We indeed are so very Thankful for all God has done, and for our family of supporters that make it possible. We are with family in Chicago where it's unseasonably warm and we're thankful for that.
Last week we were able to see God do an amazing work in the hearts of the family we built a house for. The house was donated by George and Carla Georgopulos. We spent the four days building it with the help of the locals. Great meals were provided by the family al week. Dedication day had the whole extended family of Maria Guadalupe giving thanks and their hearts to Jesus.


10 days ago, a church from North Carolina came over on their way to do hurricane Harvey relief in the Houston area. They came and bagged up 10,000 gallon bags of beans and rice. What a huge blessing to us and the ministry. While they were busy bagging, Gator and I drove 25 miles to get a load of bottled water left over from hurricane Harvey.
A few days up in San Antonio at the beginning of the week, with Shawn and Carla Estes from Fortify Ministries. We returned Wed afternoon in time to unload 5 pallets of rice donated by Power Ministry. Within 2 days, 3 churches came an got 3 pallets of rice and 3 pallets of beans each.
The wood for the next house was delivered in the rain Friday, so we cut the studs and made the rafters, loaded it all on my trailer and delivered it to the farthest lot in the colonia, where Maria and her family live. They built their own foundation, with their own money!
Saturday night we had a Quincinero at the Community Center. A great blessing to the family, that was going to have it in the street at their house. It was drizzling most of the night, but at least 60 people came despite the rain. We didn't leave the colonia until midnight. It was a little Erie on the road to the downtown bridge. The resent violence had the roads empty of most cars.
Rain again today, we need to get things done around here to get ready to spend Thanksgiving with our family in Miner, Illinois, church at Moraine Valley Church on the 26th and back to Texas on the 28th. Our daughter Kristin and Lea will come back with us for a few days YEA!!!!


Two days after finishing Jacquelines house, we started building another for a man named Roman. His lot made us build a house, 8 feet shorter. With no team here, Shawn Estes came over with me each day to help, Andres and Victor along with Roman build it. We dedicated it yesterday afternoon, after we spent the day clearing out a few trees on our lot to build a pallapa.
Today I took 5000lbs of beans and rice to Way of the Cross Ministries in Harlingen to be taken to Oaxaca, Mexico. They in turn gave us several mattresses, cases of toilet paper, and paper towels, gospel tracks and a few other goodies.
I don't like talking about the violence in Reynosa, but it has been worse than ever, as the government tries to get things under control again. We continue going over most days, and have heard some automatic weapons fire on occasion. Some groups that had scheduled to come, have cancelled their trips with other ministries we know. We don't have any groups scheduled to come until mid December. We will explore options and opportunities on the U.S. side to build, or repair houses. Thanks for the prayers and support, we can't do it without you! We started supplying these women with food, hygiene needs, bibles and other things for the women in prison in Reynosa.