This week has been incredible! 155 people made decisions to follow Jesus. So many people’s lives have been touched by the ministry and outreach here in Mexico City. I, for one, am so grateful to have been a part of this amazing team that came together from different parts of the world. OSI and the interns have been so good to us and we all look forward to coming back and serving with them in the future. God has opened doors for many of us and touched our hearts in different ways.
On Friday, there was much anticipation of what the day would hold. We began our day with prayer and devotion, heard Connie give a great message, and headed on over to the church. The people of the community were already lining the streets when we arrived. That was such a joyful moment. After wrapping up at the church we all went back to the base to talk about what God did in our lives and through us. Each person had a great testimony of how the week impacted them. It was Dr. Becky’s birthday, so we got to sing Happy Birthday and eat cake. It was so good! After, we went back to the hotel for dinner and to say our goodbyes. – blog by Stacey
Wednesday: This morning we shared stories of moments that impacted our lives yesterday. The team is getting along wonderfully and we are happy to be doing work for God’s Kingdom. Melody said, “Our light can be shown to other people and that is what draws people to Christ”. Pastor Jeremy preached on God’s Will and how we should be living out what the Bible teaches. We should be out evangelizing people and making disciples of them. Without discipleship it’s like sowing seed on the rocks, it doesn’t take root. We must consistently put forth effort to reach people and build lives. The outreach today at the new church was incredible with another 21 salvations. There were 60 children today in the children’s ministry. Jaydin, Lene, Miranda, Sam, and Ps Jeremy are having a blast with the kids. We had dinner at Wings and then went back to the hotel for the night. Thank you so much. God bless! Blog by Stacey
Tuesday morning Chris from PA brought the word and spoke about unity in the body of Christ. In Ephesians 4:1-6 it states how one must live a life worthy of the calling he has received…making every effort to keep unity in the Spirit. Without unity, one cannot expect to have revival. We must put aside our differences and let Jesus be the center of it all.
Today at the church, 45 more people made the decision to follow Jesus! How cool is that?! God has certainly shown up in a big way. The people of the church have been praying for this to happen in their community and it finally did. Praise the Lord! They were so hospitable and served us a very delicious and healthy lunch. The outreach was wonderful. Just seeing a persons face light up when they put on a pair of glasses and are able to see brings joy to the heart. We said our goodbyes this afternoon and headed back to the hotel where we ate dinner and hung out for awhile playing “Name That”. Tomorrow, we will be meeting with Glenn and Georgia Ball (missionaries from COTK) and also going to another church to do outreach. Blog by Stacey
Note from the Host Missionary, Dr. Sameh: Today the Lord gave us 45 more souls that makes a total of 75 documented salvation in two days. Please pray for our outreach tomorrow June 12 as we serve in a church located in area with GREAT NEEDS. May the Lord meet their GREATEST NEED – the NEED to KNOW HIM!
We all had such an amazing time today (Monday). The morning started with devotion in which we focused in on Matthew 6:9-13, looking at each verse and what it means to us. After breakfast we all met together, sang worship songs, and heard a great word from Dr. Brandt.
Upon arriving at the church we were warmly welcomed by the pastor and other members of the church. We sang “On Holy Ground” and “Open the Eyes of My Heart” in worship. The nationals then prayed over everyone serving with OSI. It was so powerful and the peace of God surrounded us. After, we all prayed over the nationals and the outreach. The team had a lot of fun setting up for the outreach and there was excitement in the air. The outreach consisted of several areas: medical, dental, vision, hair & nails, and children’s ministry. Today, we saw a total of 126 people and 30 of those gave their lives to Jesus. Praise The Lord! We look forward to going back there tomorrow and touching more lives.
For dinner, Dr. Sameh wanted to take us to his favorite restaurant, La Barrila Suiza, so that’s where we went. The food there is amazing!! We laughed, shared stories, and got to know each other. To wind down from the day, our team took a walk down the street from the hotel to the observation deck to take in a breathtaking view of Mexico City and the surrounding mountains. I truly feel blessed to be here this week, serving alongside some great women and men of God. Blessings! Blog by Stacey
The team arrived safely in Mexico on Saturday, after devotion Sunday morning we headed over to the market to do some shopping and then had lunch at Pizza Hut of all places. Today is just a nice, relaxing day and we are looking forward to orientation later to learn more about what we will be doing this week. – blog from Stacey
Report from the ministry host, Dr. Sameh, is that the first day of outreach was a GREAT day with 30 people coming to Christ – PTL!
We are in the hotel about to go eat some dinner… Everyone is excited to connect with the team here. – Post by Ps. Jeremy 8:00pm Saturday
Because we finished our House of Hope outreach yesterday, we are free to spend more time with our new friends, the students from Excel Point Community Church. Those guys are a blast! It’s been such a privilege to connect with those students. The guys of the group remind me a lot of the velocity high school guys that I’m connected with back home. They have the same kind of energy and craziness that I would expect from normal American high school guys. But their love for Jesus and for one another is so evident.
We started off the day by hiking 3.6 miles in Penang National Park. After hiking over a steep hill, the thick jungle opened up to a secluded beach called Turtle Beach. There, we were able to relax for a while, see some of the newly hatched turtles, and play an intense game of ultimate frisbee on the beach. A hike in a national park combined with a sweet game of ultimate made for a pretty awesome morning. When we got back to town, we ate at a local Chinese lunch place – awesome food as usual.
At night, we had the privilege to take part of one of the EPCC youth cell group meetings – one that many of the students we’ve gotten to know go to. They started off by playing some games and having fun, and then we had some powerful worship and fellowship. We finished with some good Asian food, and all the team members tried Duryan… Made for some interesting reactions. I personally didn’t mind it, but Blayne and Taylor were just about to throw up. We are really enjoying our time here – seeing all the incredible views, spending time with the people, eating some crazy good food, and most importantly, seeing and being a small part of what God is doing at EPCC and in Penang.
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