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Letter Mar. 13, 2013

2013-03-13 Mission Brief — Danny Roten

Dear Praying Friends,

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Cor 4:7. I think of this verse often. I feel like Paul felt often — troubled, perplexed, and weak. Who am I to stand and preach His Gospel? Only a sinner, saved by grace. Undeserving for sure. An earthen vessel. But privileged! To bear this treasure! To proclaim the riches of His grace! To be an instrument in His hands! Thank you Lord for such a joy and blessing as this!

Attendance in services here continues to be 3 regulars, and one who never ever misses. There are other visitors. I just finished preaching a series on the doctrines of grace. To see their reactions and hear their testimonies of awe, joy and affirmation has brought rejoicing to my heart. R….. wrote home to Peru telling her family that she is no longer a Catholic, she is now a Christian. G….. said, This is SO edifying. Why have I never heard this before! B…. says This is what I want all my lost family members to hear! I will be preaching on baptism soon, probably this Sunday. I will probably be preaching to a group of lost ones who are totally strangers to the Gospel tonight. Please, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.

At the prison, I have 2 hours in the chapel each Thursday night. Although the number of attendees had dropped due to releases, some new ones are beginning to join us. The men who come all express that they want to have a new and different life when they are released. Pray that the word would be effectual in their lives. Human efforts at reform are just not good enough.

In February, Janet and I made a trip to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for follow-up on her thyroid condition. We are so glad that we chose to go to Houston back at the beginning. The first doctors in McAllen had told us that the thyroid needs to come out NOW. The second opinion we received in Houston said it would be better to wait on removing the thyroid, and track the progress. Well this follow-up showed no change, no spread or new growth, and no need, at least for now to remove the thyroid or treat for cancer. They want us to have another follow-up in two years. Thank you Lord!

Brethren, thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Grace and Peace,
Danny Roten

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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!