I know it has been over a month since I/we updated, but it's been a busy month. We've traveled to several new places and have been working a lot with the youth and different churches in different places like Tamasopo, Tamazunchale, San Luis Potosi the city, and several other small villages. I taught a group of youth several Saturdays ago, and it was my first time to "preach" in Spanish. It was very short, but I think it went well.
A lot of mornings, we take time to go visiting people. Visiting people is one of our main ministries because it allows us to go to people instead of waiting for them to hear about an outreach we're having. Unlike the States, it is not rude at all to come without calling before, probably because many people don't have phones. But all you have to do is announce yourself as you walk up to their house saying "Buenos dias" or the right salutation for the time of day. One of the ladies in our church here in Huichi, Alicia, has lived here all her life and knows almost everyone in town. We usually go with her and she knows someone with a prayer need or someone to visit. We also have been visiting some while others of us teach a cell group at an Hermana's house on Wednesday nights.
Last night I was one of the one's to go visit. We went to a house of a 26-year-old girl who lived with her mom. It was just the two of them living in the house for the most part, except every once in a while when her dad will come looking for food of coffee in the early mornings. He left them for another woman, but still comes back when he needs something. The girl just had surgery in June because she had a brain tumor. When she was 16 she started having bad headaches and was always tired. Throughout those 10 years she had a false diagnosis and when she found out what it actually was, she had to save a long time to have the money it would take to pay for the operation.
We just chatted for a while and then we started talking about how God had a purpose for her and it wasn't for her to live in constant pain. Many times, because Mexico is very open to witchcraft and satanic worship, there are consequences in the actually environment that people live in surrounding these areas. These two ladies had carried a lot of unforgiveness and bitterness toward the dad and the other woman, and it seemed that this was the cause of her pain. Her pain started when her dad ran out on them and that's why we thought it might be the cause. It is true everywhere, but especially here, that many times our spiritual condition can reflect itself in physical ways.
These ladies both accepted Christ as their Savior last night. They both were crying and said afterwards that they hadn't been able to cry in a very long time. Please pray that these two new believers will be hungry to know more of Jesus, who wants to restore their family, give them a purpose in their lives, and be with through all the hard times. Pray that the Holy Spirit will do a mighty work of forgiveness in them toward the dad.
Another shorter story that has to do with visiting:
This morning, we went again with Alicia to visit another family. A few weeks ago, there was a singing contest here in Huichi and me and another intern signed up to participate in order to meet some other people in town. I met a girl named Tiare who I immediately felt a heavy burden for as I spoke to her in my broken Spanish. Her mom sat right behind me and today Alicia wanted to go visit that family. Tiare lives with her boyfriend, so she wasn't there, but we got to pray with her parents. They are believers, but have been burned in churches they have been in and so they don't attend anywhere right now. Also in the surrounding area of their house there are many practicing witchcraft in caves and things. They asked us to pray with them for their property and their house so that nothing done in that area would be able to harm them or affect them and the angels of the Lord would surround it.
When we prayed for them, especially for their marriage, the both began to cry and said that they were touched. The man said after we prayed that he knew his family had to stop looking at things behind them and from this day forward they were going to look only ahead. Please pray for this family also. As a church, we want to be able to reach out to them and bring them closer to Jesus. We want God to bring them back to place where they are growing and He can change the lives of their children, like Tiare and their other 2 kids.
These are just a couple stories of the many that have been happening to me. I'll try to add more stories like this more often.