Since our appointment as missionaries in 2004, weâ€™ve depended on the generosity and prayers of our partners to help sustain and catalyze ministry in Mexico. In the past month, weâ€™ve felt that support keenly as we have been venturing routinely into uncharted waters.
Weâ€™ve felt encouraged as weâ€™ve entered into this first term as empty-nesters, overwhelmed by the care and concern that has been shown, not only to us but also to our kids as we now live and work in separate countries. Weâ€™ve felt supported as we forge new relationships with ministry partners and navigate the ins and outs of the megalopolis that is Mexico City. And weâ€™ve felt uplifted even in adverse situations as weâ€™ve reached out to missionary families facing unexpected tragedy. Your support is so appreciated!
Itâ€™s for that reason that we reach out to you to pray specifically for the national gathering of the Assemblies of God of Mexico, the Asamblea Conciliar that is being held in Leon, Guanajuato from Monday, November 8th until Thursday, November 11th.
To begin, this is the first national gathering of our partner organization since November of 2018. Since that time, they have lost over 300 ministers to the ravages of the pandemic, while weathering the related economic downturn that has left nearly half the national population below the poverty level. In this meeting, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Assemblies of God in Mexico, there is a desperate need for a move of the Spirit to console as well as inspire the ministers and church members in their work to reach the millions who have yet to respond to the gospel message.
At the same time, even though this gathering is going forward, there are forces at work that seem to be bent on limiting its positive impact. Health officials have limited attendance at the event to those over twelve, making it difficult for the many families who would otherwise travel together to be a part of this important gathering. Also, delicate issues must be addressed, issues that require wisdom and a fair measure of grace. As you have in the past, then, please pray for special favor over the events of this week!