Dr. & Mrs. L.C. Smith
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- Don Tarvin
01 Nov 2013
Dear Friends In Christ:
Pastor Elpidio Rodriguez is 93 years “young” and still
preaching each week. His church is in a village (rancho) called “La Ascensción”
in the 10,000 foot mountains of the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. In the 1950’s
Lupe Gutierrez, long time pastor at Saltillo, had a ministry of preaching the
gospel in these villages and ranchos in the states of Coahuila and Nuevo Leon.
Elpidio was a barber but after accepting Christ he donated land for a church and
began preaching. In the late 1960’s we were able to get him a barber chair, and
also build him a 25’ by 80’ adobe building. Dr. R. D. Wade and his church helped
us with the finances for this building. Elpidio is still the pastor and the
building is still being used.
We have been busy in the printing ministry
this month. It is a joy to furnish the needed songbooks for the churches in
Mexico and other Spanish Churches. Many years ago we compiled a book of 250
gospel songs with words only on 30 sheets of paper printed on both sides. We are
able to print and compile 1000 at a time. We also print thousands of tithing
envelopes. Eliseo Delgado and his family have put together all our books and we
praise God for their faithfulness. He is the pastor of “Canton Baptist Temple”
in Reynosa Mexico. Two years ago we made this songbook and the same book with
music available on the “LA TRIBUNA MEXICANA” digital net. But still there are
some people that need the hard copy.
Claude Hine was the first soul I won
to the Lord after I surrendered to preach in 1950. We were both in the Air Force
Military. As a Staff Sergeant I was on night guard duty and Claude was on
restricting. He had to report to the duty officer (me) every hour. I was able to
win him to the Lord. He later surrendered to fulltime service. In God’s will we
both were at BBC together and I graduated in 1956 and he graduated in 1957 with
my wife. We have keep in contact as dear friends over the years, he and his
family in New York and us in Mexico. This month he has been diagnosed with Acute
Myeloid Leukemia. Please remember my dear friend in prayer that the will of God
Thank you so very much for your faithfulness in prayer and
support for our ministry. May God continue to bless in each of you.
souls in Mexico,
Lonnie & Margie Smith
Please pray for save traveling for the pastors of Mexico to
the BBFMX meeting that will be celebrated in Cd. Juarez Nov. 11-14th.