Gilberto y Alicia nacieron y se criaron espiritualmente en una dinámica asamblea venezolana y han servido al Señor en el norte de México desde 2004, con el apoyo en los últimos años de su hija adolescente y de uno o dos hombres locales que son relativamente nuevos en la fe. Sirven en la ciudad de Chihuahua, en el estado de Chihuahua, que es un gran país ganadero con residentes más como tejanos que mexicanos típicos (incluidas las colonias menonitas de calidad cuestionable), centro antinarcóticos, donde el verdadero evangelio (pero no la cultura carismática) es escaso. Abundan las necesidades espirituales y temporales. Las temperaturas del invierno son desesperadamente bajas. Hay una pequeña asamblea en la ciudad con dos salas de evangelio, y muchos son receptivos al mensaje del evangelio. Viajan a ciudades del interior cuando es posible y se encuentran con personas que escuchan su programa de radio y solicitan un CD que explica cierta verdad. Afortunadamente, en los últimos años han recibido visitas ocasionalmente de cristianos ejercitados y competentes, porque la oportunidad entre los niños y las madres en el trabajo de extensión es mayor de lo que pueden atender.
Gilberto and Alicia Torrens
Withal praying also for us,…Col.4:3
Posted on November 14, 2019
Children’s work: In addition to our Sunday school held at the hall, we hold children’s meetings in the north of the city in a neighborhood called El Porvenir. We meet there every Wednesday and Sunday to plant the seed of the Word of God in these little ones’ tender hearts. We pray that these children will be converted and become men and women of God, bringing glory to the Lord and blessing in their homes. Each summer we have between 50 and 100 children attending the vacation Bible classes. Radio Broadcast: Each Friday we have a radio broadcast where we read the Word of God and give a short gospel message. Some of the listeners have contacted us to ask questions or to share a spiritual need. Open air: During the summer, we have an open-air meeting on Saturday in the neighborhoods surrounding the hall. As well, we go to the hospital to distribute literature and food for those visiting their sick relatives. Annual conference: Each September we have our annual conference. It is very encouraging to see Christians bringing fellow believers many kilometres who would otherwise have no means of coming to the conference. Outreach: In the city of Delicias, with a population of 140,000, we have a small rented hall and each week travel the 100km journey to distribute literature and preach the gospel... And in Ciudad Juárez, brothers Juan and Francisca Roblero are doing the same on Thursdays, and so we also supported them in the preaching of the gospel...We ask ourselves, as did Andrew the disciple, what are they among so many? Conditions in Chihuahua: During 2015, Chihuahua held the fifth place nationally for economic growth, and was in sixth place for contributing to national GDP. However, it is very sad to see other data that place the state of Chihuahua in last place for life expectancy. It has the country’s highest infant mortality rate and the fourth highest maternal mortality rate. The state of Chihuahua also has one of the highest homicides rates and causes of both preventable and highly preventable deaths. This has had an impact on the work of the Lord. During our nearly 15 years of labor here, 10 believers have gone to be with the Lord. Some already were in assembly fellowship and others had only been baptized. Most of these were elderly. There are other cases where relatives of the believers died of a drug overdose, and this has given us the opportunity to reach more of these homes with the message of the gospel. The assembly is still small, with much need for spiritual shepherding. Some believers live a long way from the hall and have trouble getting to meeting, so on occasions, it is necessary to go pick them up. Prayer requests: We highly appreciate the prayers of God’s people for the continuation both of peace in the country and freedom to proclaim the gospel. We are confident that the Spirit of God can speak directly to the hearts of those who listen, producing repentance that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus and, like many other countries around the world, Mexico is a country with 120 million souls where there are many opportunities and great need, but few workers. There is real need for both the preaching of the gospel and the continuous clear teaching of sound doctrine to the Lord’s flock. We continue looking to Him to supply every need in the work. Please pray the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into His harvest and pray for blessing in the salvation of souls and the spiritual growth of new believers. On a personal note, we are thankful to the Lord that we are in good health and our daughter is already halfway through her medical studies at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua. Thank you for your prayers.
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