Last night we were taught what godly manhood and womanhood looks like. This morning the students got in groups and prayed over living out a true godly lifestyle. Transformation is a beautiful thing!
Team Amor started the morning off in Plaza Juarez with a beautiful fountain flowing, a sturdy gazebo, and people mingling. The students spoke with many people with whom they were able to engage after performing the drama. One group went over to three young men and began to pour into them. All three of them gave their lives to Christ! It was incredible to watch the joy of the Lord fill them! We then headed to a large pulga (marketplace). We trudged through the mud and found a great place to perform the drama. People watched from their booths, and some stopped in the middle of the road. The Lord led one of the ministry teams to a man with tattoos all over his face. One of his tattoos said “666.” As the group shared with him the true love of Christ, he began to open up. He is now our brother in Christ! Satan no longer has a hold on him! This afternoon we met up at the Green Pastures Church. Their members greeted us with open arms and warm smiles. We all went out and invited people to come. As time went on, more and more people filled the churchyard. After the drama, one of the ministry teams went and talked with a large group of women. In this group, we met Evangelina. She received Christ today! Her friend had invited her to come see the drama, and she finally agreed. As the group talked to her, they found out that this was the third time she had seen the drama. Today, she finally understood and surrendered her life to Christ. We went to Plaza Hidalgo for our last site. And what a great way to end the dramas for today! One of the ministry teams went over to a group sitting on the steps of the clock tower. As they engaged the group, they encountered a man who said he brought his friend as soon as he saw us performing the drama. This man had seen the drama in the jail over Christmas and has been telling his friend all about it since then. His friend kept rejecting the good news. As the group shared and explained the Gospel, his friend said, “I am ready” and gave his heart to Jesus!
Today Team Esperanza started at Plaza Hidalgo. Once the drama was finished, the students went out to share in their ministry teams. One team encountered a man who had just been deported from the United States. He was a believer but he was unable to find a place to worship due to his newness to the area. Our students were able to introduce him to the pastor with us, who took him to a nearby church where he could become a part of the body of believers here in Nuevo Laredo. Afterwards we went to Pulga Chedraui. Here, one of our groups encountered two men who were eating nearby and went to speak with them. All of the translators were with other groups, so the students were prepared to rely on God to break down the language barrier. He is always faithful! One of the men spoke English. As the students shared with the man, he began translating for his friend, and both gave their lives to Christ. The team also went to Iglesia Ebenezer. At this church, our team was able to do more Jesus’ Ministry by sharing the Gospel through our drama. As we went out to share, many there were already believers but the Lord used our team to encourage them. We finished out our day at another pulga where we performed the drama twice. However, before we even performed the first drama, two women gave their lives to Jesus as our team ministered to them. The team is in such awe of what God has done not only through them but also in them. As the week comes nearer to an end, the team has adopted an even greater since of urgency to further the Gospel here in Nuevo Laredo!
We are so grateful and humbled. The Lord is moving in a mighty way! We so appreciate your prayers! Please continue to pray for the Gospel to be shared, continued health, and that we would sense the spirit of urgency as the trip comes to an end. Gloria a Dios!
By His Grace,
Gerri & Mike
Rex & Meridith