El Paso Updates
Personal blog detailing the perspective of life and ministry that Christ Jesus my Savior has given me.
What an amazing summer God allowed us to have this year! As with each summer, we can plan all we want to but we never know what is going to happen until we go through it. Once again, God did way more than we deserved or could ever imagine! It truly was one of the best summers that we have ever had and we are grateful that God chose to bless us that way.
Each trip that we had brought in groups from around the country that came with such a tremendous spirit and desire to see God work. The groups were a continual encouragement to our ministry and we rejoiced in serving together. We had 260 people visit us this summer and including our off-season trips, we have seen approximately 300 guests serve with us this year. We had groups come from Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia, and many other states across the country. It is exciting to see churches still have a desire to go to the foreign field and see souls saved. One of the highlights of the summer took place on our fourth trip in June. Satan had been attacking particularly hard in June in a few areas, but God had great things in store to end the month! During the fourth week, we had over 1,000 people attend the four services! We were blown away by how God continued to bring the people to the services. To put it in perspective, 600 people coming to the services would be excellent. God overflowed our cups by allowing us to see so many more come than we are used to. A valuable lesson out of this was to never put God into a box. He will do as He sees fit and when He sees fit to do it! With all of the trips this summer, there were nearly 300 professions of faith made! We rejoice in those decisions and we have been able to hear of the 12 national churches we work with continue to follow up with those converts.
Since 2012, we are thankful that we have been able to go on two mission trips each summer to the Navajo Indian reservation and serve with the Don Chitty family and Open Bible Baptist Church. Each of those trips are a tremendous blessing and we continue to see great fruit from them. The Chitty’s have repeatedly told us that the two weeks in the summer bear enough fruit for the rest of the year. We are thankful that we get to minister with them. In the two weeks this past summer, we saw over 130 Navajo profess Christ as their Savior! We are thankful that eternity was impacted! In addition to that great news, we were privileged to work with a church that brought their teens for the first mission trip ever. The church had experienced some transition over the last few years. However, during this mission trip, three of their teens were able to lead their first people to Christ! Since that trip, the youth pastor has shared that their teens have been on church visitation every week! Praise the Lord for souls saved and lives changed.
Another blessing from the summer was continued answer to prayer. During our summer trips, we have always used buses to get people back and forth on our mission trips. Each year, we go over into Mexico and get permits from the government to take our busses into Mexico. This year, we continued to get the run around on trying to get the permits and finally realized that God was simply answering “no” to our request. While we thought we needed the vans, God had a better plan. For all of our trips, God provided vans for us to use. It not only allowed us to use air conditioning, it also saved us time at the border each night when going home. The lesson we learned is that trusting God always works out better than trusting our own plans.
As this summer mission trip season is coming to a close, we rejoice and give glory to God for His great faithfulness and kindness to us and the ministry in El Paso. It is an absolute joy to serve the King and we are thankful for all He allows us to be a part of in El Paso.
Please join us in praying for the following needs:
1. 1. Decisions on vehicles/transportation for future trips
2. 2. Continued awareness raising for our mission trips
3. 3. Safety for those on our staff who travel
4. 4. Support raising for ministry projects
In His Name,
Kenn and Joy Winn