The Children of Piedras Negras & Morelos, Mexico

For the past decade, missionaries John and Paulina have devoted their lives to the children of Piedras Negras and Morelos, Mexico. They have run children’s homes in these two towns, while also ministering to the communities around them. John and Paulina care for these kids as if they were their own. My wife Maggie and son Levi even went to visit the children’s home a few years ago, she was moved by the fact that two people could love so many children in such a mighty way. It is clear when you visit with these folks that they rely on God for every move. They teach their children to pray when a need arises. The children are faithful to pray, and our God is faithful to answer in times of need.

This is one of those times. The violence and unrest in Mexico has escalated these past few years to the point that church groups, once filing in and out of the children’s homes consistently through the year, now do not feel safe crossing the border. John understands the concern, and he does not blame American groups for not coming down any more, but he is feeling their absence in a serious way. These groups provided funds, food, materials, did work around the property, and did outreach within the community. Without that support, John and Paulina are struggling to take care of their children, and to be able to reach out to their community the way they once did.

Sometime during the month of May (as in, right now) their children’s home will be coming under the review of social services. If they do not own a 15 passenger van that is less than ten years old by the day of their review, they risk all of the children being taken from them and placed in other homes. John and Paulina call their group of 30 a family. They care for these kids and pray for these kids and devote their lives to the well being and salvation of these kids. To risk losing them over a few technicalities is heartbreaking.

We believe there are people out there who can help. We believe someone has a van they are willing to donate, or the funds to buy one. The van would need to be taken to the San Antonio area in order for John to pick it up. Any money donated will go to help their ministries, and to allow them to continue ministering to the community around them. We can assure you that the money will go for nothing more than basic needs and for advancing the kingdom in a dark, and growing darker, place…

Thanks for all prayers and financial help in advance.

**If you or someone you know has a van you’d like to donate, email and someone will get back to you.

Kate Diann Bryson

Kate Diann Bryson. Our little “Lovewell” baby. Thanks so much to everyone for the prayers and acts of lovewell shown to us during Misti’s 7 months of bed rest. You really ministered to our family.

Born 5-13-10 6lbs 9 oz. 20 1/2″

Asleep At The Wheel


This is Charlie. Charlie stole Gracie’s Jeep while she wasn’t looking. While trying to make a getaway, he fell asleep at the wheel. He really did. He actually drove in circles for quite sometime in this position before Mommy stopped the car. The moral of the story is…get a full night’s sleep before committing a crime.

Last Stop!


Bastrop, LA…. Just in time to catch Caleb’s little league game. We’ll spend a night with the cousin’s then off to G-Ville we go!!!!

Sophie Update


What a difference a day makes! This morning it was truly touch and go with Sophie’s breathing, and tonight they are already considering putting her into a normal room because she has made a complete turn around. Praise God!

Apparently being large has its perks! Fortunately, Sophie gets her girth from her mother, rather than having a girlish figure like her dad…(not sure why Shannon is laughing hysterically as I type this.) Anyway, they said that due to Sophie being bigger and stronger for her age, she was able to put up with junk where most whimpier babies would throw in the towel. So hear this all whimpy babies of the world! Sophie’s coming for you…wait sorry…that makes no sense. Anywho Sophie is doing much, much, much better and, Lord willing, we could possibly be home by the end of the week.

I cannot possibly express how greatful we are for the bazillion prayers that went up on Sophie’s behalf. We were in tears most of the day reading everyone’s comments. Thank you, thank you thank you. God is good! Please continue to pray for her safe recovery

Amazed by Him,

Ps I am going through serious Sam, Gracie and Charlie withdrawls. Daddy coming home soon kids, and he’s bringing the good times with him!