Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd Baptist Church
Vacation Bible School in the Mayan community of Popolnáh, Yucatán, Mexico
Such love from faithful Cancun believers who are now full time workers!
Sadly, we are often willing to go to the ends of the earth while deliberately leaving alone those on our borders and in our neighborhoods. These are often the ones we love the least, and we leave them without the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Linda and I with our two children moved to Cancun, Mexico in May, 1982. It was a new, sleepy resort town of about 70,000 people.
We still had much to learn about loving people, discipling, and starting churches after our three years in El Salvador, Central America. As we sought the best options for outreach in our new location, as well as in the Yucatan Peninsula and beyond, things took shape in a way that we could not have anticipated.
Our mission field came to us… from all parts of the Peninsula… from every corner of Mexico (you see, not everyone rushes north). Cancun is now an overcrowded, metropolitan area of roughly one million people. How do we disciple right here in town… in our neighborhood... in other neighborhoods? How do we get Mexican people to fall in love with Mexican people and become passionate about getting the Gospel out, even across huge cultural, religious and socio-economic divides?
You may think it an obvious point, but how well have things gone on your side of the border?
When God brought so many people from so many different regions and backgrounds to Cancun, we were like, “Thank you, Lord, for the gift of these awesome ministry opportunities that you brought to our doorstep!”
Regardless of how or why immigrants end up in your town, regardless of their legal status or the language that they speak, you should say, “Thank you, Lord, for the gift of these awesome ministry opportunities that you brought to our doorstep!”
"testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ." (Acts 20:21)
"Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all," (Acts 20:26)
Greg was raised near Milwaukee, WI. He has lived outside of the United States since 1976... first in Central America and, since 1982, in Cancun, Mexico.
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays… Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills… Rev 14:6
To highlight one essential facet of the eternal Gospel of Jesus Christ... Rev 14:6; 2 Cor. 5:18
THANK YOU FOR READING!
"For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you." Philemon 1:7
Refreshing the Bones by Greg Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.