The e-Newsletter of Rich & Deborah Murphy, Maranatha Life
|Dear Friends & Prayer Partners -
Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus, the Christ (anointed one).
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Last year, we headed north for the summer to avoid the heat. During the three months we were traveling in the U.S. we ministered in a number of churches. This year, it looks like we're staying here.
There are two main reasons for this. First of all, I'm not real confident in taking our motorhome on another 6,000 mile jaunt. It's getting older and older, and we're still believing for the bus to come and replace it.
Our second reason for staying is the Mexico Prayer Movement. We've put a lot of work into this, but it's not totally functioning on its own yet. There is a strong possibility that if we leave, the vision will die, or just as bad be turned into something else.
We'll probably take a couple of short trips to northeast Texas to minister, but I don't expect to get much farther, unless it's by some other form of transportation.
For the last two summers, we've been dealing with problems caused by heat. Every time the weather has been hot, she becomes incompasitated, somewhat like passing out. We've been seeking and praying and searching for the answer to this problem for a couple of years now, but hadn't had any visible victory (of course we had spiritual victory).
Recently, a Mexican Christian doctora (woman doctor) had the idea that is was an electrolyte imbalance (this is a more common problem in Mexico, where it's really really hot than it is in the U.S.). We had a blood test done, and found that she was low on potassium.
Thanks to the Lord for giving us wisdom through this woman. Deborah's taking potassium and some other minerals. We've had several really hot days, without her having any problems. Praise the Lord!
When a Jewish boy or girl is 12 or 13 years old, they pass from being children to being adults. The ceremony is called a Bar Mitzvah (for boys) or Bat Mitzvah (for girls). Bar Mitzvah means "son of the law." There are several advantages in having a ceremony like this for our children, including helping them get through the "Who am I?" questions of life.
In the U. S. Culture, we don't have an actual rite of passage into adulthood. So, we've wanted to have a Bat Mitzvah ceremony for Jenni for the last couple of years. However, she wasn't ready.
Just recently, Jenni decided she wanted to go ahead and have her Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Not only that, but she wanted to have it in Mexico. So, this Saturday, the 19th, we're having Jenni's Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the church of some friends of ours in Reynosa.
Since this is a Jewish celebration, we've had to modify it somewhat. So,
there are several things we are doing as part of this ceremony:
Our radio program is going good, ministering to several thousand people a week. Not only that, but we've been putting the tapes from the program together, and selling them as teaching series. Just like all our other Spanish teaching tapes, they're being well received.
We're still busy writing, although lately most of our writing is in Spanish. In the last month, we've ocme out with two new books to help the church here in Mexico. This brings our total count up to 32 books.
"Realizacion Sexual para Mujeres" (Sexual Fulfillment for Women) - This is the first of our books that Deborah wrote solo. The Lord had been dealing with her about a book for women for three years, and she finally got it done! This book acts as a sequel for our marriage book "Y Dios Creo el Sexo" (And God Created Sex) for those women who need additional help with problems.
"Referencias del Antiguo Testamento" (Old Testaments References) - When I taught the class on the Old Testament in the Bible Institute recently, I couldn't find any decent references to the Old Testament in Spanish, so, I had to write them. Since I'd already written the references, putting it together as a book was easy.
We covet your prayers as the only way that anything gets accomplished in the Kingdom of God is through the prayers of the saints.
Blessings in the Name of the Lord.
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