Archive for May, 2021

May-24-2021

Back To The Streets!

Tracy and I have been doing street ministry since we were teenagers sharing the gospel on the streets of downtown Dallas in the 80’s. On this missions outreach to Mexico we have gone back to our roots and discovered that Jesus was right when he said that, “The fields are ripe for the harvest.”

As we walked the dusty streets of many towns in the states of Quintana Roo or Yucatan, we discovered people who were glad to meet us and come to the fun events that we were throwing. The beautiful people of Mexico have been so gracious to share their lives with us. We always get a huge welcome everywhere we go.

Tracy and I had the roles of crucifying Jesus in our gospel drama. Many times people were so moved that they would cry.
All of the kids got a hot meal as part of the event.

This guy was a happy camper with the new mustache that Tracy gave him.

I had the blessing of getting to pray with all of these kids to receive Christ right there on the sidewalk. It’s hard to describe how engaged they were in everything we presented. They were having the time of their lives.

One night we did a street outreach in which we used cardboard signs with messages written in Spanish. One side described the pain in our lives and the flip side told how God had helped us. We met two men from a rock band who really loved the performance. They allowed us to pray together with them and one asked for God’s help with depression. He was happy to receive a Bible after we prayed.

Back To The Beach!

One week we had an open day that wasn’t booked for village ministry, so our team put together a plan to minister to families at Playa Del Nino (Children’s Beach). There no were no tourists in sight as we were the only “gringos” around. We had a plan to welcome everyone to our beach performance, but weren’t sure if they would come.

I got to practice my Spanish talking to the kids. I found out they love comic books as much as I did when I was their age.

People came from all over the beach to watch as we led the kids in fun songs and shared our drama about how Jesus gave his life for us. Afterwards, Tracy and I got to know the kids while other members of our team shared the gospel with the parents. The kids loved the luchadore (Mexican wrestler) style Christian comic books that we brought them, as well as the face painting and ring pops. Thanks to Foursquare Missions Press for all of the fabulous tracts and evangelistic comics!

Almost every parent was eager to hear us share the story of the prodigal son, and then responded to give their lives to Jesus! We couldn’t have imagined a more successful beach outreach.
Tracy got to talk to many beachgoers after our performance and minister powerfully one-on-one.

Candy was always a big hit with the kids!

After 18 years ministering on the streets of New York City, it has been amazing to meet people on the streets of Mexico. There are many difficult similarities such as poverty and hardship, but I have equally discovered so much beauty and joy. 

As the people of Mexico have welcomed us, they have truly blessed us. It reminds me of this scripture: “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” Romans 12:16. When people of different countries, cultures and languages come together in the name of Jesus, we realize that we are all brothers and sisters.

Thank you to all of you who have been praying for us and please keep praying as we continue our outreach!


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May-12-2021

Into The Darkness

Our team ventured into a small village in Quintana Roo, Mexico. A new church had been started one year earlier by Pastor Noe. His testimony was mind blowing. 

The inside of the new church

In a former life, Noe worked for a drug cartel for many years and his main responsibility for the gang was kidnapping! When he wanted to leave this dangerous life, the boss told him that if he tried to escape, his daughter would be raped and his wife killed while he was forced to watch. 

The boss went with his men to attack another drug trafficking gang. Noe knew he should not participate this time and it saved his life. The boss and all of his men were killed. The drug lord’s son was a Christian. He came to tell Noe that God had given him a way to escape that old life.

Noe went to work in the tourist district in Cancun, but still wasn’t following God. Although he was married with children, he had many women and was physically abusive to his wife. He heard a song on the radio titled, “Come Back To Me.” He heard God tell him that this was his last chance. 

Pastor Noe and I

Noe went to his wife and told her that he wanted to go to church. He visited Cielos Abiertos church in Cancun. He was so nervous that he carried a gun with him. The pastor asked church members to pray for him but they were afraid because he was armed. Nevertheless, Noe gave his life to Jesus that day and became a new man. He got rid of the cache of automatic weapons at his house, he got rid of the women and he got rid of the large drug stash that he kept on top of the refrigerator. Noe started a new life and began following Jesus with all of his heart. When the pastor of our host church in Cancun eventually asked him to pioneer this new work in San Cosme, he knew it was God’s will for his life.

This hole is actually very large and big enough to fit a person into it.
Occultic graffiti next to the hole

After hearing his testimony, Noe traveled with us to a rural village nearby that was deeply troubled. On the way he stopped to show us where witchcraft and occult activities were taking place. In Mexico, some people worship evil known as Santo Muerte (Saint Death). At this rocky location was a deep hole in the ground with evil graffiti around it that said “The Street of Nightmares.” Drug gangs would initiate new members by beating them up and putting them in the hole overnight. No one would ever drive on this road at night because if they came along while witchcraft was practiced, they would be killed. We prayed over the area and did spiritual warfare against the powers that were trying to keep this community in bondage. 

While we were still praying a man came along on a motorcycle with a gun on his back for protection. He allowed us to pray for him right there on the road while he was still sitting on his motorcycle.

We were ministering in a very rural area of Mexico where the jungle was thick.

We continued on to the village and when we got there it looked like a ghost town. It was deeply impoverished with no signs of life. Pastor Noe pulled out a big speaker and turned on some loud Spanish music. People started to come from every direction to see what was going on. There was a somberness and hesitancy about them. Pastor Noe explained how not only witchcraft, but abuse and  even incest had been prevalent here. They seemed beaten down and afraid. Their clothes were dirty and full of holes. The children’s hair was matted as if no one was looking after them.

Unlike most of the children we met, these were timid and skittish. This was the place to bring our hope in Jesus.

We met an older man who was the founder of the town and he received us gladly and even spoke to the villagers on our behalf. It turned out that their main language was not Spanish, but Yucatec Maya.

Performing the Cha Cha song in the village. It never failed to get smiles!

To win over the scared children we handed out lollipops. Then, we performed a fun song for the kids with hand movements. We concluded with a powerful drama demonstrating the story of how Jesus created mankind, healed us of our brokenness and sin by dying on the cross and rose again to give us new life.

The villagers enjoyed the skit and afterwards allowed us to pray for them. Many would turn their faces away in fear but then begin to cry as the Holy Spirit started to touch them. It was an intense time, but we were so glad that God gave us this opportunity to bring light to the darkness. We had planted many seeds for Pastor Noe to water in the future.

After all the ministry, the village kids finally began to trust us and warm up to us.
A happy dad brought his kids to the program!
God moved that night as many families were touched by the Holy Spirit.

That night we ministered outside of Pastor Noe’s church and it was a big hit. All of the kids made salvation bracelets and could explain what each color meant: Dark-sin, Red-Jesus love, White-clean, Blue-baptism, Green-growing through God’s Word, Purple-adopted by the King, Gold-heaven.

The next night we ministered at the same church again and the crowd exploded! I will share those stories and photos in my next blog.

This was a couple of days that I will never forget. Thanks to everyone who interceded for us and covered us in prayer. You are an important part of our team and we couldn’t do it without you!


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