September 2019   
Rector's Msg.


Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27:14

From July 11th-18th ten of us were sent by Emmanuel down to Tijuana to serve with Mexican missionaries, as they seek to care for the needs of their communities. It was a rich and refreshing time and wonderful to connect with those missionaries, many of whom we have served with so many times before. We conducted two days of medical and dental clinics with children’s programs. These were done in two locations. The first was at a shelter (Casa Esperanza) for abused women and their children down in Ensenada. The second was in a park near central Tijuana. At these clinics we provided free services to anyone and sought to proclaim the good news with our words and actions.

The next two days we worked with a small Baptist church plant in western Tijuana. We dug out the ground in preparation for them to lay a foundation to expand their Sunday School rooms. We also painted the inside of their sanctuary. This work was done with members of the church at our side and provided an opportunity to connect with them and develop relationship.

God worked in marvelous ways during our time in Mexico and our team served together with zeal. While we do this work because we are called and with no expectation of reward or even seeing something grand, God will often show us glimpses of what He is doing through us.

One such moment came as I was sitting at a table on the porch of Casa Esperanza. At the other end of the table sat Juanita, who flies from central Mexico to serve with us every year. She was speaking with two young women who live at the Casa. I hadn’t been paying any attention to her conversation because I was engaged in another conversation, but during a lull something in the tone of her voice caught my attention. I turned my focus to her and realized that she was sharing the story of her faith with these young women. They were right there with her, hanging on her every word, connecting spirit to spirit. It was a beautiful and intimate thing to hear her share the way that the loving grace of God had transformed her life.
These moments, when God gives us the chance to see what He is doing, are so special. I am so thankful that I was able to be there to see this one and I pray that in this coming month the Lord opens up all of our eyes to see how He is working in and around us, as well. God bless you and thank you for your support on this mission.

In Christ,