An update on some recent events:
-In the church, we have celebrated 5 baptisms in the last week, including 3 young men from our San Pedro drug rehab center.
-We are continuing to reach out to needy children and their families in Torreon through our Saturday breakfasts. This past Saturday we fed almost 100 children, almost double the number who came two weeks ago. We are moving forward with plans to build the permanent kitchen facility that we need, in order to provide a safe place for the children to come and eat, and also to allow us to serve even more children every week.
-Plans are also advancing to start a missions training school here. Stephen and Paul have been talking and praying about what classes to offer and what curriculum to use, and tonight we will be discussing the school with our church leaders. At an upcoming conference in March, Stephen will be presenting the plan to other Mexican churches. We hope to open the school in August or September of this year.
-Finally, we want to express our deepest sympathy to the congregation at Christ Church Nashville and the family of Eric Falk, who was the missions pastor there. Eric's passion for the extension of the kingdom of Jesus Christ was exemplary, and though we know he is rejoicing now in the Lord's presence, we will miss him here on earth. Thanks for your great friendship. Our prayers and sympathy also go out to the Tommy Scott family for the loss of their daughter.
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thess. 4:13-14)