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Letter Dec. 19, 2012

2012-12-19 Mission Brief — Danny Roten

Dear Praying Friends,

Wow, 2012 is almost over and the new year is fast arriving! My brethren, I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. By God’s grace, with your giving and prayers, we have been able to serve the Lord for another year. We thank you, and we thank Him!

Inevitably, the demographics of this country are changing. There are 50 million Hispanics in America today, and that number is projected to reach 130 million in 2050. Nearly one in three U.S. residents will be Hispanic by 2060, up from one in six now. Christ instructs us as his disciples to lift up our eyes and look on the fields that are around us. His Providence has brought this mission field to our neighborhoods. Surely many souls among them are “white already to harvest.” Surely they must be included in our praying, giving and going!

The Lord continues to work in hearts in our Sunday services. Attendance varies from 2 to 10, with a few steady attendees and several inconsistent visitors. Every week I get to preach the gospel to Spanish-speakers from the US, Mexico, and Peru, and have had visitors from Honduras and El Salvador. None of them speak enough English to understand the gospel, so I rejoice that the Lord has given me this contact with them, and the privilege to minister to them. I am blessed to see the excitement of the regulars who are understanding sound doctrine. I frequently remind them that there is a good reason that we are calling this new work the Iglesia Bautista Todo Por Gracia (All of Grace Baptist Church). As they comprehend their own insufficiency and hopelessness, and the sufficiency and efficiency of Christ’s atonement, they are rejoicing in the grace of God. I also usually get to preach the gospel on Wednesday nights to several who will come in with us after an English class that I am helping with.

I continue preaching in Spanish in the chapel of the federal prison in El Reno. Most of the men that started with me a year ago have been transferred or released, but new ones are starting to come. In the prison, I am not allowed to go out and encourage any to come meet with us. I just have to wait until they see the posted announcements, or until they respond to the encouragement of the inmates who already attend. It is a joy to see when their release comes, how they are looking foreward not only to regaining their freedom, but also to serving the Lord in a real church. And they have learned to enough to find a church preaching sound doctrine.

There are still good contacts coming through the website from around the world. Just last week I received an email from a brother on the Pacific coast of Mexico asking for counsel about how to begin a new church. Pastor Tomas Olvera, a faithful pastor in a Mexican border town, is now alternating Bible studies one Friday in Matamoros, and the next in Reynosa (cities whose names are mentioned often in the drug warfare news reports). These both came about as a result of website contacts.

Bro. Eduardo, down in Cardenas where I was last working in Mexico, spoke to me by phone with much excitement that the Lord seems to have done an amazing work of grace in his sister in law.

I must ask again that you make sure that the person who mails out our support checks sends them to the correct mailing address for Sherwood. Several checks are still being sent to the discontinued POBox that the church used during the move from OKC to Newcastle.
Sherwood Baptist Church
3313 NW 32nd
Newcastle OK 73065

Thanks you again. We are much in prayer for the Lord’s blessings upon you all as we enter a new year of service.

Grace and Peace to you all from our Lord incarnate and glorified,
Danny Roten