For those of you who might not know, Pastor Carlos’ church was a church plant (that we were able to help build) from a larger Assembly of God Church in the area—only three years ago. Carlos now has Sunday School, as well as three additional services on Sundays, and the people are flowing out into the street! He has also been having two midweek services, on two separate nights, due to the demand. He shared with us that he has been running around 200 people in a church the size of a narrow barrio (neighborhood) lot.
Then, the Lord made His move. Out of nowhere, the owner of the empty lot next door (which the owner wants $30,000 US dollars for) stopped to talk to Pastor Carlos. He has been hearing about the change that Pastor Carlos and his church family have been making on the inner city community. He asked Pastor Carlos if he wanted to rent the lot next to the overflowing church. When Pastor Carlos asked what the rent would be, the land owner told Pastor Carlos to name the price. Pastor Carlos said 1000 pesos a month (between $70 and $85 US dollars depending on the exchange rate). The land owner agreed and told him he had use of it for at least a year. This is a miraculous provision for space where there was none!
Pastor Carlos called his faithful men to meet the task and to bring their money with them. He doesn’t browbeat his people but he does teach them total abandonment and commitment and they joyfully responded. They are now expanding the church into the empty lot next door. Just in case you are concerned, don’t worry about money being wasted. Pastor Carlos and his men have a method of erecting structures, with the intent of moving every bit of building material at a later date—and only God knows what the land owner will say between now and the end of a year.
Pastor Carlos’ vision is to set many small fires through the barrios of Los Cabos until they burst into one consuming holy fire!
Pictured here is the expansion effort to date.