In January 2011, we were by his side as he finished a humble home on the backside of the property he had purchased to build a church—in a place where many of you might not want to get out of your car. He chose that lot because he believed God wanted him in the barrios—even if the land was more expensive and the conditions were worse. This first church now has Sunday school, as well as three packed services every Sunday. They also have two mid-week services because everyone cannot fit into the church for one mid-week service.
His first church plant (his church only being three years old), has passed its one-year anniversary! We inaugurated the structure on purchased property on May 3, in addition to two other church plants (which I will be blogging on at a later time).
This all leads to what I’m really sharing today. On April 13, Pastor Carlos had Richard speak in the Sunday evening time slot. Since Richard was speaking, we had our new translator with us, Nester, who is a special gift from God. Since Nester translated every word that Pastor Carlos said for us, we heard a part of the service that our limited knowledge of Spanish had missed. Pastor Carlos walked back and forth on the stage several times during worship, encouraging his people; “Speak with your mouth these things out loud! Holy Spirit, I surrender to you. I submit to you. Have Your way in my life. Fill me, for without You we can do nothing.” Pastor Carlos continued to cry out to the Lord for His presence to come into the church and into the lives of his people—”for we cannot go on without Your presence.”
As Richard and I sat there (I almost in tears), we knew why God had chosen our friend to take the Kingdom of God to the barrios of Los Cabos. Pastor Carlos’ vision is to start fires (smaller churches) all over the barrios until they unite into one big fire that will set Los Cabos ablaze.
Please remember to pray for Pastor Carlos and his churches!