Friday, August 21, 2009

Ministry Update

Greetings from Mexico!

I still have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. It is hard to imagine that my family has been given the honor of representing the Lord in Mexico. It is a dream come true for all of us. God has been incredibly faithful. We are now settled in and starting to minister locally. To recap the last three weeks:

Mexico or Bust

It was really tough deciding what we could bring from Minnesota and what we would have to leave behind. Box springs and some mattresses just didn’t fit. Neither did our dining room set or office furniture. We knew appliances were more expensive in Mexico but we just didn’t have room for a refrigerator and a washer and dryer. We just had to cram what we could in our minivan and a 7’ x 16’ trailer. So on July 6th we headed down Interstate 35 for the border of Mexico.
There were seven of us in two vans plus our little dog named Riley. We decided to take it slow because of the load. Everything went according to plan until we reached Oklahoma City. On a routine stop, we discovered that the van pulling the trailer had sprung a radiator leak. We tried to repair it but it didn’t hold. We were forced to stay the night and get a replacement installed the next day. At this stage of our journey the weather had become incredibly hot - 105 degrees and humid!
On the fourth day we finally made it to Laredo, Texas on the U.S./Mexican border. There, we met our Mexican associates who helped us across. Everything went well except the registration papers for one of the vans. Apparently they were not sufficient and we were forced to stay an extra night. The next morning we were able to secure the required documents and continue into Mexico. Finally we arrived in San Luis Potosi late that evening. We had been on the road for six days and had travelled more than 2,000 miles – a very challenging trip.

Our New Home

The next day we went to our rented houses. Unfortunately, we discovered neither house had water. We secured the necessary water pumps but when we turn them on we found there were several leaks in the house. With the help of our local friends, we were able to fix the leaks but our toilet bowl still only fills up with hot water! When I tried to take a shower, the shower head snapped off exposing a thin plastic water pipe barely protruding from the concrete wall. We managed to fix it but I wouldn’t dare adjust it again.
There are so many sights, sounds, and smells that are new - everything from the tamale vendor that cries a mournful wail every morning in our neighborhood to the clang of the bell announcing the arrival of the garbage cart pulled by a dutiful horse. There are the local police on their bicycles asking fifty pesos twice a month for security and the “bottle gas” man who drives his truck equipped with a roof-mounted speaker that blares a catchy jingle starting at 8:00 AM each day. The traffic near us moves like organized confusion over countless speed bumps while assorted smells seems to greet us everywhere we go. San Luis Potosi is a city God loves and where He is moving in desperate lives and hungry hearts. What a blessing it is to join Him.

Ministry Time

Last week I was able to preach at the church planted by the Cave of Adullam. It was a wonderful time of ministry and worship. The students from the discipleship program attend this church. We also travelled to the city of Jerez for a woman’s conference. On Sunday, I preached at a church in the nearby city of Zacatecas. Months ago the Lord spoke to me, at the same church, about coming to Mexico. We enjoyed a powerful time of ministry in the service. There is a hunger for revival and desperation for God.
Recently, Adam, my son-in-law, was able to share his testimony at two cell group meetings. Molly preached at the San Luis church this week about the difference between having a word from God and being a voice for God. She used the life of Moses to powerfully challenge us all. There was a wonderful response at the altar.
Each Friday night we lead a prayer meeting at the church using much of the music that we’ve used back in Minnesota. We also have been teaching the Phase II students at the Cave of Adullam. There seems to be no shortage of ministry opportunities.

Please pray!

We covet your prayers during this time of ministry. We so want to be in tune with the Holy Spirit. Please pray for health, safety, and our language learning. Finally, let’s continue to pray together that His Kingdom comes and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven! We love and miss you!
P.S. We now have internet service and would love to hear from you (contact@loveontheedge.org). We were also able to get a home phone. To call, dial 01152- 444-198-7784.

Ministry Update

In these past few weeks we've experienced so many blessings that I just have to share with you a few.


OPEN DOORS in MEXICO

Last month I had an opportunity to minister at the Cave of Adullam training program in San Luis Potosi. It was a wonderful time of ministry, teaching, and experiencing the presence of God. I just love the hunger of the students and seeing the Holy Spirit move in their lives.

I also had an opportunity to share at the church that shares the school's facilities. Later, the church had a baptismal service at a local lake. I was invited to help with the baptisms and saw a vision of the fire of God resting on the water. Shortly after, I along with my friend Robert Duran, could clearly feel the change in the water temperature!
Martha, my wife, was able to locate housing for us and my daughter's family. The rental units are close to the housing of the staff and students of the Cave of Adullam.

THE BEAUTY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

On June 12th, the urban pastors hosted an appreciation service for us. It was humbling to hear their testimonies along with others who know us. I was blessed to the point of embarrassment. They also took up a generous offering to help us in our Mexico mission trip. What an incredible ministry family we are a part of!


SPIRITUAL SANCTUARIES

One of our favorite worship leaders is Jason Upton. He possesses a gift of knowing and feeling God's heart. Recently, I read a short biography and came across this key element to his spiritual sensitivity.

After getting married to his wife Rachel, in 1995, the two had an encounter with God that would change their lives. This encounter made them question why they just sang in churches and left them with a desire to impact people for Christ. During their time at Regent University, finishing their Masters of Divinity programs, they set up a worship room in their home where they regularly gathered with other worshipers to pray and intercede. It was during these times that they realized that the songs God was giving them during worship were not simply songs but keys that would open and shut doors in the spirit (see http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=tc8ys7cab.0.0.ak5r6ybab.0&ts=S0401&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.myspace.com%2Fjasonuptonfaithandfly&id=preview).
This description closely mirrors what God directed us to do nearly four years ago! These precious worship and prayer times in our home have been the foundation for our ministry. The beauty of this spiritual practice is that it is open to everyone. You don't have to be a singer, intercessor, or full-time minister - you just need a hunger for Him. I believe this is a critical component in our battle over sin and the spirit of this world. It also empowers us to be a voice for God in this fallen culture!


KEEPING IN TOUCH

We are planning on leaving Minnesota for Mexico on July 6th. Please keep us in your prayers. We so appreciate it! Dan, our son, will be handling our Minneapolis office while we are away. You will still be able to contact us through our mailing address (P.O. Box 8940 / Minneapolis, MN 55408), phone number (612-598-3270) or email address (bud@visi.com).