We’ve had so much going on lately that we haven’t stopped to let you know what the Lord is doing here. We’re just pulling out of a nasty cold which made its way through all 7 of us, and we still have 2 weeks of school left, but we’re excited about all that has happened recently. Here’s a summary:
On Saturday, May 24th, all the puzzle pieces fell into place beautifully. Thanks for praying in response to our email request! Our daughter Emily was able to get moved out of her dorm room (Friday) in La Mirada, California (with a lot of help from Grandma!) and catch her midnight flight down to Mexico. We left home at 4:30am Saturday to swing through the Mexico City airport to pick up Emily, then continued south for another 3 hours for the annual Chiconautla church excursion. We caught up to the caravan of 3 full buses and multiple other vehicles carrying church families (230 people!) just as they were turning off the highway to the natural water park where we would spend the day. The timing was excellent, and we were amazed at how it all worked out. (More pictures here.)
But even more amazing was what happened next: Manuel baptized 18 people, our biggest group ever in Manuel’s 25 1/2 years of ministry! And if you look at this picture of those who were baptized, you may notice something still more amazing…Things have changed over the years. For so long it used to be primarily women coming into the church with a few men here and there. But of the adults in this group of 18, we have 5 MEN and 5 WOMEN. Of the 8 teens, we have 5 GUYS and 3 GIRLS. We praise God for each one of these people who are now following Christ, and in particular for what the Lord is doing in the lives of men of all ages. We’ve waited a long time for this! Please pray for continued growth in each of these lives.
The next day, Sunday, was a day of more celebrations for 2 reasons. First off, our middle daughter, Kelly, had her 12th birthday. Few kids have such a symmetrical spot in the family as Kelly does with an older brother and sister and a younger brother and sister. We’re thankful for our middle child’s 12 years so far and can’t wait to see how and where the Lord will lead Kelly as she continues to grow! In keeping with Vivanco tradition, Kelly had the honor of preaching God’s Word from the pulpit just after her 12th birthday. She did a great job last Sunday!
Second, the Tizayuca “Church in the Park” celebrated their first anniversary as an official church on Sunday, May 25th. God’s goodness to this vibrant body of believers was remembered with a special service, meal, and concert in the park under a big tarp. Praise God for the continued numerical and spiritual growth of this young church!
As you enjoy summer weather and activities, thank you for remembering our family and ministry in your prayers. Happy summer!