Before Daniel arrived, we were blessed to have Father Dimitri Sala, one of Transform Our World’s teaching staff, in town for “vacation,” as the guest of Ron and Nita Welsh from Michigan. Unbeknownst to us, Daniel had been trying to contact Dimitri without success. When Dimitri found out Daniel was coming in, just hours before Dimitri was to fly out, he asked if we could arrange for him and Daniel to have a chance to spend a window of time together. The Lord’s first connection then, was for Daniel to have a chance to meet with Dimitri—totally unplanned by either of them. Of course, this meeting was special for us as well, since Dimitri’s ministry to the precious Catholic population, and Daniel’s ministry of Avanza sin Tranza (changing the moral fiber of not only Los Cabos, but Mexico), are two of the main ministries we knew were part of our next steps in transformation, following the Annacondia Crusade.
The next divine appointment was even more remarkable and came to light as we were showing Daniel and his wife, Lizy, around Los Cabos. We were sharing what a blessing the Carlos Ungson family had been to us during the many meetings and visits the Annacondia Crusade necessitated. It was then that Daniel said, “Ungson? I think that’s the name of the family that gave us shelter thirty-eight years ago when we first came to Cabo San Lucas on our honeymoon.” Daniel then shared how they had driven from La Paz on their honeymoon to see Cabo San Lucas. Little did they know there were no hotels in Cabo San Lucas. They were only able to find a little Methodist Church. In desperation, they knocked on the door and a wonderful Christian couple fed them and let them spend the night there.
Daniel asked if they could possibly see if the Ungsons we knew were the same family that had cared for them thirty-eight years ago. We were able to make the connection with the Ungsons and they were indeed the couple that had cared for Daniel and Lizy! In fact, the little Methodist church is now the family real estate office next door to their hotel. What a precious reunion it was! In a later conversation, Daniel shared about Avanza sin Tranza with Mr. Ungson. He lit up with the connections he has in Los Cabos and will be making contacts to help bring the initiative to various sectors of society in Los Cabos! What a divine appointment—thirty-eight years in the making—and what a testimony to the Ungson’s continued response to the Holy Spirit and His leading!
God continued to show Himself strong in making the connections we will need for the transformation process. The Monday before Daniel flew into Los Cabos, he was in Mexico City as a journalist, which is part of his calling. He was testifying against the gay and lesbian marriage bill that Mexican President Pena Nieto just proposed to the legislature for legalization. Of all the people present in Mexico City, Daniel met a young lawyer, who is also a pastor and was testifying, as well. Daniel was so drawn to this pastor/lawyer that he made a point of mentioning this to us early in the visit. The brother Daniel met in Mexico City was Pastor Jorge Pasalagua. For those of you who have followed our website for any length of time, Pastor Pasalagua, along with his church Amistad Cristiano in La Paz, was one of the first photos on our “friends of the ministry” page. We only replaced that page last year with the Carlos Annocondia Crusade page.
We first met Pastor Pasalagua in 2011, while driving back to Michigan from a two and a half month mission trip where we worked on Pastor Carlos Maciel’s parsonage and first church. We could not find our hotel in La Paz. From the highway, we could see a smaller, but nice church with its lights on, on a Saturday night. We drove to the church to ask for directions, but in addition to directions, we also found a wonderful pastor, family, and congregation. They were immediately so precious in spirit that we decided to go to their church the next day. We were greatly blessed at how likeminded their teaching was to our own, and had instant camaraderie.
It ended up being another year and a half before we were able to move to Los Cabos and of course, we were instantly busy. Since that time, Pastor Pasalagua has begun an Amistad Cristiano church plant in Cabo San Lucas, where he saw us one Sunday as he was driving by Cabo Church, where we were out front greeting. He told us the location of the church, but we never really found it and had never been able to visit it. We were greatly blessed for the connection between Pastor Pasalagua and Daniel. We visited the church plant on the Sunday evening when Daniel was with us. It was a blessing to fellowship with Pastor Jorge and his wife after the service. We do not know the totality of this divine connection, but we know it was not by chance and we are grateful for it!
Our last connection during Daniel’s visit was a continuation of Saturday night with the Messianic Congregation. Pastor Javier Vega shared with Daniel that one of their congregations is influential in the hotel industry and a few of the leaders of the industry are part of his congregation. If possible, they wanted Daniel to present Avanza sin Tranza to them during this first trip. Mr. Ungson graciously offered the veranda of Casa Bella for the meeting and Daniel was able to share the necessity and power of this initiative in Mexico (as well as in other parts of the world). The Messianic leaders were deeply impressed and are preparing to bring the program to their hotel(s) as soon as the end of this August, in order to train their hotel employees in the biblical values, which are the core of the program’s material!
I would just like to challenge all of you to discuss the plans you have for your life, your business and your sphere of influence with the Lord. Spend more time with him alone and listen to what He has to say. If you are already accustomed to doing this, ask the Lord for more revelation and more understanding. He delights in sharing the rule of His Kingdom on earth with Sons and Daughters who delight to do His will. You will personally never regret your new way of life! Only He can make such divine appointments! Only you can walk in them when He leads!