Welcome! Nuestra Casa Es Su Casa ...Our house is your house

A glimpse into the life of Daniel and Jaynee Lockwood and their 12 precious blessings. Thank you for visiting; we pray that what we share here may always bring glory to our wonderful God and Saviour. May you praise the Lord with us for the great things He has done and continues to do as we serve Him sharing the gospel here in the little town of Cuidad Insurgentes, BCS Mexico. He alone is good and faithful!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Will you walk with us?

When I posted on Monday, I thought that letting everyone know what had happened was simply the right thing to do.  Looking in on someone's life through a blog or other media or trying to share your life with another this way can be hard.  I have loved sharing what the Lord has done in our lives and love being able to encourage another.
It wasn't an easy thing to post Monday, and while I don't share every little detail of life here, I have always tried to share both the joys and trials....the good and the not so good.  And so I share what has been the hardest trial yet.
I thought that after I shared, I would close this chapter of life via the blog.  I would privatize the blog so I could someday print it up as a journal of our time here in Mexico, but didn't see the need to write further.
We have been so blessed by the outpouring of love, care, and prayer for our family.  To truly experience God's grace in such a real way has touched our hearts in the midst of our pain and given us such hope.
The first few days after everything happened, I was in such a dark cloud.  I remember standing in the kitchen, sobbing, and saying, "Lord, I don't know how to do this.  I don't know what to think, what to do, what to feel, how we will make it.  I just don't know how."  I hadn't read a book on this.  Nor would I have ever wanted to.  I'd heard about this happening before, but I'd hear someone confessed, had to leave, and that was the end.  I don't know what happens next.
Confession, repentance, brokenness, forgiveness, love, grace, growth....ashes to beauty.  That is what I believe our Lord can do!  I don't want Monday to be the end of our story.  Yes, this chapter has come to a bleak end, but another chapter is about to be written.
Will you walk with us?  I think the Lord may want me to share this journey.  I don't know how often or how much.  But while I don't know the way, don't know what lies ahead, and my heart is sometimes overwhelmed with so much, I know the ONE who is not only walking with me but is leading the way.  I trust Him.  I love Him.  And I know He is here.
So many praying for us.  Tear flow unceasingly as we hear from those who care.

Psalms 143.  That is the Psalm the Lord gave me in my darkest night.  I will share that with you soon.





Monday, April 21, 2014

Hardest post I have ever had to publish

This morning, my husband sent out the following letter:


Dear Supporters and Friends,

     It is with great regret and sorrow that I write this letter to inform you of a personal moral failure.  I have confessed my sin to my pastor and after prayer and fasting, my pastor and the deacon board at our sending church have decided to remove me from the ministry immediately.  I am very saddened over the grief and damage I have caused to my wife, children, my church in Mexico, our supporters in the states, and the church at large.  I know I have disappointed many who have invested into our lives and ministry.

     My pastor and church have given me three months to transition from Mexico to the United States and to find a Mexican pastor to take over the ministry here.  Please pray for our family and church as we make this difficult transition.  We covet your prayers. Our family is so very grateful for the many years of support, generosity, prayers, and sacrifice.  

In Christ,
Daniel Lockwood


_____________________________________________________________________________


     Words fail me, but our God never fails.  Our hearts are broken, the grief is immense, but His grace is sufficient.  

     Thank you for your years of love, support, encouragement and care for our family and the people here.  Please continue to pray for us.  We need your prayers now more than ever.  

     God is so faithful and so good.    

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Growing

I know it's blurry, but this picture was about a month ago.  
Several of our regular families weren't there that morning, but I LOVE this picture.  I see two ladies and an older man who have come to Christ within the past few months and are growing so much in the Lord.  I see about 15 children who have only been in church for about 3 months.  They had never heard the gospel before.  I've had the joy recently of leading 3 of them to Christ.  

In the past month, more and and more people are coming to hear the preaching.  The past few weeks, we haven't fit in our building, so we are taking out a wall and expanding.  We need to start another children's class because there are more children coming then fit in the class rooms.  This week, our ladies are putting on a special Valentine's Day party.  They wanted to invite as many of their friends as they could, bless them with a evening of yummy foods/desserts, games, and visiting with the purpose of sharing the gospel with them.  They wanted me to head it up.  But I knew they could do it, and I said it was time for them to use what God has given them and taught them.   They are planning it, decorating, inviting, making food, and one of our ladies is preparing a gospel message to share.  They are wanting to share their testimonies, share a special song, and are praying that they the Lord will bring their friends to Him.


So while between the normal chores of the home, the school, and the regular work of the ministry, we are continuing to expand/build church building as the Lord provides, working on building guest quarters behind our home (anyone want to come visit??!!!  We'd LOVE to have you), and getting prepared to possibly send my two babies...our two boys... two young men off to Bible college (look for a future post on that soon...or as soon as I buy a box of Kleenex to have on hand while I type it.)

So much joy in serving the Lord!!!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Do you trust your God?

We often, as Christians, sing songs such as “I Surrender All”….. “all to Jesus I surrender…”
But how often are there areas in our lives that we just haven’t surrendered.  We are still holding on to tightly.  We still want our way.  We still want the control. 
The other day, a dear lady and friend of mine wanted to talk to me.  She said there was an area in her life she knew the Lord wanted her to surrender, but she couldn’t.  She went on to explain that the other day, she and our son Timothy and a group of others were visiting after church and somehow the subject came up of having children.  Someone had asked Timothy when he gets married, how many children he’d like to have.   She said he answered, “I’d like to have as many as the Lord wants to give me.”   Then someone asked my friend’s husband if they wanted to have more.  My friend said her husband was quiet and just walked away. 
He does want to have more…many more if the Lord wills.  But my friend was scared.  How will we provide?  What about all the work?  She had been telling her husband no more children.
Here in Mexico, almost every single woman, after they have had 2 or at the most 3 children, have had an operation to prevent them from having any more.  Most of these ladies are still in their twenties.  Mexicans, who use to be known for their large families, have now been indoctrinated that having many children=poverty.  
Many here who receive medical care provided by the government are required to attend monthly meetings.  My friends have told me some of what is taught at these meetings.  A couple months ago, the meeting was on how a woman is not under her husband.  If a husband asks or tells his wife to do or not do something, the wife needs to make her own decision. If a woman wants to work and her husband tells her he wants her to stay at home, that is abuse.  She isn't to listen to that.
They have been taught through meetings, the television, the schools, and the medical community that many children=poverty.  That relationships outside of marriage are fine…just do it “safely”.  The amount of single mothers here is astounding.  The amount of people just living together versus getting married is…well, in our town….it’s like 100:1 now. 
Many Children=Poverty
They do not see children as God sees them.  They do not see them as a blessing from the Lord.  The mothers do not see the high calling of motherhood as a gift.   They have been taught wrongly for so long.
What a joy it is to open God’s Word and teach what HE says!!!  What a joy it is to see hearts and minds open to something they never considered!  And to see the Lord’s blessing!
It doesn’t matter if it’s popular or not.  God’s Word is true, His ways are perfect, and always for our good! 
We teach here in our church what God’s Word says each week.  Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of ladies at a church conference in Los Cabos.  I opened my Bible to Titus 2 and taught them how God wants them to love their husband, to love their children, and what God says about children in His Word.

Christians tell me-
“I don’t want/can’t have any more children because…”

Here are some of the reasons I hear all the time....

*I can barely afford the 1, 2, or 3 I have.  I can’t possibly have another.

How big is your God?  Is He limited in is ability to provide?  Does He stop caring for/providing for your family once you hit a certain number of children?  Are His promises no longer true?

Phil. 4:19-
 But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 6:25-33-

Psalms 37:25

When we were newly married, Daniel worked at a grocery store while going to college to finish his degree.  We barely made it.  We worked every week doing yard jobs for our land lord to help pay the rent on our apartment.  We never had extra.  But God took care of us.
When Timothy came along, same thing.  We made it week by week.  Daniel got a raise and we bought diapers. 
Elijah came and another raise.  Daniel was now topped out at what he could make at the store.  He could have taken a management position but it would require he’d work on Sundays, so he didn’t.  God is always first.  Sunday is the Lord’s day.  And the Lord provided.
When I was pregnant with Rebekah, Daniel was offered another job with better pay.  We were able to afford to rent a place more accommodating for our growing family.  It was a commission job and the Lord blessed.
And then we had Benjamin and Abigail and Isaiah, and Josiah, and then we moved to Mexico by faith.  And God has ALWAYS provided!  And He ALWAYS will!  Because He is God and His Word is true!
We’ve had times of leanness.  We’ve had times when the children needed shoes.  But I’d rather have children with no shoes than shoes and no children. 

*I can’t hardly handle the children I have!!!
Love them, train them, discipline them, teach them, enjoy them.  It is a job of sacrifice.  You give your time, your money, your prayers, your tears.  It is a busy, busy job!  The hours are often 24/7.  But the payment is priceless! 
So few children here are disciplined.  They get what they want, when they want.  They throw fits in the stores and are given what they cry for.  They don't want to go to school, they throw a fit and stay home.  They eat what they want when they want.  They go where they want.  Their parents let them run the home.
God's Word tells children to obey their parents.  It tells parents to love, train and discipline their children.  Proverbs 13:24 says that if you don't discipline your child, you hate him.
My neighbor took her 6 year old child to a psychologist because he was "troubled".  He threw fits, didn't want to go to school, and was very demanding.  Her boyfriend told her to stop giving the child his way and he'd learn to be much more content, but she wanted to see what a "professional" had to say.  The psychologist told her she should never discipline her child....only love him.  
Discipline is love!  And the fruit thereof is joy and peace!  
Love your children!

*I don’t want to lose my figure
You will most likely lose it anyways.  Those stretch marks, curves, varicose veins…they are all simply reminders that you’ve been sooooo very blessed!

*But what about my health?
A woman’s body was made to have babies.  God, our Creator, made it that way.  Are there times when a decision needs to be made to not have more children due to health?  Let me share a story-
I have a dear friend who has 10 children.  When she was pregnant with her 9th, something developed during the pregnancy that almost took both her life and that of her child.  It was something that was irreversible and while she and her husband had always welcomed each and every child the Lord gave them with open arms and heart, her husband, through many prayers and tears, decided that this baby would have to be the last my friend would birth. 
While the baby was in the NICU, I called my friend to encourage her, and she said, “Jaynee, I feel so badly.  All these years, we’ve left this in the Lord’s hands and now I’m no longer able to have any babies because of our own choice.” 
I told her, “You have always lived a life of surrender to God’s will.  And you continue to do so.  It’s not about how many children you have.  It’s about yielding your will to the Lord’s.  Your husband, who love the Lord, loves you, and loves children, made a decision because of His desire to protect you and his family.  And while you would have loved to have more, you surrendered your will to the Lord’s.”
Later, the Lord “put a baby in their lap” almost literally!  They adopted a sweet baby that was given to them.  What a testimony!
But most ladies I know have never even considered how many children the Lord wants them to have.  They think of how many they want to have.  They plan their lives.  Their trust is often in their finances or their abilities and not in the Lord.

I think the saddest reason I have heard to not have a child has been given to me by wives of men in the ministry.
*I can serve the Lord better with fewer children than with more
This gets my righteous anger going a bit!!   To think that serving the Lord is only wrapped up in working in the church, teaching a children’s class, teaching a ladies class, going out soul winning, working in a soup kitchen, being the head of a ministry committee, leading a choir, going house to house to visit and disciple or going door to door soul winning….
There is nothing wrong with any of these things….but to think that a woman is not serving the Lord as she rises before dawn to made her husband a hot breakfast and send him off to work with a smile and kiss, when she tucks a love note into his lunch, when she changes those thousands of diapers and wipes hundreds of snotty noses, when she teaches her children God’s Word, cares for her home, trains and disciplines her children in the Lord, loves her husband, loves her children, makes her home a place of love, joy, peace, thankfulness, stability, comfort, and fun! 
She could be bringing up men and woman who will someday be pastors, missionaries, Christian mothers and fathers, men and woman who change the world for Christ.   Men and women who love and serve their Lord because they were brought up to know and love Him.
I have had a lady tell me I am tied down to my home and not able to do what I could for the Lord because I have so many children to tend to.  Oh, sweet sister, I have more opportunities to serve my Lord than I know what to do with!  It is an honor and privilege I don’t deserve but I am so thankful for it!
I am not saying that there are not church ministries where women are needed!  Quite the contrary.  We need women teaching women.  If we want to reach children from broken and unsaved homes, we need someone to teach them.  And the Lord will call ladies to fill these rolls.  But always in His will and in His timing.
I have another dear friend that has been married for many years.  She and her husband wanted to have children.  In fact, she always longed for twins.  Year passed after year.  Finally, they had what the doctors said was truly a miracle baby.  That little girl is 10 years old now and still and only child.  My friend is the principal of her church’s Christian school.  She spends all day with her daughter and 35 other children teaching them, loving them, and serving the Lord in that way.  It is what God had for her.  Her husband is behind her and she told me recently, “Well, the Lord didn’t give me children in the way that I’d hoped, but He certainly gave me children!”
Let the Lord decide!  Let His will be done! 
I once had someone tell me, “I always thought having children was just something left to common sense or your own decision.  Like breakfast, I don’t ask the Lord what to eat in the morning.  I just eat what I want and choose something healthy.”
I asked her, “Do you ever pray and ask the Lord to give you this day your daily bread?  Do you ever pray and ask the Lord to give you children?   Be it little or much, every day, you want to eat.  Your body was made to eat.  But do you want children?  And if not or if you only want a couple, why? Are you surrendered to the Lord’s will?”

My friend’s husband wanted more children and it had become a wall in their marriage.  We opened God’s Word together, read what God had to say, talked about her fears, addressed them with the Word of God, prayed together, and last week, she told me, “Hna. Rebecca (my name here), you know how when a lady in your class is pregnant, you always tease and count that person as 1 ½?  Well, I’m hoping you’ll be counting me as 1 ½ here soon.” 

I asked her how she felt.  Oh, she told me she felt as if a burden she’d been carrying was gone.  Her joy returned.  That’s how it is with surrender!  We hold on to something that we were never made to carry!  When we give it to the Lord, oh the relief and joy!




Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Top of the Mountain


I remember a few years ago making a chart with rows of the names of my children and columns listing out upcoming school years.  On each year's column, I would write the grade each child would be in on their row. Each year, another child was added to our "school" as the older ones advanced a grade.  I remember thinking something like, "Wow!  In the 2013-2014 school year, I will have 11 children in school!"  At that thought, I decided I didn't want to think about that!  :-)  It was quite a while off at that point anyways.
And now I'm here.  This year, I have the most "students" in school that I will ever have at one time.  Timothy and Elijah are both in their final year of high school, so while we'll start Samuel in Kindergarten next year, my two big "boys" will be through with what we began 13 years ago.
And young mothers out there (not that I'm old )....the days are sometimes long, but the years are soooo short.  I can still remember teaching Timothy to read.  I remember opening that very first box of school books and soaking in the new book smell, feeling the clean, crisp pages, and my heart and mind full of dreams, ideas, and excitement in anticipation of teaching my boy.
I remember his first little desk, taking him for walks outside to find leaves to press and study, collecting bugs with him in jars, and teaching him to draw a fish.  
And I remember each year thinking, "How will I teach one more?  I hardly have an extra minute of time to my day as it is!"  
And then knowing that I just needed to do what my Lord wants me to do.  Ask Him each day for His wisdom and grace.  Rely on His strength.  Love, obey and enjoy the man He gave me.  Love, teach, train, and enjoy each precious child he gave us each day.  Be faithful.  Don't worry about tomorrow.  Be thankful for all His blessings.  Be quick to say sorry when wrong. Be thankful for His mercy.  And give God the glory in everything.
And I LOVE this year! We have good days (when everyone seems to work well, sweet attitudes, getting through our schedule well etc...) and days that make me extra thankful for the good days (days when children are grumpy, mommy is grumpy, the rabbits are grumpy and  nothing seems to be going right).  
But now that my oldest 2 are almost "done", I can look back.  The months we spent on the road, the years trying to learn Spanish and learn a different culture, the year spent living in a travel trailer, the times I felt we were just trying to survive each day....all those times I just didn't know and felt like I wasn't doing enough.  I look back and see how ALL those times...good and hard...each day....the Lord in His grace has used to make and mold us.  I see 2 young men who stand taller than I, know things that I never learned, have gifts and talents the Lord has given them that they are developing for His glory, and I still have all my hair (and only a couple gray pieces :) ) and have children who are teaching me things. 
I'm still far from being done with our home school years.  Samuel will turn 5 this year and Rebekah is still only 14.  Next year and for a few after that, I'll still have 10 "students".  But this "big year" that I worried about so long ago has been good year.


The Lord has been so good and I have truly learned that today and every day is the day the Lord has made and it is one in which to rejoice and be glad.  I continue to learn to trust the Lord will all my heart and lean not unto my own understanding.  I've learned that as I lean on Him and ask Him, He will direct my every path.  And I keep learning patience.  I think that's a life long lesson!
Our daily schedule is a tool that has 
been a big help in keeping things in order, helping us accomplish what we need to each day and keeping my priorities in order.  It has helped me not follow my "whims" or feelings but rather to use the time the Lord has given me as best as I can.
I know many people hear the word "schedule" and think things such as bondage, lack of freedom, overwhelming, failure, or just plain no, no, no!!  
But for me, it has given peace, order, freedom, and that sweet feeling when your head hits the pillow at night knowing that you had a productive day.
Do we follow this exactly to the T every day?  Nope, never.  Maybe someday we will.  But that's okay.  Like I said, it is a tool....a guide.  Do I feel like I've failed when half the day's schedule doesn't go as planned?  No....normally half a day of doing something planned is more productive than a whole day of being unplanned.  
Are there times I decide to not do something or change something?  All the time.  But what I don't want to do is decide to do things only when/if I feel like it.  If I did, I may never listen to Eliseo read or start dinner on time or get up when my alarm goes off. But yes, we are flexible.  Neighbors visit, Daddy needs Mommy's help, children get sick, the electric company is outside offering rides up higher than the power lines, and sometimes I know a child just needs some extra rest or some one on one time with Mommy.  But  when I pray and ask the Lord what I need to do and He directs me, planning it out/writing it down helps me stick to it!
I first began using a schedule like this when I was pregnant with Josiah and had 6 other children ages 6 and under.  My mom bought me the book Managers of Their Homes by Steve and Teri Maxwell for my birthday that year.  That has been one well used gift!!


When I first made this year's schedule, Timothy laughed as he read the bottom of the final page.  Sunday is church (therefore we don't follow our school schedule), Tuesday night Daniel and I go on a date (I LOVE dating my hubby!!!), Wednesday night we have church, Thursday night the oldest 3 have Bible Studies/Soul winning in town and sometimes I take the other kids and go soul winning with Daniel, Friday we usually finish school by lunch (it's mainly a test day) and work on projects as a family either at home or at church, and Saturday (since it isn't a school day and therefore not a "schedule" day) is dedicated to ministry (bus routes, youth service, preparing for church on Sunday) and cleaning the house/shopping for groceries.
Timothy said, "Good, Mom!  So you made a schedule for Monday only!"  ha, ha, ha!  When something extra comes during the day (which on the mission field, that is EVERY DAY), we just adjust.  We may not get in 5 piano practices a week, but since my goal for my children isn't that they be concert pianists but that they are able use their musical abilities for the Lord, 2 or 3 practices is better than none and gives them many opportunities to use what they learn.

 My older ones help teach my younger ones.  My children have learned to work and learn independently since obviously mommy can't be sitting down all day working one on one with any of them.  They still all want to eat and have clean socks and never complain at fresh baked cookies, so I'm not teaching "school" all day long.  But I'm always teaching.  That's what mothers do.  Whether they think they are teaching or not, they always are.  Our words, deeds, attitudes, and even our expressions teach constantly.  That is why I need the Lord soooo much each day!


 Each week, I make up a week's assignment sheet for each child.  It tells them what we need to do each day in each subject.  Much of it they can do on their own.  The younger ones need much more help as they are still learning to read well.  That's when my older ones help double/triple my one on one teaching time as they help listen to reading, help teach new phonics rules and special sounds, do flashcards and games for review, and answer questions/give directions.  
I try to spend a bit of time each day one on one teaching new material and giving help/instruction where needed.  The older ones help me with grading (my LEAST favorite part of school!) and the rule is that nobody gets free time until all your assignments for the day are complete.  


So this year I have two 12th graders who were just babies yesterday, a bubbly 8th grader, a growing up much too fast 7th grader, two amazing 6th graders, two inquisitive 4th graders, a  sweet, bright 3rd grader, a very, very, very, very bouncy, smiley, talkative, has a story to tell every 3 seconds 1st grader (I won't mention who that is but his initials are N.E.H.E.M.I.A.H.), a very proud loves to do school Kindergartener, and a 4 year old Samuel who NEVER lets us forget he's around! :)
This is the best year ever!  
And now I'm off to mop my floors :)

Monday, February 03, 2014

Back to posting :)


If you don’t mind posts that only take a few minutes and may not be all that “refined”, you’ll have a bit more to read here.
My husband has been asking me for weeks….okay, maybe months (not proud of this)…to post more updates.  I stopped updating as much as I felt it was taking too much time….something that I want to use as best I can.  But when my husband wants me to use my time doing something that I’m not doing, making excuses isn’t an option.  So while I have tried this and that to find time to update more, it hasn’t happened.  Tonight I thought…I just need to do it.  The Lord just wants us to obey and then He will bless and what I have found is He often multiplies my time when I use it in the way He directs.

Soooo all that to say, hi! 
  When I think  of what is on my heart to share with others, I think of 4 main areas:

*Missions-  I LOVE missions!  Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others; discipling and teaching others in the Word of God; life on a foreign field; stories of what God is doing here

*Home School/Teaching-  I LOVE to teach!!  I LOVE home schooling my children!  When I was a little girl and people would ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up (not sure if I’ll ever really grow up J ), I always said 3 things…. I want to be a wife/mother;  I want to be a missionary;  I want to be a teacher.  I always hoped the Lord would allow me to have one of those “dreams”.  He gave me ALL of them! 

*Encouraging others-  The Lord is so good and so faithful and teaches me so many things.  I LOVE sharing what the Lord is doing in my life with others!  I love giving Him the glory and encouraging others. 

*Family- I LOVE my family!  I really, really love my hubby!  I love our children!  I am so blessed!

Half of the time, when I think I should update, I just can’t think of what to share….I have so much I’d love to share and just can’t decide.  I can’t decide what to eat when my husband takes me out for a date.  I just want him to choose for me.  Drives him nuts! J  So I came up with a plan...

*Missions Monday- Posts about the work here in Mexico
*Teaching Tuesday- Home school posts; day in the life posts; teaching ladies and children
*Who or What you can pray for Wednesday-  Often times people want to pray for a missionary, but aren't sure what to pray about.  God loves to hear and answer prayer and we'd love to share some specific things you can pray about with us.
*Thursdays Thoughts- What the Lord has laid on my heart or is teaching/has taught me
*Family Friday- Posts about our family

I know….I can hear Daniel right now, “Babe, (that’s what he calls me ;) )….you are such an extremist.  You go from posting once every blue moon to wanting to post 5x a week.”  I know, I know.  But sometimes if I just have a goal, it’s easier to stick to it than having none at all in which I do nothing. I figure I can't post any less really. ;)  
So, the posts may be short or long.  Most of the pictures will probably be off my phone.  But I love pleasing my hubby J  And for those who are interested, I would love to continue to share what the Lord is doing here!  He is so wonderful!  

See you maƱana J
This picture doesn't have anything to do with this post;  I just like it ;)  Well, maybe it does have something to do with this post :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Christmas Service

I said I would try to update more regularly here this year and I really intend to! 
I only have a few minutes this morning, but I wanted to finally put up a few pictures from our church Christmas service.  

We had our regular morning and evening services on Sunday but with some special activities as we celebrated the Greatest Gift ever given...Jesus Christ!


We have several children that come to church each week, most of them without their parents.  One of our greatest joys is being able to share the gospel with these little ones week after week.  
Our first hour Sunday Morning is our Sunday School hour.   We all meet in the main building to pray and sing a hymn and then everyone goes to their class.
Daniel teaches the men and young men.  I teach the ladies/young ladies.  And then we have classes for both the older and younger children.
I remember the first years we were here.  I was the Sunday School teacher for all the children.  Little by little, as people got saved and grew in the Lord, they began helping me with the children.  And little by little, they began serving the Lord in the ministry of teaching children themselves.
Now, we have many men and women who love the Lord, love these children, and give their time each week to teach them from God's Word, pray for them, and continually point them to Christ.

After our Sunday School hour, we have a 15 minute break and everyone visits, drinks coffee :), and we prepare for our next service.  
Christmas Sunday, Karla and Miguel, two of our young people who teach Sunday School, planned some fun games for the children after their class. :)



Afterwards, we all met back in the main building for our second service.
Exciting Side Note:  The past month, our building has been FULL!!  Last week, we have had to bring in some little benches to sit the children up front and there were still people standing in the back. 
What a great problem to have! :)  Plans have been drawn up to take out the back wall and extend the building another several meters almost doubling it's current size.  It will be a long, skinny tunnel....but one where the gospel will be preached and God's Word will be taught here in this town every week!!

After several hymns, announcements, welcoming visitors, and the offering, the children again go to their classes for another hour of teaching.

I'm not usually in the children's classes Sundays (I teach on Wednesdays) but today was the day we were giving out the Christmas boxes to our church children  and I wanted to share with them who sent the boxes, why they sent them, and share the Reason we have Christmas once again.

Sunday evening we had another service.   We had several first time visitors, many parents from the children of the special ed school we'd gone to earlier in the week to hand out the boxes.
The ladies had prepared a special to sing and the children's choir sang as well.
Daniel preached a salvation message and after the service a lady talked with Daniel for almost an hour with concern over her soul.
We ended the evening with a special meal, fellowship, and sipping coffee around a bon fire.  It was such a blessed day all because of Jesus!


The day after Christmas, Daniel, our four oldest children, and several other young people from our church drove 6 hours south to a church in San Jose del Cabo for the annual youth conference.
Young people from 4 different churches came, many with unsaved friends, for 3 days of preaching, singing, games, food, and fellowship.


These 3 young men from the town of Santa Rosalia asked Christ to save them that weekend.  The two men in blue came to Christ during the conference, and the young man in the gray/black shirt asked Jesus to save him right here in our living room as they had stopped by here on their way home from the conference to get a bite to eat.
Daniel was teaching them to sing "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus."

Breakfast anyone? :)
They young man next to Timothy is David.  He was one of the men in the blue shirt in the picture above.  Timothy was so excited to have made a new friend who is now his brother in Christ!
These two sweet girls, Joceline and Lorena, never got their picture posted on the Christmas box picture posts as I had this pic on my cell phone and just now found it. :)

A bit choppy and a few weeks late, but an update at last :)
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend in the Lord!