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I am a self proclaimed coffee addict and Executive Director of a non profit missions agency working primarily in the Mexican cities of Oaxaca, Guadalajara, and Ensenada. I've been married for over 30 years to Chelle, and we have one grown son, Joseph, a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dios es Amor

Last week I was in Mexico again helping a local church get a place to worship. A little over 15 years ago, three of us, Paul Lathrop, Grady Martine, and myself decided that as for our ministry in Mexico, Adventures in Life, we would build churches and facilities connected with churches.

Over the years, we have helped build 22 different facilities in the areas surrounding Ensenada, Guadalajara, and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Usually after a project like this I am pumped. The people that serve have been able to use the gifts that God gave them to make a real Kingdom impact. The people of Mexico have a place to worship and live out their commitment to God. And I believe that God has been pleased that we have been able to live in harmony with our brothers and sisters in Christ from Mexico.

But this time was different. This trip was hard. Emotionally, and spiritually. And I am still struggling. What makes it worse is that us missionary folks are not supposed to feel this way. Ours is a life, publicly, at least, spent in service of Jesus. We are supposed to spend our time sharing all the blessings we have received doing what we do, and telling everyone who'll listen how great God is.

And He is great. But sometimes ours is also a life of struggle, doubt, frustration, loneliness, and worry. I experienced that this last trip. Big time.

So if you would, pray for me this week. And if you know of, or personally support someone on the field, spend the money and call them. To encourage, support, and just listen to where they are at and what's going on their lives. Trust me, it'll be a Godsend.

In the meantime, here are a few pictures of our time down south. If you want to see more, Pastor Jesus has posted his photos here!

The first wall being put up on the new facliity at Dios es Amor (God is Love) church.
What we had accomplished after two days. Those beams you see weighed a ton!
Rob from Young Life's Wildhorse Camp trimming up Dennis' leg. It's not all work.
Twenty something trusses went up this way. Handmade, handlifted, and handset.
The final day. Roofing, plaster, trim, cleanup, and then...Pastor Jesus Vera's wife, Mirtha, nailing on a rosetta to finish our week. Amen

Comments on "Dios es Amor"

 

Blogger Patrick M said ... (3:16 PM) : 

Having just spent some energy battling other liberal bloggers about faith and the Catholic Church, (and their view was bleak) seeing your progress and struggle is a Godsend to me.

Keep up God's work.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (6:27 AM) : 

Thanks Patrick. It is interesting that to the majority of people who serve with us, [mostly conservatives] I am their only lefty liberal friend.

I am just trying to be faithful and do my part.

 

Blogger cinglesby said ... (9:25 AM) : 

Dave, as a new comer, it was fun to listen to the banter between you and the boys. What I witnessed was a man passionate about the people God has called you to serve. A man who desperately wants Jesus for the local people as well as the people who come to serve. Left or right being irrelevant , what I saw was a man doing his best to lead folks down the middle of the road that leads to the Cross. Great encouragment for us all to consider what is it that we are living passionatley for? Be encouraged, you are helping to impact where people will spend thier eternites. I pray that God would shine his favor on me and allow me to stand shoulder to shoulder with you again in his service.

Your "fellow traveller", Craig

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (9:46 AM) : 

Thanks Craig. You were water for me during the week.

I too hope these were great first steps on our journey.

 

Blogger roy said ... (3:25 PM) : 

cool Dave.
BTW, you've been tagged. Check my blog for info

 

Anonymous Paul PAck said ... (9:54 AM) : 

we are bringing our students down to mexico and working with pastor jesus in june... the new building looks awesome! God is GREAT!
blessings,
pastor paul
lexington, ne

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (10:05 AM) : 

See you there!!!

 

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