Starting the year off by sharing warmth and the Word!

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January 2, 2018 by estesinmexico


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This winter has been one for the books in the Rio Grande Valley and Reynosa, Mexico. We have had extremely cold weather the past couple of months. For the first time in over 15 years, the area even had snowfall! Some might say this Winter Wonderland was a once in a life-time experience, while others did all they could to stay warm enough.

As always, God provides. We received a phone call from generous donors who wanted to help those in Reynosa to stay warmer. Because of this, we were able to go deliver love through blankets, gloves, beanies, hot chocolate, beans, and tracts of the gospel of John to those who live in and around the city dump. When we arrived at the dump on Monday, there was hardly anyone out in the field—which is not something we see often. But, within moments, one by one, people began surrounding the truck. Men, women, and children came to receive the donations we had that afternoon because they knew it was only going to get colder. Usually the people are able to build fires to stay warm, but it’s been so wet here, there is nothing dry enough for them to start a fire.

Throughout the year, we also had received gloves, scarves and toboggans for children. We brought these along with us and passed them out as well. Some of these items had been hand-made and it lit up the faces of mothers to see their children being handed these items to keep them warmer. During our afternoon at the dump, it was very cold and we were freezing. However, we couldn’t complain because we knew by the end of the day, we were going to be getting back inside the warm truck that had heat, while a major of the people there didn’t have any.

Please pray for those enduring the cold weather this winter. Not only for their physical needs to be met so that they may stay warm, but also be in prayer for their spiritual needs. God is able to wrap His blanket of love around us and warm our hearts. Paul reminds us of this in Romans 5:5, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” We are thankful to have such generous support from friends and family who help continuing to make this ministry here in the Rio Grande Valley and Reynosa, Mexico possible.

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