Wednesday, December 16, 2015

More Pictures of Rancho Visits in Mexico

"Hey, I know you're busy, 
but can you please go grab the camera?"  

While we were walking around the rancho inviting folks
to the chapel for prayer.
It was tough to remember to stop and take pictures at the ranchos. It seemed like our ministry required every bit of our attention from the minute we arrived to the time we left hours later.  


A home at the rancho we visited one night.
Often times, when we did remember to take a photo, the lighting was poor, the lens was dirty from the dust in the desert or somebody bumped the camera. We chose the best pictures we had for the newsletter, but we wanted to share some of the others - despite their poor quality.

A big, beautiful missionary chapel at the rancho.
Thank you Jesus!!


As a group, we led a powerful night of prayer at this particular rancho - praise be to God!! 


Several missionaries, including Karen, gave testimonies of their own faith journeys. 



Joseph Summers, the director of FMC, gave a captivating talk on the Feast of Christ the King.  It was inspiring to see how well he connected with them and related the gospel to their lives.  They were laughing, crying and praising the Lord together in a way that we hope to duplicate some day.  

Joseph invited the locals to give testimonies.  A 14 year old came forward to share: 

He recalled the missionaries that "came through" 
periodically when "he was a kid". 
He loved being invited to the chapel with his mom 
to pray, learn about Jesus and sing songs about love. 
When he was 12, his life hit rock bottom. 
He was involved with a gang, had dropped out of school and 
was addicted to drugs. He overdosed and ended up in the hospital. 
His "friends" ran. His parents were furious. The neighbors were scared. 
Laying in the hospital bed, he felt that 
the only person that loved him was Jesus. 
He wept as he recalled the joy he felt when 
"the missionaries would come through". 
More than anything, he desired that joy once again. 
When he got out of the hospital he completely changed his life. 
He spent his time reading the Bible instead of hanging out with his gang. 
He craved the Eucharist instead of drugs. 
He fell head over heels in love with Jesus 
and wanted everyone else to love Him too. 
Since then, this boy is committed to bringing others 
into a personal relationship with Our Lord and Savior.

As he finished his testimony I found myself deep in thought...praise God for Team Carmody.  I thank every one of you for making it possible for us to say "yes" to this call to missions.  I thank you for helping us to plant seeds that the Holy Spirit will water.  I thank you for making it possible for us to bring people (like this boy) what they need more than anything else - Jesus Christ!


After the testimonies, Chris and several missionary brothers rocked the house with Spanish praise and worship songs. 


We ended the night by praying over anybody that asked for intersession.  The people were eager because of all the miracles they've witnessed.  In our training we learned about the strong faith of the poor.  They have nothing else, so they "have to" rely on God, who definitely rewards their faithfulness!



As people were leaving we passed out comfort crosses to any that hadn't received one. They were incredibly grateful!!




This picture captures one man's excitement in such a beautiful way.  We were able to give him a crucifix for his home AND a rosary- both of which he longed for but had never had.  

Thanks again Team Carmody for all you're doing to bring the love of Christ to the nations!


  

2 comments:

  1. I feel blessed as I feel a part of this adventure. God bless all of you.

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  2. My family so enjoys sharing this journey of faith with you. We love getting your newsletters. The day it arrives, Jane sits next to me and waits for me to read the whole thing. She has even taken it to school (Lutheran School) to share with her teacher and class and they talk about it. It is beautiful! You have had impacts here, as well as miraculous impacts in Peru. May God bless your family and all you do for the glory of God.

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