MEETING THE NEEDS OF OTHERS
As Christians, we are asked to give up our lives in order to find them. As missionaries, we so much enjoy the time spent with family (parents, children and grandchildren). We did just that from May 23 to June 18. Each time we leave it feels just like the first time we left in 1991. It's extremely difficult, but we know we were called to meet the needs of others in another country and in order to do that we were called to leave.
Upon our return on June 18, we once again find ourselves taking pictures off the walls, packing boxes and preparing to leave a house we called home for the last 3 years. We continue to answer God's call, His call to leave and to meet the needs of others.
Beginning on August 12, we will return to San Luis Potosi and continue our ministry from there. In the meantime we have work to do: preach, teach and disciple those around us in churches and camps this summer.
The Ontañon Church of Christ has asked us to return and be their missions outreach minister. During our first 24 years there, we traveled through Mexico helping establish churches, encourage, preach and teach leaders. We will mentor the new leaders of the Ontañon church and help provide opportunities for them to grow and become the mature leaders that the church needs today.
Equipping Christian leaders, one life at a time and meeting the needs of others has been our mission for the past 27 years. We are more than blessed and feel very fortunate to serve as God's Ambassadors to Mexico and serve in this new role.
For the last three years we helped prepare servant leaders for the church. In our new role, we will continue to prepare servant leaders for the church, but now have the opportunity to prepare more Christian leaders for the church, in the marketplace and beyond.
Matthew 28:19 - 20 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Jesus said, Go! Which means to leave the place you call home.
Make Disciples! Means to preach, teach and mentor those that have the desire to serve.
That's our work, that's our mission. That's our goal of "Meeting the Needs of Others" where God leads us and guides us. In other words, we are headed back to the battle field, to help bring the light and life of Jesus Christ to those in need.
Jose is joining the Emanuel Mexico Mission team. In the coming months you will begin to hear monthly reports of his work, as the lead minister of the Ontañon Church of Christ. He will be concentrating his focus to the Inner City Ministry needs that are desperately needed there.
Thank you for sharing with us, praying for us and being our encouragers.
God bless each and everyone of you.
David & Sheri DeBolt