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Buenas Noches!
It is our final day here in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The team is getting ready to head out bright and early.

Today was amazing. We started out the day at Pulga Plaza del Toros where we performed two different dramas. The speaker was so loud that you could hear the narration of the track all over the entire pulga. One of our students had gone all week without seeing a salvation but on the very last day got to lead his first person to Christ! God always brings people at the right time.

After this, we headed out to the market in the central of downtown Nuevo Laredo. The students got several hours to shop and also enjoy some authentic food from Mexican restaurants. After we finished shopping we headed to a beautiful park. The students performed their last two dramas there. We were so blessed by all the people that moved from death to life this week in Nuevo Laredo. Tomorrow we will be leaving out bright and early and beginning our journey back home. The students are so excited to share their stories with you of the great things God is doing in Nuevo Laredo.

Please pray for safety as we travel both for those driving and for those flying. Pray for persons of favor stationed at the border to help us get across safely and quickly. Hasta mañaña!

Your Country Coordinators,

Walker & Melanie

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Buenas Noches from Nuevo Laredo!

It has been a very long but very rewarding today. We are so proud of the way the students have pulled together as a team and have walked in power.

This morning we had a special breakfast of pancakes, which was a delicious treat to start our day. There was a combined sense of fear and excitement as we prepared our hearts to go to the maximum security prison. After singing a worship song, Walker spoke about how the students should be looking for a story that God will give them to take back and share. Feeling confident that God was going to do amazing things, we left singing praises and in prayer for the ministry.

Although there was a focused attitude among the students, we knew walking in that God has not given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of power and love. We entered the prison praying silently and excited for what God was going to do. God has opened many doors and we had an amazing experience.

At first the students went over to the women’s side of the prison and performed the drama for the ladies in the prison. While we have been coming to this prison for years, we have never gotten the opportunity to actually go inside the prison cells to meet the prisoners where they’re at. God opened a door and gave us the ability for the women of our team to go into where the prisoners live and pray over each room and prisoner. God opens doors that no one else can!
After this we went over to the men’s side of the prison. This was a little more high security and there were a lot more prisoners. One of the most amazing stories from this side actually wasn’t from a salvation that occurred today. Today we worked with Pastor Hugo. Pastor Hugo used to be a prisoner in the prison. When he moved to Mexico he got involved with organized crime and was arrested. Several years ago, another Awe Star team came to the same prison. He couldn’t leave his room but he watched the drama from his cell window on the second floor. The Holy Spirit moved, Hugo ended up surrendering his life to Christ and is now a pastor, working in the prison to minister to people in the same position he was in. Gloria a Dios!
We performed two dramas at the prison and then left for our next ministry site. One thing we believe at Awe Star is that the darkness pulls the darkness out of us. Several of our students were feeling sick and started to feel heavy spiritual warfare. But we know we can walk in power because we already have the victory. We did two more dramas, both at different plazas in the main city of Nuevo Laredo. Although the crowds were small, we witnessed many big movements of God. We know success is not defined by numbers but by how faithful we were to what God calls us to, and we know that God called us to Nuevo Laredo.

Tomorrow is our final day of ministry here in Nuevo Laredo. We are so excited and expectant of God to do amazing things. Pray for the health of the students and that they stay hydrated. Pray against the attacks of the enemy, that our students would have confidence in the name of Jesus and not in themselves.

Your Country Coordinators,

Walker & Melanie

                                                                                                                                            

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Our hearts are so full after a wonderful day of ministry here in Nuevo Laredo! The students had a wonderful nights rest and woke to fresh tortillas, eggs, and potatoes. They are loving eating the authentic Mexican food daily.

We spent the morning at Pulga Solidaridad. Once we arrived the students broke out into their ministry teams and began to invite the crowd to come watch the drama. The students performed the drama at this first Pulga to a large crowd, and many were saved. It was exciting to see several students who had never shared the gospel before getting the opportunity to lead someone to Christ.

After heading back to our church for lunch, we had some free time before we were scheduled to go out and perform the next drama. We believe that worship makes us stronger and we felt as though the team needed some time spent in worship. What we originally intended to be just two songs ended up being almost two hours of our students being on their faces, pouring their hearts out to God. Many students wept, overcome with the grace of God in their lives.

Feeling recharged and reenergized, we headed out to go to our next drama. First we performed at a local park and then we went to an orphanage. Our students got to spend several hours playing with children and loving on kids who don’t usually feel so loved. Our hearts were broken as we had to say goodbye to them.

Tonight we sat under the teaching of Walker as he taught on what it means to be an adult in your speech, conduct, faithfulness and purity. Tomorrow morning we will go to a maximum security prison, so it is of the utmost importance that our students are acting mature and responsible. Please keep us in your prayers. We are expecting God to do great things and know that he is all-powerful.

Your Country Coordinators,
Walker & Melanie

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“You have multiplied, oh Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of your wondrous deeds, yet they are more than can be told.” Psalm 40:5

After a day like today, one of the only things we can say is how great our God is. We have so many amazing stories to share of the faithfulness of God.

We had a great nights rest last night which means our students are that much more prepared to go out into ministry. Our day started off with a wonderful meal prepared for us by our fantastic cooks. We are so blessed by them serving us with their gifts and time.
One of Awe Stars biggest motto’s while on the mission field is that we are fluid, not flexible. This enables us to be open and able to go wherever God wants us to go. This morning, a door was opened for us to go perform the drama at a school here in Mexico. Even though our students are on their spring break, the students of Mexico are still in school. This is good for us because it gives us the opportunity to go and share the gospel.

We arrived at the school and were immediately surrounded by crowds of students. There were 300 students in our first school, we gave an invitation and many came to know Christ. One of our leaders was speaking with the director of the school, who told us that he knew the director of another school nearby. He loved our message and what we were doing so much he gave us the opportunity to go share our message of hope and the gospel with even more students, Gloria a Dios!

We got the opportunity to perform two dramas at this second school. The first time was for eighth grade students and the second time was for the older high school students. In total we performed the drama for over 1000 students in one day, which means that many more people got to hear the gospel. While some students were uninterested and had hardened hearts, many paid close attention and surrendered their lives to follow Christ. We were glad that no student was left that did not get a chance to hear the gospel and surrender their lives to Jesus.

After our last performance of the drama the students headed to a supermarket called Soriana. Although our crowd was much smaller in comparison to what it had been at the schools, our students performed with enthusiasm and joy. Our final drama of the day was at a pulga, this time we were performing much later in the day and so we had a much bigger crowd.

Because today was such a full day, after dinner our students broke off into their MOM and POP time to discuss how they can better speak into and serve one another. Tomorrow we have another full day of ministry so please keep us in your prayers! Pray against the attacks of the enemy on our health and that our students stay hydrated and healthy. We want to see God move in incredible ways and are excited to see what he will do!

 

Your Country Coordinators,

 

Walker & Melanie

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Buenas Dias from Nuevo Laredo!

The students awoke this morning well-rested and ready to begin our day. Yesterday the students had a traditional Mexican breakfast and prepared to go out for their first day of ministry.

Our first site was a juvenile detention center. This is a detention center that Awe Star has visited before, but the young men in the detention center have cycled through. Although it was the first site, the students were engaging with enthusiasm. We performed the drama for less than 20 people at this prison, about 10 of which were inmates. After the drama our students went out into ministry and began engaging with the inmates. The Lord did incredible things and we watched many give their hearts over to the Lord. Several of our students were moved to tears seeing the men surrender their lives to follow Jesus.

After this we got to perform the drama at a plaza. Although it was rainy and colder, the students persevered and performed with joy. At this site there were a lot of homeless people gathered around watching the drama. One of our students has a huge heart for homeless people and immediately felt called to share with one of the women. After the drama ended she went over and began to share with her the story of the gospel. The woman was moved to tears and surrendered to the Lord with great joy. But the student wasn’t finished.

Moments after, our student felt God telling her she was supposed to tell the girl that she was loved by God. One of the teachings we have at Awe Star is that when God calls you to do something, your next heartbeat should be a heartbeat of obedience. Our student proceeded to tell her how much God loved her and the woman began crying. She explained that she was four months pregnant and would be unable to have the hospital. The hospital is right across the street from the plaza, but they will not let this woman give birth there. She is planning on having her baby right there in the park. Our ministry team got to pray over her and pray for the baby and mother’s health and safety. Gloria a Dios!

After a delicious lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, our students got to go to a pulga. A pulga is essentially a giant flea market with various vendors that come set up every single day and sell their merchandise. There are hundreds of people that go in and out, so we got to perform two different dramas. At both dramas large crowds gathered and many came to know the Lord.

Next to the pulga we were at was a supermarket store, similar to what a Walmart in America would be like. The Lord opened the door and we got to perform our last drama of the day at this store. Thankfully, our sound system is very loud so everyone from the back of the store to the front could hear the narration of the gospel.

Once our ministry was done, our students came back and had an amazing dinner. We are so blessed to have amazing cooks here in Mexico. Walker gave the students a teaching on how men and women can build one another up in love, men speaking into women and vice versa. We are excited to see how this new teaching will affect how they do ministry today.

The students are finishing breakfast now and soon we will head out to go into ministry. Please pray for our day today and the ministry that is to occur. We believe that God has the power to do incredible things and want to walk in the confidence of God.

Your Country Coordinators,

Walker & Melanie

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Today was an amazing first day of ministry. The Lord did incredible things and we are excited to share with you. Today we are overwhelmed with the graciousness of God and the incredible ways he provides for us.

The students are doing well. They are maturing and stepping up, hearts are being broken for the gospel, and many are being saved. We are so proud of them and excited to see what else God will do this week!

A more detailed update with stories from today will be posted tomorrow morning.

Your Country Coordinators, 

Walker & Melanie

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Greetings from Mexico! The students have finished their first full day here in Mexico. Our hearts are excited as we watch them begin to bond over learning the drama together. 

The students awoke bright and early this morning, albeit sleepy due to losing an hour of sleep thanks to the time change. One of the most important parts that we teach the students on this trip is the importance of having a personal quiet time in the mornings. We loved watching the alumni students partner with the new ones and show them how to have a quiet time. 

After a delicious breakfast the students got to sit under a short teaching from Walker on what Jesus ministry looks like. We then headed out to a school where we spent our day learning the drama. This drama goes from creation to crucifixion to resurrection. It is the entire gospel, condensed into 18 minutes with a narration of the track. Although they only had about 8 hours to learn the drama, the students picked up quick and were able to learn the drama efficiently. 

After taking group pictures, the team packed our stuff and then headed back to the church. The students had a filling meal of spaghetti and pizza and then got fitted into their drama costumes. They performed it for us one last time, perfecting and correcting any little mistakes and they now have it down, ready to go for ministry tomorrow. 

Tonight we got to sit under the teaching of Walker as he taught the students what it is to be Godly men and women. We know the word grows our faith deeper and we are already seeing students called further into their relationships with God. 

Tomorrow is our first day of ministry here in Mexico! Please pray for the students. We are starting off tomorrow by going to a prison. We believe God has all authority and the ability to set the captives free. Pray for boldness in sharing the gospel as some of our students will be sharing the gospel for the first time. We are excited to see the great things God is going to do in and through the team this week in Nuevo Laredo! 

Your Country Coordinators,

Walker & Melanie

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Hello Everyone!

Greetings from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico! We are so thrilled to have made it safely here to Agape Church where we will be staying for the duration of the trip.

After a long bus ride down, the team was excited to arrive and begin their time here in Mexico. The students are getting to know one another and will begin drama training tomorrow. This drama is the main tool of evangelism that we will use during our time.

Please pray for our students tomorrow! We want them to be able to learn the drama fast and be ready for any divine appointments God has for us both tomorrow and for the rest of the week. Pray that the students deny themselves and serve one another with all humility, bearing with one another in love. 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Walker & Melanie

The days are counting down as we prepare to head to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Pray for the team to have safe travel, divine encounters and good health.  Watch for our pictures and updates through the week.

Awe Star Ministries

Buenas Noches!

We have just wrapped up our last day of ministry here in Mexico. We performed four dramas today and then came back to Agape church. They held a service and prayed over the team. We are so blessed by all of our wonderful friends here in Mexico!

The students got the opportunity to perform at a plaza this morning and then we attended a local church service. It was a great time of fellowshipping with other believers, knowing that no matter what language we speak, we serve the same God. The students got to perform the drama for the church after worshipping with them.

After this drama we went to a plaza. This plaza is the biggest in the city and it was very busy. At both of our dramas at this plaza we had hundreds of people watching and many of them surrendered their lives to Christ. It was a bittersweet finish as we performed our last drama there.

We are currently preparing to head out early tomorrow morning. We will hopefully be able to post more of an update when we get back to Tulsa. Please pray for the whole team as we travel back to our homes across various states. Pray that we cross the border quickly and with no problems. Pray for our drivers, that they might be awake and alert for the long drive back. Lastly, pray for the ministry done here in Mexico. We know that even though our time here has come to an end, the ministry has not. God is going to continue to do great things here in Mexico, just as he has all week. The students are excited to share their stories with you when we get back.
Pictures will be uploaded when we get back tomorrow.

Your Country Coordinators,

Walker & Melanie