|Issue #4||August 1997|
|- Dan Boskovich, chairman|
The rain has brought a welcome change in the weather. It hasn't reached 100º for the past couple days, and got as low as 74º this morning. It has got up to 112º here in Lázaro Cárdenas in previous days.
We usually have Sunday School in our yard, but we cancelled it today because of the rain. The spot where we have it is a big mud puddle. The ground here is sandy, so it should dry out fairly soon.
There is cause for rejoicing here in that two more souls have been freed from Satan's grip, freed to serve the Lord. Elvira, an 84-year-old lady, accepted Christ, saying she doesn't want to live in sin anymore and that she wants to be a child of God. She is a quiet lady who wants to learn and is ready to accept whatever the Bible teaches. Her granddaughter, Chuyita, following in her grandma's footsteps, has also decided to follow the Lord. She is a very serious 12-year-old girl. She has begun taking off rings and a bracelet and wants to obey the Bible. Please pray for them. [On August 1, 17-year-old Angélica (cousin to Chuyita and granddaughter to Elvira) also accepted the Lord! - Editor]
We continue to have many visitors, both children and adults. Benjamin and Melisa have many friends who come to play with them. Many nights we get to bed quite late, since visitors may stay until 11:00. People seem to enjoy the nights when it is cooler, and stay out later that we are used to.
Betty and I made cactus jam, jelly and syrup from pitahaya-cactus fruit. We don't have all the fruits we did in Oregon, but there are different kinds here.
Please continue to pray for the work here.
|- David Smucker (July 20, 1997)|
Paola, a neighbor girl, and Holly sit here on the floor quietly drawing and coloring. Perhaps it was the heat (116º) that chased them indoors from their "house" play.
This is not the usual, but all of us are spending a piece of this afternoon doing study/writing projects. 'Tis a short afternoon between lunch and a 5:00 o'clock departure to Mariano Escobedo for a Gospel meeting tonight. Javier and Ana from Santa María plan to go along. Driving time will use most of an hour, then we should still have a couple hours to visit before the meeting at 8:00 pm.
All around, our family is just not the usual! Earlier this month, we went to a family reunion in Colorado. We had a refreshing time drinking in the beauty of greenery and big mountains and kind words from relatives and friends. Before we came back home, we enrolled Shaphan, our handicapped son, in Faith Mission Home in Virginia. We are grateful for the training and care they provide in a Christian atmosphere, but his absence leaves a very tender Shaphan-shaped hole in our family. In case you want to send him a colorful card, here's his address: 3540 Mission Home Lane, Free Union, VA 22940. Shaphan will be ten years old on August 24.
"Is it my turn to lead songs?" is a question often voiced in a tone of anticipation. The members show delight in getting to participate in the church services. Ana often testifies how God helped her with the morning Sunday School.
Our 13-year-old son, Travis, made the best decision of his life on June 22, when he joined God's family. Rejoice with us!
|- Nancy Mast (July 24, 1997)|
On May 14, Margaret Miller Flew to Mexico for a Three-week Visit . . .
The daily temperature highs were 104-114º, which really saps one's strength. It is necessary to do one's outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon.
On my first Sunday in Santa María, one of the regular Sunday School teachers, María Quintero, sent word that she couldn't make it to class. So Ana Calderón filled in for her, doing a very good job of telling the Bible story with flannelgraph figures. Vivian and I helped her with the 25 or so children. Class was over for the primary and junior age, and floors had been cleaned by the time Javier Calderón arrived at 11:30 to lead the youth class.
That evening Joe spoke to a nearly full church house on "Our Focus Being Upon Eternal Things." When he gave opportunity for people to express themselves, at least seven people asked for prayer. Praise God! He is still at work in people's hearts and lives.
It was a real treat to visit the brothers and sisters again in their homes and share together about God's working in our lives. It was a joy to see definite spiritual growth and maturity in some.
Another blessing was visiting the villages of Lázaro Cárdenas and Mariano Escobedo, meeting old and new friends there. How special to meet Elvia! How humbling to be served a bowl of delicious soup in Elvia's home or that of her mother, Doña Joaquina, knowing that they have only the barest necessities to live! How beautiful their sacrifice of joy and love, no doubt bringing great pleasure to the Lord! What a joy to sit on the backless benches under the trees in their yard, singing and praising the Lord together, and listening to the teaching of God's Word!
Unfortunately, some kind of "bug" made its rounds among us. We nearly all took our turns with headache and fever, upset stomach, etc. We couldn't seem to find the right day to celebrate Travis' birthday. Travis, did you finally get your birthday celebrated?
We rejoiced when Toño Morales and his wife, Segunda, (of Santa María) made a new beginning in their walk with God. Please keep praying for them and the rest of the believers, who are faced with many spiritual battles and snares of the enemy.
|- Margaret Miller|
Events and transitions in Guaymas Valley -- a mini-history
1981 August James Roths move to Ortiz; Joe Masts and Mark Roths go to language study September Mark Roths move to Ortiz October Joe Masts arrive in Ortiz December Joe Masts move from Ortiz to Santa María 1982 April James Roths return to Oregon December Margaret Miller moves to Guaymas Valley 1983 April Mark Roths return to Oregon 1984 January Marvin Bosses move to Ortiz June Marvin Bosses spend two months in language study; Corrine Boss accompanies them 1985 January Steve and Judy Headings spend three months in Guaymas Valley September Joe Masts return to Oregon 1986 summer Mark Roths and Sandra Miller spend six weeks in Guaymas Valley September Miriam Bechtel spends three months in voluntary service (VS) in Santa María October Marvin Bosses return to Oregon December Karen Roth moves to Santa María 1987 September Mark Roths move to Ortiz October James Kropf and Brian Smucker arrive for six months of VS in Ortiz 1988 summer Joe Masts spend several weeks in Guaymas Valley; Brian Smucker returns for two months October Caroline Smucker spends two months in VS in Ortiz 1989 June James Kropf returns to Ortiz as a missionary; Karen Roth returns to Oregon December Mark Roths move from Ortiz to Santa María 1990 January Lloyd Lind spends four months in Guaymas Valley in VS December James Kropf returns to the States 1991 January Manuel Torres ordained to the ministry in Santa María April Pastorate of Emmanuel Mennonite Church transferred from Mark Roth to Manuel Torres May Mark Roths return to Oregon summer James and María Kropf spend a month in Guaymas Valley 1992 December Rosana Roth visits Santa María for three months 1993 February Mark Roths visit Santa María for two months 1994 June Margaret Miller returns to Oregon 1995 December Mission responsibility transferred from Bible Mennonite Fellowship to Hopewell 1996 July Mark Roths and Margaret Miller arrive for four weeks in Santa María September Joe Masts move to Santa María November David Smuckers move to Santa María 1997 May David Smuckers move to Lázaro Cárdenas August Lindsey Mast completes his VS term and returns to the States
|On August 10, María Quintero's 16-year-old granddaughter Karina made public her commitment to Christ!|
Yes, we have moved and it is good to see God's leading and directing hand here in the Everett community. We finished moving the last of June. It is very good to be living in the same community with the dear people that we have learned to love. It is good to be able to have them into our home for hot dog roasts and fellowship. We count it a real privilege to be a part of such a seeking, loving and challenging group. We have been studying from 2 Peter in our Thursday evening Bible study and prayer meeting. It has been a challenging study about apostasy and false prophets. On Sunday afternoons we study out of the book Bible Studies for New Believers. Those who attend have been blessed by the studies. It is a joy to see them study and dig into the Scriptures.
We are trying to name our group. So if you have any suggestions just give us a jingle. It seems that more and more we are realizing the joys of being a brotherhood. Of course we have some struggles and we always need more growth, so keep praying for us. We struggle with being willing to give up all in complete obedience to Christ and the Church, and we need encouragement in understanding the brotherhood and how it functions. But we are growing and seeking.
Barbara and her children, three young people, are able to come more regularly now that Wendy has a job at a nursing home. They travel approximately an hour to services. Amy Dickinson will be leaving again to teach school in Wisconsin, and she will be missed by all of us. She is a favorite of the children. Most of the Bruzas family are home right now, after being gone to Idaho for a number of weeks to help with the hay. Jory and Henry Shallenburger decided to take a sudden camping trip to Oregon. After they were driving through the Woodburn area, they realized they were probably driving by some of the homes of the Hopewell families. Esther's health is about the same, but she doesn't seem to get discouraged. Peter and Gina Miller, a young couple that got married this summer, had to miss some services because Peter had an illness that seemed to be a relapse of his bout with malaria. We praise God that he is feeling better and is back to work. We are praying for the safe arrival of the Lenderman's baby which is due this winter. Mick Stone is hoping to be able to locate another job soon, so he does not need to work on Sundays. Pray with us about this need. The Joseph Struzka family is looking to buy a house, so we are praying that God would supply that need. Marvins need to purchase a different vehicle since theirs was totalled when a man ran into them. We thank God that no one was hurt. Donna Walling covets your prayer for her and the family. She has not been able to attend the services as regularly as she would like to.
We thank all of you for your prayers and support, and we appreciate those of you that have come to visit us. You have been a real encouragement to us. Please do not feel that you are a burden to us if you would like to come and stay the night. We welcome the opportunity to have you.
Let's keep praying for each other.
|- The Bontragers|
Ron & Corrine Bontrager 16805 91st Avenue NE Arlington, WA 98223 phone: (360) 403-8814 Marvin & Esther Boss 3804 129th Place NW Marysville, WA 98271 phone: (360) 654-0159 Joe & Nancy Mast David & Betty Smucker Apdo. 582 85400 Guaymas, Sonora MEXICO Treasurer: Ray King 14377 Whiskey Hill Road NE Hubbard, OR 97032 USA Missions Committee Chairman: Dan Boskovich 6057 Waconda Road NE Salem, OR 97305 USA Editor: Mark Roth
|Sponsored by Hopewell Mennonite Church, Hubbard, Oregon.|
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