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EDUARDO AND EVA ARRIAGA, Missionaries in Horelos, Mexico


MORELOS CHRISTIAN MISSION

TRANSLATOR, Mrs, Maria E. Beach


FORWARDING AGENT

RIVERTON CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Mr. 6 Mrs. Joe Turner


NEWSLETTER #18, February 14, 1983
Dear Brethren,

FEB 17 1983

Greetings once again. I am sorry I have not written earlier, concerning the property purchase, for the church building we were planning to build, this ooming summer. So many
we would not have tried to buy it. (There is an appointed time for everything. is a time for every event under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NASB)

things have happened since the transaction began.

So many problems, that if we had known

And there

In August of last year, Mr. Arnulfo Ramos came to us and told us that he had a piece of land for sale. The congregation and I looked at it and discussed the possibilities. The location was good. Finally, in September, the congregation decided to bi^ it. Mr. Ramos brought the papers "and some of the men, in the congi*egation ,and I went to 1^e County
we paid the sum of $150,000.00 pesos.We were told that the ownership papers would be
and ready in a month.

Clerk in Cuautla.

The authorities told us everything was In order. Papers were signed and

bers and I went to the lot and found a lady there. She, and all her belongings, had moved into the-small hut that is on the property. When we said hi, she started yelling at us,

Right away, we started working and cleaning up the lot. One morning some of the mem

telling us that the lot was hers and that her grandfather willed it to her.
the man who sold us the lot was not married.

We knew that

ed to cry. She told us she lived with Mr. Ramos a long time ago, and when he left her, he took the deed to the property with him. We questioned why she waited so long to do some thing about it, since the deed was dated in 1970, She said, she was afraid of him because he used to beat her; but, now the children are old enough to defend her,she was determined to fight for the land. We decided to investigate and not force her out. (Rest in the Lo^; wait patiently for him to act. Don't be envious of evil men who prosper. For. the'w.. '-'2 shall be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord shall be given every blessing. Psalms
37:7,9 LB)

We were confused. She calmed down and start

he died. We hij?ed a lawyer and he found out that tie woman's grandfather died in 1967 esd
the deed dated in 1970 could not have been legal and apparently was a fraud.

We asked Mr. Ramos about it and he said her grandfather sold the land to him

aca, the capital of the State of Horelos, to veriify the deeds.

At the same time, the lady hired a lawyer and they asked the authorities in Cuernau-

Mr. Ramos* and our papers. The Government is now holding the property, pending the ver ification of ownership. She did not have documents to prove that she was the heir of the land. Our lawyer said that we could move her out and get the land if we pay enough money to the judge. We did not want to do that. We believe the land is hers and we will let her

The authorities examined

fight for it. The congregation and I made this decision. (And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don t get
discouraged and give up. Galatians 6:9 LB)

him, we want our money back and are not interested any more. He returned $50,000.00 pesos. Mr, Ramos did not show up for our court appearance. The judge said if he does not show up
tho next time that Mr. Ramos will be put in jail.

Mr, Ramos was charged with fraud and said he is going to fight for the land. We told

knows why we are going through these things (We can rejoice, too, when we run into pTO lems and trials for we know that they are good for us they help us learn to be patient.

Is this a headache? It certainly is, but that is how things are down here. Only ^d

And patience develops strength of character in us and hleps us ti^ust God more each time we

use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Romans 5:3,4LB) We are not going to look for other property right now.We will let God show us when and where He wanus it. We will keep praying about it and covet your prayers, also, (The effective prayer of

a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16 NASB) The money^will be returned to my Forwarding Agent, and they will deposit it, once again, in the Building Fund Savings Ac
count in Riverton.
are anxious to see some day.

It will still be a project, because we still need a building, one we

Bring a translator. I am sure somebody at Colegio Biblico can come with you. We want you to understand what we are doing and what we are going through. We want^to talk to you an answer your questions. When you have questions, you have interest. An interest, we trust, not only in the money that you send, but in us, as people, as children of God, as souls
that can be reached and touched by Him.

Why don*t you come down next summer anyway? It will be an encouragement to all of us.

There is a possibility that I will be going to Colorado in June. The Christian Church

in Delta wants me to be the VBS missionary speaker. I will also go to the border in for the Bilingual Convention. What about meeting some of you there?

March

Thank the Lord, problems with the land have not hurt the faith of our saints. Every thing keeps going strong. Our faith, our work, our growth. We started Sunday Services in Cuautlal We have a nice group. I have another good helper that I count on. Brother Faustino Tinoco, who professed his faith last year. He is in charge on Sunday morning ser vices in Yecapixtla.

My pickup is doing fine.


broken down and that it needed

In my last newsletter,
to be overhauled.

I reported that

it had completely
was received de

A totcil of $1,272.9^

signated for this overhaul. The parts cost around $900.00 and I did the job myself. Spec ial thanks to the Children's Church in Birmingham, Al., the River Park Church of Christ in South Bend, Ind.; and to the couple in Brownstown for their generous gift. All of the con gregations thank you. Without transportation, I would not be able to minister to all the
people in the different locations.

May the Lord bless you and give you patience with me.
you, take care.

(When the way is rough, your

patience has a chance to grow. When your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete. James 1:3,4LB) We love
. '
EA/lt

In His service, Eduardo Arriaga

STATEMENT OF KoCEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS FOR EDUARDO ARRIAGA BY FORWARDING AGENT

AUGUST 1, 1982 - DECEMBER 31, 1982


Building Fund Savings Balance Aug 1, 1982 Checking Account Balance Aug 1,1982
Monthly support recaivsd by Forwarding Agent: Aug470.00
SepOct
Nov Dec

843.75
1,680,00
875,06 742.88

$ 580.86 $ 535.11

TOTAL AMOUNT RECEIVED BY FORWARDING AGENT TOTAL FUNDS AVAILABLE VIA FORWARDING AGENT AUG 1, 1982 - Dec 31, 1982rr
Designated offerings included in above amounts for TRUCK FUND
Rec #223 Contributor #6

$4,611,68 $5,727,65.

Shades Mountain,Birmingham,A1

60.00

Rec #334 Ladies Fellowship .Christian Church Brownstown, II. 1,000,00 Rec #338 Childran's Church,Shades Mountain

.Birmingham, Al- Birmingham, Al.


Rec #344 ^ver Park Ch of Christ

35.06 15.00
100,00 ^2,88

Rec #339 Mission Fund,1st CC of Center Pt

Sou""'"^ Bend, In,


Rec #351 River Park Ch of Christ

South Bend, In.

Total designated offerings for TRUCK FUND


F Agent disbursed TRUCK FUITD MONEY to Eduardo for

$1,272,94

truck repair - Ck #163


.

$1^000^$ 272.94

-$1,000^00
.$4,727.65

RETAINED IN TRUCK FUND SAVINGS


SUB TOTAL

BUILDING FUND SAVINGS BALANCE A^G 1, 1982


_

580.86
^50.00
g3Q^8g

Rec-#339 Mission Fund, ,1st CC of Center Pt Birmineham, Al. ,

BUILDING FUND SAVINGS BAT.i\NCE DEC 31, 1982

Savings Acco.unt interest earned

1
$ 500,00
300.00

? 845.16

DISBURSED TO EDUARDO ARRIA&\ FOR LIVING LINK SERVICE LINK EXPENSES:

Ck #143 August support - postdated


Ck #160 Accuinulcited funds

Ck #144 .September support - postdated Ck #145 October support - postdated


Ck #162 Accumulated fund?. Ck #146 November support - postdated

500.00 500,00
300,00 500,00

TOTAL DISBURSED TO EDUARDO FOR LIVING LINK SERVICE LINK EXPENSES


SUB TOTAL Interest credited to BUILDING FUND SAVINGS 6 TRUCK FUND SAVINGS
TOTAL FUNDS AVAILABLE IN SAVI::GS CHECKING ACCOUNT AS OF DEC 31,1982

Ck #147 December support - postdated

500.00

ll'627'65
1"3.8 XoioqI
'

I * Tn'on f. .r;!;

Consisting of: Checkir^g Account Balance Building Fund Savings

Truck F'-md Savings

: $1,641.95