Dearest Uncle Richard Aunt Pam and the Church,

Greetings and blessings in the Name of Jesus to you all. It has been a very very busy week for me here and I am literally so tired physically that my legs are throbbing and I have pretty much done ALL I can do until I get some rest!
BUT, I wanted to share with ya’ll a couple of great things that occurred in the last three days or so………and just couldn’t go to bed without writing first.
The doctors from Idaho , the Olsens, were in town on Friday to observe first hand the medical clinic that we started together about 1 year ago. It went very well and we had quite a few patients. In fact the waiting room was standing room only when suddenly abut 7 huge Mercedes vans pulled up to the church. Out of the vans poured about 40 Ukrainian Christians from Portland Oregon and Vancouver British Columbia. We were very surprised as we had never met nor heard of these wonderful spirit filled people! Evidently, they had pulled into Ensenada from a tour of Southern Mexico and asked a local pastor where the could go to be a blessing to lots of children. Well, that pastor gave them our location and they were on their way.
They came in, and prayed for us in Ukrainian and in the Spirit and the anointing was awesome!. Then they started unloading all manner of huge bags of clothing, buckets of trail mIx, flour, Gatorade, water, protein bars , candy, popcorn you name it! It literally filled one quarter if the church building. They told us to do with it what we thought was best. They also prayed for me and Frank and pulling us to the side handed us a couple of huge black bags, “just for us” they said. Then they left. We fed lunch to approx. 130 people after the clinic was over and then went home with our bags.
Praise Jesus!
Saturday we were invited by the Olsen’s to a lovely dinner overlooking the ocean at Punta Morro Resort-a magnificent view. We met with them and had a nice time and discussed how we could improve the clinic and it was a blessing.
Now this morning, the first Sunday of Holy Week in Mexico-we had over 120 people attend our church meeting!! It was AMAZING! They could barely fit in the building and I am still in shock at this huge crowd that we were blessed with. They were ALL Indians from 3 different tribes. The best part of the meeting though was hearing all of our regular church members mostly children singing the worship songs and participating in the meeting! While the new people were so quiet, our members really stood out as a great example!
With the attendance so high we felt it was the best time to just go on and give away all of the material blessing that we had received on Friday and EVERYONE went away with really nice clothing and food for the coming week! It is so much fun to give……….
We didn’t get done today until about 5:30 and boy was I glad to get home.
Now after I showered I finally had a chance to look at the two bags that were given to Frank and I and what I found blew my mind. Inside, were lovely clothes that exactly fit us-EXACTLY. All from Nordstrom’s and Macy’s- really nice almost new stuff. The crazy thing is that the items were things that we really lacked and needed but money has been tight lately and we have not had anything extra to buy anything personal. You know it has been a real walk of faith just to keep the ministry going this year so far and that buying stuff likes socks and jackets are far out of the realm of possibility! In one bag were 5 brand new bath towels! And I have been thinking about You and Ap coming and feeling embarrassed cause our only two towels are pretty grungy looking! But look how the Lord knows just what we need and the desires of our hearts eve and He loves us and will cause people we do not even know to bring those blessings to us! Sometimes when money gets tight
I’ll catch myself thinking, “Well, maybe we are doing the wrong thing and if we were in God’s will this wouldn’t be happening etc” BUT then Yahweh Yireh just shows up in a way that it is so evident to ME that He loves us and cares for us and WILL NOT LET US DOWN cause He is FAITHFUL!!!!!
So, I am just really thanking the Lord tonight and wanted to share this with you as encouragement that YES He is ever Faithful if we will just HOLD ON!
WHOOHOO!

Love,
deedee

Evidence for the Resurrection
by Josh McDowell

For centuries many of the world’s distinguished philosophers have assaulted Christianity as being irrational, superstitious and absurd. Many have chosen simply to ignore the central issue of the resurrection. Others have tried to explain it away through various theories. But the historical evidence just can’t be discounted.

A student at the University of Uruguay said to me. “Professor McDowell, why can’t you refute Christianity?”

“For a very simple reason,” I answered. “I am not able to explain away an event in history–the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

How can we explain the empty tomb? Can it possibly be accounted for by any natural cause?

A QUESTION OF HISTORY
After more than 700 hours of studying this subject, I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of human beings–or it is the most remarkable fact of history.

Here are some of the facts relevant to the resurrection: Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish prophet who claimed to be the Christ prophesied in the Jewish Scriptures, was arrested, was judged a political criminal, and was crucified. Three days after His death and burial, some women who went to His tomb found the body gone. In subsequent weeks, His disciples claimed that God had raised Him from the dead and that He appeared to them various times before ascending into heaven.

From that foundation, Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire and has continued to exert great influence down through the centuries.

LIVING WITNESSES
The New Testament accounts of the resurrection were being circulated within the lifetimes of men and women alive at the time of the resurrection. Those people could certainly have confirmed or denied the accuracy of such accounts.

The writers of the four Gospels either had themselves been witnesses or else were relating the accounts of eyewitnesses of the actual events. In advocating their case for the gospel, a word that means “good news,” the apostles appealed (even when confronting their most severe opponents) to common knowledge concerning the facts of the resurrection.

F. F. Bruce, Rylands professor of biblical criticism and exegesis at the University of Manchester, says concerning the value of the New Testament records as primary sources: “Had there been any tendency to depart from the facts in any material respect, the possible presence of hostile witnesses in the audience would have served as a further corrective.”

IS THE NEW TESTAMENT RELIABLE?
Because the New Testament provides the primary historical source for information on the resurrection, many critics during the 19th century attacked the reliability of these biblical documents.

By the end of the 1 9th century, however, archaeological discoveries had confirmed the accuracy of the New Testament manuscripts. Discoveries of early papyri bridged the gap between the time of Christ and existing manuscripts from a later date.

Those findings increased scholarly confidence in the reliability of the Bible. William F. Albright, who in his day was the world’s foremost biblical archaeologist, said: “We can already say emphatically that there is no longer any solid basis for dating any book of the New Testament after about A.D. 80, two full generations before the date between 130 and 150 given by the more radical New Testament critics of today.”

Coinciding with the papyri discoveries, an abundance of other manuscripts came to light (over 24,000 copies of early New Testament manuscripts are known to be in existence today). The historian Luke wrote of “authentic evidence” concerning the resurrection. Sir William Ramsay, who spent 15 years attempting to undermine Luke credentials as a historian, and to refute the reliability of the New Testament, finally concluded: “Luke is a historian of the first rank . . . This author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians. ”

I claim to be an historian. My approach to Classics is historical. And I tell you that the evidence for the life, the death, and the resurrection of Christ is better authenticated than most of the facts of ancient history . . .

E. M. Blaiklock
Professor of Classics
Auckland University

BACKGROUND
The New Testament witnesses were fully aware of the background against which the resurrection took place. The body of Jesus, in accordance with Jewish burial custom, was wrapped in a linen cloth. About 100 pounds of aromatic spices, mixed together to form a gummy substance, were applied to the wrappings of cloth about the body. After the body was placed in a solid rock tomb, an extremely large stone was rolled against the entrance of the tomb. Large stones weighing approximately two tons were normally rolled (by means of levers) against a tomb entrance.

A Roman guard of strictly disciplined fighting men was stationed to guard the tomb. This guard affixed on the tomb the Roman seal, which was meant to “prevent any attempt at vandalizing the sepulcher. Anyone trying to move the stone from the tomb’s entrance would have broken the seal and thus incurred the wrath of Roman law.

But three days later the tomb was empty. The followers of Jesus said He had risen from the dead. They reported that He appeared to them during a period of 40 days, showing Himself to them by many “infallible proofs.” Paul the apostle recounted that Jesus appeared to more than 500 of His followers at one time, the majority of whom were still alive and who could confirm what Paul wrote. So many security precautions were taken with the trial, crucifixion, burial, entombment, sealing, and guarding of Christ’s tomb that it becomes very difficult for critics to defend their position that Christ did not rise from the dead. Consider these facts:

FACT #1: BROKEN ROMAN SEAL
As we have said, the first obvious fact was the breaking of the seal that stood for the power and authority of the Roman Empire. The consequences of breaking the seal were extremely severe. The FBI and CIA of the Roman Empire were called into action to find the man or men who were responsible. If they were apprehended, it meant automatic execution by crucifixion upside down. People feared the breaking of the seal. Jesus’ disciples displayed signs of cowardice when they hid themselves. Peter, one of these disciples, went out and denied Christ three times.

FACT #2: EMPTY TOMB
As we have already discussed, another obvious fact after the resurrection was the empty tomb. The disciples of Christ did not go off to Athens or Rome to preach that Christ was raised from the dead. Rather, they went right back to the city of Jerusalem, where, if what they were teaching was false, the falsity would be evident. The empty tomb was “too notorious to be denied.” Paul Althaus states that the resurrection “could have not been maintained in Jerusalem for a single day, for a single hour, if the emptiness of the tomb had not been established as a fact for all concerned.”

Both Jewish and Roman sources and traditions admit an empty tomb. Those resources range from Josephus to a compilation of fifth-century Jewish writings called the “Toledoth Jeshu.” Dr. Paul Maier calls this “positive evidence from a hostile source, which is the strongest kind of historical evidence. In essence, this means that if a source admits a fact decidedly not in its favor, then that fact is genuine.”

Gamaliel, who was a member of the Jewish high court, the Sanhedrin, put forth the suggestion that the rise of the Christian movement was God’s doing; he could not have done that if the tomb were still occupied, or if the Sanhedrin knew the whereabouts of Christ’s body.

Paul Maier observes that ” . . . if all the evidence is weighed carefully and fairly, it is indeed justifiable, according to the canons of historical research, to conclude that the sepulcher of Joseph of Arimathea, in which Jesus was buried, was actually empty on the morning of the first Easter. And no shred of evidence has yet been discovered in literary sources, epigraphy, or archaeology that would disprove this statement.”

FACT #3: LARGE STONE MOVED
On that Sunday morning the first thing that impressed the people who approached the tomb was the unusual position of the one and a half to two ton stone that had been lodged in front of the doorway. All the Gospel writers mention it.

There exists no document from the ancient world, witnessed by so excellent a set of textual and historical testimonies . . . Skepticism regarding the historical credentials of Christianity is based upon an irrational bias.

Clark Pinnock
Mcmaster University

Those who observed the stone after the resurrection describe its position as having been rolled up a slope away not just from the entrance of the tomb, but from the entire massive sepulcher. It was in such a position that it looked as if it had been picked up and carried away. Now, I ask you, if the disciples had wanted to come in, tiptoe around the sleeping guards, and then roll the stone over and steal Jesus’ body, how could they have done that without the guards’ awareness?

FACT #4: ROMAN GUARD GOES AWOL
The Roman guards fled. They left their place of responsibility. How can their attrition he explained, when Roman military discipline was so exceptional? Justin, in Digest #49, mentions all the offenses that required the death penalty. The fear of their superiors’ wrath and the possibility of death meant that they paid close attention to the minutest details of their jobs. One way a guard was put to death was by being stripped of his clothes and then burned alive in a fire started with his garments. If it was not apparent which soldier had failed in his duty, then lots were drawn to see which one would be punished with death for the guard unit’s failure. Certainly the entire unit would not have fallen asleep with that kind of threat over their heads. Dr. George Currie, a student of Roman military discipline, wrote that fear of punishment “produced flawless attention to duty, especially in the night watches.”

FACT #5: GRAVECLOTHES TELL A TALE
In a literal sense, against all statements to the contrary, the tomb was not totally empty–because of an amazing phenomenon. John, a disciple of Jesus, looked over to the place where the body of Jesus had lain, and there were the grave clothes, in the form of the body, slightly caved in and empty–like the empty chrysalis of a caterpillar’s cocoon. That’s enough to make a believer out of anybody. John never did get over it. The first thing that stuck in the minds of the disciples was not the empty tomb, but rather the empty grave clothes–undisturbed in form and position.

FACT #6: JESUS’ APPEARANCES CONFIRMED
Christ appeared alive on several occasions after the cataclysmic events of that first Easter . When studying an event in history, it is important to know whether enough people who were participants or eyewitnesses to the event were alive when the facts about the event were published. To know this is obviously helpful in ascertaining the accuracy of the published report. If the number of eyewitnesses is substantial, the event can he regarded as fairly well established. For instance, if we all witness a murder, and a later police report turns out to he a fabrication of lies, we as eyewitnesses can refute it.

OVER 500 WITNESSES
Several very important factors arc often overlooked when considering Christ’s post-resurrection appearances to individuals. The first is the large number of witnesses of Christ after that resurrection morning. One of the earliest records of Christ’s appearing after the resurrection is by Paul. The apostle appealed to his audience’s knowledge of the fact that Christ had been seen by more than 500 people at one time. Paul reminded them that the majority of those people were still alive and could be questioned. Dr. Edwin M. Yamauchi, associate professor of history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, emphasizes: “What gives a special authority to the list (of witnesses) as historical evidence is the reference to most of the five hundred brethren being still alive. St. Paul says in effect, ‘If you do not believe me, you can ask them.’ Such a statement in an admittedly genuine letter written within thirty years of the event is almost as strong evidence as one could hope to get for something that happened nearly two thousand years ago.” Let’s take the more than 500 witnesses who saw Jesus alive after His death and burial, and place them in a courtroom. Do you realize that if each of those 500 people were to testify for only six minutes, including cross-examination, you would have an amazing 50 hours of firsthand testimony? Add to this the testimony of many other eyewitnesses and you would well have the largest and most lopsided trial in history.

HOSTILE WITNESSES
Another factor crucial to interpreting Christ’s appearances is that He also appeared to those who were hostile or unconvinced.

Over and over again, I have read or heard people comment that Jesus was seen alive after His death and burial only by His friends and followers. Using that argument, they attempt to water down the overwhelming impact of the multiple eyewitness accounts. But that line of reasoning is so pathetic it hardly deserves comment. No author or informed individual would regard Saul of Tarsus as being a follower of Christ. The facts show the exact opposite. Saul despised Christ and persecuted Christ’s followers. It was a life-shattering experience when Christ appeared to him. Although he was at the time not a disciple, he later became the apostle Paul, one of the greatest witnesses for the truth of the resurrection.

If the New Testament were a collection of secular writings, their authenticity would generally be regarded as beyond all doubt.

F. F. Bruce
Manchester University

The argument that Christ’s appearances were only to followers is an argument for the most part from silence, and arguments from silence can be dangerous. It is equally possible that all to whom Jesus appeared became followers. No one acquainted with the facts can accurately say that Jesus appeared to just “an insignificant few.”

Christians believe that Jesus was bodily resurrected in time and space by the supernatural power of God. The difficulties of belief may be great, but the problems inherent in unbelief present even greater difficulties.

The theories advanced to explain the resurrection by “natural causes” are weak; they actually help to build confidence in the truth of the resurrection.

THE WRONG TOMB?
A theory propounded by Kirsopp Lake assumes that the women who reported that the body was missing had mistakenly gone to the wrong tomb. If so, then the disciples who went to check up on the women’s statement must have also gone to the wrong tomb. We may be certain, however, that Jewish authorities, who asked for a Roman guard to be stationed at the tomb to prevent Jesus’ body from being stolen, would not have been mistaken about the location. Nor would the Roman guards, for they were there!

If the resurrection-claim was merely because of a geographical mistake, the Jewish authorities would have lost no time in producing the body from the proper tomb, thus effectively quenching for all time any rumor resurrection.

HALLUCINATIONS?
Another attempted explanation claims that the appearances of Jesus after the resurrection were either illusions or hallucinations. Unsupported by the psychological principles governing the appearances of hallucinations, this theory also does not coincide with the historical situation. Again, where was the actual body, and why wasn’t it produced?

DID JESUS SWOON?
Another theory, popularized by Venturini several centuries ago, is often quoted today. This is the swoon theory, which says that Jesus didn’t die; he merely fainted from exhaustion and loss of blood. Everyone thought Him dead, but later He resuscitated and the disciples thought it to be a resurrection. Skeptic David Friedrich Strauss–certainly no believer in the resurrection–gave the deathblow to any thought that Jesus revived from a swoon: “It is impossible that a being who had stolen half-dead out of the sepulchre, who crept about weak and ill, wanting medical treatment, who required bandaging, strengthening and indulgence, and who still at last yielded to His sufferings, could have given to the disciples the impression that He was a Conqueror over death and the grave, the Prince of Life,

For the New Testament of Acts, the confirmation of historicity is overwhelming. Any attempt to reject its basic historicity, even in matters of detail, must now appear absurd. Roman historians have long taken it for granted.

A. N. Sherwin-White
Classical Roman Historian

an impression which lay at the bottom of their future ministry. Such a resuscitation could only have weakened the impression which He had made upon them in life and in death, at the most could only have given it an elegiac voice, but could by no possibility have changed their sorrow into enthusiasm, have elevated their reverence into worship.”

THE BODY STOLEN?
Then consider the theory that the body was stolen by the disciples while the guards slept. The depression and cowardice of the disciples provide a hard-hitting argument against their suddenly becoming so brave and daring as to face a detachment of soldiers at the tomb and steal the body. They were in no mood to attempt anything like that.

The theory that the Jewish or Roman authorities moved Christ’s body is no more reasonable an explanation for the empty tomb than theft by the disciples. If the authorities had the body in their possession or knew where it was, why, when the disciples were preaching the resurrection in Jerusalem, didn’t they explain: “Wait! We moved the body, see, He didn’t rise from the grave”?

And if such a rebuttal failed, why didn’t they explain exactly where Jesus’ body lay? If this failed, why didn’t they recover the corpse, put it on a cart, and wheel it through the center of Jerusalem? Such an action would have destroyed Christianity–not in the cradle, but in the womb!

THE RESURRECTION IS A FACT
Professor Thomas Arnold, for 14 years a headmaster of Rugby, author of the famous, History of Rome, and appointed to the chair of modern history at Oxford, was well acquainted with the value of evidence in determining historical facts. This great scholar said: “I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.” Brooke Foss Westcott, an English scholar, said: “raking all the evidence together, it is not too much to say that there is no historic incident better or more variously supported than the resurrection of Christ. Nothing but the antecedent assumption that it must be false could have suggested the idea of deficiency in the proof of it.”

REAL PROOF: THE DISCIPLES’ LIVES
But the most telling testimony of all must be the lives of those early Christians. We must ask ourselves: What caused them to go everywhere telling the message of the risen Christ?

Had there been any visible benefits accrued to them from their efforts–prestige, wealth, increased social status or material benefits–we might logically attempt to account for their actions, for their whole-hearted and total allegiance to this “risen Christ .”

As a reward for their efforts, however, those early Christians were beaten, stoned to death, thrown to the lions, tortured and crucified. Every conceivable method was used to stop them from talking.

Yet, they laid down their lives as the ultimate proof of their complete confidence in the truth of their message.

WHERE DO YOU STAND?
How do you evaluate this overwhelming historical evidence? What is your decision about the fact of Christ’s empty tomb? What do you think of Christ?

When I was confronted with the overwhelming evidence for Christ’s resurrection, I had to ask the logical question: “What difference does all this evidence make to me? What difference does it make whether or not I believe Christ rose again and died on the cross for my sins!’ The answer is put best by something Jesus said to a man who doubted–Thomas. Jesus told him: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).

On the basis of all the evidence for Christ’s resurrection, and considering the fact that Jesus offers forgiveness of sin and an eternal relationship with God, who would be so foolhardy as to reject Him? Christ is alive! He is living today.

You can trust God right now by faith through prayer. Prayer is talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. If you have never trusted Christ, you can do so right now.

The prayer I prayed is: “Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and trust You as my Savior. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank You that I can trust You.”

Josh McDowell, according to a recent survey, is one of the most popular speakers among university students today. He has spoken on more than 650 university and college campuses to more than seven million people in 74 countries during the last 21 years.

©1992 Josh McDowell Ministry

Belated felicidades o the new addition to your! Please relay our congrats to Anna………As you can tell I am back online…..thanks to Yahweh for somehow protecting the satellite which was literally hanging from a wire on Saturday morning when the rains stopped at last. Today, my upstairs neighbor (Nacho age 14) and I actually managed to repoint the thing ourselves!! Another miracle for real. I was able to get the coordinates from the back of the modem and Nacho being highly motivated(I learned he is the one piggybacking on my internet) climbed upon the roof and put the skills he learned working for directtv last summer to work. A couple of hours of screaming back and forth and we have it back on line. Glad I never reported it as being messed up or I guess I could not have done this.
Anyway, we are digging out and in the process of drying out from what turned out to be some severe weather.
We are on our 6th day of not being able to get off the mountain in a vehicle.. The back way, by Jr. Burger looks like the grand canyon and is totally impassable still and the main dirt road is still underwater. There is literally no way out other than afoot.
Wednesday about 1am a terrible ripping sound startled us from an already light sleep and we found that the southwestern corner of the roof has been totally lifted off by the winds……………….water prloceeded to pour in to the back half of the house as we frantically tried to salvage those beds and others furnishings, still we had really bad damage to the drywall as the water just kept coming down…………..it was really awful and sad and I really had to fight myself not to cry and just give up……………….BUT the next morning in the wind and rain Frank was able to make emergency repairs and STOP the incoming water. I really still do not see how he got it done, I mean we literally had this huge hole in the roof, but using what materials we had he was able to temporarily patch it up and stop the water. It was Saturday before the rain stopped and we were able to haul out the wet rugs and bucket after bucket of nasty water -lost lots of
books , pictures and paper stuff and will have to replace sheet rock, insulation, the roof and of course paint eventuallyBUT really we are praising the Lord. Thru it all we still had a dry place to sleep and that is much more than many around here who are really suffering………..Baja’s mild weather makes us so complacent and no one is ever ready fr anything like this…………….plus so many people build their shacks on unstable ground or in riverbeds because that land is undesireable and thus FREE and when the rains come they bring disasters for these folks. We have not had anyone show up seeking shelter though due to the difficulty getting up here I assume.
The balcony railing got shredded and the view is now unimpeded as I told you on the phone!! Frank woln’t rebuild it so high.
This has all really made me feel for thse who were so impacted by Katrina…………….they truly had it bad and I can’t help but thank God that we got olff so easily even with the damage that we did sustain, could have been so much worse!! Honestly though when I saw the ceiling falling in by illumination of a flashlight, I was SO afraid, depressed, panicked………….truly though after the storm comes a great peace and in the light things did not appear so scary and impossible.
It is supposed to rain again starting Thursday, we pray not for long………I am planning n reopening the dining room tomorrow as now it is up to frank to start the big repairs, once it gets dried out that is..
I am enclosing various pics of the Christmas festivities finally………..
Much love-
Detra

Dear Ones,

There are times when I stop and just really wish that you were here with us. Here in a foreign land (to me) where the Creator of the universe set me…..in all honesty there are times when I really miss the USA and truly question if I am in fact in the perfect Will of Yahweh or if maybe I just got emotional and convinced myself that the Lord spoke to me all of those years ago.
Then will come a time such as this-
Today was a normal day of cooking for the kids, then driving into town with frank to get the massive grocery shopping done as well as taking care of paying the light bill and all of the thousands of other little things that must be done if things are to run smoothly or even at all. I was grumpy and weary as we unloaded what seemed to be 100 grocery bags and hauled them in, then the cats had to be fed, the house was in disarray and the heavy fogwas rolling in over my freshly washed clothes out on the line and we had to get those down.
I had just slipped into some comfy clothes when I heard them calling from downstairs. It was nearing dark but we didn’t yet have the generator on, just a couple of candles in the kitchen. I thought, “Dear God, what can they want NOW?” in an attitude quite unbecoming to any godly person I am sure.
It turned out to be the family of Mario, the little boy for whom we are trying to arrange cataract surgery. I had totally frgotten that we had sent a message for his parents to come up after work to discuss the next step in this process.
We brought these two very humble Trique people up into the house and began to explain what needed to be done next and how we needed to take the mother and child into town Friday for an appintment to finalize there Mexican Government insurance. It was a LONG process as they understand precious little Spanish and do not read at all. We explained the surgery and hw fortunate it was that it was being caught now before Mario was totally blind. The father then asked us how much it would cost.
Frank explained that Yahweh, the Father of Jesus and God that we serve had opened doors for the child to obtain this surgery free of charge. Now we knew the mother was an believer because she was saved in our church about 1 year ago. We asked the father if he believed in God and if so what was the name of his God. He said he believed that Jesus was his Saviour. But as we spoke of Yahweh’s Provision and how He could meet all of their and our needs I could just see that the father was not getting it. Not understanding and not believing. It lit up for both Frank and I at the very same moment, these people have ONLY heard of Jesus as Saviour of our souls and didn’t in any way relate to Him as anything else. The father told us how they had once taken the boy to a specialist in Oaxaca and were quoted a price of $50,000 pesos for the surgery back then to save his eldest son’s sight. (Understand that $50,000 pesos might just as well be 1 million dollars to these
very very poor people) He pronounced this amount with great wonder and hopelessness. Frank then asked him if he understood that Yahweh was going to essentially pay that amount by providing this surgery. The father just sat there wondering, with no answer. I had to give it to him for being honest instead of just saying what he thought would satisfy us which many people will do.
So Frank told him about Yahweh owning ALL of the silver and ALL of the Gold and the cattle on a thousand hills and he said now if YOU had all of that you could pay it right. The guy laughed and said well of course! Again Frank told him that Yahweh was the owner of these resources. It was the colset thing, Uncle Richard, sitting in the candlelight with these people who hail from attally different world basically than we do and watching as the Holy Spirit quickened this information in this man’s heart. I mean you could see it just as sure as you see a light come on and chase away the darkness. Faith came on in this guy like that and chased away the doubt and I wished you were here. I thought of you and how had shared the Gospel with me as a child and in essence armed me for life’s battles. And I know you have the same experiences sharing with people there in your church and you enjoy it but still there was something so wonderful about that I truly
fervently desired your presence. I guess just knowing that you would appreciate the mment just as fully as I did…..
So Frnk went on and got out his little matchbox truck on which he had set his faith to obtain that big truck he had and he proceeded to teach this couple on faith and the Lord’s Provision and it was AWESOME. I know that they went home tonight thanking almost a different God if yu know what I mean. I mean still thanking Jesus but now seeing Him as their Provider as well. And I have faith that they will come to knw Him as their Healer and as EVERYTHING else that He truly is, but at least it is a start!
This does cause me to see the injustice that religion does by preaching mainly or only salvation and in essence crippling people’s relationship and limiting it severely.
So, i’d better go unpack my groceries BUT wish you were here and love,
detra

Ro 8:1 ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

The last part of this verse was added by the translators evidently because they thought it to good to be true
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…

This is the fact If you are in Christ God is not condemning you. You have to go somewhere else to get condemnation. When you condemn a building you are saying it is no longer fit for life to dwell there. God says to you because you have believed He raised Jesus from the dead for your justification. To be justified is to be without fault in the eyes of God. The resurrection of Jesus is Gods message to you that He is no longer looking at you as a condemned building but one made fit for Him to dwell in.
Get this. He will fix up His house. You rejoice that He has chosen to move in and fix it up. He has the resources. Let Him move in and let Him Fix it up. Grace is God saying to you I want to move in . I see you don’t have the resources to fix this place up like I am used to . Just give me permission and I will come and do it up right and we can dwell here in style. All I want is your permission to start renovation .

Your part — believe I raised Jesus from the Dead.

Allow Him to be Lord of your life as He is rightful heir to all of Creation.

Ro 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

You are not a condemned building. You are one God sees great potential in as His Dwelling place.

Richard Chambliss 2010

Hey. Well here I am thoroughly worn out yet unable to wind down totally. Thought I was use this last energy to let you know how things went today.
Today was our Fifth Annual Gigantic Christmas Fiesta in the Brechas del Mirador Church Building. I know I say this all of the time and I hope ya’ll never get bored of hearing it, but once again I stand in awe of the goodness of Yahweh!
Everything went just wonderfully and a joyous time was had for all but mostly by all of the little ones to whom the party was directed. We started at about 9am with two of those big bouncy houses for the kids to jump in. Then we were blessed by a visit from a Mexican drama team who presented the Christmas Story in Spanish and Mixteco alto which was very awesome. Frank led all of the children in a prayer of thanksgiving and worship and I was not the only one with tears on my cheeks. “Our kids” , the ones from the work camp by the mission home were just so attentive and prayed loudly and just generally showed out the rest of the supposedly more “sophisticated” children in attendance, I was so proud of how much they have learned.
THEN we proceeded to dserve lunch to some 172 people!!!! This in itself was truly miraculous. We had been expecting and prepared for 150 and I thought that we had overestimated but no……..
We rounded off the day with games and 4 piñatas. Every one received a new toy. Last Friday we had still received not even one donation and were planning on just giving out candy bags and chicharrones. BUT, on Monday two guys from the Sacramento area who came to work on the classroom roof showed up with literally one truckload of brand new toys and Tuesday a church from Arizona brought down 24 shoeboxes stuffed with new toys, clothes and candies. We are awed and overwhelmed again at the generosity and thoughtfulness of my fellow countrymen-Americans. So much thought obviously went into these gifts that I just can’t get over it-makes me glad to be able to say I am an American really. So from two sources otherwise totally unknown to me before this week the Lord made awesome Provision flow. EVERY child received a toy and candy bag and more PLUS when it was all over we were able to send down the remnant of gifts (about 40 all together) and candy bags to
Harvest of Faith Mission Maneadero which is the other little church we are covering. We were also able to bless them with three stuffed piñatas for their Christmas Cantata which is tomorrow night! The young Pastor and his wife were just so shocked and excited to get this blessing, I think it was beyond their wildest expectations and a real faith booster for them. I am so happy to know that all of the fun and blessings of today will also be repeated at that church tomorrow……..hopefully another 40 or so people will experience the Kingdom through their event and know how the Lord loves them!
So, again I am in awe. We had plenty of help, the Church really came through (both of them) and the whole thing was actually almost flawless-praise the LORD.
It was a lot of work preparing for it, but definitely worth it as i watched the children’s big eyes as they received over and over and over again today, it was just so sweet.
Can’t help but keep thanking the Lord for enabling us to give so much away. It is just so much fun to give stuff away you know and to be able to touch the lives of children (and mothers) whose lives are so hard so difficult makes me so darn satisfied……..
We have come a long way in the 12 years since we arrived in this country with literally nothing, imagine to go from barely being able to get enough to eat ourselves to being in a place where the Lord funnels through us a Christmas blessing to 170 people? It’s awesome and it is all God and we just thank Him for the chance to be His Hands and his Mouth today.
Thank so much to everyone back there who keep us in operation with their financial gifts. This blessing is every bit as much yours as it is ours!
Much Love and Merry Christmas-
Detra and Francisco

Pray Up Your Immune System!
1 Corinthians 14:4
4He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself…

Many Charismatics believe that when you speak in tongues, you edify or build up your spirit man. Well, that is only one-third true. The Bible does not say that the speaker edifies his spirit. No, it says that the speaker “edifies himself”. This means his entire self — spirit, soul and body. So he who speaks in tongues builds up his spirit, soul and body.

Does this include building up your immune system? Yes, it does! Brain specialists at Oral Roberts University’s hospital found out through research and testing that when a person prays in tongues, his brain releases two chemicals that are directed to his immune system, giving it a 35 to 40 per cent boost. Interestingly, these secretions are triggered by a part of our brain that has no other apparent activity and which is activated only when we pray in tongues.

Now, your immune system is your first line of defense against diseases. During the SARS outbreak in Singapore in 2003, not everyone who had the disease died. Only those whose immune systems were weak succumbed to the disease and died. Therefore, many people resorted to vitamins and herbs to boost their immune systems.

A 74-year-old church member decided to build up his immune system against more heart problems. Two of his arteries were 70 per cent blocked and five smaller vessels were 80 per cent blocked. So during a church service, when I asked those who wanted to be healed of heart problems to stand up, he stood up, placed his hand over his heart and prayed in tongues.

He shared that at that moment, he believed that the Holy Spirit touched him and he became a different person. When he went for his medical check-up, his surgeon found that all the blockages in his blood vessels were gone! Even a scheduled heart-related operation was cancelled as there was no longer any necessity for it. Indeed, he was a different person. He literally had a change of heart, a new heart from God!

Beloved, you may not have a heart condition, but you can still pray in tongues and pray up your immune system!