We've read Jesus' Great Commission(Matthew 28:19-20) many times, but we never imagined how much His words would come to affect our family. Over the course of the last year the Lord has been burdening our hearts for the lost. In the spring of this year we both finally voiced what we felt He had been telling us individually. We realized we were being called into missions. Although we knew what the Lord wanted us to do, we had no idea where. We prayed earnestly for guidance and for doors of opportunity to be opened. Both of us felt a particular burden for the people of Mexico and South America. In April Brad had the opportunity to take a mission trip to a children's home in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. To make a very long story short, God opened a door! The children's home needs a full time construction manager to oversee renovations and new construction on the property. We were able to return to Reynosa as a family in June and God made it clear that this was the "where".
We will be working in the city of Reynosa with over 500,000 people. The city is right across the border from McAllen, Texas. It is a growing city and has many opportunities to share Christ. We will be working at Children's Haven International, a Christian children's home with 52 wonderful children. The home needs a lot of remodeling and they have plans to add 3-4 buildings in the future including: a school, daycare center, medical clinic, and a church.
Not only will we have the opportunity to minister to these precious children and the house parents who care for them, but we will have great opportunities to impact the community for the Lord. We do not know at this time how long we will be in Reynosa, but we know that God has a plan for us and we are very excited to begin our journey.
Please pray for our family as we embark on this adventure. It will mean MANY changes for us. Pray that we keep our focus on the goal...telling others about our Savior, Jesus Christ.