Working here at Amor Ministries I've found myself amazed at God's provision. I mean there has been instances that I just don't know how we are going to provide for this or that project. Recently, we had a pastor in Ciudad Juarez who is in need of Bibles for his congregation. Then a week passed and a participant called me and asked if they could send money for Bibles for Mexico. It turned out that a very dear member and leader in their church had passed away and she specifically did not want flowers to be sent to her funeral, but to buy Bibles with the funds instead. She left a legacy of Hope by way of providing Bibles to those who didn't have any. There goes one answered prayer request.
Another request answered was in my ministry apart from Amor. I have a puppet minstry at a child abuse center every Sunday. There we share the Love of God to many hurting children. There has been an open door to give the children Bibles and I have been able to give out over 500 Bibles & devotionals. Each week a new set of kids come into the center due to the increase of children in the foster care system,and each week over 20 kids come to Sunday School! I have been running out of money to purchase more Bibles. (I usually buy them with my own limited funds) Then little by little I have been receiving funds that would help me buy more Bibles. I thank God for touching the hearts of donors. It only inspires me to give more!
Part of my work here at Amor is to represent Amor Ministries to the five Pastoral Boards in Mexico. Just this week I went to a meeting in Tecate. Pastor Ezekiel hosted the meeting at his church and shared a small devotional with us all.
He shared that at the last meeting in April he felt a bit out of character due to the fact that he had forgotten about the meeting and was not prepared. He did not take his notebook or even had anything to write with. Pastor Ezekiel struggled through the meeting. Even when a prayer list was passed among them so that they can write their prayer requests he said. "I don't even know why we even do this to tell you the truth I've asked for many things for many years and none of my requests have been answered." In all the shuffle of paperwork he skipped writting down any prayer requests. At this meeting the pastor humbly asked for forgiveness explaining that he was very sorry that he said that statement. In fact something funny happened to him right after the April meeting. It turned out that one of his requests was to get a vehicle. The day after the meeting his son called from Mexicali and told him, "Hey, dad I need you to come down here because I have a car for you." Pastor Ezekiel feels as though God was saying to him that the needs that were placed before God were not forgotten. He was very grateful for the prayer list and encouraged everyone to bring their needs before God and his fellow brothers and sisiters in Christ.
Tijuana, Mexico May 2, 2005
Pastor: Francisco Chavez Church: La Nueva Jerusalen
Prayer request for our 100 new member! We need a new sound system, microphones and amplifiers. New transportation and need more leaders.
Pastor: Eusebio Haro Church: Mision Del Valle
We need prayer in receiving a van of some sort to be able to transport people to and from church. Preferably a 20 passenger van. Thank you!
Pastor: Javier Marquez Church: Aposento Alto
Wisdom in how to handle a moral issue in our church and God’s help to continue his work.
Pastor: Juan Briceño Church: Divino Salvador Thank you for your prayers for my family and we are in need of a new electric guitar and a van for transporting people to and from church.
Pastor: Juan Bahena Church: Mision Iglesia De Jesucristo
We covet your prayers to continue our work at our church and for all the families we serve and also we request prayer for the expansion of our church building .
Pastor: Adolfo Escamilla Church: Iglesia Pesbiteriana
Prayer for our church leaders. And also for financial blessing to be able to buy a new sound system.
Pastor: Armanado Ponce Church: Cristo Arca De Salvacion
We need your prayers for an up coming revival with Evangelist Carlos Anacondia. We are grateful for your prayers.
Pastor: Jesus Lobatos de Avila Church: Centro Evangelico Maranatha
Prayer for my family and congregation. We are also in need of musical instruments for the church and a big van.
Pastor: Joel Rodriguez Martinez Church: Nuevo Amanecer
Prayer for my family and for the construction of the orphanage and the feeding program, the trip to Israel and for my church. God bless you!
Tecate, Mexico May 2, 2005
Pastor: Hortencio Guerrero Church: Iglesia Evangelica<p>
We are asking for chairs or benches for our new mission church. That God would heal my wife and that our church will grow spiritually.
Pastor: Ezequiel Higuera Church: Iglesia De Cristo
No particular request included
Pastor: Leoncio Church: Betsaida
Pray for our spiritual life and for my family & church. Thank you for your prayers.
Pastor: Mere Don Church: Torre Fuerte
Thank you for your prayers for my wife, she is getting better in health. Please continue to pray for our family and church as we are trying to rebuild the roof of our church. It is possible that we will be helping a fellow minister in his children’s shelter. Thank you and God bless.
Rosarito, Mexico April 29, 2005
Pastor: Angel Dominguez Church: Cristiana Emmanuel
Thank you for your prayer support in regard to my wife’s illness. Really I am very grateful to you.
Pastor: Juan Pantoja Church: Iglesia De Jesucristo
Please keep this pastor in prayer due to the fact that he needed to take a leave of absence due to a family issue in his native state of Veracruz, Mexico.
Pastor: Jose Hernandez Church: Iglesia De Dios Del Evangelio
We are requesting prayer for the building of our church and that God will supply our needs financially. For our projects that they will increase our church.
Pastor: Gustavo Rendon Church: Iglesia De Dios Del Evangelio
Thank you for your prayers. I requesting prayer for my church, for my family (Raquel and 6 year old daughter Raquel Jr.) Thank you!
Pastor: Florentino Galarza Church: Iglesia De Dios
To keep praying for my wife’s health and for our church so that we might grow and that God will bring in the lost.
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico April 29, 2005
These are our pastors in Ciudad Juarez who work diligently to bring the "Good News" of the gospel to all the families we build for year round. Here are a few of the prayer requests that you will be able to add to your prayer list!
Pastor: Valente Reyes Church: Fuente De Misericordia
To pray for my family and our church is in need of some Bibles.
Pastor: Fernando Church: Morada De Paz
We are very grateful for your prayers. We are in need of electronic system for certain instruments like a bass, guitar, and we need a van to transport people to and from church. Thank you!
Pastor: Antonio Sotelo Church: Fuente De Amor
We are requesting that you will continually pray for us and for God’s Holy Spirit to guide us.
Pastor: Javier Heredia Church: Puentas Del Cielo
Please pray for my family especially my son-in-law that was very ill but is doing much better. Also we are opening a food bank and soup kitchen in Anapra and we need a building.
Pastor: Jesus Garcia Church: Josue 1:9
I want to request that God will continue to bless our church and that we would be able to get resources to furnish the dining hall with tables and chairs.
Pastor: Felipe Posadas Church: Juan 14:6
I want to ask for your prayers in that our church will have a spiritual awakening. And that we will be supplied with vacation Bible school material for this summer 2005.
Pastor: Elizabeth Avedaño Church: Amigos En Cristo
We are asking that you will keep us in prayer for a revival in our church. We believe it’s time to harvest souls. And that God will keep providing for the church.
Apart from my ministry here at AMOR I am invovled in a Sunday School ministry at a Child Abuse Center in San Diego. Here are a few testimonies... Due to the fact that these kids are under child protective services there names have been changed and no pictures are posted (except the ones of Tito and his helpers). Any pictures shown are from children that I have ministered to outside the center. I walked into the gym where we hold our services. There was a feeling of anticipation. Then in neat rows the children filed in. As they took their seats their faces said it all. Their little eyes showed the pain that they have endured in the few years that they ahve been alive. Teens in the back row with hoods over their heads not wanting to show their depressed faces. Little ones holding each other's hands for comfort afraid that if they let go someone will take them away again. This is the center for abused, neglected and abandoned children of San Diego. This Center houses them temporarily until the next kin, foster families or their immediate families can take them in. The ages range from 4 days old to 17 years old. My puppets and I with a group of faithful volunteers come to bring light to what always is a dark situation. We start by welcoming them and congratulating them for coming (they come by their own choosing they are neither prompted or encouraged to go to Sunday School). Then we worship together with song, prayer & testimonies. Just two weeks ago a teen girl bravely stepped forward to share about what God was doing in her life. She didn't hesitate to begin to share how God used her. I don't know her story...I don't know why she was at the center...All I know is that she bodly told of God's great works! She shared that the washing machine that they use in their cottage was out of order. So they all needed to go to another cottage to wash their clothes. Unfortunately, that washing machine was occupied so again they went to another cottage. There this teen girl met a little girl who has autism. The staff taking care of the little one was trying to connect with her but was not successful. It was only a moment but the teen said that the little girl locked eyes with her and she noticed that they connected. The teen opened her arms and invited the little girl for a hug. The staff said, "Oh, I don't think you'll get a hug from her. She is very distant". The miracle was that the child ran to the teen and fell into her arms. Everyone was shocked. The teen played with the little girl awhile and invited the little girl outside to play. The staff told her that has not been outside since she arrived. She told her that the little girl was afraid of the security guards on patrol in the center. She relates them with the policemen that took her mother away. The teen was not discouraged. She gently stretched out her hand to the little girl and encouraged her to follow. The little one took her hand and slowly stepped outside. While outside the teen noticed that the little girl stepped out of her prison into freedom. The teen mentioned that it was a "Higher Power" that brought her there to be with this little girl. She said, "It wasn't by chance that our washing machine broke and there was no other machine to use except the one where this little girl was". Yes, I believe so too. It wasn't by chance, but by God's divine appointment!
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23 God's steadfast love has been the strong link that has kept me going for my ___ years! (Can't tell all my business!) I'm celebrating God's mercies in helping me live a long life dream of ministry. I'm celebrating God's faithfulness in keeping me healthy & strong...and for keeping me laughing! April 29th is a day to remember!
This is Tito... Tito is very special to many children here and abroad. If a child has lost all hope for his future due to poverty, abuse, or neglect. Tito tells them in a language familiar to them that God is their hope and their future. Tito even has a fan club that follows him around. Helping in his shows and be blessed in the process. At a Child Abuse Center here in San Diego. Tito is their friend. Showing them spiritual truths and bringing laughter in what could have been a very sad day! Tito and I have been doing this for many years. The stories of how many children have come to know God's love is great. All I know that even when a child enters with a sad, long face...they always seem to leave with a smile that lights up any room.
Lately I've felt overwhelmed
It seems like I was losing my sight
Not my physical sight, but my spiritual one
My life during Spring gets very busy
It's all about preparation, arranging & rearranging
Moving people, materials, tools & things
Then something happened so unexpected that threw me for a loop
When my agenda couldn't be more filled
Then my father became very ill with pneumonia
I was torn between my responsibilites & my heart
I wanted to be split in two to make everything right
Then the blindfold of "worry" came off my eyes
I was able to see that I wasn't alone
There were those who brought not only comfort, but picked up where I left off
So people, materials, tools and things were prepared, arranged & rearranged for me
My father is doing well, my work is done & my heart is at peace