MEXICO CITY – The Free Presbyterian Church of North America (FPCNA) mission work in Mexico City is looking for a new location to meet for church services because of an increase in attendance over the past six months.
Rev. Jason Boyle, the FPCNA missionary in charge of the Redeemer Christian Church in the southwest section of the city, said that over the past year they have grown to about 50 to 60 people because of an unusual increase in visitors, and an additional five new families.
“We were trying to be realistic with the increase in numbers, thinking they would decrease and that the space problem wasn’t all that urgent,” Boyle said. “But the numbers have been consistent these last couple months, and we need to buy more chairs, hymnals, and pew Bibles.”
As numbers were increasing, the congregation had their eyes on an empty building for sale, but after making inquiries, they discovered that the Mexican government requires religious institutions to be recognized by the state before purchasing property.
“The Lord providentially brought another option to our attention,” Boyle said. “Our elderly neighbor is looking for renters for the bottom floor of her house. If we tear down a few walls, it might work. ”
Boyle emailed his supporters last month to ask them to pray that the Lord would guide and give them wisdom.
“We are hoping that the rent is cheap since it is run-down,” Boyle said. “We still lack the funds, however.”
One visitor, a 27-year old woman from England, was saved out of New Age teaching 18-months ago after hearing a street preacher in London. After returning to Mexico, she attended a Charismatic church, but she soon left after coming to the doctrines of grace. She has been attending Boyle’s church for seven weeks.
“The Lord has allowed her to grow so much and have an incredible amount of spiritual discernment for a new Christian,” Boyle said. “She devours every article and book she can get her hands on. She recently said to us, ‘I heard someone mention the Puritans and that they have good books. Do you have any books on the Puritans?’”
A local street seller visited Boyle’s church after seeing the church sign on the street. He stayed for both Sunday school and morning worship, and then for the fellowship time afterwards. “He believes there are many ways to God, but continues to come back,” Boyle said.
The congregation is “full right to the back of the church, even with some families out of town,” Boyle said. “We are delighted to continue welcoming visitors, a few from our area, and some from other parts of the city.”
On February 22 the church is having a baby dedication service with an expected 25 visitors. “I’m not sure how we’d fit 70-80 people,” Boyle said. “But, we’d be happy to have them so they can hear the gospel.”
Boyle closed his last prayer letter by asking his supporters to remember the work and to pray especially that they would find a new place to meet. “We earnestly ask you to keep praying for God’s blessing and help in the ministry here in Mexico City,” Boyle said.