Jesus’ Light On the Road to Canyon De Vacas
A True Path Ministry team took the gospel on the road to Canon De Vacas Saturday February 18th. Our unannounced visit (there is no way to call ahead) and worship service was met with friendly, open hearts.
Besides the trip to Canon De Vacas, the Lord lead us to minister to several couples who were having difficulties. It was a very good day serving the lord!
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
We witnessed the light of life in Jesus as we worshiped with the good folks at Canon De Vacas. It is about a three hour drive and we went by faith. There was no way to call ahead as they do not get cell service in the deep mountain valley and there are no land lines. The lady who is responsible for the church opened the doors for us and said yes we could have a service. Martin and Ana walked to most of the houses in the tiny village and invited them to the service we would hold in an hour. We were not sure if anyone would come.
But people started arriving about five minutes before and up to thirty minutes after we started. We sang several songs acappella. We did not have musical instruments with us. Evangelist Ramiro gave a rousing sermon. He usually does not prepare a sermon in advance but goes by what the holy spirit tells him. When we were near the village we saw men digging a fresh grave at a small cemetery. His sermon was about death and how we should all be prepared as we do not know when our time has come.
Clothing for All
There were twenty five or so people who came and many came forward for a special time of prayer. It was a very uplifting time to see one older lady run down the aisle after the Lord sent her relief from pain. After the service we laid out three large bags of clothes. They were so happy to find nice things for various members of their family.
Gifts for the Kids
We also brought gifts for the children. Each gift included a Spanish Christian tract telling about the love of Jesus. Wow- what fun it was to see the joy on the kid’s faces as they peaked in the bags. They treated the paddle-balls, hot wheels cars and other small toys as if they were gold. The gifts were unexpected and they thanked us over and over. When we got back in the suburban to return home we found we had two left over boy gifts.
Blessings on the Road
We have to climb up and down several mountains on rough roads to get back to the main paved highway, Canon De Vacas is very remote. When we were in one valley we saw two boys beside a creek. The Lord impressed on us to give them the two gifts. They do not see many gringos and the boys were super surprised to be handed gifts by us. It was fun to watch their faces.
When we were about half way home Tonyia needed a bathroom break. We stopped at a small store in a tiny village where we had gone about a year earlier. It is operated by an elderly Christians couple. They have a little church beside the store. The owner has been fighting cancer and spent some months in a hospital.
We asked if they needed prayer and they eagerly accepted. We joined together to lift them up in a fervent, spirit-filled time of prayer. Afterwards we noticed the man was especially renewed.
We were worn out when we finally got home Saturday night. But oh, what a great day serving the Lord!