When we first moved to Los Cabos, we lived in the Pueblo of Playita, which is next to San Jose del Cabo. Playita has its own Catholic mission and we were blessed, several years ago, to have attended one of their Saturday evening masses with our former landlords, Gary and Alecia Hartman. The priest sang choruses as he strummed his guitar and during his teaching, he clearly presented an invitation to invite Jesus into our lives. That same mission had also displayed a vinyl banner from a former event. The banner had a picture of Jesus, along with words encouraging the reader to a relationship with Him.
One Tuesday morning, while out walking, we were drawn to the Mission by what sounded like passionate Spanish prayer. Sure enough, that local mission had a prayer group that met on Tuesday mornings. With hands raised high, they prayed over the children, youth and other needs of the pueblo.
Within the last two years, we were in the Burger King in San Jose and a group of ladies were there with printed t-shirts proclaiming, “Charismatic Catholic…”As we talked with them, they told us they were part of a Charismatic Catholic Church in the San Jose area, but we had no idea where.
For those of you who might not know, one of our ministries for Cabo English Church is greeting at the front door. A few months ago, Richard was talking to Ron Welsh, a brother from the Great Lakes area. Ron just happened to mention that he and his wife were friends with a charismatic Catholic priest and that this brother was going to be in Cabo in June to spend some vacation time with them. Richard shared that we had met a powerful charismatic Catholic priest at two different Transform our World Conferences and were intending, at the right time, to invite him to minister in Cabo. The two men then realized they were talking about the same brother, Father Dimitri Sala, and that he was going to be in Los Cabos June 13-15 at the Welsh’s Cabo home. (http://www.stainedglasscurtain.com/about-fr-dimitri-sala.html)
After corresponding with Father Dimitri and Ron Welsh, Father Dimitri asked Ron if he would have us connect him with the local Charismatic Church we knew. The rest of the story is that we had no idea where the Charismatic Catholics worshiped, let alone if there was a church. The following morning, during my devotions, I asked the Lord where to find the Charismatic Catholics (I was challenged by one of my devotionals a few months earlier to get in the habit of asking the Lord questions and expecting Him to answer); and that morning He did answer and gave me directions. His directions sent me to the little mission in Playita (which is now around forty minutes away), which rarely has anyone at it. That morning there was a brother who was there working on their new building expansion. When I asked about the Charismatic Catholics, his eyes immediately lit up and he told me they would be meeting that night at 7:00 p.m. and which mission they would be at. He then called a “Padre” and told him someone was trying to find them.
The very Monday, before the Lord sent me to Playita, while in the San Jose square for “Mondays in the Marketplace,” both Richard and I were impressed with a need to go into the old San Jose Mission, in the center of town, to pray. As I was praying, the Lord impressed upon me to ask for a “Reformation of the Catholic Church.” This was just before our first visit to the Charismatic Catholic Church in San Jose.
Two days after our “prayer session” in the San Jose Mission, we went to the Charismatic Catholic Church service for the first time. They were exuberant in their worship, worshiped for almost two hours, and were passionate in their relationship with the Lord Jesus. People were prayed for, for healing and other needs, testimonies were given, and, at the end, others were encouraged to come to the altar to invite Jesus into their hearts. Father Ramon (the church padre) and the lay leaders of the church talked with us after the service and were very excited to have Father Dimitri for a service at their church or at the mission in San Jose Centro. They also wanted to know how we found their church and why we wanted to fellowship with them. When I told them, being that they believe in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, they didn’t think it strange, but rejoiced. They only had to check with area leaders and check out Father Dimitri’s credentials. We emailed the information the next day and while we were there this last Wednesday night, they announced the special service with Father Dimitri, on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m., Cabo time. They then asked their people to fast and pray on Tuesday for this very special service.
The amazing thing is, we weren’t ready financially to be able to bring Father Dimitri to the area, but the Lord initiated it all, from Ron Welsh telling Father Dimitri we knew of a Charismatic Catholic Church in the area, to Father Dimitri asking if he could speak with the Charismatic Catholics, to the Lord sending me to the right place at the exact right time to get the information!
Please be praying for this special service that God, Himself, orchestrated. Also, please don’t forget Daniel Valles with Avanza sin Tranza will arrive late on June 15, even as Father Dimitri leaves from this short, but significant trip! Praise be to the God of transformation!