Bakersbits - December 2016
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11
Have these verses penetrated your heart? Emmanuel, Savior, Messiah, Lord. What more do we need in this messed-up world? We rejoice in the joy of these truths that are ours in Christ. How else could Christmas always be a time of celebrating? The last time we were in the US for Christmas (2011), we had just buried my mother and a year prior, my father-in-law. Because of Christ, the God-man, we will see them again! My wife will one day get a new body without daily pain. If you have made the decision to trust Christ for salvation, you too will see Him bring redemption to your pain. We all have reason to celebrate!
Here in Mexico, we are celebrating Jesus’s birth. Our biggest evangelistic ministry at this time of year is the United Choir of Puebla. The kids and I are singing in Christmas concerts. This weekend (December 17 & 18), we will be performing in the largest theater in Puebla. These concerts reach over 10,000 people every year. This year's theme is Canto de Esperanza (Song of Hope). Pray for attendance and spiritual fruit for each one. Pray for the strength and stamina of the 500 plus people who are participating (adult and children's choir, orchestra, soloists, ballerinas, actors and more.) We have been rehearsing since February. On the 22nd of this month the choir will also be singing in the downtown plaza.
We have invited many friends and acquaintances to attend. Lorena, Barbara’s physical therapist, will be away for these concerts, but her dad, step-mother, and sister will be attending. She loves reading the Bible or “The Book,” as she calls it, that Barbara gave her. She has a weekly list of questions about it. Pray for her salvation as well as that of her family. Pray for the others we invited: my friend Jonathan, who I met at Walmart, and his family; my gym trainer (Carlos) and family; the dry cleaning lady (Marcela) and family, Isabel (lady who cuts our hair); and the family who convenience store is next to the kids' school.
Two days after these concerts, we leave to visit our families in Wisconsin and Chicago for Christmas and New Years. Barbara will see a doctor. Pray for this appointment in MN on the 29th. We return to Mexico on the 6th of January. Of course the kids are looking forward to snow.
This past November, we traveled to Pachuca for a weekend. I performed the wedding for Cheque (Ezekiel) and Yolanda. Cheque, who is now a lawyer, was a part of our youth group in Pachuca. God used this wedding to cause his wife’s family to seek a personal relationship with God. We also rejoiced in the joy of seeing so many dear friends/family at the same time! Please continue to pray for the church in Pachuca as they seek leaders to help in the ministry.
Thank you for your prayers for the Camino meetings at the end of October here in Puebla. All 30 team leaders and some wives, from Camino Global's ministry fields (USA, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Spain and Uruguay) attended the conference.. It was a profitable time of strategizing, learning, and fellowshipping.
We praise God for His precious gift to us and for the privilege to serve Him together with you. Thank you for your partnership with us here in México! Because of Christ, together, we proclaim through song, words, and actions the message of Hope in Him.
Rejoicing in our Emmanuel, Savior, Messiah, and Lord this Christmas,
Jonathan, Barbara, Josiah and Abigail Baker