I am here in Santiago Nayarit, Mexico about three hours north of Puerto Vallarta on the west coast. I am here again with James and Nelly and there kids. I have been here several times in the last few years. I am looking expectantly to the Lord to see what he has in store for us this time. The Lord has been encouraging me to be expecting Him to be at work around me and then to have my spiritual eyes open and watching for ways I can join Him.
I had a safe journey here yesterday. Surprisingly no flight delays this time. On my last flight from Phoenix to Puerto Vallarta I was sitting next to a young Mexican man. He had just been up in Winnipeg for a vacation and was returning home. We started talking and telling a little about ourselves. He asked why I was coming here to Mexico. I share that I was coming to help some missionaries here and he wanted to know what they did. I started to tell him about the Lord Jesus and why He came to the earth. But this young man has had many people try to push their religion on him that he wasn't open at all. He said that I am Catholic and I go to church sometimes and I pray when I am in need. He said that he knew that wasn't good but at least he prayed. He said I respect what others believe and I want them to respect what I believe because I don't want to change. It kind of breaks your heart to here someone talk like that but I need to realize that unless they are willing to listen and open there heart to the Lord then I need to pray that the Lord would continue (not start because I think God is working in every person to draw them to him we can just see it more in some then others) to work in if life till he is willing to humble himself before the King of Kings and Lord of Lord.
If you would be willing to pray, I would appreciate that you pray that I would make God always first place in every area time, resources, gifts and abilities. I find it especially hard to do this when I am overseas. Thank you.
I would like to leave you with a few verses that the Lord gave me this morning that have really spoken to me.
2 Cor 5:6-10 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, and not by sight. Yes we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
5:14,15 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this, that one has died for all, therefore all have died and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised.