This is a newsletter written by missionary Linden Unruh, who is now with the Lord. He loved to go to visit the various churches pastored by former students. This is about one of his trips from several years before the Lord took him home. We rejoice in similar stories about what the Lord is doing with our students. It is an illustration of 2 Timothy 2:2: "And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well" (NET Bible)
Way back in the 1960s a young Christian girl, named Carmela, who lived in the mountains of Oaxaca learned about our Bible School from a girl who had worked in our home as a maid when we lived in Oaxaca. Since she desired to prepare herself to serve the Lord, she came to our school which was now in Monclova, Coahuila. A few years later in divine providence a young man, named Filiberto, from the same general area came to our school. After their separate graduations both served with the mission for a number of years. They fell in love with each other and were married. Both were from Presbyterian backgrounds and they returned to where they were originally from to serve the Lord with their church.
Somehow we lost contact with them for some thirty years. Still they retained fond memories about our time together and desired to see us again. The problem was that Monclova was about a thousand miles away. Last year they heard that our seminary had moved to Pachuca, about an 8 to 9 hour bus trip away. Filiberto decided to see if he could find me. With no address in hand he began to ask people if they knew about me or our seminary. Pachuca has about a million inhabitants and no one he met knew about us. But he was persistent and returned a second time and this time he went to a Bible Book store which is well acquainted with us and so he found me. He requested me to come and visit them in a town where twenty years ago he and his wife had gone to evangelize and found a church. At the time my schedule was fairly full and I mentioned that possibly I would be able to go during Easter week this year. We continued to keep in contact with the result that I was able to visit them from April 3-9.
What a blessed time it was. They have five children of their own plus an adopted girl whom someone left in their home as a baby, plus a lady they raised after she was left in their home as a girl with mental problems. She was left in their home when the children were home alone. Filiberto and Carmela arrived back to find their children crying as they were frightened by this strange girl. She now lives as part of the family working in the home. She seems to be quite normal, having had a loving Christian upbringing. The oldest son is the pastor of the church they began, while Filiberto, with a burden in his heart for surrounding small rural towns where there was no Christian witness, goes to evangelize. He visits about ten different places. At the beginning he would often have to walk on foot for miles. Now he is able to visit them in a 1960 pickup over recent mountain roads still not paved, which at times frightened me when I would not be able to see the bottom of valleys below.
By Godís grace I was able to preach the Word ten times: several times in their home church in the town of Tlaxiaco as well in the prison where the pastor has weekly meetings, plus some surrounding rural towns where Filiberto has founded small congregations. Praise God in response to His Word a number of people made their decision to accept Christ as their Savior, including a woman and her three daughters.
|One of the open air meetings
||Linden with Filiberto and Carmela