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By Terry Jones
William Carey said, “Expect great things from God.
Attempt great things for God.” Our missionaries in
Mexico and Central America have truly attempted
great things for God. As we look back, we see that
God has done great things. Over the past ten years
through the work of BIMI missionaries and the
national workers who have been trained by them,
more than 33,000 souls have made professions of faith in the
Lord as Savior! Over that same period, 129 local New Testament
Baptist churches have been planted. These are great things from
God and we give Him all the honor and glory.
The Bible teaches us that we should love our neighbor as ourself.
The lawyer asked Jesus in Luke 10:29, Who is my neighbour?
Webster defines neighbor as “one living or located near another
fellow man.” What is the best way to love our neighbor? Globally,
the very best way to love our neighbors to the south is to reach
them with the Gospel, see them saved, and establish local churches
where they can worship, fellowship, and grow in the Lord. This is
exactly what has happened in Mexico and Central America.
John Harris in Belize
Steve Cerna in El Salvador
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Earthquake Some of these new churches were started in one of the largest
cities in the world, Mexico City. In the southeast section of
Mexico City is the area known as Xochimilco. Josué and Rebekah
Ortiz started Iglesia Bautista Gracia Abundante (Abundant
Grace Baptist Church) on August 14, 2016, with 25 people in
attendance. God has blessed and they have grown to need two
services each Sunday morning to accommodate all the people
who are hungry for God’s Word.
There are great needs not only in the large metropolitan areas
of Mexico and Central America but also in the small villages as
well. John and Robin Harris felt God’s call to reach the people
of Belize with the Gospel. September 30, 2018, they were able
to begin Grace Baptist Church in the town of Dangriga, Stann
Creek, Belize. Many of this town’s residents are Garifuna. The
Garifuna are a mixed African and indigenous people originally
from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent who speak the Garifuna
dialect of the Arawakan language. 1 As far as we know, this is the
only Baptist church in the area that is reaching the Garifuna.