My wife, Bev, and I (Brian Mogler) had the blessed opportunity to travel to Magdalena in February with a work team from our local church to spend a week of “laboring, loving, and sharing” with those who care for and live at the orphanage Casa Vida y Esperanza. It was quite a change from “life back on the farm” where I spend most of my time managing the grain elevator on our family farming operation. One of the week’s highlights was to be able to tour the meat plant Productos Carnicos La Mision. My, how it has changed from two years ago when I spent a week helping Duane with the first stage of remodeling. Personal investment of time and money has turned this dilapidated building into a truly “state-of-the-art” facility that should lend itself well “for the purpose of glorifying God by providing career opportunities to the fatherless and less privileged”.
I’ve had numerous opportunities to be a part of various mission projects in Mexico and every time I’ve crossed the border I’m reminded how fortunate I am and how truly needy many of them are. The Psalmist reminds us in Ch.33, verses 13-19, “the Lord beholds all men, all inhabitants of the earth, he considereth all their works … to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.” We who have been so blessed have a privilege and responsibility to serve Christ by serving others to meet their many needs. Although I wouldn’t expect Duane to process many fish through the new plant, the old adage “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime” has tremendous application to the work before us. Solomon reminds us in Proverbs 9:9 “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” Our hope is that while providing for their physical needs, God’s Word and Love can be shared to their hungry souls.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Fatted Calf, I will always strive to be a good steward of your financial support and trust that you will remember to pray for this effort.