Written on Sunday, May 7 ,2000 We expect to be here in the Hermosillo Sonora area through Mid June.
We are now in the Hermosillo, Sonora area, in the beginning of table grape harvest. Some of the camps are full, and others are filling up. Thursday night about thirty (mostly men) responded to an invitation to receive Christ as Savior and Lord in Campo Capitan. They were reluctant to let us go afterward. They wanted to talk more about the things of God.
Here in the village a few years back God allowed me to be instrumental in the salvation of the village drunk. What a joy it was when he came among the first to greet us when we arrived here this season, and made it clear that he wants to be part of our evangelistic team this year. And he is a big help - going room to room inviting the people to see the movie about Jesus, and then distributing gospel booklets after the invitation. However, we ask special prayer for him: he is somewhat distracted now by a strong attraction for a young woman who is not a christian.
Friday night in Campo La Ocho about 25 responded to Christ. One family wanted to present their baby girl (named North Carolina) for prayer, and a blessing from the Lord. We talked to them about the need for them as parents to draw near to God, and so lead their daughter in the ways of the Lord.
Last night (Saturday) we went to a neighborhood where most of the people are of the Triqui Indian tribe. We showed a couple of short movies, and tried to make cassettes for the people in their own language. But the cassette copier refused to work. So here we are trying to reach out to people who can hardly speak Spanish, and we cannot give them the gospel message in their own language, (even though we have master copies on board) for lack of a copier.
We received an email from a missionary family that wants to help in the purchase of a copier, and I have an answer ready to send them. But what shall I say to them? I will say this about them: That missionaries are the most generous people we know. They have already given their lives, and now to give of mere finances they have a clear perspective of what is important. Have you ever thought of the fact that since the streets of the New Jerusalem are made of gold - IT WILL BE UNDER OUR FEET!? That's where it belongs, along with all the rest that Jesus has conquered on Calvary! Paul the apostle said in Philippians 3:7&8: "...what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ..."
"Dung": the true value of a dollar! Dung has few legitimate uses. Paul found it useful for one thing only; To nourish the spread of the gospel of Christ, and mans relationship with HIM. Because of that Paul called the monetary gifts of the Corinthian christians the "proof of your love" (2Cor.8:24)
We may be at a crossroads in our ministry here in Mexico. For the last three seasons, we have returned to the USA to find that our debts had increased - each year an average of a thousand dollars. And major equipment (copier to motorhome) is in need of replacement or repair. This project in Hermosillo would normally be our last project for the season. Instead I am taking on another project: That of contacting churches and individuals throughout the United States who might have the vision to partner with us to reach the unreached tribal people of Mexico. Beginning in Mid June, we will be available for conferences, visits, campaigns, etc. to that end. We fully intend to remain engaged in this work, but we cannot continue to incur greater indebtedness, and we must attend to equipment needs. Therefor, until we cover those two bases, our work will be mostly along the border areas, or in the USA (believe me! there is plenty to do), with a minimal involvement in the even more needy fields farther toward the interior of Mexico.
If you or your church would like more information, please contact us.
Through this coming week, we will be visiting migrant labor camps most nights. Saturday night we will visit again the same neighborhood we visited last night, to show the Jesus movie in the Triqui Indian language. Most of the people in that neighborhood speak that language, and some do not speak Spanish. We appreciate your prayers.Yours for Him, Dave & Ella McMullen
© Dave & Ella McMullen, 2001