MMI Friends and partners in the expansion of the Gospel, I would like to greet you in the name that is above all names. This time let us declare together that Jesus our Savior is born. We are almost ready to celebrate Christmas and we are full of the Spirit that such a celebration brings. Rejoice as you share with world these tidings of comfort and joy.
Another year is gone and we continue sharing the News of Salvation in our ministry in Mexico. After these two decades of ministry we have experienced fully what it means to be a true Christian in an environment where people are more yield to manifest a lifestyle that fits more to what the world requires than to what God teaches us in his Word. To survive as a Christian in Mexico can be a difficult task. As in many other parts of the world Christianity is under the attacks of the enemy. We live on a very secularized world and each day is harder to express your faith without feeling that your approach is judgmental and out fashioned. So, we as a Lutheran Church in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Rio Bravo are committed to continue proclaiming the unaltered Gospel, keeping it as pure as we can. Our objective since Mission Mexico International was born has been to establish a Lutheran Church with a different approach. And as time passes I can see that our goal is being fulfilled. The ride has not been an easy one. On the way we lost people, we fail again and again. And now we are able to proclaim that Jesus is Lord and that he has been with us along the way. The transformation of the people is more profound when we are able to help them to cope with their sins, when people recognize that they really need Jesus in their hearts and in their daily lives and then they get the desire to live accordingly to what they believe now.
As you can see the work we are doing in our communities is profound. We want God to go deep into the hearts of the people and create them anew to the point that they now are living completely for Jesus. One of the greatest tools that we have received from God to evangelize is our testimony, it is our experience with him, it is our faith story.
In my particular case serving two small congregations in the Metro Area of Monterrey has been a great opportunity to apply what I just share before with you. 2013 and 2014 were years of a deep growth in areas that we thought we were mature already and yet we found ourselves weak and looking for help from the head of the church, Jesus the Master. My ministry is interconnected with Pastor Victor Barbosa in Rio Bravo. He is a men who serves God from his heart. He is a very committed Christian together with his wife Lucy. He is challenged also in many ways to proclaim the true gospel in a community where the Gospel is adultered by others and people do not want to respond to his preaching based on the wrong doings of other Christians. But he is faithful and God is honoring that. Pastor Juan Vazquez is my other partner in ministry in our country. He decided to go to a different city to start a new congregation. The main Challenge he has is to proclaim the gospel also in a community where humans use religion as a controlling tool to stop people of experiencing the freedom in Christ. People are dying in their sins with no hope, As Juan brings this fresh wind to the lives of the people in Guadalajara, we see how his congregants start breathing fresh air and becoming alive in Jesus.
So Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Pray for us and continue supporting our ministry in any way you can. God is at work in Mexico. I know God is with us. Jesus is Born. He will save the world from their sins. I really thank all of you for believing in what God is doing in Mexico. Blessings.
Pastor Enrique Estrada