JANUARY/FEBRUARY OF 2019 NEWSLETTER
Another year has come and gone and our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Several dear saints and close friends went home to be with their Lord and Savior, both in the U.S. and in Mexico where we have been working these past 36 years. 2018 was a pretty rough year as far as trials go, but God gives us the grace to go through them.
We held another baptismal service in December for the churches down near the Guatemalan border. Eighteen souls were baptized! These are always awesome services and many attend them. We will soon schedule another one in the spring in the central part of the work.
Lately, we have been blessed to see several brothers step into the ministry as worship leaders, elders, deacons and pastors. Jesus said that the workers “would be few.” This seems to be a universal truth. Whether we’re talking about the United States, Mexico or Africa, there is usually a shortage of ministers. Few things have blessed me over the years than to see God’s servants rise up and take their place in the Kingdom. I know it blesses God. In a recent leader’s meeting, five pastors joined the other leaders in Mexico. There is no better way to live than to serve God with your strength while you are young. A little over half of our lives has now been spent serving God and his people.
“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end (of your lives), that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” – Hebrews 6:10-12.
We appreciate your prayers and financial support of this ministry. I know that God will bless you for it.
Ron and Debbie Testa