This Sunday, the mission Cristo Resucitado -- Resurrected Christ in México; received its first two members with over 50 people in attendance. These two new confirmands, Javier and Victor, have been studying the Bible and its teachings with local Missionary Brad for the past year.
It has been amazing to watch the Holy Spirit work in their hearts. Both began attending weekly Bible studies, then worship services regularly, and bringing their families to church activities. Listening to their initial questions about God's Word transform into concrete affirmations of faith has been heart-warming. Tears flowed down my face as I witnessed Javier and Victor confess their faith and take Holy Communion with our mission team.
This joyous event has also served as an encouragement to others who are taking instruction classes with Missionary Brad. Several expressed their excitement to become members of the congregation and want to continue to learn more about the Bible and its teachings.
It is neat to watch our church family grow and become active. Some invite friends and family to worship services, Bible studies, and fellowship activities. Some take ownership by providing snacks for after the worship service, cleaning and building maintenance, or donating items as needed. Last week, a man brought a Christmas tree, this week someone else brought a stand for it, and this Sunday, multiple families brought Christmas decorations.
Being part of the congregation is one of the abundant blessings of serving on the LATTE team. The opportunity to share my faith and build relationships with fellow believers is an awesome privilege I will always cherish.May God continue to bless the mission efforts in México and around the world.
Cristo Resucitado is located in México and began regular worship services in July, 2010. The Lord has blessed the efforts of this mission in countless ways as mission workers share the good news of the Savior Jesus Christ with the souls in Léon. Go to www.luteranosmexicanos.net and www.lutheransinmexico.com for more information on this mission.