Update from the President, Ruth Schaller:
GOD'S PROMISES: Unchanging; Reliable; To be grasped and clung to; eternal. God’s desire: For “all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:4.
Being a Mission to the Children volunteer: Unpredictable; challenging; filled with surprises; witnessing God’s amazing grace; standing humbly in the shadow of the cross.
While always tenuous, during the latter part of 2013 violence in the areas of Northern Sonora that we are privileged to serve appears to have stabilized, thus allowing our volunteers to take Bible lessons, church services and humanitarian aid into areas that have been “on hold” for the past three years. A current lack of enough Spanish-speaking volunteers continues to prevent us from re-entering some villages that are requesting our return. Pray that our Lord provides more workers for the harvest.
Mission to the Children is a recipient of a special unanticipated blessing! Shepherd Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is commissioning John Kramer as a Minister of Hispanic Outreach for the next three years. Part of his call involves continuing his current work in Sonora with Mission to the Children. Having completed his Staff Minister training, John will be able to do so much more! Details are being finalized with the proper officials. What an awesome benefit we see for the families in Sonora!
With many changes occurring in World Missions and the Latin American ministry in particular, the Mission to the Children Board has been approached with opportunities to partner in new ways with WELS outreach. At a special board meeting following personal contemplation and prayer, the Board voted unanimously to participate in this expanded ministry if and when we are asked.
Following several months of discussion, Mission to the Children has now been offered an opportunity to purchase the building and property where El Cordero de Dios (Lamb of God) church meets in Sasabe. We have rented this house for more than twenty years. The goal is to build a chapel for worship and use the existing building as a ministry center and Sunday school rooms. This is indeed a major undertaking for Mission to the Children and the congregation and all are excited about the prospect of designing their own chapel.
Hiring of an additional evangelist for Northern Sonora is becoming a reality! Mrs. Ellen Weber of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, a long-time supporter of Mission to the Children, is implementing a special three-year collection with this goal in mind. (For more info Call MttC or see the 2014 Newsletter.)
Additionally, this ministry was blessed by the presence of Missionary Timothy Flunker (Hispanic Outreach Consultant, WELS Board for Home Missions) for the Christmas posadas. This was his first trip to the area served by Mission to the Children and we are grateful for his time and expertise. See his impressions in the 2014 Newsletter.
Lastly, as chair of this vital and growing mission effort, I am totally blessed by a dedicated board and their commitment to spreading God’s Word in Mexico — and to my “right arm” Mary Ann Rosas, our office manager. Volunteer John Kramer, who works with our pastors and Mexican volunteers along with Mary Ann, is indis- pensable to carrying on the day-to-day work. The expertise of Pastor Timothy Westendorf of the Latin America Administrative Committee and the guidance of Pastor Michael Hartman, Mission Coordinator of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mexico, are invaluable.
Luke 6:38: “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” To God be the glory!