Dear Family and Friends,
We thank the Lord for His continued blessings on our lives and ministry. We were at one of our Bible Studies last night, one that is about 30 minutes from here with a family in the mountains, and the mother was telling us that the people are beginning to talk about her. They call her the "Aleluya" of Tunel, referring to her as the one that has renounced the Catholic religion for another. This term is usually used for the Charismatic groups down here, but I guess they lump us in with them. Anyway, you don't always know what kind of impact that you are having in a spiritual sense with the people, but we found out that our work, time, and money is not in vain. Although she was not going to get into a discussion with them, she stood up for the Lord and us. What a blessing it was to be ministered to in that sense! These are things that the Lord allows us to see to prove 1 Corinthians 15:58 - it's not in vain. At the other Bible Study that we had last night, the mother asked us about the literature that was brought to her explaining the Bible. We quickly found that it was from the Jehovah's Witnesses. She wanted to know if it was good or bad. I quickly told her what they do and don't believe about Christ and told her that it was only good for the fire. This family is a very poor and uneducated family, but they are beginning to learn God's Word and want to know more. What a blessing!
The Padilla family who are helping us in the ministry here have had to go back to Houston, TX for a while to deal with some family issues and to try and raise some support for the ministry. They also will be going out for the months of June and July. They will be going to our Mission Board's Candidate School in June and then using the remaining time to try and raise support. They have been a true God-send to us and the ministry down here. We still need more laborers, but things are some easier because they are here. The biggest blessing is that they already speak Spanish since they are from this area. The Lord has called them back to win their people. We have tripled the outreach of the ministry because of their help. We have made a presentation of their work with us here. Would you please prayerfully consider having them come and present the ministry to you and your church? They have about $250 of support per month and they really need about $2,000.
With that in mind, we ask you to really pray that the Lord would send help during their absence. We really could use help from now until August. They will be leaving the end of May and coming back the end of July. We will then be turning around and heading to the States for the month of August. We need help while they are gone and they will need some help while we are gone. What do we need help with? We, the Paquette family, don't necessarily need people who can speak Spanish. We need people:
- to drive and pick up people
- to help prepare for visitation and classes (putting information packets together, putting labels on tracts, cutting out for Sunday School classes, etc...)
- to be an extra "body" on visitation
- to help with the maintenance of 4 different buildings
For the time that we will be out (August), we would need someone who can speak Spanish because Bro. Jose Padilla doesn't speak English very well and he would need someone who can speak it to be a help to him and in the same capacities as above. We do have a group coming the end of July (the 12th through the 20th), but no other plans other than that. You may be able to send a group or want to come for a week or so or know somebody that might want to come. We would love to be able to take care of all the expenses, but cannot. We can provide a place to stay, but whoever came would have to cover all other expenses. Please pray that the Lord would provide this need.
We would also ask you to pray for our upcoming Prophecy Conference we will be having this week. We will be passing our flyers this week and inviting the area churches. Please also pray for:
- the churches in Pabellon, Rincon, and La Estacion.
- the Bible Studies in Pabellon, Rincon, Tunel de Potrerillos and San Antonio.
- for direction in San Antonio. We are hoping to find a building to rent and begin a work there.
- each member of each church and their families.
- for souls.
- special requests and needs for our family.
We thank you so much for your help and support. God will bless you for your genuine love and support of His work here in Mexico.
The Paquette Family
Clark, Robyn, Alycia, James, Victoria, Eva, Alena, Ana, and Lydia
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Some Special Needs
If you've been reading my blog for long at all, you know that my sister and her husband, Clark and Robyn Paquette, are missionaries near Aguascalientes, Mexico, working in several small villages in that region. They're in their second term, and their ministry is just growing by leaps and bounds. I received an e-mail update from them this morning, and I asked my brother-in-law if I could share their needs with you, because I know that many of you attend churches of like faith and may know of someone who could be a help to them. I'm including the entire letter and highlighting in bold letters their specific needs. I encourage you to take the time to read the entire letter, then make their needs a matter of specific prayer . . . and then put legs on that prayer if the Lord leads you to! Yes, I am shamelessly promoting the ministry of a missionary family and asking for help for them! If I can't use my own blog to help people that I personally know are working diligently for the cause of Christ, then part of the reason I blog is in vain. You can also view their website here.