Tuesday, October 13, 2009


We have been preparing for the last couple of weeks to travel to a mission point in the village of Embocadero. This village is in the state of Veracruz. To get there we would have to travel to where the road ends and then hike for about an hour down the mountain the back way into Veracruz. There are two families that have accepted Christ in this village and we wanted to encourage them and show an evangelistic film to the village. On the day of the visit we drove to the village of Tecacalax where we left the vehicles. The road was in pretty poor condition and we had to cross several creeks to get there.

 Thunder was rumbling in the distance as we began the hike down the mountain toward Embocadero. We were excited about the prospect of pioneer mission work and reaching people who had never heard the gospel before. The trail we were walking wasn’t really a trail at all but a deep gully that had been cut in the mountain from flooding water. The scenery was beautiful. It is amazing to see the work of our father’s creation.

As we arrived in Embocadero about dark it began to rain. Bummer. The mountain people don’t move around when it is raining. We rested for a few minutes and presented the message anyway in the town center. About 20 people came out and a couple accepted Christ as Savior. After the service we began a 50 minute forced march back up the mountain. We had to get back through the “flash flood gully” before the water began to flow. Our guide set a killer pace to the top. For the next 50 minutes all I could see was the back of his head. After about 20 minutes there was I was only aware of two things, the falling rain and the horrible burning in my legs. The guide simply would not let up on the pace. It did help my ego to see our guide gagging from the exertion when we finally did reach the top.
On the way back there was one other incident that really scared me. We drove across a portion of road that I am sure has slid down the mountain by now. It is true that God protects his children especially the dumb ones.

Pray with us for the village of Embocadero that many will be saved and we will soon plant a church in that village.


Kelli said...

Wow, that is quite a story. The scenes are beautiful. God must really have something planned for you to protect you so often. ;P Maybe it is your unwavering commitment to spread the gospel. Thanks for sharing!

Rake, PhD2bornot2b said...

Nah, it's probably just because God protects the dumb ones.

God bless you guys. Keep up the good work and we'll keep praying (and thanking God) for you.