The Church in Jesús María
Jesús María is a sub-division of sorts in Ixtapaluca, Mexico where I am serving. The church plant here is about to celebrate its fourth anniversary. Although I have not been here the whole time, I have visited and gotten to know the people here over the past three years, including the other missionaries working in this community. The Cottrill’s blog has a good article explaining the progression of it here.
Sunday, March 23 was the first Sunday for the congregation to meet in their new location. They have outgrown the place they were renting, and have acquired a property to call their own. With God’s hand and some hard work, we are now able to leave the chairs set up instead of putting them away in storage each week… and not have to pack up all the equipment and haul it to Tina’s house for safe storage… we can meet whenever we want (we only rented the other location for Sundays), and the biggest thing is, we have the amazing privilege of seeing God at work in a community and the devotion of these people to God and His glory. This church looks a lot like the early church we read about in the new testament (read the linked article above to understand the comparison).
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
I share even more on Facebook, but today I want to share some photos from our touching worship service.