The Mexican Postal Service received the shipment of bibles and tried to deliver them to the school after it was closed for the day. For some reason, a note was not left and the bibles went back to the post office—getting lost in the shuffle without anyone ever being contacted. So, after waiting an extended period of time for the bibles to arrive and after having checked with the school several times, Richard (dad) was finally able to track the shipment down with a tracking number and discovered they were at the Post Office. Unfortunately, the Post Office proceeded to require an import duty on the package, which to dad’s chagrin was around $40 U.S. dollars. He was glad to have the bibles in his hands, though—although only for a moment as the Post Office then explained he could not pay the import duty there, but would instead have to leave the bibles until the fee was paid at a bank down the street. After he returned with a receipt, he was finally able to take the bibles to the school. The founder and director of the school is Demos Samarin, who is also a Gideon. Demos was not there when dad arrived, but he was able to leave the package with the secretary. She was excited to receive the bibles! After that adventure, though, dad returned to carrying the bibles to Mexico in suitcases, as they had done previously, rather than ship them.
With the current printing of the Gideon Bibles still in process, Wayne personally purchased the most recent donation of 60 Spanish New Testaments. Dad filled a suitcase, maxing out the 50lb limit, and headed off to Los Cabos. These bibles were brought to the Men’s rehabilitation center in La Paz, a city approximately two-hours north of Los Cabos.
The rehabilitation center is an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) center ran by a Catholic couple—Rodrigo and Mama Rosita. The center focuses on rehabilitation from addictions and is similar to Teen Challenge. The program itself, though, is a little different in that once a person is admitted, they remain in the program until their family or the center sees they are ready to move on to a halfway house or back into regular life. Rehabilitation centers are available for teens, men, and women.
Dad has been ministering with Marcos Vasquez, his wife Crystal, Escary, his wife Diana, and Pastor Abel and his wife at the rehabilitation center on Saturdays. On Saturday, September 7, dad brought the bibles to the men, who were also thrilled to have a personal copy of God’s word! They have been proudly bringing their bibles to the services since. Pictured here are the men proudly displaying their bibles.
Thank you to Wayne and to the Gideons for their support of the ministry and their continued efforts to made the Word of God available—until the whole world hears!