We continue to try to serve wherever we are and be a blessing.I’ve posted newsletters thru the year (on the newsletter page link) but since I didn’t make a post here on this “updates” page I’ll try to do a quick rundown of what I remember in 2022.
In 2022 we had a great time of building friendships while growing closer to the Lord.
We have made contacts/ friends with some local pastors and Marty has had the opportunity to preach multiple times (in English with a translator but we’re praying that his Spanish will continue to improve so he can feel confident to preach in Spanish).
We found some very good doctors in Mexico in January 2022 as I (Michelle) had medical problems and was diagnosed with 2 autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis and mixed connective tissue disease) and Marty developed a fracture in his low back and needed treatment (and rest which is hard to get him to ‘not work’). We praise God for His leading us to some great doctors and they spoke some English too.
We have been working on our house here since it wasn’t finished when we arrived. We praise God for His provisions. We have multiple gatherings in our home and opportunities to share the gospel at our kitchen table. We also had a church use our house for their church anniversary service in January. And we were excited to share our home with some members of our church when they were here on their mission trip.
Our ministry has been utilizing our talents for the churches as well as people in our village. We’ve mainly been doing building projects for small churches as well as working around the camp. They were able to have camps resume in 2022 at the ranch and it was a blessing to see all the youth on the mountain.
The first youth camp here at “Rancho La Paloma”, since the pandemic was an Easter camp with Over 260 people showed up to learn, study, grow and worship the Lord. We stayed extremely busy trying to keep the camp running and also make some improvements. A few people from “Mission Bautista El Vastago” stayed the week and helped Mike with the paperwork and also helped around the camp. What a blessing they were to us all.
We finally got our own electricity for our house in 2022 with transformer set in March and the meter installed in June.
We survived some close wild fires in May on our mountain and met multiple groups of people that were helping to contain the fires. We thank God that the fires didn’t reach the camp property.
We’ve been adopted by a very dear family in Mexico and have been able to attend college graduations as well as a wedding and multiple family gatherings with them. What a blessing they are to us and a blessing for us to grow and learn with them.
Our church sent 2 work groups to the camp in 2022 and it was a blessing to get a lot of work done and see familiar faces from our church.
We had our second grandson born in July and we praise God for healthy and safe delivery.
Marty had the opportunity to preach my grandfather’s funeral in August. We do have comfort and a joy knowing that he knew Jesus as his personal savior and that we will see him again.
Marty’s dad was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2022 and so we started splitting our time with one month in Mexico and then one month in Texas so Marty can stay with his dad during the week to help him since he was so sick. He passed away in February 2023. We do also have the same comfort and a joy knowing that he knew Jesus as his personal savior and that we will also see him again. And we thank God that Marty had the opportunity to spend those months ministering to his dad.
I do pray that each and every one who reads this update, will share their salva- tion with their families, friends and the rest of the world. There is nothing more comforting than knowing where your loved ones will spend eternity.