I can not believe how long it’s been since I actually sat down and wrote a full update.
First and foremost, I have a personal praise report. As many of my friends know, I have suffered from ADHD which, at times, has been debilitating. It had been getting worse and worse, to the point that many times, in mid-conversation, I would completely forget what I was saying. I think this happens to everyone once in a while, but it was becoming an every-other conversation thing. a week ago(Nov. 18th) I was making cookies, which I do every week(I’ll talk more on that later), and I had to start recounting the flour 5 or 6 times. I mentioned this to a fellow BSN student, who had received the gift of healing a couple of weeks earlier, and he asked if he could pray for me. Afterward, I went to my room and laid down to rest. For three hours I laid on my bed, wide awake and my brain tingling. It was like when your arm goes to sleep and tingles as it begins to get blood again. Since that time my head has been clearer than I remember it ever being; it’s not cluttered with multiple thoughts at a time, and I’m able to concentrate like never before. God has completely healed me in that aspect.
There are many other things going on right now. I’m in the final few weeks of the Bible School for the Nations lecture phase. Mid-December we begin the outreach phase, starting with Cross Cultural Training here in Mazatlan, then, after a short break for Christmas break we will be traveling to a total of 4 locations, teaching the bible to indigenous groups, one of which has only had a bible in their language for 1 year.
While the outreach phase is not a requirement to graduate the school, if I am to be one of the leaders of the school next year, I will have to be on this outreach in order to lead one next year. The cost of the two month outreach is $2,200.00,– $1,000 of which I need by this coming Friday (December 1st.) At present, I have $25.00 toward that goal
There are two ways you can make a tax-deductible donation: through my fundraising engine at https://acaciaministries.international/dennis-mixer OR by sending to YWAM Mazatlan direct through PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
THINGS TO KEEP IN PRAYER
In other news, After outreach (or January 1st if I don’t raise the funds for outreach) I will be homeless. Since coming to YWAM Mazatlan I have been living in a house the base rents and houses 13 male staff in. They have come to the decision to discontinue housing us here and, as of the first of the year, we have to find our own living accommodations. As we are in a collage area of Mazatlan(I can think of 5 collages withing a 5 min. walking distance) apartments are hard to come by. I was told about one this morning, but discovered that is $600.00 US dollars a month. While I’m not apposed to having a roommate, I’m old, cranky and set in my ways. To be honest, it’s been difficult the last few months. As you might be able to imagine, 13 men from different generations(I’m 56 and the next oldest is 41 the others are in their early 20’s), different cultures, different views on cleanliness, privacy and courtesy… I want to be in a position to where I can have a roommate, but not dependent on having one.
I am always open about my finances but, if you are unaware of my situation, I have a small $445.00 a month retirement and two wonderful couples who have generously committed to supporting me at $50.00 a month each. This gives me the minimum that YWAM Mazatlan requires for me to be on staff here. whenever I need more, God provides, usually through one or two of you.
This coming month my retirement will be used to: (1) renew my passport, which expires in 2 months. (2) get to to a border town, either Tijuana or Nuevo Laredo, where I can walk across, spent a night or two in the U.S. and then return to renew my visa.(Unless someone wants to pay for a round trip home to visit family over Christmas)
Anyway, some have asked what I do to help support myself other than ask for money. As I mentioned above, almost every week I make cookies; 6 dozen large cookies and 3-half sheets of brownies (about 60) to be exact, and sell to the staff and students at $10 Pecos each. In theory, after cost, I should make about $35.00 a week. However, I’ve never gotten to the point of knowing, as I often end up giving several to staff kids, visiting kids, homeless people or putting the money into a collection for someone else’s expenses(school, outreach, medical…)
Once I have an apartment I want to get a massage table and massage chair. While I cannot start a business and charge, I can give massages on a donation basis. Unfortunately, unlike the U.S. where I would make $35.00 for a massage in the 1980, here they go for about $15.00.
I would also be able to use it as a ministry as there are several poor and homeless people that we work with who could benefit greatly from it.
That’s what’s going on right now. Please keep me and the needs here in your prayers.
Ask God if he wants you to partner with me financially, whether it’s a $25.00 one time gift or a monthly donation.
Thank you, and God Bless.