Hola, from south of the border!
Feliz Navidad, from The Landis Family and Cherith Brook Baja!
After being here almost one and a half years, and seeing God’s provision and handy work first hand, I am left with one clear thought;
The Best is Yet to Come!
To all our family, friends, and supporters we cannot thank you enough. Your prayers and your financial support have meant so much to us we could not do it without you. So, that means you are all part of the work God is doing down here. Please keep coming down for visits, it really lifts our hearts to see our church family.
Cherith Brook’s mission is simple; we are called to Love the one in front of us. The core of what we do as a family on the mission field is to Educate, Encourage, and Equip. This may also include some plumbing, electrical, and baby-sitting.
God’s dreams are so much bigger and better than ours. Christine and I are on the mission field with all three of our grown children. Not in a million years did I ever dream of seeing that!
Aaron, our son, has been here for four months. He is volunteering at Open Arms, which is a great ministry that serves the community by offering free day-care for children from infants up to the age of 12 years old. This enables the less fortunate to keep their families together. Aaron lives on-site at Open Arms and gets two meals a day, which means we get to see him a lot when he gets hungry. The kids and the daycare have really taken a shine to him, and he is even learning some Spanish, as he can order his own tacos now.
Storm made it back from Ghana safely. She doesn’t feel called to do missions there for now, but she is always open to wherever God will take her, and the Ghana families loved her so much they keep calling hoping she will move there. She hit the ground running when she came back and has close to 100 students that she is teaching English to at the local high school. She has also started going over to the women’s home a couple times a week. It is a home where women can get off drugs/alcohol and taste the love of God. She spends her time laughing, crying, and loving on them. She also leads worship for a Bible study and got a chance to teach at another Women’s Bible study, which must have gone well because they asked her back.
Sarah is working hard at finishing high school early this year and turned 18 on Dec. 16. She is very happy about this! She helps teach dance on Mondays to the locals, and she is baby-sitting one of Christine’s students named Evalynn, a couple days a week. Evalynn is the daughter of Johnny, who is our newest teacher at the La Mision Homeschool Co-op that Christine teaches at.
There is nothing better than seeing your adult children start living out their own faith in Christ!
Christine had to move the school this year to the Skill center, which our dear friend, Mary, runs and teaches practical working skills out of. Christine has really come alive now that she has her own classroom and doesn’t have to set up and breakdown every day. She loves the kids and pours so much of herself into them. She also goes to the women’s home with Storm and loves on the ladies there. She is teaching from time to time at the ladies’ Bible study at Calvary Chapel Rancho Libertad, and has been asked to teach at their upcoming women’s conference. There is nothing better than watching my wife take flight and become what God has dreamed of her being. Over the last few months Christine managed to reformat her book, Beautiful Dependence, so that it will be printed and shipped by Amazon. This will help us tremendously so we won’t have to drive to the states and hand ship it every time somebody orders it. Our children’s book How Bright is the Moon can also be found at Amazon. We’ve really been getting a lot of good feedback on both books.
As for me (Mark), I have been spending a lot of time transitioning the notes from the grace class that I teach into a book format, and finally finished the first draft, but I still have miles to go before it is finished. Hopefully, by this time next year we will have a printed copy. I am calling it Grace in Plain Sight. I am still teaching a couple of Bible studies a week, and on occasion I get to teach at Calvary Chapel Rancho Libertad in La Mision. I still get to keep my carpentry skills sharp as I often get a chance to help with repairs for other ministries as they need.
My recent favorite was a home I was able to work on for a farming family that lives in the river valley. I wired the whole house and taught the uncle how to run wire, it had to be the Spirit because I don’t speak Spanish and he doesn’t speak English! However, by the end he was running and hanging the wire perfectly, and I taught the kids a few songs as we worked, It was a grand time!
If any of this sounds fun, come on down to Cherith Brook and we will put you to work of loving on and being loved on. We are His hands and feet.
In His Love,
Husband, Father, Pastor, Teacher, and Friend
Many of you have asked for specific prayer needs. God is so awesome and has blessed us with many people to share our burden. Without you, we would not be able to do what we are doing here. Here is a list of things that we need both physically and spiritually.
*We see many broken people and it’s easy to get discouraged.
Pray against discouragement.
* Physical Health
* To continue to learn the culture and speak Spanish!
* That we would do God’s will
* Continued financial support
* That the power company would work with us to finish getting power to the farming
family that we helped.
* That the Lord would show Christine what to speak on at the Ladies Retreat.
Retreat dates: January 25-27
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