"What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no mind has conceived – the things God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Cor. 2:9
We had a good trip up to the Huichol village this last Friday. For those of you who are praying about the new mayor who is to be elected there, keep praying! There was no news as of Friday about the date of election or who is expected to win. The last time they elected a mayor, 3 years ago the person selected by the people was quickly ousted for a person from the political party that was in power in the next bigger town. So, that was disappointing for us, and for the people in the village. Hopefully this time the person the people select to represent them will be able to have that position of authority. And of course we are praying for someone who is favorable to our visits as well. Since the last election the Christians in the village are more organized and much stronger in their faith. Many more have taken steps in their faith such as baptism. It’s cool to see how much has progressed in 3 years. This village is being changed by people who have hearts for Jesus! They are “getting it!”.
5 years ago when we had been on the field less than 6 months we visited a baptist missionary in a city called Tepic who has worked with the Huichol for over 20 years. She told us that things really started to pick up ministry wise when they had a few leaders among the Huichol who “got it”. What does that mean? People who get it are people who are leaving behind the old customs, sacrifices, beliefs in the gods of their ancestors and are understanding that Jesus says he is the only way. They are people who are passionate about leading others to Christ and helping them grow in the faith. I think we have several people in the village now falling into that “getting it” category. And at least half of these people wouldn’t have been in that category 3 years ago I would say. Our co-missionary Sheri is leading a class for them women who already believe in Christ and want to learn more.
The couple from our village who is at Bible/training school is scheduled to come back to the village next month. I heard rumors in the village that they had been invited by the school to go on a trip to Cuba, I assume like some sort of mission trip. I asked the couple through messages if that was the case. The wife replied, “I prayed about it, but God told me he wants me in village. (Name of village not shared for privacy’s sake)
Anabel is finally breaking in some teeth I believe. She’s been fussy, pray for her little mouth. I’ve tried putting the teething things, or a wet wash cloth in the refrigerator. She puts the cold item in her mouth and then looks at me like I’m a crazy person for thinking she would enjoy that. Haha, sooooo onto the next method of helping her with the nuisance.