“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me,” said Jesus (Matthew 18:4-5 NKJV). We experienced this Saturday, June 11 in a special service that started out for children and grew into a time of blessing and healing for all. One elderly man was pushed into the service in a wheel chair, but walked out pushing his own wheel chair.
The Galeana Team for the Day in El Tepozan…
Stephen, Tonyia, and Martin, True Path Ministry team, joined with Juan, wife Sandra, Pastor Reynaldo, wife Lourdes, their three children and evangelist Ramiro rode down from Galeana to spread the Gospel to the people of the desert village of El Tepozan. It is Reynaldo’s home town and it was fun to meet his parents. We began services with the children, under a tree, beside their home.
Lourdes played the acoustic guitar and Sandra sang several songs with the children that included motions. Tonyia went forward and as the group sang Jesus Loves You This I know she signed the words. Then she taught everyone the motions for “Jesus loves me.”
They were all smiles as the joy of the Lord filled the place. I told them we were from a city in the USA far away and that they were now our family. Martin read from the Bible and told them two stories, one about how to love everyone,even if they are from places they do not know. His second story was about how wonderful it is to be part of God’s Kingdom. He finished the time with prayer.
New Shoes for many kid’s
Sandra and Juan are part of a ministry called New Heart Galeana branch. It is part of a group in Monterrey. They brought many brand new little girl’s shoes. It was so joyful to see the little girls proudly walk around in their pretty shoes.
Service for all
As mid-day came the service moved under an equipment shed as more adults in the village joined us. One elderly lady asked if we could help get her ill husband to the service. Martin and I drove with her to her house. He was in a wheel chair and getting him in and out of the car was difficult, but his condition would soon change.
Juan began to play his electric guitar as everyone sang several hymns. Tonyia and I went forward and with Martin’s help I told them how the Lord had brought us to Mexico to live as a result of a dream Tonyia had. Then Ramiro began to preach, read from the Bible and give glory to Christ in a powerful spirit-filled sermon. During pray time twelve children came forward to make a first time confession of faith! Also, two adults committed their lives to Christ!
Pastor Reynaldo and others helped pray with each of the children. Some of the kid’s had tears in their eyes and one boy in particular, had an especially powerful experience.
He pushed his own wheel chair home…
But, the Lord was not finished with the service as four ladies asked for a special touch from God for healing prayers. All reported a significant improvement in their conditions after the prayers. Several raised their arm or walked around with smiles on their faces.
But, the last of the prayers were for the man in the wheel chair. After an intense time of prayer Ramiro asked him to get up and walk around. He did! It was slow at first until he realized his condition had changed. Later as we were fixing sandwiches for everyone we saw him pushing his wheel chair home. His wife also saw him and joined him as they walked down the street together. Praise the Lord!
We took the children aside who made a confession of faith and recorded their names and took a group picture. We plan to return to the village in a few weeks to hand them certificates, hold a baptism and give them pocket Gospel of John booklets. We gave the two adults who received Christ in their hearts each a Bible. Martin wrote a special message to them in the front of the Bible and gave them some guidance on where to start reading.
We had taken enough sandwich fixin’ to make sixty sandwiches and all of them were eaten. There were about 35 children and another 25 adults in the service. The Galeana crew returned home as if we were floating on clouds. It was a blessing beyond measure for us to understand how God had used each of our spiritual gifts to bring His gospel to the people in this dusty desert village. Our God is an AWESOME God!! To ONLY HIM be the glory!