Dear Friends and Co-Laborers
Greetings from San Pancho. We are enjoying beautiful weather here in the state of Aguascalientes and are blessed to be used of God in this place. We are excited to share with you the particular blessings of God in the last month.
The Oasis Baptist Bible Institute has stayed full of students and they are working hard to study and to keep up with the assignments. This Sunday and Monday will be the next test in Biblical Geography and map work is not easy. I am, however thrilled to see their increased knowledge of the subject as well as the great desire they have to learn. Some of the students participated in a missionary excursion for two weeks down in the state of Chiapas. As I understand it, the experience was intense and eye-opening as they were able to see the need in other areas of their own country. The goal of the Oasis Baptist Bible Institute is to train national workers for spiritual leadership in their city, state, country, and the world. We offer training for their minds, and teach self-discipline for their lives, but this ministry affects their heart. All three are necessary for effective spiritual leadership. The Trinity Baptist church here in Aguas provided the opportunity as we work hand in hand to train these students.
The Calvary Baptist Mission has had some rough times recently and we are praying that God would accomplish His will here in San Pancho. Family trials and work-related trips out of the country have depleted our numbers totally. However, Praise the Lord, we had four accept Christ as Savior last Monday. We are excited about the new Christians and pray the God would continue to work in their hearts.
Tim was invited to speak at a sister church here in Aguas on the subject of matrimony emphasizing the relationship of the couple. The young people took care of the children and only married couples were present. There was a session for just men and for the women every night, then a congregational meeting for the couples together. The verse was from Song of Solomon 8: 7a; Many waters cannot quench love,. What a challenge! The Lord blessed and I found the subject of all the messages in verses 6 and 7. All was well received and the testimonies on Sunday night around a camp fire were sweet and yet very telling on our need to spend more time teaching on the principles of the couple in marriage.
On a personal note; Teresia has developed a large hernia in her abdominal wall because of the gallbladder surgery she had about 19 months ago. The doctor has asked her to lose weight as we anticipate the surgery in August to put a mesh in and repair the hernia. She is doing great and will be preparing for the surgery. She will have the surgery here in Aguas and the cost will be about $2,300.00 according to information just received from the surgeon. This is less than the cost of the deductible of an insurance policy in the States. We are praising the Lord for His goodness. We would ask that you pray with us about this financial need between now and August. Tim is to have cataract surgery in November. St. Luke’s Eye Institute has offered us a 50% discount on the procedure and we are very grateful. The cost for the surgery including health exam, surgery, and glasses is about $2,000.00. Again pray with us about this financial need and the upcoming surgeries.
We will be in the states for furlough during this time. Pray for our safety as we travel and for additional support for our labors.
In His Service
Tim and Teresia Hendricks