Greetings to all our friends and partners!
To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven ECCL. 3:1
A few changes are coming to Flame of Truth. After 60 years of operating and growing Flame of Truth, my father, Melvin High, at the age of 93, is retiring and is officially passing the Flame of Truth torch over to Richard and I, Linda.
Richard and I have already been doing a lot of the work and ministry for the last couple of years, but dad is ready to officially turn the reigns of leadership over to us. Dad will continue on as an integral part of the ministry. Praying, preaching, and giving guidance when and where needed.
Dad founded Flame of Truth in 1963 and has faithfully cared for, promoted and steered it to what it is today. Both on the U.S. side and in Mexico. The vision and purpose God gave dad for Flame of Truth is to promote the gospel, win lost souls for Christ and to assist in building up churches to sustain the believers. These many years of preaching, ministering healing to the sick, seeing the dead raised back to life, building bible schools both in the U.S. (up close to Houston, TX.) and in Mexico as well as an orphanage. Establishing over 100 churches licensed under Flama De La Verdad, through training the students to be pastors at the bible school and setting them up with a church building in their villages when they graduated. Also building up of the property here at the home base in the U.S. into a chapel, food pantry and a campground. Ministering in many, many churches and partnering with those who have supported this ministry over the years. God has taken this ministry further than we ever thought possible.
But it was not without its challenges, such as getting arrested and kicked out of Mexico for preaching the gospel twice, having the orphanage and both bible schools taken from the ministry and many more challenges and oppositions. However, what the enemy meant for evil, God used for good to spread the gospel even further outside the borders of Mexico. Dad became a licensed pilot and purchased an airplane and flew over Mexico into Central and South America and continued doing whatever God lead him into. Especially into the jungles of Guatemala where he even took on the role of a Dr. performing operations and delivering babies. His deportation record has miraculously been removed and dad has again been ministering in Mexico in this latter years.
Richard and I will continue with dad’s vision as we have already been doing but just with a couple facelifts here and there. We have already upgraded the new logo and letterhead as you can see. Another one of the changes we will be making is keeping good record of your giving and sending out an “annual statement of giving” at the end of the year instead of sending loose receipts with each newsletter (unless you request us to do so).
We closed out the year here at home base with our community Christmas outreaches. Because everyone is usually busy around Christmas time, we like to wait until January to take Christmas into Mexico. The Hispanics usually wait anyway to celebrate until January 6th on “Dia de los Reyes (Day of The Kings)”. Which they believe is when the Magi brought their gifts to the boy child Jesus. This year we didn’t receive a lot of support designated for Christmas in time to purchase larger toys for the 500 children that we gift to, so instead they each got a large bag of candies with 3 small toys in it. However, God provided more through our missionary friend Dalia who had received donations from another church, and she bought blankets for each child and adult. Pastor Rosendo in Mexico also had received some donations and they purchased new shirts and shoes for the children. So we were able to be a big blessing to the children and their families this year. We greatly appreciate each and every donation that was given and for the smiles that were put on the faces of these precious little ones.
Around the first of January Richard traveled with pastor Rosendo and the group into the mountains of San Luis Potosi to distribute the gifts. The following week I got to go with them to Lazaro Cardenez, which is in the desert where we spent 2 days distributing gifts and ministering. The week after that Richard went with Pastor Rosendo to Vera Cruz to meet with more churches and to distribute the gifts there as well.
February was a time to get a lot of work done here on the grounds. Our dining hall was sinking into the ground causing structural damage to the building, so we had to have professionals come and raise the whole building up. It cost us over $6,700 to raise it. Then to keep it from happening again, we had rain gutters installed to keep the rainwater away from the building and also had them installed on the church building, which cost us $3000. God is so good and has always provided the funds needed. We still have ongoing maintenance and repairs needed to be done on the buildings and property. This Texas sun is really brutal and takes a toll on everything and it keeps us busy.
We want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers and seeds that you have sewn into the ministry all these years. We ask that you continue to remember Richard and I in your prayers as we carry on the mantle. We cannot do it without the continued support of you and our faithful partners. We want to serve the Kingdom of God to the best of our ability, and you give us the tools to do so!! May God bless you richly for the seeds you have sewn.
In his service;
Melvin and Anna High
Richard and Linda Hough
Prayer and Financial needs:
New Flama de la Verdad church in Huitzquilico, San Luis Potosi
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