May 2005

Dear Friends,

Last Wednesday evening one of our faithful members, Carlos Aguilera, preached the message which revolved around the theme “Being Different”. As he opened the Word of God to passages on how to be separated and holy Christians he gave his own personal salvation testimony.

Carlos is a carpenter by trade. Many years ago, the bus that he took to and from work would pass by our church, and he would see our big sign out front with the days and times of our services. And he always said to himself that someday he would visit our services. But then, as so many times happens, time went by and he forgot all about it.

Then, one evening just a few years back, he was on his way home from work and began talking to a young woman on the bus. She had left her job for the day and was on her way to her own church to teach a class of children. Carlos remembers his surprise and wonder at this young lady’s faithfulness and determination. Surely she worked long hours during the week! She must be tired. Besides that, the buses are always so crowded in the evening hours, not to mention the cost of additional bus fares and the sometimes unpleasant weather conditions.

He asked himself, “Why would this young lady be willing to do this? What is it that is so important to her that she would sacrifice her own comfort and lifestyle to travel across town and teach a group of unruly kids?” And then he remembered. So many years ago he had passed by our church, seen the sign out front and promised himself that someday he would go inside and see what it was all about. He came. He heard. He received the Lord Jesus as his Personal Savior.

Carlos is now a valuable member of our church. He teaches. He is one of our main disciplers, and he in charge of our team of altar workers. His great desire in life is to serve the Lord full-time. Although he is an older man, perhaps Carlos will yet be called to be a pastor or a missionary. We are praying for God’s will in his life.

There are other young men in our church who have told us that they feel that God may be calling them to full-time service. Please pray for Cristian, Pablo and Sebastian. And, of course, please pray for Carlos.

How wonderful it is to BE DIFFERENT! We are thankful that the Lord has given us the opportunity to help these young men along the way. What an honor it is to serve the Lord!

But ye are a chosen generation, royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Pet. 2:9

Thank you for sharing in this ministry with your prayers, encouragement and support.

Dave and Peggy