Dr. & Mrs. L.C. Smith
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- Don Tarvin
30 Aug 2011
Dear Friends In Christ:
The month of July was very
exciting. Margie and I celebrated our 62nd wedding anniversary on the 14th. The
first thing I did was purchase two dozens roses for my “bride”. She was somewhat
surprised that I remembered. We had a special lunch with another missionary
couple at the new “Longhorn Steak House” that just opened here in McAllen. To
our surprise after the meal, the staff brought us a special ice cream desert,
with four spoons. God has been so good to us. Thanks to all who remembered with
card, calls or email, including our family.
During this month several
Fellowships of the Mexican BBF conducted youth camps. There is a real interest
among the young people of our churches to attend. We do not have the total
numbers of attendance, but many were saved and other surrendered their life to
serve the Lord in a more fulfilling way. Also many surrendered to full time
service and will be attending one of the Bible Colleges come September.
Reports concerning the DVBS this year are coming in. Most VBS have yet to be
conducted since schools here do not let out until the middle of July. Those who
have reported on their DVBS show that God in still in the soul saving business.
We will have a complete report next month. Please continue to pray for these
efforts to reach the lost children of Mexico. Thank you who have made it
possible to furnish material for 60 different DVBS.
In 1956 when we
started our ministry in Tampico our first “preacher boy” was ELIAS SALAZAR
GONZALES. (Now deseased). He first was pastor in Gonzalez, Tamp. Later graduated
from IBB in Cd. Mante. Then was pastor of the Bible Baptist Church in Cd. Mante
many years. He and his wife had a daughter Eunice and three sons: Elias Jr.,
Moisés and Misael. Elias Jr. is a missionary of the East Texas BBF and works in
Houston. Moisés is now pastor of BBC in Cd. Mante and president of BBF Mexico.
Misael is a merchant in Cd. Mante. July 23, Misael with his son and the son of
Moisés were going to Tampico on business. They were kidnapped at gunpoint and
ransom demanded. Moises went with the ransom late Saturday. All four are still
missing as of July 29. Please pray for their save return.
Yours for souls
Lonnie & Margie Smith
PS: Just received word late today that the Salazar brothers
and sons have been rescued by the Mexican army and are united with their
families at a “save house”. Praise God!