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Mexico Christmas 2014-2015

The team enjoyed bringing in the year by starting out doing Jesus Ministry. Both teams started out celebrating the New Year with getting to sleep in a little and have pancakes for breakfast. After breakfast both teams loaded up and went to minister in a prison. Both teams experienced God and His power through the testimonies of our team members, the power of Salvation in Christ Jesus, and also the prayers for the men and women there. The teams are getting ready to cross the border this morning and we ask for prayers in continued safely on our travels home!

Gloria a Dios!

Your Mexico Christmas CC’s
Chad, Colby, Gerri, Jacey, and Becky

Hello 2015!

We are very excited to spend time together tonight with our family in Nuevo Laredo to celebrate a New Year and celebrate the new life of many new brothers and sisters in Christ! We are so thankful for the well-being of our team and the unity in the Spirit this week. Today, the teams have been pouring encouragement into each other and lifting each other up in prayer as we traveled to our ministry sites this morning.

Team Courageous
We experienced Divine Encounters today as we went to a super market and found a person of peace to allow us to do the drama. We went, not knowing if we would be able to do so, and the team began to prayerwalk throughout the store as the leadership began talking to the security guard. This security guard helped us to find the right person to talk to and we waited for the store manager to return from running an errand. When the manager returned, the team had gathered to pray and the assistant manger asked if we could perform the drama. The manager replied, “Well, let’s go find a spot then!” We were thrilled to have another opportunity for a Divine Encounter and God moved mightily today in the lives of those we talked to!

Team Strong
Today the team learned that our disappointment was God’s divine appointment. First thing this morning we went to Wal-mart to present the drama, however God had other plans for us and they wouldn’t give us permission at that time. We ended up going to a very large grocery store where they allowed us do the drama twice! After we presented the drama, one of the ministry teams talked to a lady about the Gospel, and during the gospel she began to confess that she was a prostitute. Glory to God, she gave her life to Him, and the pastor was with team Strong to follow up with her to encourage her walk. One of our groups got to talk to a man who said he was a Christian. He then explained about his personal testimony. He has been through a lot of rough times. He described to us that he is very poor and that his spine is out of line. They can’t fix his spine because of difficulties so we just began to pray for healing for him. Even though he wasn’t healed (as far as we know) at that time, we have faith that Our God is the true healer, spiritually, and physically. He seemed to understand our answers to his many questions. So now we are continuing to pray for him that he truly does know the Lord.

This afternoon before we went shopping, both teams traveled together to a vacant dirt lot. Once we arrived, everyone gathered to receive a teaching from John 9. In this story from the Bible, we see Jesus as He teaches His disciple by example what He wants them to in His ministry after He is gone. The disciples had seen a blind man and asked Jesus why that man was blind. Jesus responded by saying that the man was blind so that the glory of God could be shown. Jesus then stooped down, scooped up some dust, and began to spit in it to make mud. Jesus did this to show the disciples that working in His ministry while following Him was going to be hard. It was going to require work. It was going to require sacrifice. To follow Christ meant that the disciples had to be prepared to get their hands dirty. After the teaching, each student reached down, scooped up some dirt, and began to spit into their hand to make a mud ball. When each student finished, he or she was encouraged and challenged to continue to follow the Lord faithfully and with all of their heart. They were challenged to get their hands dirty for Christ and for His Kingdom.

Tonight we celebrated the new year with one of our host churches, Bethezda, and ate a wonderful dinner together! Thank you all for your prayers, and we ask that you would continue praying as we finish our last day of ministry tomorrow!

Gloria a Dios!

Team Strong
Colby & Gerri

Team Courageous
Jacey & Becky

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Good evening!

We cherish ALL of your prayers and we thank you for being such a big part of our team in prayer! God has truly blessed both teams as we have been doing well and we are praying with expectant hearts for continued ministry, continued health, and for our ministry sites tomorrow!

Team Strong
What a glorious day the Lord has blessed us with. We traveled to Anahuac, Nuevo Leon. Anahuac is about an hour west of Nuevo Laredo. As our students traveled around the plaza to invite people to see the drama, three of them asked a lady to come to the plaza and in response, she said, “Let’s go announce it on the radio.” Our students not only had a great experience speaking on the radio and inviting the local community out to see the drama, but they also saw the divine encounters that the Lord placed before them. We were also reminded how great our God is as one of our ministry teams talked to a lady who was a believer. She explained to them how she was no longer able to read her Bible because she had a problem with her brain where she couldn’t see very well and couldn’t hear out of one of her ears. The ministry team asked if they could pray for her. The students prayed and one thing they said was, “We trust that you can heal her Lord, we trust!” As they were praying the lady said the area around her ear began to feel warm, and then she felt a pop. After they finished praying for her she said she could hear out of that ear. They handed her a tract and she said she could read it! What a glorious God we serve!!!

The rest of the afternoon we were able to go to a few mission churches. It was a great afternoon because not only were we able to help share salvation, but we were able to worship and encourage those believers. It is always wonderful when believers who don’t even know each other come together to worship our Savior!

Team Courageous
What an awesome display of the power of our God we were able to witness today! Many decisions were made for salvation today through the working of our Lord in the obedience of our team. Our first drama site was in a small town named Hidalgo, which is about an hour’s drive west of Nuevo Laredo. When our team first arrived in Hidalgo, we headed to a nice plaza/park that is located in about the center of the town. After we got out of the van, the team began to prayerwalk and ask that the Lord would show up in might and draw many to hear the Gospel. The Lord answered that prayer. Many showed up, and several decisions for Christ were made.

At the third site today, our team had the privilege of presenting the drama at a drug rehab center. Before the drama, we went out and invited people, and so many came that there was standing room only! Also before the drama, while inviting the people to come, several of our team had noticed two people standing down the road on a corner. The people did not come to the drama, but several team members felt the Lord leading them to go and witness to these people. They walked down and handed out tracts, and one of our team began to preach the Gospel to them. When our team asked the people if they wanted to accept Christ, one of the people walked away, but the other stayed. The woman who stayed said she wanted to accept Christ but she could not pray right away because she was very busy with her work. These people did not even see the drama, but praise to the Lord for both our students’ courage and their obedient hearts to share with everyone. We trust and pray that God will grow all of the seeds that were planted today!

Your CCs

Team Strong
Colby & Gerri

Team Courageous
Jacey & Becky

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Team Strong
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).

Our team experienced this firsthand today as we were standing in a group. As we were about to leave the drama site, we had a little boy, a 7-year-old whom we nicknamed Brave, come over to us with tears rolling down his dirty and scratched face. Brave began to explain to us that his father abuses him and throws rocks at him. Our hearts broke for this young boy. We prayed for Brave and then shared the Gospel with him. Brave accepted Christ into his life, and we explained to him that he was our Father’s favorite child! We all broke down as this little boy walked around and hugged every one of us.

One of the pastors we are working with went with Brave to see his father. The pastor said, “Brave told me that someone is abusing him and throwing rocks at him. Do you know anything about this?” The father responded, “NO.” However, little Brave stood up against his dad and said, “YOU DO THAT!” The pastor talked to the father, and the Holy Spirit convicted him. The father asked if the pastor would begin to work with him and his family. What a mighty God we serve! Please continue to lift up Brave and his family with us. We know God has great things in store for little Brave, for he now knows He has a Heavenly Father who loves him! Also please pray for the pastor and his family as they begin to minister to this family.

Team Courageous
How glorious our God is! Our hearts are so full from today’s ministry in how the team continued to be unified in the Spirit and to the power of prayer. This morning we began Jesus’ ministry in prayer for each other in going to all of our sites and the people that God intended for us to meet today. The students were excited to go and share this morning and began to look for opportunities to meet people and share the greatest news of all! At the first ministry site, one of the students had seen a vendor who was watching the drama, and as the students began to minister, this student said, “I don’t know about you guys, but we need to go and talk to the woman in the gray sweater!” The ministry team went to speak with her and as she explained she knew Jesus, but she expressed her heart and was so grateful that they had come and asked for the team to pray for her children to come to know Jesus. The students were obedient to God’s calling on the saints in need of encouragement. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 – “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up. . . “)

At our second site, the Spirit was present and evident as the teams began to share the Gospel with the people, and salvation came forth for many people today! Several of the men came together to go and share with a man who was a ditch digger and as they began talking to him, the man stopped his digging and listened and is now a brother in Christ! Praise to God! We have seen the Lord take our ministry sites with no people and bring the people He had planned to hear about His redeeming love. As the team neared the end of our ministry sites, the team poured out their energy to present the drama one last time for an area of poverty, and the Lord was honored and made known! The team shared with compassion and love for the people and had no desire to leave them!

Like I said, our hearts are so full from Jesus’ ministry today that we can’t help but tell what we have seen and heard today and look forward to share even more stories with you!

Gloria a Dios!

Both teams are eager to get back to Jesus’ ministry. We appreciate and desire your prayers. You are a vital part of this team by praying for us. Pray that we continue grow closer in unity, continued health, that the bonds of slavery are broken and salvation continues to come!

Your CCs,
Team Strong

Gerri & Colby
Team Courageous

Becky & Jacey

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Good Evening!

What a wonderful day of ministry we have had today in Nuevo Laredo! We are incredibly blessed to have both teams share incredible stories of God’s power changing lives (2 Corinthians 5:17) and fellowship with their teammates as we have shared meals together and studied God’s Word together.

Team Courageous:
We are so thankful for your prayers for the teams and we are blessed by today’s ministry opportunities! Today was our first day of ministry out on the Streets of Nuevo Laredo, and the team was ready to go and share the good news to all we came in contact with. After we shared at one of our ministry sites, one of the students shared how they were able to talk to a woman who was just passing through. She explained to one of the students that she did not plan to come shopping today, but told us how blessed she was that she had come to shop at this location and she gave her heart to the Lord! The students continued to be obedient to SHARE the Gospel to all who we came in contact with and we are excited and very much looking forward to continuing Jesus’ ministry again tomorrow! We appreciate your continued prayers! Buenas Noches!

Team Strong:
What a team our GOD has put together this week to serve in Nuevo Laredo. We had the privilege to minister at 5 drama sites today. The strength and desire that these students had today was overwhelming.  One of the students described it as “the Holy Spirit has to take over”.  When we arrived at the main plaza, we knew God had great things in store. The team worshiped through the drama and in return, the response was amazing.  One team had the opportunity to witness to seven men and see all seven men come to CHRIST.  Another team was able to witness to a family of five. The greatest part about this story is the youngest of this family was persistent to her family members that they hear what God had to say. All 5 family members came to salvation.

When we arrived to our fifth site there was nobody around. One of our local contacts asked if we needed to move to another site, which allowed us to explain that we do the drama for the audience of ONE. We had fourteen salvations at that site.  The team was STRONG today. We are excited for what God has in store for us tomorrow. Please continue to pray for our students and salvations!

Both of the teams are so excited to get back to ministry tomorrow. Please continue to pray for unity, continued health, that the teams would walk in power, and God would continue to glorify himself and bring salvation to the city!,

Your CCs,

Team Strong
Colby & Gerri

Team Courageous
Jacey & Becky

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Good Evening from Nuevo Laredo! Our teams STRONG and COURAGEOUS (Joshua 1:9) broke through barriers during the last leg of training.

Your students have worked extremely hard to prepare for JESUS  Ministry while encouraging each other in prayer all throughout training today! Tonight, after a wonderful dinner at our host Church, we dived into scripture and what it looks like to SHARE the Gospel.  Our students were able to encourage each other by their stories in how God has given each their story and we were blessed tonight to hear about how God moved in their lives. As we continue to get a good nights rest after training today, we look forward to sharing stories with you tomorrow about what God has done. Please pray for continued health and divine encounters!

 

TEAM: STRONG!

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TEAM: COURAGEOUS!

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Your Mexico Christmas CC’s,

Team Strong: Colby and Gerri

Team Courageous: Jacey and Becky

The team made it a cross the border last night at around 7pm. We were welcomed with open arms by Agape, our host church. Today has started with great anticipation. The students are working hard to learn the drama and will be prepared to share their faith. We can tell already that this is an amazing group of young men and women of God.

We will spend the remaining hours of the day in drama training, worship and in the teaching of the Word of God. We ask that you would join us before the throne lifting up this group of missionaries. We are praying that each of them will work hard and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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