News From Puebla, Mexico

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? …in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.”  – II Corinthians 2:14-17


The aroma of death. Day of the Dead activities.
This “Day of the Dead” display at a local store depicts how many people sacrifice their time and money in rituals for a few weeks.


Some of the items pictured above have really gone up in price as they are used to make up offering sites at grave markers along the road, in parks and cemeteries, and in front of homes and some businesses.  The fruit, beverages, candy and “bread for the dead” are provided for special meals and pilgrimages.  Actually, as the days go by, there is a smell of death as the candles flicker, smoulder and burn out and as the offering items ferment, spoil and rot.

The pleasing aroma of Christ that brings life.
The aroma of prayer rises up to the Lord before the service at Maranatha Christian Church.

Pastor María Elena Livingstone leads in singing as the aroma of praise and worship is sacrificed to the Lord.  Then, I had the privilege to minister on evangelism and outreach.

I proclaimed the Word of the Lord and the folks were charged to “do the work of an evangelist”.

Many responded in prayer and dedication to spread the aroma of Christ so that those living in death would receive the life of Christ.
# Please pray for the triumphal procession!