Greetings! Thank you for taking some time to read our newsletter! We wanted to personally thank all those who have been part of this God appointed ministry to Mexico. Thank you for the financial support and prayers!
We have finished the first year of homeschooling for Rua and Neftali. It’s been a hard road, but now it’s summer vacation time for the kids. Summer in Mexico means that it’s time for floods, and lots of rain, which also means swarms of mosquitos. We sorely miss air conditioning in this Mexican summer heat!
One of the blessings that we had was knowing the local language ahead of time, before starting our mission. It’s one of the biggest hurdles for any missionary who works in the mission field. While we have this blessing, we have also had some complications expressing our work and experiences in English when communicating via our newsletters.
Our mission is to assist and provide support for Mexican pastors in spiritual, material, and situational forms. Pastors in this area rarely receive monetary assistance from their church, let alone a salary, and thus many of them hold a secular job on top of their service to the church. This workload can be overbearing not only for the pastors, but for their families as well that, is why God sent us to Mexico to support their ministries and pastors that do not have help. We assist their ministries in areas such as Sunday school, kids church, facility maintenance, and giving pastors some much needed rest and recovery time with their families.
Many of pastors we assist secular the help due to them having multiple jobs on top of their ministries. It’s not uncommon for secular jobs here in Mexico to only offer one day off a week with long work hours. That’s why God has placed in our hearts a spirit of service for those who in turn serve the Lord with passion.
While some of the pastors we assist live nearby, we do not shy away from helping those who live a little farther. One of the ministries we assist is based in a state that’s 3 hours away by car.
We have committed to assist them once a month.
Little by little we have been settling down in a house that has been lent to us. The house is surprisingly large but needs quite a bit of work. The area it’s located in is unfortunately not the safest. Just the other day we got a new decoration to our front door: A stray bullet pierced our door! God has been merciful to us and has protected us through these times.
Please continue praying that God meets our financial needs. We need resources so that we can continue to travel to support ministries that are far away. We also pray that God provide us a means to move to a safer zone to live in.
We ask you to pray for the pastors that we are assisting, their families, and their ministries.
Our family has scheduled a visit to Pensacola in September. We ask you to please pray for us and for this trip to be fruitful.
“!Gracias por su apoyo!”
With much love, Gutierrez Aviles Family.
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About Melquisedec & Fatima
Our vision is to help, equip and minister to pastors and leaders. Ever since the Lord called me to his service I’ve learnt that the purposes that God always come to fruition, even though sometimes it might seem like they take a long time.
My family and I have responded to the calling (Proverbs 21:9-9). I met my wife Fatima in Guadalajara. We were married in Guadalajara, and my eldest son Neftali was born in Guadalajara. My daughter was born in Reynosa.