The winds were not bad and we received a manageable amount of rain, but obviously we had to cancel Thursday night’s crusade. The rain had slowed down by late evening on Thursday, but the sun didn’t come out until Friday afternoon. Since many of Pastor Carlos’ faithful workers live in housing that is not waterproof, they couldn’t be asked to be at the crusade site early Friday morning to begin preparing the property for a crusade. The property owner graciously agreed to allow us to use the property for Sunday as well as our previously reserved day of Saturday the 16th. This turned our three-day crusade into a two-day event. We did gather on Friday night, the 15th, to scout out what would be needed for additional power, as well as what was needed for the restrooms to function, since we were planning on using an abandoned restaurant building on the property.
It Was a Powerful Crusade
Pastor Carlos had put together seven teams of ten persons each. The teams worked on evangelism and publicity a month ahead of the crusade (which is a long time in Mexico); and as usual, his people were trained, efficient and faithful. Gamaliel, who we call Gama, flew in from the mainland the Wednesday before the crusade was to start.
Richard estimated crusade attendance at close to four hundred people for each of the two days. The worship team and Gama’s preaching were both powerful. Several people came forward for salvation or to recommit their lives to Christ. Even more came forward for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit and many came forward for prayer for healing. As of this writing, we do not have a head count of first time commitments to Christ or any testimonies of physical healing, but we will definitely share those we might hear.
The reason we chose to have the crusade on the Quinta Real property was to ‘marinate’ the property in the Holy Spirit. We are still asking the Lord to make a way for Pastor Carlos’ main church to be able to have use of the property by the end of this year; at which time he must vacate the empty lot next to his church that he has been renting for several years. Whether we just receive permission to use the property, the funds to rent it for a year or the funds to purchase the entire two and a half acres, we still believe this is the direction the Lord has faithfully been leading us these last eleven months.
Again, events like this are made possible by the generosity of all of our ministry friends. Pastor Carlos’ church and his mission churches help as much as they can, but your faithfulness continually makes up the difference.
The photos definitely say more about this event than a blog can describe…