July & August 2019

Dear Friends in Christ

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.          James 5:7

Camargo:  Attendances to services of the Iglesia Bíblica Bautista haven’t recovered from the summer slump.  Praise the Lord there is a good spirit in the services, we generally have visitors and there are most always people who respond to the altar call!
          Our people who go door knocking and visiting have backed off, in part due to school, but maybe because we continue visiting, but don’t see lasting fruit.  We keep knocking doors and visiting people until they obviously avoid us.
          Bro. Mario has been without work because he won’t work on Sunday or late on Thursday for the mid-week service for 5 months, though there is a lot of work he is qualified to do.  He has a good prospect with a big company, so please pray the Lord will bless his faithfulness and convictions.
          Please pray the Lord will show me who should be the Mexican pastor of this church, as well for the next step in my life.

VBS:  We had a high attendance of 107 at our Vacation Bible School, so didn’t reach our goal, but had a good week, with several of the older kids making a profession of faith!  We’ve not been able to keep any of the kids coming to services from the VBS.

Assistants:  One of my assistants, 22 year old Arturo, will be going to Navojoa, Sinaloa, 19 hours away to Bible institute.  The school he attended for one semester 3 hours away in Torreón, wasn’t going to have any other students, so they’ve suspended classes for now.  Please pray for him as he prepares to serve the Lord, and for Mayra his mom and for his siblings to be saved! 
          Jorge, 27 my other assistant is studying online, and plans to marry this next February.
Pray for these young men as they prepare and for the Lord’s will in their lives.

Teens:  We took 13 of our teens to camp in Creel, Chihuahua.  The theme of the camp was “Prayer” and was a blessing to all!
          We’ve never promoted it, but had several teens come out to the VBS, and still have 3 of them attending the teen meetings and even the kid’s Bible Club.  From here on, we are not going to put age limits on the kids meetings, as apparently some teens aren’t ready to be teens.  Hopefully it will better help them to assimilate into teen life.
Please pray for Jennifer and her family to be saved.  Her parents are separated, and her mom and 2 brothers have come to services, but quit.  Jennifer is attending the teen meetings again.

Move Pastor:  Arturo and I took the truck and trailer down to Durango, about 6 hours away to move Brandon, his wife and 2 year-old son to Parral, Chihuahua to take a church whose pastor left. 

Family:  My daughter Bethany and husband Kyle and 3 kids came down to see me the last week of August.  We really didn’t have an agenda, and just enjoyed the visit!  What a blessing!

Praise:  Good services; Kids saved at VBS, others saved; Dedicated assistants; Teens coming;
Bethany and family / visit
Prayer:  Bro. Mario – Work; Arturo and Jorge wedding plans / Bible institutes, God’s will; Pastor for IBB church; Outreach effectiveness; Brandon and family 1st pastorate; Jenifer & family to be saved

In Christ’s Service,
Bro. Ron Winter
Camargo, Chihuahua