In The book of second Timothy, Paul encourages Timothy to preach and defend the truth of the gospel. “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:1-2).
THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN THE YUCATAN
Since the first church of Christ was established in the mid 1970’s in the Yucatan, there has been a steady growth of more churches all around the Yucatan. The number of churches has surpassed fifty now. There are around ten churches in the capital of Merida and about forty congregations in the Mayan villages all around the Peninsula.
THE VULNERABILITY OF THE NEW CHURCHES OF CHRIST
The great majority of the churches are new in Christ. Because they are new and they are far from the capital, they are vulnerable. In the last five years, several churches of Christ have been infiltrated by false teachers and those false teachers have managed to turn away some churches from the sound doctrine. Two years ago, a church of Christ adopted the instrumental music in their worship and cut fellowship with the rest of the churches of Christ.
THE REQUEST FROM THE LEADERS OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST
The leaders in the church in the Mayan villages have asked us to go to their villages and preach to them lessons that would be beneficial to their congregations. They also have many questions and want those questions answered according to the Bible.
I am thankful that Steve Smith and Trae Durden will accompany me to answer the call of those brothers in the Mayan villages. While we visit the Mayan congregations in the next few days, we will preach a series of lesson on each village and spend time with them answering their questions.
Please remember us in your prayers as we travel in the Mayan villages visiting and encouraging our brothers and sisters.