After graduation ceremonies in May at the Rio Grande Bible Institute on the border, we headed south to Puebla, Mexico. Arleen and I immediately set to work in paving the way for the arrival of a missions team from a supporting church near Houston, Texas.
Thank the Lord with us for numerous blessings with the 18-member Sugar Land Bible Church missions team that was with us here in Puebla, Mexico June 3-11. Their extremely hard physical labor was done as to the Lord and was such a great help to the Puebla Bible Seminary (pouring a concrete sidewalk, clearing a parking lot of debris, installing safety lights, cleaning out the shop, trimming hedges, gardening, edging and mowing lawns in preparation for the upcoming graduation ceremonies). The team helped a new church plant by putting on a cement roof for a meeting place), and to us personally (painting our apartment and upgrading our bathroom and kitchen plumbing).
Their puppet and VBS ministry with children to three local churches bore immediate fruit as at least 4 children accepted Christ as their Savior. One boy piped up and said, “This is a lot more interesting than sitting through the mass at our church”. Three children returned on Sunday.
Also, the team handed out thousands of full-color fold-out tracts with the World Cup soccer schedule on one side and the Gospel on the other; each bore a special stamp with our son Tim’s telephone number and that of Miguel Angel, a national leader’s home phone, where the new church is holding meetings. The first day they were passing out tracts near the new church plant a call came within 20 minutes of starting the project, asking for information about Bible studies. That was such a great encouragement! The team canvassed a 3-mile radius of the new church plant. With six members able to speak Spanish, each team of three could effectively communicate with the people they met. Several encounters with false cults were made, but most people graciously received the tracts. Stores and markets were also targeted.
The way the team worked like army ants in a line putting up the roof was a tremendous testimony to the whole community. Several neighbors commented on their diligence and asked why they were working so hard. We told them who we were and why both the young people and adults were so dedicated to their task: they expected results that would have eternal values. We then shared the Gospel with them. Our hosts fixed steaming delicious tacos and tamales for us.
We are grateful to all those who had a part in sending this incredibly gifted group to work for the Lord with us here in Puebla, Mexico for His glory. We are also thankful to all those who pray and give so that we can continue ministering here where the field is white unto harvest.
In His service,
|Phil and Arleen Blycker|
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