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Off to the ends of the Earth….

This morning Dave shared from Acts 1

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

(Acts 1:1-8 ESV)

As we prepare to go to San Baltazar today to work and fellowship, Dave gave us some perspective on where we were going.

In the United States, about 90 percent of short term missions work is done in Mexico.  And 90 percent of that is done in the border areas of Mexico and the U.S.

Welcome to San Baltazar

Where we are going, San Baltazar, is not on the map when it comes to short term missions…Americans don’t go to places like this.  Dave was was encouraging everyone to remember that everyone will be watching us,  we are literally going to the ends of the earth when it comes to missions.  Folks in this part of Mexico don’t have a favorable view of Americans, we have a chance to change their opinions of Americans and christians from the U.S.

I won’t have a chance to post anything in San Baltazar, since the church doesn’t have internet…so keep us in prayer and I will be posting when we get back to Tlacolula tonight.

Oaxaca :: All In!

Sunday morning in the Zocalo…around 9am and the city is still waking upEveryone is now in Oaxaca…this photo includes the gang from Las Vegas, fresh off the plane and heading out to Mt. Alban before we all meet up in Tlacolula later in the afternoon.

The work begins in earnest Monday morning…let the fun begin.

Looking Beyond…

I’ve been inside the Cathedral de Oaxaca numerous times over the past few years.  I never paid attention to some of the details, or I just never “looked” long enough.  Looking beyond the gate, I noticed the cross with the sun…

I’ve seen this lady walking the courtyard in front of Iglesia de San Matias Jalatlaco, which is next door to Casa Arnel, for the last 3 mornings.  At first I thought she might be praying the rosary, but no beads.  Watching her, she appears to be praying.  I must have watched her for at least 20 minutes this morning while I was reading Proverbs and listening to some Hillsong praise music.  It made me think, in light of the worship series Pastor Miles is going through right now, am I fully worshiping Jesus with my life?

The details really jumped out at me, and as I watched two gals try to light a candle below, I saw Jesus(really).

I saw this candle of Jesus.  Yes I know…He doesn’t look like this.  As I was trying to get a photo that I liked, it became a reminder to me that I need to keep focused on Him.  In my photography and my life as a whole.  That there are things in my life that I’ve taken for granted, I don’t know if it’s because it’s always been there or that I’ve “seen this before” as in some of the details in the cathedral…
I am truly excited to be in Oaxaca.  My biggest prayer is that I would be focused on getting the images that need to be seen.  The images that would glorify Him and best show what He is doing in Oaxaca.  This being my third men’s week, I want to view it as if it’s my first time here.  There are men who are here for the first time, along with guys who have been down to Oaxaca multiple times over the years.  
If I keep focused on the Cross of Christ and remember why He had to die on the cross…I have no choice but to humble myself and realize I am in no position to ask for anything other than that Christ would be glorified in my life.
Please keep me and the men in prayer.  That the work gets done in a manner and spirit that brings Christ glory!
Soli Deo Gloria