This morning, my friend, Nic Garza, messaged me about his upcoming speaking appointment at my church. Talking to him brought back memories of when we first met. It was ten years ago when I held a series of revival meetings in Mexico.
In the fall of 2007 I traveled to the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico with my friends Mike Easton and Tony Murrell. From October 15 through 20, we held nightly revival meetings in three locations. Mike held meetings in Rio Bravo, mine were in Valle Hermoso, and Tony’s series was in Reynosa. The meetings were coordinated by Nic Garza with help from Pastor Trevino and Pastor Martinez of the East Gulf Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists in Mexico.
I had a wonderful time and met so many great people. I was truly humbled by the people I met. In Valle Hermoso the people treated me like royalty and everyone wanted to feed me. Every night the church was packed even though the temperatures were in the 90's and there was no air conditioning. I have wanted to return to the area, but there are safety issues. Someday I hope to return.
Here are some photos that we took on our trip.
LOOKING OVER THE REYNOSA MEETING SITE
TONY VISITING IN NUEVO PROGRESSO
TONY MIKE AND NIC
RICHIE DELIVERING A FOOD BASKET
VALLE HERMOSO SABBATH SCHOOL
BAPTISM AT VALLE HERMOSO
NIC AND RICHIE HELP PREPARE FOOD BASKETS
RIO BRAVO MEETINGS
MIKE GIVING OUT FOOD BASKETS
MEETING CONFERENCE PRESIDENT PEREZ
CHILDRENS MEETINGS IN RIO BRAVO
ISABELL WITH HER NEW BIBLE
TONY VISITING WITH KIDS
MIKE MAKING NEW FRIENDS
BAPTISM AT VALLE HERMOSO
RICHIE AND A FELLOW BODYMAN
YOUTH AT THE VALLE HERMOSO SDA CHURCH
RICHIE PRESENTING YAHAIRA A NEW BIBLE
RICHIE AND NIC PRAYING WITH BAPTISMAL CANDIDATES
RICHIE MIKE AND TONY AT THE VALLE HERMOSO SDA CHURCH
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.