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!

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