mexico and never used it in an official capacity. I studied hard to make sure I would pass a test for something that I never even used! How much more should I study and prepare to stand before God’s judgement throne for something that I will never cease to use!

So, part of my preparing to stand before His throne is helping others to prepare to do the same thing. Please stop and think for a minute and ask yourself if there could be anything more important and more pressing in the world for you as a person who is going to likewise be giving an account before the King of kings and Lord of lords than preparing for that day. My prayer for all of you is that you will continually have in mind that the day will be soon and that you will be prepared for it and not be putting it off for another time. This is the only time we have! We are unworthy servants, trying to help other unworthy servants get ready to meet our Maker.

God bless you all,

Daniel & Ana

…’It is not in me’  (Job 28:14)

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I remember saying one Summer, “What I really need is a trip to the ocean.”
So I went to the beach, but the ocean seemed to say, “It is not in me!” The
ocean did not do for me what I thought it would. Then I said, “Perhaps the
mountains will provide the rest I need.” I went to the mountains, and when I
awoke the first morning, I gazed at the magnificent mountain I had so long
to see. But the sight did not satisfy, and the mountain said, “It is not in
me!”

What I really needed was the deep ocean of God’s love, and the high mountain
of His truth within me. His wisdom had depth and heights that neither the
ocean nor the mountains could contain and that could not be compared with
jewels, gold, or precious stones. Christ is wisdom and He is our deepest
need. Our inner restlessness can only be pacified by the revelation of His
eternal friendship and love for us. Margaret Bottome  (a well known writer).

It has been so very hot and so very humid, but it is also so amazingly
beautiful right now. And as Francis Bacon said, “Prosperity is not without
many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.”
Blessed is the person who understands God’s plan of ups and downs, who knows
that our earthly stay requires some “bread of adversity and water of
affliction.”

Sweet are the uses of adversity, which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
wears yet a precious jewel in his head” William Shakespeare

Thus every setback must be judged in the light of how it affects us.
Whatever our troubles are, they will pass. And just as the Winter beautifies
the spring, so adversity will sweeten our prosperity.

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Yesterday in our women’s Bible study in Navojoa (first Friday of the month),
I got to meet this lady named Gabriela (picture above right). She lives next
door to Viviana’s house (young pregnant girl picture above middle with her
mother), where we hold the Bible studies outside under a tree. Gabriela had
really loud music playing so I figured I would ask her if she could turn it
down. I went and introduced myself to her and invited her to join us next
door for a Bible study. She was very nice and pleasant and told me she would
attend next time I come since she was doing laundry at the moment and had
other things to do. I found out she has 8 children (two of them already
married) and two grandchildren. Then she told me of her 6 year old son
(picture above sleeping), José María, and asked me to come and see him. The
umbilical cord was tied around his neck when he was born and that caused him
severe brain damage, she said, also heart problems. He has had a heart
surgery already. She sometimes takes him to Hermosillo (our state capital)
for therapy, she told me, but many times she is not able to.

We have only gone to this neighborhood three times, but we have already seen
the devastating effects of lives lived without Jesus. The second time we
went there we saw a group of High schoolers in their uniforms gathering
empty bottles of ‘Cahuamas’ (a big dark glass bottle of bear one can
exchange when buying more), the girls got out of a car to gather the bottles
from this car driven by a boy and other boys were in the car as well. I don
t live in the city so those sights are foreign to me. But it has become more
and more common to see girls drinking, as before was not as common.

Rafaela, Viviana’s mother, asked me to come and share with the rest of the
family, she said they need to hear the Word too. I told her I would come
when she gathers her family and it is convenient for them. I love that scene
in Acts chapter 10 where Peter is summoned by a centurion named Cornelius
because he wants to hear the Word. We read that he called together his
relatives and close friends while he waited for Peter to arrive. Please keep
these people in your prayers.

I was talking to Rochelle last night and asking her what she thought could
be done for this little boy. She was telling me how he would need intense
therapy and lots of efforts from the mother. This morning, while in
devotions, we were talking about the city of Jericho. Before the Israelites
entered the promised land, Moses told them that they were about to cross the
Jordan river, to dispossess nations which were greater and stronger than
themselves, with large cities having walls that reached, as it were, to the
sky (Deut. 9:1). Jericho was indeed heavily fortified. Jericho was
surrounded by a great earthen rampart, or embankment, with a stone retaining
wall at its base. The retaining wall, I read, was some four to five meters
(12-15 feet) high. On top of that was a mud brick wall two meters (six feet)
thick and about six to eight meters (20-26 feet) high. At the crest of the
embankment was a similar mud brick wall whose base was roughly 14 meters (46
feet) above the ground level outside the retaining wall. This is what loomed
high above the Israelites as they marched around the city each day for seven
days. Humanly speaking, it was impossible for the Israelites to penetrate
the impregnable bastion of Jericho.

So, in other words, what we were talking about this morning was how those
things that seem so impossible for us, the situations we encounter–poverty,
sickness, hopelessness, ignorance, drunkenness, etc.–seem to us like the
impregnable walls of Jericho, yet the Bible tells us that, “…with men this
is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). There
are so many things that seem so impossible to me, so helpless…For those of
you that know Doña Florencia, we visited her yesterday. Oh! The helplessness
we feel when we see her and her family! Mónica looks like death, a walking
skeleton. Carmen’s husband just died a few days ago. He was a hopeless drunk
so sad. Gloria was there too. Flor is back from Baja California and she
seemed fine together with her daughter Flor. They said they would come for
Communion Sunday tomorrow.
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PRAYER RESQUESTS:]

Please continue to pray for us. We will have baptisms tomorrow, Lord willing
Pray for Marilú as she starts a new life in Montana. I was thinking this
morning her greatest challenge won’t be the MT weather, as she dislikes cold
weather very much, but the fact of having to live in such close proximity
with another human being. Married life is never boring, that’s for sure!
Continuing with the thick walls theme, pray for Jesús (Dulce’s brother), as
we seek for a way to instill in him the habit of learning, could someone do
that?  Pray for Christian parents in our congregation to want to be
responsible for the education of their children, for them to be examples to
them. Another yet very thick wall, pray for Elyott, Marilú’s brother,
following instructions is not something he desires to do. YES, WE SO NEED
WISDOM!!!
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Daniel’s perspective: I was once chastised by a brother for wearing too
many hats. I wonder what he would say if he saw me today. Back then, I don’t
think that he was right…now I wonder! I have now taken up welding and it’s
because of a need to weld tables for the aquaponics project, where we are
trying to raise fish and vegetables to eat and to give away. (I wish my
niece Crystal was here to teach me welding!) So far we would have been
better off just going to the grocery store!

Right now we are down to a pretty small crew and there are so many different
areas on the ranch that need to be tended to and at the same time, the most
important thing of all are the Bible studies. It’s easy to get spread too
thin and to not be as effective as I would like to be. (When am I ever?) But
at the same time, I continually thank the Lord for my Mom who taught me to
work. (I wish that I could have gotten a little more from the welder,
electrician and the body worker), but I have the most important thing, the
desire to do a good job and the knowledge that where there is a will, there
is a way. Please pray that the Lord would help us to keep focused on Him and
that we wouldn’t get off on any rabbit trails. We are seeing the believers
growing and what a pleasure to watch the Lord using them to reach others!
The one thing that I don’t want to change is seeking after the Lord. Like
Paul said: “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one
thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to
those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the
upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). I like the
simplicity of having “one” thing to do!

Remember that Jesus is coming soon and that He is bringing His reward for us
with Him. Also remember this: “And let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

God bless you all,

Daniel & Ana

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“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24)

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Yes, Marilú looked radiant on her wedding day!

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All was ready on time…

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A new chapter begins!

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They’re in love!

I am so thankful for all the help we had from so many different wonderful people, especially all the girls here in the house, they worked non-stop to have everything ready on time. Special thanks to our friends the Nauerts too!

We love you all,

Daniel & Ana