The Last Night…

Posted on July 1, 2007

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In a quick summary of yesterday, we went to a local park and began playing soccer and games with the kids.  By the time it was all finished, we had two groups sharing the gospel.  On one team, Taylor Hare shared her testimony, while Kalyn Ashley and Kara Kunsman shared the gospel message.  All did an excellent job!  On the other team, Trevor Miles did an incredible job sharing his testimony, while Adam Ringo shared the gospel message with a group of teenage soccer players.  They all really enjoyed this experience. 

This morning began with a visit to “PIB” (Primera Iglesia de Bautista) or “First Baptist Church.”  While the service and preaching were a little longer than we were used to (1 hour, 45 minutes!), it was still a great time of fellowship and we even got to share in the Lord’s Supper with them.  It was a great experience for our team.

Throughout the day, I had the chance to sit down one-on-one with most of our students.  It was a tremendous blessing for me to listen to their stories, experiences, and the different ways that God touched their hearts throughout the week.  Afterwards, we all went out to eat at “Los Arcos,” where we held a celebration/banquet with the entire team.  It was an amazing time of testimony and encouragement, and I can tell you there was hardly a dry eye in the restaurant as we talked about the friendships developed, ministry opportunities encountered, and just the movement of God through our group this week.  As a youth pastor, I could not have been more proud of a group of students for their attitudes, can-do spirit, and boldness in sharing their faith this week.  Among the things students noted that God did in their lives this week:

  • They developed incredible relationships with the rest of the team – some of them felt connected for the first time.
  • They overcame prejudices againts Mexicans in general – stereotypes we have of Mexicans as just “construction workers” or whatever are completely unbiblical…Jesus died for these people the same as us.
  • I am open to giving my life to God for ministry service.
  • I want to be more bold about sharing my faith with others back home – my group of friends needs to be more intentional about building relationships with lost people.
  • I can’t wait to go on another mission trip!
  • I never thought God could use me this way.

However, the best part of the night was when Estai, one of the Mexican students we had been witnessing to all week (not a Christian), stood up and addressed our students.  He said that from the moment we came, we had an “energy” and “light” about us that he had never seen before.  He told us how meeting us has changed his life completely, and how now for the first time in his life he feels like he needs to seek the truth about religion, God, etc.  Saying goodbye to these Mexicans tonight, our students wondered how they could be so touched by people they barely knew.  I think I know why – the gospel is incredibly powerful, and I am so thankful our students got to taste what it’s like to really feel a burden for the lost.  Thank you parents for allowing your students to come – please take the time to sit down with them, let them share their stories, and see for yourself how God moved in their hearts this week.  Thanks again for all of your prayers.  See you tomorrow night at 5:55pm!

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