God moves into open hearts
By 08/23/2000 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
MONTERREY, MEXICO - When we think of evangelistic crusades we think of stadiums or convention centers brimming with people. We think of gigantic sound systems, professional musicians and singers, and big name evangelists. We had no such facilities. Our recent crusade in Monterrey was just the opposite. We preached, sang and ministered in the midst of a garbage dump.
You never know what to expect on a mission trip. You never know what God is going to do anytime. When these two variables are mixed together unexpected miracles occur.
Over 60 people making decisions for Christ in a garbage dump was one such miracle. The icing on the cake of this miracle was the fact that 45 of those people were adults.
Also within this miracle were gang members coming to Christ and then bringing their friends to the crusade. God can and will work anywhere his people are willing to go.
Other miracles occurred as food and clothing was distributed to the families in the colony. Eyes filled with despair begin to shine as they realized there was hope. Mothers and fathers began to realize that someone did care.
We told people as we passed out the food that it was not from a group of gringos but from God. We told them that God did care. We told them they could have a personal relationship with Him. We told them they could have hope.
The people receiving the food and clothing were not the only ones having miracles take place in their lives. Kevin Lewis said that the food we took to distribute seemed to multiply. 'It's like the loaves and fishes all over again,' he said.
Everyone on the mission team was changed. God did something in every life. We were all blessed.
We made new friends. We have a different perspective of our world and God. We have been enriched. We have been blessed.
God does not need expensive buildings, elaborate decorations, high-powered electronic equipment, big names - He will use a garbage dump and us if we are willing.