When Richard and I started talking with the Annacondia events coordinator, he had projected the crusade would be the first part of March 2016−almost a year ahead of us at the time. We were very happy with that time period and knew it would work well for the Los Cabos area as it fit around the spring holidays and the weather at night would be perfect. With much disappointment, due to a series of events beyond our control, we found out the crusade would not be held until the last half of April.
When we first started making the arrangements for the event, we asked for six days so there would be time for a snowball effect from the testimonies of the people who were touched early in the crusade. Sometime later, again with much disappointment, we found out we were only going to have a three-day crusade.
There is one last, “When we first started.” Due to the work schedule of the Mexican people in the Los Cabos area and from living with the people for several years before the crusade, we knew if we only had three days, the best days for the crusade would be Thursday through Saturday. Again, with much disappointment, we were told the crusade would have to be Monday through Wednesday.
Despite all this, the crusade was a success! There were over 4,000 in attendance by the third night (in an area of approximately 280,000 people). Just under 900 people came forward for a first-time commitment to Christ and there were many amazing, documented healings.
This brings us to what the Lord shared with our intercessor. As our intercessor was watching the DVD of the Annacondia Crusade, the Lord brought to mind Luke 4:18:
"THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED; TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD."
Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." − Luke 4:18-20
Our friend told us, “The Lord knew exactly which days He was choosing.” On April 18-20, 2016, the Lord launched the fulfillment of this scripture in Los Cabos. This is also the scripture we had printed on flyers, way back in 2010, which we handed out throughout Los Cabos. In addition, Luke 4:18 was the verse both Richard and I individually considered our ‘life verse’ before we were married.
After considering what our friend had told us, the Lord brought something to our attention: Cabo San Lucas translates as the Cape of Saint Luke. In fact, Saint Lucas is the patron saint of the city! God, in a way only He could do, just gave us precious confirmation that He is bringing to pass what He spoke to our hearts in 2010 in Los Cabos. We originally asked Carlos Annacondia’s ministry to come because he is known for bringing breakthrough for the spiritual climate. Nine months ago, God arranged for His seasoned general to come to Cabo San Lucas to challenge the power of the enemy – on 4/18-20, in the city of Saint Luke (Luke 4:18-20)!
So many times when it has seemed like things are going bad, the Lord is showing Himself mighty and I just don’t see what He sees. In this situation, He was carefully arranging the details of the crusade to confirm His fulfillment of the promise He had given us six years before. What a mighty God we serve! May we continue to pray for the spiritual eyes to see as He sees—that while we feel a moment of heart break, we may experience the joy of His fulfillment.