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Acuna, Mexico, 1 year after the tornado of 2015

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On May 24, 2016, A small team from Texas Tech University traveled to Acuna with our Missions Pastor, Shon Young, my family, and Arvin Mendez, the Pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista Acuna, MX. We are photographed here standing one on of the devastated areas, but now it is a beautiful park area.

We haven’t forgotten the people or the community of Acuna. We have continued to be in prayer and give support to those in need.

Monday, May 25, 2015 was not your typical Monday. The day began with heavy thunderstorms with a magnificent lightning show. The smell of coffee began to permeate the house, and breakfast was about to begin, when I was asked from a friend via text if we had power on at our house, since they had not. I said we did and we invited them over for coffee and breakfast. As we finished up around 9 am, I received notice if I seen the pictures of the tornado damage in Acuna, Mexico which is 6 miles to the south of us. I had not, so we started an internet search and the pictures were very alarming.

13 people had been confirmed dead, and many more hundreds were injured. Reports were coming in and there were missing people. As I was there I was interviewed by a Mexican news station. I was able to speak with a few of those who lost everything and they conveyed to me that the tornado lasted a brief 10 seconds. I later found out that it was only 6 seconds, and it was in fact an F5 magnitude.

Here are some pictures from that day:

May Jesus be the King of Acuna, as recovery is still taking place.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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More support coming in for Acuna tornado victims 

God continues to bless the families of Acuna Mexico. Today a trailer load of supplies came in from Cooper, Texas.  God is preparing His church! 

Thank you to all the deacons and other church members that helped with this endeavor. 

              

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry 

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Acuna Mexico Friday, May 29, 2015

Day 5 in Mexico was one of importance. We sent a group of 7 to continue our presence for those that have been displaced by the F4 tornado on Monday. As we went in Jesus’ name, we made an initial stop by our partner church Templo Bautista Bethel. There we stumbled upon a pastor’s gathering in deep discussion. They were discussing how they were to proceed in preparing to begin a partnership of ministry to this tornado stricken neighborhood of 1300 homes. 

After our first stop, we proceeded to a central area where we were to feed the workers and families that had a need for nourishment. As the morning drew to a close, we proceeded to a gym that was housing over 300 people. Here I witnessed a huge gathering of young students volunteering the sorting and packing of donated items into family style bags that included things like cereal, bleach, Lysol, toilet paper, toothpaste, canned food, and other necessary items. We fed the volunteers at this location as well.

In total 700 meals were given consisting of meat, beans, rice, bread, and water. 

We also went door to door asking if there were other needs like a need for mops or bleach or a broom. Of course out supplies quickly ran out. 

The best part of the day was after all the feeding and handing out of supplies. We set up a canopy, table, and chairs to attract the children in a coloring gathering. The kids as you can see in the pictures were coloring a drawing. Then the best part came. Olympia, started to present the Gospel to this young group of kids. They were attentive and afterwards were given a New Testament and invited back on Monday to continue the conversation. This is how you start a church in Mexico. You start by storing the hearts of kids. 

As we were leaving we were able to minister to a young couple struggling to keep their marriage intact. Please pray for Diego and his wife. I plan to meet with them again on Monday

God is great every time!                

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Preparing to feed the Tornado Victoms of Acuna Mexico

This morning, beginning at 4;30 am, a crew from Primera Iglesia Piedras Negras Mexico began making meals to feed 700. A group from FBC Del Rio will meet them in Acuna and begin the feeding ministry. 

Please pray for us as we battle fatigue, the border crossing, and not to mention that it poured rain again last night, so we aren’t sure about street conditions. 

Today we are going to start a children’s ministry tent to begin the real reason we are there. To tell people the street of Jesus love. 

       

Stay in the light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Pictures from Acuna Mexico

Here are some current pictures from the last few days of our time in Acuna. Please pray for the over 4,000 affected by this tragedy.

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Mexico Trip

As we prepared to go to Acuna, Mexico today, we know that God is our protector. We were allowed to cross over 3 vehicles full of supplies without any problems. 10 members of FBC Del Rio went to drop off water, bleach, toilet paper, baby wipes, and much more. Pastor Erasmo of Templo Bautista Bethel gave us instructions and of course prayer. I have a pic of the cleanup effort as well

As you know it is difficult to pass certain items across since there is a lot of restrictions. I have compiled a list of items that are in need and that we can get across to our partner church in order for them to connect to the people for a long term relationship. Or prayer is for a church to be birthed out of this tragedy and for this neighborhood to become a lighthouse of Christians.
Here is the list:
Bleach
Lysol or Pine sol
Gloves
Shovels
Bow Rake (garden type, not leaf)
Brooms & dustpans
Mops
Buckets (any size)
Rope for clothlines
Clothes pins
Plastic Tarps
First Aide Kits
Paper goods (plates, napkins, forks, spoons, knives)
Trash Bags
Toiletries (sanitary napkins, toilet paper)
Disposable Toothbrushes
Diapers (children & adults)
Water (any size plastic bottles)
Beans (dry in plastic bags only or canned)
Rice (dry in plastic bags only or canned)
Vegetables (canned)
Milk (canned only, needs no refrigeration)
Baby Formula (canned ready to use only)
No powdered items, such as flour, sugar, salt, powered milk, etc. will be allowed.
Monetary Donations are being accepted by sending a check to: FBC Del Rio, 301 Ave G. Del Rio, Texas 78840 or online via paypal http://www.fbcdelrio.com
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Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,
Pastor Larry

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Tornado hits Acuna, Mexico, May 25, 2015

Monday, May 25 was not your typical Monday. First of all it was Memorial Day and we had a houseful of family visiting from out of town. The rains have been plentiful in Del Rio this year. We have not ran the sprinklers in over a month, yet we our lawn is lush which and dark green.

This day began with heavy thunderstorms with a magnificent lightning show. The smell of coffee began to permeate the house, and breakfast was about to begin, when I was asked from a friend via text if we had power on at our house, since they had not. I said we did and we invited them over for coffee and breakfast. As we finished up around 9 am, I received notice if I seen the pictures of the tornado damage in Acuna, Mexico which is 6 miles to the south of us. I had not, so we started an internet search and the pictures were very alarming.

I sent out an alert to our church family about collecting supplies, and the race was on to see if a trip over the border was possible in order of us to help where ever we could. A group of 10 of us set out armed with cases of water and cases of ready to eat meals. We left my wife back at the church to collect supplies that would be trickling in, since we are a collection point for the community. We were able to giveaway supplies to the families hardest hit. Here are a few pictures that I took while over there.

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13 people have been confirmed dead, and many more hundreds injured. Reports are still coming in and there are missing people. As I was there i was interviewed by a Mexican news station. I was able to speak with a few of those who lost everything and they conveyed to me that the tornado lasted a brief 10 seconds. I later found out that it was only 6 seconds.

Please pray for the community of Acuna and the sister city here in Del Rio, Texas. Pray that we are able to minister in Christ’s name and be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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