• Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! ~1Corinthians 6:3~ (23 February 2015)
  • “Wheelchairs” – a post from our coworker Tina… ow.ly/JvD1j (23 February 2015)
  • Looking forward to having Emily Tiel back in Mexico today! ✈ ¡Estamos felices de tener a Emily Tiel de nuevo en México hoy! (24 February 2015)
  • “Let us fix our eyes on the blood of Christ and understand how precious it is to His Father, because, being (cont) tl.gd/n_1skt1rn (24 February 2015)
  • Reading: No kingdom builders or co-redeemers required ow.ly/GyJzw (25 February 2015)
  • At Paso de Cortes with friends today… ow.ly/i/8OPXp (27 February 2015)
  • ♦ Preparándose para el servicio de adoración de mañana. ♦ Getting ready for tomorrow’s adoration service. ♦ (28 February 2015)
  • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort… 2Cor 1:3 ow.ly/JlbA9 (2 March 2015)
  • RT @Logos: #VerseOfTheDay “. . . so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him … [image] (2 March 2015)
  • Check it out: Mexican President and First Lady visit Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip… ow.ly/JV2RV (4 March 2015)


Something Worth Living For

by Jim on 2 March 2015

Recently I came across the story of missionary to Mexico John L. Stephens.

In the mid-1800s, at a time when Mexico was being largely ignored as a mission field, John was a boy in a church choir in the USA. Moved during a mid-week church meeting, he gave his life to Christ, saying that it was good to have “something worth living for”.

John L. Stephens

John L. Stephens

He attended the Pacific School of Religion in California, in the first class to graduate from the seminary. In 1872, joined by classmate David Watkins and David’s wife Edna, he stepped out of a stage coach as a missionary to Guadalajara, Mexico.

John and David were still struggling to learn Spanish, but people were already coming to know the Lord through literature that they published with the help of a translator. Worship services began in Guadalajara in 1873.

As the work grew, David and John began to travel to other towns where they were invited. John eventually came to the town of Ahualulco de Mercado, teaching children and then adults.

The remarkable progress did not go unnoticed. It was around 2am on the 2nd of March 1874 when a mob assembled outside John’s house, shouting,”Long live the priest! Death to the Protestants!”

John escaped temporarily, but was quickly captured. David and a Mexican believer, J. Jesús Islas, were also attacked.

Both Jesús and John were killed. The mob mutilated John’s body.

David escaped, reporting later that local officials and religious leaders had aided the mob.

John Stephens believed that Christ was worth living for, and also dying for.

These events took place 142 years ago. Those responsible are long gone, and Mexico is a different place. The churches founded by these early missionaries are still there.

Are there missionaries today who are willing to give their lives for those who haven’t heard in Mexico? The work isn’t done yet.

A plaque in Ahualulco commemorates the two martyrs, quoting from Revelation 2:10, which reads: Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.



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28 February 2015 Popular posts

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