Pastor Ruben’s Strong Faith at 90

True Path Ministry Inc. has had the privilege of working with some incredible Christians. One of the finest is Pastor Ruben, who turned 90 years old today February 18, 2023. Tonyia, Stephen, Pastor Reynaldo and Lourdes drove out to see Pastor Ruben and took him a coconut cake. He lives with his family in a house on the banks of La Laguna lake, a few miles out of Galeana, NL, Mexico.

Several family members had come in from out of town including his daughter from New Mexico. She spoke good English which helped Tonyia and I talk with Ruben about some parts of his life. In the last few years he has traveled with us many times, but we have not had a chance to learn more about his Christian walk until today.

He was born in 1923 in the village of the tiny palm trees, Palmito. One of the adventures he mentioned was picking cotton in Texas under the Guest Worker (Bracero Program) in the early 1960’s. He was always doing whatever he could to support his 11 kids. At the age of 56, he came to realize that God’s love was calling him into a close relationship and he professed his faith as a Christian. He felt the Lord’s calling to share the love he experienced with others.

He became a pastor willing to spend days riding horseback to reach people in the most distant places of the mountains. Villages tucked away such as Palmito, La Joya, Bueno Vista, to mention a few. In January 2020 a team from TPM and the Iglesia Getsemani Church that included Pastor Ruben traveled to the incredibly remote Bueno Vista village (see Pastor Ruben met a family that had come to know Jesus when he was a pastor there. It brought him great joy to know that their faith was still strong thirty years later.

There are many more stories about Pastor Ruben, some are captured in the photos below. But what impresses me is how the fruit of this gentle, caring Christian is so evident in the people around him.

You will recognize them by their fruits. Matthew 7:16

 Mateo 7:16 Por sus frutos los conoceréis…

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