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Mexico Spring Break 2016

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Our teams had a great morning of ministry at two schools, a pulga, and a colonia. This afternoon the students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture by going shopping in the markets. Today has been a spiritually encouraging day, and you will understand why after your read these stories.

Team Juan

Today for our second ministry site, we went to a colonia. As the students went out to invite people to the drama, they noticed shrines in front of one of the houses. They begin to ask the interpreter what the shrines were for. We were told that the people worship the dead and wanted nothing to do with Christianity.  As we set up to perform the drama, the students looked out to see the people from the house had come to watch. After the net was cast, one of the ministry teams went to speak with them. As they began to share what God has done, the Holy Spirit began a work in them and they decided to trust Jesus with their lives.

Team Bueno

We were allowed to go back to the school where we performed yesterday and WOW, we could not believe what happened after we performed. We had students running down the stairs to talk to us about what our drama meant, and our team responded in amazing ways. They began sharing the gospel with the students and saw around 50 people begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Lord was working in incredible ways. God had this opportunity planned even when we didn’t. The students were so encouraged to have this incredible story for their last day of ministry, and we are so blessed that God allowed us to see those students come to know Him!

See you soon,

Mike & Caitlyn

Rex & Haley

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Team Juan

What an amazing day!

Team Juan started the day by going to the prison and performing the drama for the ladies.  Our students shared their testimonies with the ladies, presented the Freedom drama and eleven of the ladies surrendered their lives to Jesus!  Our young ladies had the opportunity to talk with the ladies in the prison to encourage them to take their next steps in their faith.

Before getting back on the vans, the pastor who has been helping us this week pulled the group aside and shared what he encountered.

Four years ago, this pastor was kidnapped by some “really bad guys.”  While at the prison, he encountered a lady asking for some pesos.  As he gave her the pesos, she asked him, “Do you remember me?”  This lady was the lead person who had kidnapped him.  She asked if he would forgive her for what happened.  With a resounding yes, he invited her to the Freedom drama.  With tears streaming down her face, she was the first person to respond to the gospel, and she surrendered her life to Christ.  Afterwards, she told the pastor that after she got out of prison, she would be visiting his church.

What an incredible story of redemption. Jesus changes lives. He can take the worst of the worst and make them new creations.

Pray tomorrow as we finish our last day of ministry in Nuevo Laredo.  There are too many stories to post on this site, but our students are preparing to share how they saw God at work in their lives and the lives of people in Nuevo Laredo.

Team Bueno

We had yet another day full of stories that show God moving in the midst of our day, mission sites and conversations. Our team went to pulgas, plazas and schools to present the drama and were overwhelmed with the responses of people coming to know our Savior.

Our team was able to perform the drama at another school today and we had an incredible turnout.  We did not think that we would be able to share about Jesus to the students, but God was in control. He opened the opportunity for one of our students to share a testimony that really connected with the students at the school. The school and staff enjoyed the drama so much that they invited us back tomorrow where there will be even more students in attendance.

A young girl came back after all the other students had left the gymnasium and began to explain to us how the drama impacted her life. She said that she was a Christian but had not been living her life fully devoted to him. The drama immediately made her feel that God was touching her heart in ways she had never felt before. She cried through the drama even though she had seen many other Christian dramas and movies that meant nothing to her. This one was something different. Performing the gospel in the way we did impacted this girl’s life in so many ways, and she continued to thank us for coming because this was something that rarely ever happens in their school. She was giddy and overflowing with joy about sharing with us what this drama and story meant to her and she explained that she will be growing in her walk from now on.

Your TDs,

Rex & Haley

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Team Juan

There is power in the name of Jesus!

Our team witnessed the power of Jesus through the salvation of his people.  Our third site of the day, we set up in front of the hospital.  Before the drama, one of our ministry teams invited a man who has gone through deportation.  He has had a rough life.  He came midway through the drama.  He sat engaged in the drama and talked to the kids as they were performing it.  At one point in the drama, as they were beating the Good Prince, he became restless, wanting to help the student playing the role.  He was upset that Jesus was being beaten.  Tears fell from his eyes as he saw the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  The leaders of the team comforted him and as Jesus rose from the grave, the biggest smile came across his face as he clapped in excitement.

For our next drama, we went to a park.  At first, no one was there, but the team decided they would perform for an Audience of One.  The team prayed over the site and invited the people, who responded by coming to watch. One of our students on the team shared her incredible testimony.  As she wept with joy as to what God had done in her life, others in the audience began to weep.  Her testimony set the stage for divine encounters.  Throughout the drama, the audience responded with cheering and clapping.  As the teams went out, they shared the gospel, and people were saved.

These two experiences touched the hearts of the students in our group.  In both instances, the audience visibly reacted, and the group could tell that the Holy Spirit was at work.  Praise God for new creations today!

Team Juan TDs,

Mike and Caitlyn

 

Team Bueno

To Break Every Chain!

Today our students got to minister to some brothers and sisters in Christ who are sick and have medical problems. We visited a girl who could not walk since birth, a lady who was on dialysis and another lady who had a combination of health problems.  We were able to encourage each of them and their families with prayer and by singing worship songs.  The pastor who led us to these homes took us to his home as well.  His wife has not been feeling well and we prayed for her and for their family.  This church is now worshipping in a building that used to be a bar.  It was a bar for 40 years, and now it is a house of prayer.  Please join us as we continue to pray for each of these situations.

Our last drama site was at a junior high school.  It was a public school with several hundred students.  We not allowed to use Jesus’ name during the performance, but that didn’t stop God.  We were the last thing event of their school day, so when we were done, they crossed over to the other side of the school property and our students were then able to share the gospel. Nine students began a relationship with God today at that school.

It was pure joy to watch God speak through students to other students.  Praise God that He broke the chains that kept us from proclaiming His name!

 

Your Bueno TDs,

Rex and Haley

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Team Bueno

Today was a day that the Lord had prepared for our hearts to see amazing things. We saw many people come to know Christ during the course of the day and we are beyond blessed to have seen God work in those people’s lives.

Our team was able to present “Freedom” five times, and each had just as much impact as the others. We presented the drama at a huge plaza in downtown Nuevo Laredo, several pulgas, and at a church Awe Star has worked with for many years that is helping migrants seeking a new and better life.

Numerous stories from today showed us how God was working all around us, but there is one that was eye-opening. A group of our students, after performing the drama in a pulga, went to talk to a little girl named Samantha to share with her about Christ’s love for her. They explained to her the gospel and how it impacted our lives, but she seemed a little confused. After bringing over an interpreter, they asked if she had ever heard this story, and she said, “No, I have never heard about this before.” It was hard for us to comprehend that someone so close to the United States had never heard about Jesus, but we came to realize that a new generation is coming into our world without hearing who our Savior is.

This story reminded us to never overlook someone like Samantha because our world is in need of hearing about Christ and all that He has done for us. It may be their very first time to hear about Him.

Team Bueno TDs,

Rex and Haley

Team Juan

Eternity. . . this is what is at stake for the many people in Nuevo Laredo. God brought willing witnesses to seek out seeking souls which have produced divine encounters today.
Our team performed five times in a town called Anahuac, a park, and a local church.

As we were leaving to return from Anahuac, a lady came up to our team asking for prayer. She had been standing on the outskirts of the drama throughout the morning and as we finished lunch, she came up to our group and asked for prayer because she has been in an abusive relationship. The ladies on our team gathered around her and prayed as she wept. It was a great lesson to pray for others who are enduring spiritual warfare. We had a great harvest in Anahuac!

Our last stop of the day was at a local church on the outskirts of town. Our ministry teams went out and invited the residents. Ten to fifteen minutes after we returned, no one from the community had shown up. But there was one family who lived right across the street from the church, so we set up the drama in front of their house and invited them out. As the music started, the family came out. They saw the truth of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. As the net was drawn, the Holy Spirit drew them to Himself, and they surrendered their lives to Christ. What began with one family across the street ended up with a crowd and other lives surrendered to Him.

As we were putting away the sound equipment, a family walked toward us who had not seen the drama. We had to decide which was more important: making it back for dinner on time or the eternity of this family. Our students did the drama one more time. And the family who was late for the original performance surrendered their lives to Jesus.

What an awesome day of ministry!

Team Juan TDs,

Mike and Caitlyn

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Team Juan

This week in our quiet times, we have been challenged with the theme of trusting God.  Today was the culmination of all of our students raising funds, praying, traveling to Nuevo Laredo, and training for the Freedom drama.  The trust of letting go of all things familiar to follow Jesus this week has been a rewarding aspect of stepping out in faith by seeing people come to know Him today.

During our last drama site today, the market was extremely crowded with not a lot of space to perform the Freedom drama.  We asked a vendor if we could utilize his space, and he said yes and that we had thirty minutes to perform.  Our students excitedly took their spots, performed the drama, and when one of our students cast the net and asked people to raise their hands to receive Jesus, this man, who graciously allowed us to be there, raised his hand.  One of our ministry teams went over to talk with him.  The man said that God has been calling him to surrender his life to Him for a long time and now was his day of salvation.  The team led him in prayer. We believe this was a divine encounter, and we saw salvation come to a market vendor who now is our brother in Christ!

Even before one of our dramas started, a lady came to know Christ.  As our students were doing the Cha-Cha-Slide, one of our leaders started talking with a lady located near where we set up. Before words were said, she said she needed to know Jesus.  Through a simple conversation, this lady, who was minutes away from leaving, surrendered her life to Christ.

After one of our dramas at a plaza, a man came and knelt down.  Thinking that something was wrong after him being on the ground for a few minutes, the team knelt down with him and after helping him to his feet, realized he was weeping and in awe after watching the drama and so grateful for Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.  He talked for a good 15 minutes and the team had no idea what he was saying, but we could see what he was saying as he glorified God!  What an opportunity to see what God has done in his life!

Team Bueno

God once again has shown His love and desire to grow His Kingdom.  We started ministry today at one of the pulgas (flea markets).  Despite the distractions of a busy shopping area, the students set the stage.  We were able to draw a crowd with the drama and God was able to change hearts and extend grace to several. The students quickly learned to be willing witnesses for God.

The afternoon was spent in a plaza and then in a different pulga. The afternoon found our team getting comfortable with the drama and in their ministry teams. In the plaza we found several that claimed Christ and others that rejected the Truth that was presented to them. In the midst of this there were several salvations and even more seeds watered and planted.

The last site, the pulga, drew our biggest crowd and many new family members. One of the local pastors was able to lead a family of five to Christ.  Our students had many opportunities to share the gospel and introduce many to the Kingdom. A group of our students had an amazing encounter with a large group of children who were eager to hear more about the story of Christ.  The group shared about the love that Christ had for each one of those ninos and ninas so that they could fully understand who they are as a child of God. Most all of the children in the group prayed with our students to ask Jesus into their hearts; it was such an incredible sight to see! There is something so beautiful to see a large group of children understand and want a personal relationship with our Savior. This brings so much joy in our hearts.

We ended our busy but impactful first day of ministry with a great meal, worship, and a teaching from Walker about the attributes of God. Thank you all for your continuous prayers and support of our students. They are having such a wonderful experience seeing God work in many people lives and work in theirs as well!

Blessings from your TDs

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We could not have asked for a better day. We got a good night’s sleep (minus the hour for daylight savings time) and a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, fruit, cereal, and tortillas. We went to another church and there we began to prepare to learn the drama known as Freedom. It is a presentation with costumes that leads people from creation through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The two teams are known as Team Juan and Team Bueno.

Then we came back to Agape Church to find a home-cooked Mexican meal! This evening started with worship and Gerri Smith began to teach the students how to S.H.A.R.E. the gospel. This is a method we used to explain the plan of salvation. S-Sin separates us from God. H- He loves us. A-Away has been made for us. R/R We need to repent and receive. E -We encourage them to get involved in local Bible Study. We are tired and getting showers and some much-needed rest. Keep us in your prayers as we head to the mission field in the morning.

More pictures are coming later!

Team Juan and Team Bueno

It has been a beautiful day! Everything went as planned: meeting new friends, crossing the border, and working on our testimonies. We are going to do drama training tomorrow and head out to do ministry. We will have updates and pictures tomorrow.

Awe Star Staff

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We are so excited we can hardly wait, and the wait is almost over. Dark and early in the morning we will start our drive to Mexico. You are a vital part of this team because of your prayers! Many of you have been praying for a few months now as your loved ones began preparing to go to Nuevo Laredo. We ask that your prayers would continue to increase. We are so excited because we know the Lord is going to do great things.  We will continue to update you on the great things the Lord is doing while we are in Nuevo Laredo. We will do our best to update and post pictures everyday while we are in Nuevo Laredo. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to get internet, if so we will be in contact with someone at the office to keep you updated. Please feel free to share this blog with family and friends so they too can be apart of this team.

 

We appreciate everyone’s support, and ask that you please pray for a few things in particular: safe travels, quick border crossing, unity among the teams, and that God would prepare our hearts as well as those He is drawing to himself!

Awe Star Staff