In Mexico they call that an invasion. Sometimes the land invasions can be very big and well organized. They will target a large piece of land and organize a group of people that will suddenly show up. Overnight there will be a bunch of poorly built shacks with people living in them. Sometimes that's the only way that poor people can acquire land. I recently witnessed an invasion in the city of Reynosa in northern Mexico. A large parcel of land that had nothing on it a few days before suddenly had 100 poorly built shacks. The people live there and hope that they will not be evicted from the land which always has an owner, it might be private land or owned by the city or state.
On the southern edge of Mazatlán is a large Colonia called Santa Fe. It consists of the tiny row houses that are built for the poor working-class. Three years ago when I first drove to the Colonia I noticed that on every block several of the small houses had been totally gutted. Everything had been stolen; and I mean everything windows, doors, wiring, fuse box, sinks, toilet, water tank on the roof, etc. I asked some of the neighbors what had happened. They explained to me when the houses were finished, but before the owners could move in, the drug addicts showed up and began stripping everything out of the houses. The cost to replace and repair everything was too much for the working class poor that they just never moved in and let the houses go.
Over time a few poor folks squatted in some of the houses and put up a little plywood to cover the bare windows. Just recently one of our pastors went to the Colonia and told the Colonia leader that we would like to have three of the small houses, to have a Vineyard community center that would also be a children's feeding center. She was excited about the idea and explained to us that a company had purchased all of the abandoned homes and within a couple of months would be negotiating with the people that had squatted in some of the houses, giving them an opportunity to purchase them. The colonia leader then told our guy Jorge to pick 3 of houses that are together, clean them up and take possession. She confirmed that within a couple months the man in charge of selling would negotiate with us. Just to cover all the bases I had Jorge talk to the man that will do the selling to make sure we were good. He gave us the same advice, occupy and wait.
The Vineyard Child Sponsorship team has just recently gone out to all 16 of the colonias in Mazatlan that we support and the information and photos of the children in the VCS Program has been updated.
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The Vineyard Church of Arroyo Grande showed up right on time to help us clean up the houses. It took 4 dump trucks to haul off all the junk and garbage that had accumulated over the years. As you can see from the BEFORE photo the houses were in bad shape. Our vision is to have a Vineyard Community Center of Hope where we will start ministering to children and later plant a church.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
As I, Beth Anne, sit down to write this and reflect on everything that has happened since our last emailed newsletter, it is hard for me to find the right words to summarize them. So much has happened in our lives recently: so many changes both new and exciting but some stressful and exhausting. In the past six months, there have been changes in schedules and language study. There have been illnesses and two hospitalizations. There have been new opportunities and new friendships, and there have been hellos and goodbyes.
The chorus of the song O My Soul by Casting Crowns begins with these lyrics, Oh, my soul, you are not alone. There's a place where fear has to face the God you know. I remember like it was yesterday the feeling of the cold metal stool I sat on all alone as I rocked my sick child to sleep in a hospital. I was fearful—fearful of the future, fearful of the wheezing in her lungs, and fearful of not understanding what the nurses told me that evening about how she was doing. I remember like it was yesterday the feeling of waking up alone in a hospital bed of my own in pain, and I was fearful. I was fearful that the medication they gave me was not working, fearful that I could not make it through eating lunch, and fearful that again I would not understand what the nurses told me or that I would not be able to explain to them how I felt.
These fears had to face my God—my God that called me here to this place and this life, my God that has not left me alone but given me his Holy Spirit to live within me, to comfort me and speak to me in the darkness. He has also given me his church to support me, love me, and encourage me and to be his physical hands and feet. It is amazing how when faced with life’s challenges, I find that my greatest comfort comes from the fundamental truths of God’s Word, and I am constantly remembering that his perfect love drives out all fear.
Dearest church, please pray this over us. Pray that God’s perfect love is present in our lives and continues to drive out fear. Pray against loneliness and against doubt. Pray against hurt and frustration. Pray instead that the fruit of God’s spirit would be present in our lives daily and that his truth would live in our hearts and minds evident by the words we speak to each other and those around us.
I am continually amazed by God’s faithfulness in how he leads and guides us. Caleb has had several new opportunities to translate and a couple more possibilities on the horizon. He was able to interpret for a Japanese pastor who spoke at the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Alliance (JEMA) conference in February. A member of JEMA then introduced him to a Japanese translation company that translates articles from Japanese to English for a Japanese government publication.
Also please be in prayer for another opportunity that has come up. When talking to a gentleman at our church, he told Caleb that his business is interested in translating its weekly periodical into English. As they discussed it, our friend became really interested in the concept of business as mission (BAM) and was excited about the possibility of partnering with another Christian in being a testimony to his coworkers in the workplace. Please pray for this opportunity! We both feel that it would be such a great blessing to be able to work alongside a Japanese believer in reaching out to other business people.
This past year Emma rode the bus to kindergarten, and the bus stop happened to be right outside our house. Every morning and afternoon, we gathered with other parents to send our kids off to school by bus and to welcome them home. It has been wonderful getting to know these women (the moms were usually the only ones there) and their children.
Please pray for our continuing relationships with these families who all live close to us. Pray that God will continue to use us as a blessing to our neighborhood community and that his
Holy Spirit would work in the hearts and minds of those with whom we show his love.
As we say good-bye to kindergarten friends, we are saying hello to first grade friends. Emma just started first grade in Japanese public school. Every student walks to school in Japan, so Emma has a walking group to walk with every morning. Pray for us as we get to know this new group of neighbors and their families!
Also, please pray for our daughter Emma. Saying good-bye to her kindergarten friends and her teacher has been quite difficult. She is also nervous about starting a new school and having to make all new friends. We are blessed that her new teacher speaks some English, so that has been encouraging to her and us. Please pray for God’s peace in her heart! Also pray that she will be able to keep up with her English studies here at home.
Thank you all for your many prayers for my abdominal surgery back in December! The surgery was successful in completely removing the abscess and urachal remnant, and I was discharged after a 6-day stay and spent most of December and some of January recovering at home. I am now completely recovered and back into the full swing of life, biking to grocery stores, and running up stairs trying not to miss my train. Mia’s asthma has been a growing concern for us here in Tokyo.
Since we arrived here in Japan, every cold seemed to lead to more trips to the doctor and more breathing treatments. In February, a Japanese friend of ours was able to introduce us to a specialist who has put Mia on a daily preventative treatment plan. This has helped tremendously! Since being on it, she has had no wheezing of any kind. Please continue to pray that she remains healthy on this new medicine.
In conclusion, please pray that we are covered with God’s armor. We know “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Pray also that we, as Paul wrote to the Ephesians, would declare the mysteries of the gospel fearlessly.
Thank you all so much for your support and prayers!
Caleb, Beth Anne, Emma and Mia Trim