We have also attended several Transform Our World Conferences led by Ed Silvoso. These conferences are a gathering of believers from around the world that are being used by God in amazing, if not miraculous, ways—in their divine assignments, cities, and countries. Ed teaches the principle of “marketplace ministry.” Basically, marketplace ministry is operating in your sphere of influence, similar to how a pastor with a shepherd’s heart would treat the people in his/her care. The more influential the position, the larger the effects of this type of ministry will be. Nonetheless, stories of amazing results reach down to the most menial jobs―such as Namaan’s servant girl who implored her master’s wife to ask him to go to the prophet Elisha to be healed of leprosy (II Kings 5:1-19); or a modern day testimony of the humble lady who made a living pushing an ice cream cart in Phuket, Thailand. She prayed over the ice cream treats every day as she placed them in her cart; and the rest of her story tells of the snowball effect that resulted in amazing miracles because of her faithfulness to the Lord in humble surroundings.
Fisherman’s Landing Restaurant
This brings us to a Christian brother who is a vibrant example of a marketplace minister, and just happens to be Pastor Carlos Maciel’s brother-in-law. We mentioned Victor Felipe[U1] briefly in our blog on Neil and Lee Woollocott from January of this year, but the story is still being told. January of 2020 was our first visit to Fisherman’s Landing, where Victor is the Operational Manager of a restaurant that is built on part of the Cabo San Lucas Marina boardwalk. As Victor shared his heart with all of us, it was clear that Victor―who had never been introduced to marketplace ministry—was already ministering to his employees with the heart of God. He encourages each one of his employees individually and helps to train them in excellence. He goes out of his way for them to excel at their positions, as well as doing what he can to enable them to keep working. He prays with them, allows them to share personal problems that might affect their work, and has a God-given gift of encouragement that he faithfully uses to give hope of a better tomorrow to his employees. He creates an environment that most people would want to work in. Victor’s story doesn’t end here, though.
The newest change of circumstances includes the man who owned Fisherman’s Landing, as well as several other restaurants in other cities, just died of cancer this summer. The man’s wife recently came to Cabo San Lucas to meet with Victor. She knows Fisherman’s Landing was the money maker for the family because of Victor, and is now asking him to help her make the family’s other restaurants profitable―the favor of God is definitely upon Victor and he is currently praying with his wife on what he might be able to do.
Richard has been stopping to pray with and encourage Victor as he makes his weekly rounds with the men who try to make a living on the boardwalk, but for some time I was burdened with the need for the two of us to pray for cleansing over the Fisherman’s Landing facilities, as well as the location itself. Just recently we were able to schedule this meeting with Victor.
This now brings us back to the rest of the story… In January’s blog I mentioned a “very significant word of knowledge” (I Corinthians 12:8) that was shared by one of our group with Victor, and was immediately confirmed by Victor himself. In the natural, there now is a probability of seeing this word and confirmation come to pass, but as Richard and I just recently prayed over the restaurant, the Lord spoke another word of knowledge to my heart as an encouragement to Victor. Please pray for Victor, his wife and daughter, and Fisherman’s Landing; and for the fulfillment of God’s intent and purposes for Victor that He has revealed so far.