Months ago, Pastor Carlos regretfully shared with us he was going to cancel Gama’s meetings this year in order to save money towards the purchase of the lot next door to his church. We didn’t want to see that happen, so we committed to paying Gama’s airfare.
Gama is very dear to us and is a much anointed brother who strives to walk with Christ-like character. He himself has a church of 1,500 in Pastor Carlos’ hometown. Gama was originally from Pastor Carlos’ home church in mainland Mexico. There, Pastor Carlos and other church leaders had a part in raising and mentoring Gama after the death of his father (the pastor of the church, who died before Gama was even born). The leaders took on an even larger role in Gama’s life after the subsequent death of his mother when he was six.
Due to technical difficulties, the meetings and accompanying anniversary festivities were not held in the street in front of the mother church as they had been in years past. The Saturday night crusade was moved to an event salon in Cabo Valle near the Cabo Valle church plant we have had a part in building. They had the usual special music, traditional costumes and other ‘fun’ events during the day and evening before the worship and preaching began. Gama brought his church’s worship leader, Moises, with him for the second year. Moises has a heavy call of God on his life. The presence of the Lord was strong and the altar was flooded with people desiring to accept the Lord and receive prayer for healing, as well as prayer for other needs. Father Dimitri, Richard and I were honored to help pray for those at the altar.
After a day’s worth of events and ministry, they had “beef barbacoa” (fire roasted until it’s falling apart beef). They also served hundreds of tortillas and lots of stewed beans. We always tell Pastor Carlos and his wife, Janet, that they know how to “throw a fiesta” and, of course, always have a powerful presence of the Lord, and usually amazing testimonies to follow.