October 2002

October 13, 2002

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you for your prayers during our mini-furlough!  We are thankful to be safely back home in Guadalajara after traveling more than 8,000 miles!  It was a blessing to visit our children, relatives, and as many of our supporting churches as was possible in the seven weeks we were gone.  We are thankful for those who responded to the call to missionary service and for others who were challenged to begin home Bible studies with unsaved people.

We would like to encourage you to visit our website!  We are very grateful for Wendy and Matt Graphman, in Martinsville, Indiana, setting up our website.  We will be adding more material as time allows.  The “Home” page is both in Spanish and English, and from there it branches into the respective languages.  Please pray that this ministry will be an instrument to help many to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.

In July we had a great vacation Bible school with over 200 in attendance.  In August we had many blessings in our family camp with over 160 in attendance.  Six young people and adults were saved, and there were other important decisions made as God worked in their hearts.

It is a great joy for us to see the brethren “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”  My assistant pastor, Miguel Camacho, and one of my deacons, Luis Canul, are teaching in our Bible institute for the first time this semester.  They are both doing an excellent job!  Miguel is teaching Bible Geography and Luis is teaching Harmony of the Gospels.  A very capable young teacher, Erika Orozco, is to begin teaching Dotty’s Teacher’s Training Class next week.  Please pray for these brethren as they shoulder new responsibilities.  These are just a few of many steps we have taken as we prepare to turn our church over to national leadership.  We feel that they are ready and that it is God’s time for them to carry on this ministry.  Please pray with us regarding the possibility of beginning a new ministry.  We ask for your special prayers during this time of transition.  It will be exciting to share the progress that is being made in these coming months!

The Sunday school building project is before us.  Please continue to pray for the needed permits.  What a blessing it is to know that we can depend upon your prayers at this time in our lives! Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support that make it possible for us to serve the Lord in Guadalajara.

Sincerely in Christ,

Myron and Dotty Philippi

PRAISE/PRAYER REQUESTS:

  1. We praise the Lord for safety as we traveled on our min-furlough driving to the United States and then returning to México.
  2. Please pray for God’s direction in turning this work over to national leadership.
  3. Please pray for the brethren teaching in our Bible institute and for others as they shoulder new responsibilities.
  4. Please pray for God’s direction in our lives as we seek His will about a future ministry.
  5. Please pray that the needed permits may soon be in-hand so we will be able to begin the construction of our Sunday school addition in January.
  6. Please pray that our website will be a tool to reach the lost for Christ and edify Christians.
  7. Please continue to pray for Juan Magaña who is battling cancer.
  8. Please pray for people who are hearing the Gospel for the first time in more than 45 home Bible studies each week being taught by adults and teenagers from our church.
  9. Please pray for seven young people and adults who were baptized this morning.