The Kingdom of God

I would like to share a story that touched my heart very deeply. Shortly after our team arrived here in Cuernavaca in 2010 we meant a young kid about 12 years old named Marcos. We were eating as a team at McDonalds and Marcos was asking people if they would buy him something to eat. Our teammate Patrick Garcia quickly took him to the front and ordered him a meal and asked him if he would eat with us. At this time our Spanish was really bad but we did our best to get to know him. Over time I noticed he and his family works on a street corner not far from my house so I began to stop by and talk with Marcos and his mother Elea. Marcos washes people’s car windows and his mom and sister sell newspapers and candy. Over the past year I have invited them to church and offered my spiritual services to them. About five weeks ago Elea told me she was worried about Marcos because he had never been baptized. I responded by saying “I worried about him as well and I would love to talk with him about being baptized”. Over about five weeks I visited with Marcos, his sister and sometimes his mother. I quickly realize Marcos could not read very well. This made things a little more difficult but I took a study where I use images to show the separation from God that is caused by sin (Isa. 59:1-2; Eph. 2:1-3) and how we can be reunited with God though Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8; Acts 4:12; 2:38-41; 22:16; Rom 6:3-7; Gal. 3:26-27; etc). After spending time with Marcos explaining the gospel he expressed several times he wanted to obey the gospel (1Thess. 1:6-10; Acts 6:7; 1Pt. 1:22; 4:17). I took my time because this was and still is a difficult situation. Marcos and his family live about 2 hours outside of Cuernavaca and so the maturing process will have some challenges (Matt. 28:20). His mother is also not to supportive of him being involvement with the church. In the end I thought of the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-40; Philip preached the gospel, the Ethiopian eunuch believed, and Philip baptized him into Christ (Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:26-27). All this started with our teammate buying Marcos a meal over 2 years ago. I also asked for prayers for Marcos a few weeks back, so this is another example of us partnering together for the mission of God. Times like this reminds me of how exciting it is to be a part of the Kingdom of God. Please be praying for Marcos, his family, and the spreading of the gospel. Let’s win souls for Jesus. God is great!

Prayer & Evangelism

I know I have said this before but I going to say it again, “Prayer and Evangelism go hand and hand”. I had a period of time in November where I was really busy because one of our families were on furlough in the States and I was spending less time in prayer and not sending out prayer requests. I remember being a little discouraged because I was not seeing fruit being produced from God’s Word but the same week I sent out a few prayer requests and I began to see God working in people’s lives. It was a quick reminder to me how important prayer is in God’s mission. Scriptures that really impact me are scriptures like Colossians 4:2-4 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; pray that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Another passage that really convicts me of the need for prayer when trying to evangelize is Ephesians 6:19-20 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Please understand how important your prayers are to the mission of God in Cuernavaca Mexico. I want to thank everyone who partners with us in prayer. I would also like to encourage you to continue praying for our requests, to sent these requests to others who want to partner in the gospel through prayer, take theses requests to your small groups, Sunday and Wednesday Bible classes or anywhere else you think people would love to share in the saving of souls. Pray is a powerful tool at the hands of the church! God is great!