Left to Right: Idolatrous shrine to dead drug lords; Two volcanoes by the city; Myself, Missionary David Combe & Evangelist David Corn.
“The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into the harvest.” Luke 10:2 (KJV)
As soon as missionary David Combe picked me up at the airport in Mexico City I began to learn about the mission field in the worlds 3rd largest city. The first challenge Brother Combe introduced me to was the traffic. Everyone has to deal with it and it’s humbling. The second challenge to deal with in his day-to-day living is water. Many people in Mexico City have to hand carry water into their homes for general usage. After Brother Combe learned about my Spanish language skills and Third-world driving experience, he let me take over for him, with the help of one of his church members, to drive his van to make trips to fetch water for his home and get us supplied for the week. I was feeling the 9,000 ft elevation, but what a joy it was to serve and free Brother Combe up to prepare for the night’s service. Myself and evangelist David Corn were the guest of Brother Combe for evangelistic outreach. My role was to be a translator for David Corn and a general servant in whatever needed to be done to make the week a success and see souls saved. During our preaching meetings on Friday through Sunday, we saw at least 19 saved and 3 baptized.
In my observation, I have not seen a place with such a great need for gospel ministers as Mexico City. Even my mission field of Honduras has a higher percentage of indigenous ministers of the gospel than this great city. There is so much idolatry and religious activity here, yet people will listen to the gospel, praise the Lord.
Brother Combe has been in Mexico City for nine years. He has a church named Iglesia Bautista Monte Calvario and a radio ministry. Pray that they will have additional churches to send support because some have dropped off. He is also currently praying for special funds to help secure 3 property locations for expansion of the ministry. If you would like his contact information, please contact me. Blessings!!
Psalm 16:6 “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
The call of God leads the repentant, born again believer to the most incredible places. Sometimes I have been asked, “How do you know the “call” of God. You know it by walking in the Spirit and spending time in God’s written Word so that you will hear the spoken Word. The spoken word is the instruction to the individual that comes directly from God to the believer. This is how God led me to be a missionary in Honduras. Very exciting. God caused my boundary lines to fall in a pleasant place. Likewise, I have had a strong desire to go to Mexico City and evangelize and praise God it’s happening in just a couple of days. This is again my boundary line falling in a pleasant place for ministry. Life with Jesus is exciting, not because you may get to travel to another country, but rather that you get to help change the travel itinerary of lost souls destined to hell to book their trip to heaven through faith in Jesus. I sense this trip to Mexico City will be a productive one. Just today I witnessed to two catholic men, one right after the other. The first man was actually from Mexico City. The second man was from Vietnam. As I shared the gospel with these men, I could not help but be in awe of the wonderful gospel message and the hope that this witness could be the one that the Holy Spirit may use to bring either of these men to salvation. Where have your lines fallen? Do you have the goodly heritage? I pray so.
We give thanks to the Lord Jesus for the blessing to be with Tri-County Baptist for their missions conference this week. This brings us one more step closer to our departure from the US soil towards the mission field. Whereas November was truly a month to give thanks unto the Lord, December is shaping up to be a bountiful month with an opportunity to travel to Mexico City with evangelist David Corn. I have had a desire to evangelize in Mexico City and visit missionaries there for several years now, and it looks like that will happen for me this month. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Arkansas is really beautiful this time of year with the fall colors in full swing. It was a perfect time to travel and make a connection with a couple of churches in the Northwest part of the state. Temple Baptist Church in Springdale and Gospel Light Baptist Church in Rogers gave us such a wonderful reception. We praise God for them.
Also, we want to give God praise for the invitation from Tri-County Baptist Church in Katy, TX today to be included in their missions conference in December. What a blessing this is as we walk by faith.
1 John 4:19 “We love him [God] because he first loved us.” Since God has already taken the initiative and shown his love for us by sending his son to die for us, we have only one reasonable response and that is to repent, call on the Lord Jesus for forgiveness and surrender all to him. The song says, “All to Jesus I surrender, All to him I freely give, I will ever love and trust him, In his presence daily live.” Surrendering is a daily task and not just a one time event. We recently came face to face with something that we needed to surrender to the Lord. This “certain” thing just did not seem to be working out in God’s plan for us at this time, so we came to the reality that we had to “surrender all” of this thing to the Lord. Upon doing so, our hearts began to be overwhelmed with a sense of relief and peace. It was at this point that we began to pray toward the things that remained, especially regarding the missions call. Immediately God began to bless that very same day with referrals to churches for presenting ministry. God is so good. His love endures forever.
Being in a foreign country makes you subject to interruptions in your schedule. With the Lord these moments sometimes become opportunities. An interruption that turned into an opportunity happened when I had to make a phone call to AT&T due to my cell service being interrupted in the middle of our trip. The young man I spoke to in Virginia happened to ask what country I was in and what I was down there for. Next thing you know I was witnessing to the young man about Jesus and ended up leading him in prayer as he repented and asked Jesus to save him. Thank you Jesus for the soul that was saved.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Friends, there are a couple of kinds of faith: 1) There is the faith in God that saves you (Acts 16:31); and 2) the faith of God that is the Christian’s life in motion and action to accomplish the will of God (Galatians 2:20 and Ephesians 2:10). By the unction of faith through the Spirit of God we are taking that step of faith this month toward Honduras to find our place to live. We will be selling our US home and, Lord willing, we will be in Honduras full time sometime during the month of September. Please pray for us that we will have a safe trip, find the right home in Honduras and get the necessary things in place that we will need to live. The faster these things get done, the sooner we can focus on the work of the ministry. Pray that God will open doors for presenting the ministry in order for us to continue to gain supporters.
Blessings! Rod (1 Timothy 6:12)
Kristy and I are in Pensacola, Florida for a few days trying to introduce ourselves to a few local pastors and lay the ground work for their consideration of us to present the ministry at some point in the future. Please pray for us that the spirit of the Lord will both guide us and open doors to make this trip fruitful. Over the past five weeks I have been meeting with different pastors in Houston, Friendswood, Katy and Conroe. I praise the Lord for Calvary Baptist in Conroe that is giving me the opportunity to present to both their Spanish and English congregations on August 24th. Thank you for your prayers and email us to let us know that you are praying for us.
Blessings, – Rod (1st Tim. 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith”)
My trip to Honduras to meet with my friend, Pastor Jorge Duran, was a success. We traveled to the region of Colón for me to be introduced to some of the local pastors (one pictured above) for future collaborative work when my wife and I return to Honduras full time. The coastal town of Trujillo is an area of strong consideration for us for starting a new ministry work. The vacant church building pictured above, Lord willing, will be the place we see a new church begin.
Church at El Porvenir – I had the great pleasure of seeing the foundation being laid for the first church building ever in the neighborhood of Pico Bonito in the town of El Porvenir. Ten years ago I worked with the very first home group meeting that is now building its own facility. It’s quite a joy to see this as I think about all the days of house to house evangelism that made this happen. I pray the Lord continue to bless Pastor Nicolas Almonzor in Pico Bonito as he serves the Lord Jesus.
Last but not least, I had a wonderful meeting with North American missionary, Matt Goins, with BIMI Team Honduras who is serving the Lord in the town of El Progresso. Matt gave me some valuable information for current missions operations that will be a tremendous help in our return to Honduras. I thank our Lord Jesus for Matt and his heart.
Thank you to everyone who prayed for me during this trip. – Rod
With the 2014 Missions Conference at our home church, [Name omitted for security] in Houston, Texas, now behind us, we are officially underway in our journey to return to full time missions ministry as church planters in Honduras. If you would like to partner with us through financial support, go to www.cmcmissions.org and click on the “Donate” tab. We would love to hear from you and be able to share our experience and pray together. You can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us through our facebook page: Reach Honduras.
– Blessings, Rod & Kristy Rudine.