With Covid still evident in Puerto Vallarta, a lot of the youth have been jumping in to help their families while the parents have either lost their jobs, or have fallen sick from Covid. This young man, 15 years old, was about to finish preparing himself to make money by covering himself with sand and then standing still, like a statue so people could take photos with him, in order for him to make some much needed income to help his family survive. His mother was quite ill and could not work and his father died a year earlier. We talked with him and shared the hope of Jesus with him and he accepted jesus into his heart and was saved that afternoon. We helped him by buying a picture of me standing with him and gave him some toiletry items and water.
One of the blessings on this trip was delivering a recliner rocker to this lovely 94 year old child of God, who is an elder at the First Baptist church. She is a strong believer in God, and at the age of 94 is in pretty good shape. It was great to be able to join in with the church family from the English Speaking Congregation and fellowshipping and putting a big smile on this beautiful ladies face.
As we were walking along, we ran into these two young boys, who are being raised by a single mom. They were selling candies to make money to help out their mom, to get food for the household and other siblings at home. Their mother was also sick with Covid and could not work to feed the family, so we helped out financially and shared the Gospel with the boys and they joined in by accepting Jesus into their hearts. We ask that you continue to join us in prayer for all of the families that have lost their jobs or are out of work due to catching Covid.
One of the highlights of going back to Puerto Vallarta is the continued relationships which grow as each year goes by. Israel has been a part of our family, from the streets of PV from the first year we started the ministry, in 2017. Each year we see him and pray with him and encourage him in his walk with Jesus. He is learning God's word and has an amazing memory for scripture. One thing I can say about this man, is that he is always working doing something to support himself . The last place he was working at got washed out in a flood, but he found a job promoting a few of the local restaurants, who pay him to do so and also feed him regularly. It is great to see him moving forward, with God's help, and by his faith in our Father in heaven.
We ran into this gentleman as we were heading into town to have supper, before hitting the boardwalk to talk with and pray for the Aboriginal women who sell their homemade trinkets there. He was from Vancouver Canada and was stuck there, as he could not fly back, due to not being vaccinated. He has contacts in Vancouver who he was waiting to get a hold of and was going to make an effort to travel home, now that the restrictions have mostly been lifted. We prayed with and for him and know that God has already made a way for him to return home, in our hearts. We would like to thank everyone who donates on a mothly or yearly basis to help make it possible for us to do God's work with the lost and needy souls in Puerto Vallarta. Without your help, none of this would be possible. These are just a few of the stories of what happens when we do as Jesus asks, when He says "GO" out amongst the Nations and share the message of the Good News. There are many more, deep in our hearts, that will remain there forever. May Go bless you all, John and Elsa Oakley, founders and leaders of Freedom's Doors Society.