Dr. & Mrs. L.C. Smith
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- Don Tarvin
31 Jul 2012
Dear Friends In Christ:
Last month in June 2012 Margie and I began our 57th year as
missionaries of BBFI in Mexico. God has been so good to us in so many ways. Our
health has been great. We feel like we are still of value in the work: advise to
pastors, counseling, the printing ministry, helping others who need someone on
the border and just being here.
In these many years, with the help of our
two sons (they were 3 and 5 years old when we came to Mexico) who are also
missionaries in Mexico, we have participated in over 130 different churches or
mission buildings. Each of the churches where we have been able to get property
and built a building, that work is still in service for our Lord. All churches
are built around a Mexican pastor and they have become self-supporting.
great opportunity has been presented to us! The city of Reynosa Mexico, across
from McAllen, Texas has grown from 30,000 people in the 80s to over 1.5 million.
Most of these people have come from other parts of Mexico to work in the
US-Mexican plants that have opened along the border. There is a new section in
Northeast Reynosa called “Colonia Provenir”. There is or will be over 150,000
residents in the new area. We have been offered a 400 square meter lot on which
a church building can be built. The total cost of the 400 square meter lot is
Bro. Angel Zapata, pastor of our First BBFI Baptist
church, has a young man who graduated from Bible College who has started
“Provenir Baptist Mission” in this area. The First church is willing to support
this man of God. I would like to help them obtain this property for ONE MORE
CHURCH BEFORE THE LORD CALLS ME HOME. So many have sacrificed over the years to
build the 130, would you help us do just one more? The really good news is that
we can make a down payment on this lot and First Church has promised to make
monthly payments for the rest. I do believe there are enough of God’s people for
us to pay it all! This would be the 15th church in the Border area.
Beloved please make this a matter of prayer. Please designate any offerings to
“Property” in Reynosa. Thank you for your faithfulness over these many years,
and please help us to remain in the work of our Lord. Please continue to pray
for the DVBS this July and August.
Yours for souls
Lonnie & Margie Smith