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"We can pray for you!" was the message written on cardboard signs that participants in a recent OM outreach in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico carried with them. It proved to be a great strategy to connect with people in the city that’s known for heavy drug trafficking.
The hundred participants, from seven churches, shared eternal hope with people they encountered.
Children in costumes were the first to make contact with passers-by. Their love for God encouraged them to proclaim the truth of God’s kingdom.
“A police car with two cops slowly passed by, watching what we were doing," recalled Daniel, one of the participants. “They stopped, and with some fear, we approached them. We shared the Gospel with them, and both men surrendered their lives to Christ!”
The men were touched that Daniel and the other participants willingly talked with them.
“Thank you for caring about us by sharing this message with us, respecting our job and praying for us," they said. "Usually people fear us and walk away.”
Amongst the participants was a young guy who was very active in the distribution of literature and in talking to people. He knew about God but hadn't accepted Christ as his Saviour personally. During the outreach, though, the young man surrendered his life to Jesus.
“It is definitely much better having the experience of salvation rather than only the knowledge of the purpose of God as a Saviour,” he said. “Thanks for receiving me and giving me the opportunity to participate in this campaign. God bless you!”
The Durán family, from Morelia Michoacán in Mexico, came to Christ three years ago and took part in the outreach.
“This is our first experience in missions," they said. "We want to serve the Lord as much as we can.”
OM worker Carla Ojeda had just finished her time on board the Logos Hope when God showed her the opportunity to continue working missions, but now in her native country.
"The news spoke about high insecurity in Monclova. But it was there where we had to take the Word," she shared. "The outreach made a very strong impact on the churches that participated, seeing that evangelism in unity and love is the best strategy to extend God’s kingdom and be blessed."
Carla taught some of the workshops in preparation for the outreach.
"During one of the outreaches, I met the Durán family," she recalled. "In the beginning, their daughter refused to get involved. However, as the days went by, she couldn’t help it anymore and stated that she wouldn’t hide her call to missions any longer.”
OM Mexico is grateful for the opportunity of the outreach.
“We thank God for letting us carry out this event for His glory and the extension of His kingdom, achieving unity in evangelism and brotherly love of the church," said Fernando Aguilar, coordinator of the outreach. "Thank you so much to those who joined this effort, to those who attended this event, as well as those who prayed for it. A united Church is much more evident than an isolated one.”
Please pray that God’s peace will be over Monclova, Coahuila, and that drug trafficking will no longer rule the city as it has. Pray that the new believers' hearts will be empowered in the Lord. Pray that love and steadfastness will overflow Coahuila’s churches to share the word of salvation. Pray also that God will confirm with clarity the call to missions of the daughter of the Durán family.
Published: Thursday, 02 July 2015
Credit: OM International