Although this group is small and in the embryonic stage, several of the goals that we have had since moving to Los Cabos in 2012, now have the possibility of coming to fruition through the contacts these men have. As the point man, Richard still holds a weekly Bible study on Wednesday mornings, and of course, every group needs its own chat for communication needs. This is exceptionally important for this group since its members are often traveling outside of Los Cabos.
I do have one fun note to share... When one of the members found out we were going to Honolulu for the TOW Annual Conference, he asked Richard if he could schedule a lunch date for us so that we could meet with a businessman from Honolulu. Our friend from Kingdom Builders was communicating with this gentleman and wanted Richard and I to meet this man in order to get a ‘download’ on what we thought of his character, as well as the property that he represented. With only two extra days before we would be busy from morning to night at the conference, I wondered if Richard could possibly get an appointment with this man in such a short time, but the gentlemen quickly returned Richard’s call and we were able to meet with him before the start of the conference. We didn’t have a rental car, but our contact kindly picked us up from our hotel. We had a very enjoyable meeting, and went away with what our friend in Cabo had asked for. Mission Accomplished (and just in case you’re wondering—he was a wonderful young man)!
A Surge in Personal Ministry
Richard and I have been involved in one-on-one counseling, mentoring, and personal prayer ministry for at least thirty-six years. The requests for our services, though, have recently increased greatly. We are getting the usual requests for deliverance from debilitating habits, for prayer and counseling for emotional and mental problems, and for family counseling. We are also being brought in to help with some ‘not-so-common areas.’
We are certainly thankful that we have been prepared to ‘set the captives free’ in areas that are not necessarily a part of ‘normal’ Christian ‘counseling’ and/or prayer. We are also blessed that years of ministry in Los Cabos have resulted in people having confidence in how the Lord uses us to help others towards personal freedom and Christian maturity.
Jesus Under the Big Top!
A New Strategy
For those of you who may not know what Pastor Carlos Maciel’s God-given vision for Los Cabos is, it hasn’t changed since we first met him in 2010. His vision―from the beginning in Los Cabos―has been “to light little fires all over the barrios until the flames of the Holy Spirit join into a powerful move of God.”
Before Covid-19 restrictions took place, we came alongside Pastor Carlos’ vision―helping when we could―to build these ‘fires’ in different communities in the barrios. At that time, he was obtaining city permits for a different ‘colonial’ (neighborhood) each month—in order to have a ‘family day outreach’ on Saturdays during the day, with evening evangelistic crusades on Saturday and/or Sunday evening(s).
For the past several months now, though, he has set his sights higher. He has received permission from the local Assembly of God leadership to use the denomination’s tent that holds between four and five hundred people (although we have not had that number in attendance yet). He started out working the Tres Mesas area. There is a very large, flat area in Tres Mesas where he has permission to erect the tent for services and outreach (this is the tent pictured in previous blogs).
Just recently, the local circus happened to set up in the same flat area where Cristo es el Camino has been putting up the tent from the Assembly of God. In true visionary form, Pastor Carlos walked outside the Assembly of God tent, and—looking at the much larger circus tent next to him (this tent holds between 700 and 800 people)—He asked the Lord, “Why does the circus get to have a large tent like that and your people have one much smaller?” He then determined that he would go over to the owner of the circus tent the next morning and ask where such a tent could be purchased. The man looked at him and said, “The timing of the Lord is perfect.” I will sell you this one. He set the selling price at $80,000 pesos, which is currently around $4,100.00 USD.
Over the years, many of you who faithfully follow our ministry have asked us to let you know if there is something special you could purchase for our work in the barrios of Los Cabos―especially for Pastor Carlos and Cristo es el Camino. The circus is purchasing a new tent, so we will have to buy or make new stakes for the large tent (Richard is already thinking of what we will need).
If any of you are interested in donating towards this project, please let Richard or I know, and we will discuss the details with you!
Thank-you for all of your prayers and for the support of what the Lord has honored us to do in Los Cabos! Please continue to pray for all that the Lord lays on your heart.