The Lord just opened a huge door—one we have been knocking on for a long time—this last Tuesday! Richard and I (and whoever we can bring with us) have been traveling to San Jose del Cabo (just northeast of Cabo San Lucas) for the governmental patriotic ceremony that is held each Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. for just over two years. We started attending on Mondays to fulfill a commitment to our precious Mayor, Arturo de la Rosa (Presidente). We had promised to pray for his administration and our municipality, and we still have not felt released.
In the last six months, we have been blessed by Mayor Arturo as he has publicly thanked “those who pray for him on Monday mornings” in a televised speech. We have been in one of the local newspapers, are graciously thanked by members of the government and press for praying, and, if the mayor is at the public ceremony, he always smiles and nods to us. In addition to praying for the administration, we have also been praying for the timing to approach Presidente Arturo with the offer to pay for Avanza sin Tranza for the heads of the municipality’s departments. The Lord, however, had a different idea—one involving doors only He can open!
Daniel Valles, the head of Avanza sin Tranza, had arranged to visit Los Cabos last week. Since Daniel was going to be in town, Richard brought our last Avanza sin Tranza packet with him and asked God to have someone walk up to him. This was exceptionally interesting since the mayoral election is this Sunday and very few members of the administration were present this last Monday. Actually, Richard and I were standing out in the open by ourselves. All of a sudden, it was like a ‘spot light of favor’ came upon us. One brother in the Lord, who is high up in the government ranks, came right over to talk with us. Then another dear brother who we have often prayed for came up, and then−out of nowhere−a young man came up to see what we were showing them. At, just a glance of the program material, he told us he was a teacher and they needed this in the schools. Then he asked if we wanted an appointment with the Directora of Municipal Education, Marlen Carballo. We tried to tell him that Daniel wasn’t arriving until late afternoon the next day, but the appointment was made for 11:00 the next day at Municipal Education Office and we were not going to miss it.
We called our faithful friend Jonathan−who always helps us at a moment’s notice−to translate for us. Mrs. Carballo was excited to see us, since she has tried to get a program on values and basic life skills into her elementary schools for four years. But the funding had never been there—until we walked into her office. We left our ‘one last packet’ with her and she graciously gave us an appointment two days later when Daniel could be there.
On Thursday, when we arrived with Daniel, Pastor Pasalagua from La Paz (who is an old friend and also a lawyer), and another brother from La Paz (who has committed to being the Avanza sin Tranza liaison for their city), Senora Carballo and her team were ready and excited. Daniel explained the typical cost of the program, but then told Senora Carballo that our ministry had committed to pay for the program because of our love for the children and our burden for the reprogramming of the minds of the Mexican people. Neither she, nor us, could believe this was happening, as she expressed the joy of a new hope for the future she now has for the thousands of children in her care. None of this would be happening without us, and this would surely not be happening without all of your prayers and financial help.
Daniel will be back in mid-October to train 80 teachers from her administration, who will train the students in this powerful material containing biblically-based values and life skills (although not stated as such). Senora Carballo holds an appointed position in Mayor Arturo’s government and the news of this powerful program will spread quickly. As the students bring home the material and talk to their parents, these values will spread into their homes and touch countless families.
Please keep praying for the spread of Avanza sin Tranza in the Municipality of Los Cabos. Since we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, we have a vision of this program spreading to train law enforcement, government officials, the business community, and every sector of society—first with Los Cabos and then with all of Mexico!