Time Marches On

Dear Family in Christ,

Texas Theater, Ballinger, TX, circa 1940’s

As a small boy living on a ranch in West Texas in the early 1940s it was a great treat to go into town on Saturday. If my parents had it to spare I would be given a whole two bits (that is 25 cents if you don’t know)! With that I could buy the ten cent ticket to see that week’s double movie feature, a Coca Cola, a bag of popcorn and a Sugar Daddy big enough to last.

In addition to the two movies, during those years they showed a serial episode that left you in suspense (so you would want to come back next week), a cartoon, and there was always a ten minute Newsreel called “The March of Time”. It always ended with stirring music and a booming “TIME MARCHES ON”.

It is true. Time will not wait for any one. The years pass by with alarming rapidity. The things we put off till tomorrow never get done because when tomorrow arrives it is today, and we will surely do it tomorrow.

There is a story in the Bible about a Roman governor named Felix. In Acts 24:24-27 we read….

“24 But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, ‘Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.’

Paul before Felix

26 At the same time too, he was hoping that money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him. 27 But after two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul imprisoned.”

In two whole years of talking with the Apostle Paul time was elusive and could not be found. Felix’s love of money hid time.

Marcus Antonius Felix and his wife Drusilla died in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the 79 AD on the 24th of August. For Felix, time and hope ceased as it will for all unless time is found to call on “the Name of the Lord”

Romans 10:12-13 “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

If anyone reading this has not found time to call on His Name, be born from Above, and becoming that new creation in Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:17) you cannot do it any younger, and no one has a guarantee of tomorrow or even a next breath.

God sets before all of us LIFE and DEATH. He even tells you in Deuteronomy 30:19b to choose LIFE because you have value in His sight.

I started out to write something different but I got carried away.

As far as what is happening to me, I am doing well, God it seems is not through with me. There is still work to do. I minister on a limited scale, distribute Bibles, read the Word, pray and enjoy family. I can truly say I am a blessed man and can testify that God is a good God!

Health wise I do the chemo thing once a month and see other physicians now and then. The cancer is not spreading. By the grace of God enhancing the treatment I am stronger and more active though I need to use a quad cane or walker.

My most grateful thanks to all my family in Christ, your expressions of Christian love, genuine concern, prayer and unsparing help encourage and lift me up.

God bless you all,

Bob Bell

Texas Theater picture source: https://ballinger-tx.com/forms/about/historic-photographs

October Update 2017

Dear Family,

Isaiah 54:10 “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, Nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you.” (AMP)

It has been my privilege and joy to walk in the lovingkindness, peace and compassion of my Lord through many trials. I can testify that they are infinite and unfailing.

Last July when my daughter, Sheryl, took me from Del Rio and had me admitted into the Shannon Clinic in San Angel
o, Texas I was very close to joining the celestial choir.

Shannon is a large and well equipped hospital complex. I went through many procedures and treatments during the ten days I was there. They found several problems. The most pressing was metastasized stage four prostate cancer.

After release from the hospital I relocated to Seymour, Texas and am living with my daughter and family. By the grace of God the illness is responding to the treatments I receive at Texas Oncology in Wichita Falls. As I regain strength it has been possible to begin to do the work of the ministry, though on a limited scale for the time being.

Since the end of August God has allowed me to place several hundred Bibles in Mexican churches, a migrant camp outreach in Cd Acuña and a church on this side of the Rio Grande.

As of this writing Bibles are on their way to two community centers in Cd. Acuña run by the Comunidad Cristiana Mana Church. One in the red light area. They minister to all who come, giving out the Word of God, Bibles as well as blankets, coats, school supplies, and other practical needs as the Lord provides. On the weekends they offer hot meals and a ride to church. Later on this year they will go on a missions outreach to Zacualtipan de Angeles, Hidalgo with more of the Bibles.

My most grateful and profound thanks to all of you for your prayers and generous help. God in his grace blesses me through you. Thank you.

May you continue to walk in the fullness of God’s manifold blessings.

In The Savior’s Name

Bob Bell

Trusting God Through Transition

Dear Family in Christ,

It has been a long time since my last newsletter, frankly, because I did not know what I needed to communicate to you, or how to do it.

Many things have been going on in my life in these last three months or so. I began to lose weight rapidly and experienced a loss of stamina and strength. I didn’t think much of it at the time as I put it down to the way I was eating which was rather erratic.

I kept ministering at the Val Verde Detention Center, ministering to men in lock down. One day I found I was too weak to climb the stairs to reach the second floor.

I went to the hospital emergency facility, but was not really helped.

I called my family. Two days after my daughter’s arrival she put me in the car and took me to Shannon Hospital in San Angelo, Texas. I was there for ten days and underwent a battery of tests. The doctor’s diagnosis was stage four prostate cancer that has metastasized into my bones. They found a few other things too, but not worth mentioning.

A recent visit with my 3 children: Kathleen, Cliff and Sheryl

The result is I have left Del Rio and am now living in Seymour, Texas with my youngest daughter and family. I go to the Texas Oncology clinic once a month in Wichita Falls for treatment. The doctor there sounded quite hopeful, but we all know that it is God that heals.

On a more positive note, I have been attending the First United Methodist Church here and I am setting them up to visit the Casa de Misericordia orphanage in Piedras Negras next year. They have a great outreach to the youth in the city every Wednesday night and I am working on getting Bibles for them. I have been able to order a quantity of Bibles for the migrant camp in Ciudad Acuña and ten cases for the detention center in Del Rio.

As far as the illness goes, I do not have a termination date stamped on my foot, and I intend to minister through every door that God opens for me here. Physically, I am stronger and more active than I have been in several months. For this I give thanks to God, the prayers of godly people, and my daughter’s cooking. With the grace of God enabling me, the Holy Spirit leading, guiding and anointing me, I will finish and do the work God has for me to do.

I want to extend my profound thanks to each and every one of you who have prayed and have supported me, not just for the finances, but with love and concern.

I am so blessed to have people like you praying and standing with me. God bless you all so very much.

In Christ,
Bob Bell

“For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us!”
Romans 8:18

“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”
Romans 8:28

Prayer Request

Dear Brethren,

Grace and Peace to all in Christ Jesus.

Please receive my grateful and profound thanks and appreciation for your prayers and help past, present and future.

I am late in communicating because of physical challenges. I read somewhere that one of the leading causes of medical problems is prescription medications correctly prescribed and properly taken. I am convinced that this is a true and accurate statement!


I have had not just one but two episodes since the last of February. I am still overcoming the last one caused by an allergic reaction to an eye drop that has resulted in blurry vision. I would appreciate your prayers to overcome this quickly so I can drive safely.

James 5:17b “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

There is not any problem we face to difficult for our Heavenly Father, the King of the Universe. He answers all prayer without favoritism.

Romans 2:11 “For there is no partiality with God.”

Years ago a preacher said his favorite Bible verse was the one that said “and it came to pass.” He finished by adding “Praise the Lord, trouble did not come to stay; it came to pass!” This too will pass.

Thank you again for your faithful prayer and help.


Bob Bell

January 2017 Update

Blessings in Jesus’ Name!

This month I have been dividing my time mostly between the Detention Center and therapy.

The jail is at full capacity just under 1500 men. I continue ministering in three pods of Ad-Seg. About 139 men. It is an ever-changing international population of career criminals, cartel, members, murderers, etc. They come from all over the Spanish speaking world, Europe, Canada, a few now and then from the Mideast and of course the USA. I witness to each one and keep those who desire supplied with Bibles and Bible studies.

Thanks to God the therapy is helping greatly. My shoulder is about 90% of normal. I am looking forward to full recovery.

The Holiday Season was a little different this last Christmas. It all started with a phone call from Sacramento informing me that my only brother had three days to live. It required a few minutes to recover my senses. I needed to get to California. My youngest daughter and her husband fly a lot and they arranged to use points to get me a ticket. When I arrived two of my grandnieces had things well in hand, and my brother was out of danger.

God is a God who knows our frame, He answers prayer, and heals our infirmities. So instead of a sad time we had a good week together reliving past things. I had not seen him for over four years. Being able to spend Christmas with him was a great blessing for me. I flew back to Texas on the 26th and had a late Christmas with my daughter and her family. I arrived back in Del Rio on December 30th.

My profound thanks to all.   Being able to share God’s Word is an incredible privilege. I am extremely grateful for your prayer and support.

I pray that in this year 2017 that God’s Grace may abound in your lives more and more each day fulfilling the Godly desires of your heart.

Bob Bell

Luke 19:10  “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” 

1 Timothy 1:17  “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 


PS. This post from January 25th needed to be re-published because somehow it was hacked and messed up. 

Christmas 2016

Christmas Greetings,

This past year has had its share of both mountain top and valley experiences.  I bear witness that the God of the mountain takes you by the hand and walks with you through the valley. His grace is not only greater than all our sin, His grace enables us to overcome in the valleys.  No matter what the circumstances of life we face in this imperfect world our Savior who became flesh does not call us to fail.

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”  1st John 4:14-15

I wish you a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a New Year overflowing with God’s richest and choicest blessings.

Bob Bell




Psa 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his court with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.




God is an Expert at bringing good out of bad

“You have dealt well with your servant, o Lord according to your word.” Psalms 119:65


This Sunday, Oct. 30, marks the two week anniversary I have been home in Del Rio.

When I broke my shoulder on July 9th in the natural things were gloomy. I was being told many negative things I will not repeat. BUT GOD!!!! I will testify that in over 50 years walking with God. HE IS ALWAYS GREATER THAN OUR PROBLEMS AND AN EVER PRESENT HELP IN TIME OF TROUBLE!!!!

I was greatly blessed by all my children, Kathy, Cliff, Sheryl and their families coming along side and helping in whatever way they could. Driving me where I needed to go, supplying things I needed, special thanks to my youngest daughter taking care of me for three months.

By God’s grace the shoulder is improving each day in strength and ability.

Getting back into active ministry again is an answer to the prayers of many brothers and sisters in the Lord. God bless and thank you all.

With my great grandson, Liam

With my great grandson, Liam

God is expert at bringing good out of bad circumstances. During this time I was blessed to be able to know my family better, especially my great grandson Liam and his dad Fernando.

I am grateful to all of you for your faithful prayer and support. Thank you so very much.

May Our Lord the King of the Universe bless you abundantly.

Bob Bell

Sowing Seeds of Life to Migrant Children

Migrant children receive the Word of God

Migrant children receive the Word of God


Dear Friends,

September so far has been an eventful month. Over the Labor Day weekend my son in law, Joe, and I made a fast trip to Del Rio.  While there, I had the opportunity to sow six cases of Spanish Bibles into the Comunidad Cristiana Maná Church in Cd. Acuña.  This church has access into the juvenile migration camp run by the Mexican government.

FYI-Every day trains leave the Guatemala/Mexico border for the several-day journey to the USA border. These children ride precariously on the top of the cars.  The majority are of Central American origin.  It’s called “el tren de la muerte” (the train of death).  Another name is “La Bestia” (The Beast).  Many die from the train ride itself, climbing aboard while moving, falling off the cars, etc.  Many are assaulted, robbed, raped…

At the camp Comunidad Cristiana Maná is allowed to teach the children and tend to their spiritual and other needs during the time it takes to process them before sending them back to their country of origin.

Who knows what God will do with the seed sown into these young lives? “BUT GOD”

As for me, therapy is making my arm stronger each day. I am building memories with my great grandson in a way not possible before.

Circumstances caused my arm to be stationary for longer than normal. As a result my elbow lacks about 15 degrees or so from being able to straighten out completely. I request your prayers of agreement for full and complete restoration of the arm.

I appreciate so very much the prayers of my many friends holding me up before the Throne of Grace. I am looking forward to getting back into the full swing of things as soon as possible.

God Bless you richly,

Bob Bell

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

A healing in progress

Dear Friends,

I have been out of pocket the last few weeks. On July 9 I had a fall and broke my right arm (humerus) near the shoulder.   I was taken to Seymour, TX where I could stay with my daughter Sheryl while being attended by a good orthopedic surgeon in nearby Wichita Falls. After reviewing everything, the doctor determined I needed a complete shoulder replacement which took place on July 19th.

Six days after my release from the hospital, I needed to go to the emergency room for various problems. I got out of the hospital in Wichita Falls Friday, July 30th.

I will not go into all the doctors played with. I’m just glad I am now out of the hospital and am feeling about 1,000% better!  Today the bandages were removed from my shoulder so I can begin therapy!

I wish to thank everyone for their continued prayers for my rapid recovery. I appreciate all of you so very much!  I thank God that He is the Lord God who heals us.  I am looking forward to a supernaturally quick healing.

Again, I thank everyone for their prayers and concern. The many expressions of well wishes and prayers have been a source of great encouragement to me.

God bless you all!

Bob Bell