Blessed by Growth
My wife Sol and I recently went to Florida to visit family and so I could visit with two pastors who are implementing TUMI in their respective churches. In Miami, Pastor Javier Mendoza has 13 students who are very encouraged and enjoying the great teachings to expand their knowledge and participate actively in the missionary work of making disciples. Pastor David Vargas in West Palm Beach has just finished teaching the book Fight the Good Fight of Faith, and I had the opportunity to teach the first lesson of the module Conversion and Calling to nine students. They said they were all very encouraged and grateful to God for this tremendous tool to serve in their church with a greater knowledge and better preparation to bring souls to the light of Christ. This young growing church is very special to me since it is where my beloved niece ministers.
As we traveled back home we made two more stops. First we visited one of my disciples from my home church Iglesia del Maestro who now works in Panama City, Florida. This man was an integral part of Iglesia many years ago, and I had the privilege to mentor him and officiate his wedding. He and his family moved back to their home in New Orleans but works in Panama City. He asked me to help him start a church in this city. After the hurricane disaster, there has been a great migration of Spanish speaking workers with their families. He sees a great spiritual need. Sol and I will be in prayer about this because it is quite far to travel often from Dallas, but I am so proud and blessed by the growth he has shown in the Lord.
Secondly we stopped in New Orleans. We visited with Pastor Gonzalo Rodriguez with whom I have been in contact to present the TUMI seminar. He invited me to lead a conference at his church this month, and hopefully to install TUMI in his church. I am excited for this opportunity to connect with another body of believers and see TUMI continue to expand the Kingdom.
Every Saturday we continue to minister to a small group in Vickery Meadows to women and children who even in the rain, cold, or extreme heat attend services and enjoy time together.