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 time 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 are things going 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 you brought to our doorstep!”
Regardless of how or why immigrants end up in your town, regardless of their legal status or the language 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)
Yes...! As of July 5, 2020, my book is now available on Amazon.com.
It's a new book about an old problem: the cross and the crown… the Gospel and politics… do they mix? Should they mix?
If my words generate some reflection and healthy conversation—as in more light and less heat—I will be satisfied.
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Greg grew up in Menomonee Falls, WI. His ministry began in 1976: 5 years in Central America, 37 in Mexico. Church planting and discipleship have been his passion.
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." -Matthew 13:44
GREG'S other BLOG
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