Tracy and I have been doing street ministry since we were teenagers sharing the gospel on the streets of downtown Dallas, Texas in the 1980’s. On this missions outreach to Mexico, we have gone back to our roots and discovered that Jesus was right when he said that, “The fields are ripe for the harvest.”
As we walked the dusty streets of many towns in the states of Quintana Roo or Yucatan, we discovered people who were glad to meet us and come to the fun events that we were throwing. The beautiful people of Mexico have been so gracious to share their lives with us. We always get a huge welcome everywhere we go.
One night we did a street outreach in which we used cardboard signs with messages written in Spanish. One side described the pain in our lives and the flip side told how God had helped us. We met two men from a rock band who really loved the performance. They allowed us to pray together with them and one asked for God’s help with depression. He was happy to receive a Bible after we prayed.
Back To The Beach!
One week we had an open day that wasn’t booked for village ministry, so our team put together a plan to minister to families at Playa Del Nino (Children’s Beach). There no were no tourists in sight at this “locals spot” as we were the only “gringos” around. We had a plan to welcome everyone to our beach performance, but weren’t sure if they would come.
People came from all over the beach to watch as we led the kids in fun songs and shared our drama about how Jesus gave his life for us. Afterwards, Tracy and I got to know the kids while other members of our team shared the gospel with the parents. The kids loved the luchadore (Mexican wrestler) style Christian comic books that we brought them, as well as the face painting and ring pops. Thanks to Foursquare Missions Press for all of the fabulous tracts and evangelistic comics!
After 18 years ministering on the streets of New York City, it has been amazing to meet people on the streets of Mexico. There are many difficult similarities such as poverty and hardship, but I have equally discovered so much beauty and joy.
As the people of Mexico have welcomed us, they have truly blessed us. It reminds me of this scripture: “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” Romans 12:16. When people of different countries, cultures and languages come together in the name of Jesus, we realize that we are all brothers and sisters.
Thank you to all of you who have been praying for us and please keep praying as we continue our outreach!