Saturday marked my 10th mission’s trip to Mexico. I took a group from my church (and representatives from three other churches) to El Hongo, a city near Tecate. This was the first time I had called a “fast” before the trip. Because I had confirmation that some would be fasting who were not even going on the trip, I KNEW something very special was going to happen.
While meeting at my office in the morning, people were still dropping off food, clothing, and toy donations for the people in El Hongo! It was inspiring to know that people who couldn’t go were either praying, fasting, or donating. We prayed and then began our caravan to the Otay border crossing.
Once we crossed the border into Mexico, we
went to our favorite taco stand. We gorged ourselves full of carne asada tacos and quesadillas, and then washed it all down with bottles of Coca-cola and Fanta. After enjoying the fellowship of friends at lunch, we headed into El Hongo, approximately 45 minutes away from the border.
When we arrived at the church, we immediately unloaded the donations from the vehicles. A leadership meeting was planned, so we gathered with the pastor and Pedro (our liaison). During that meeting, something amazing happened.
Pedro shared a recurring dream with us. In the dream, God asks Pedro the question, “How big is your vision for the church? Do you serve a small God or a large God?” Pedro tells us that he has been getting these dreams about God expanding the ministry. To our surprise, Francisco (from our team) then shared in detail a prophetic vision he also received that God was expanding the ministry in El Hongo. While we were all very encouraged, Pedro was visibly elated.
We then prayed for the pastor and Pedro. During the prayer, Boe, Cindy, Pam, Ron, and Francisco all received prophetic words for the men and the ministry.
This was a very emotional and bonding moment for all of us involved.
Of all of the trips to Mexico, this was the first time I felt this close of a connection with the leaders. I was so grateful. It gave me an even greater encouragement and anticipation for future Mexico trips.
Following Francisco’s gospel message, the healing part of the service began. Franciso brought me to the pulpit and I shared about the exciting news from the endocrinologist just three days prior that Charla had been healed of cancer. Having created an environment of faith, I began calling people forward for healing. The following is a sampling of some of the healing that took place…
A woman named Judith came forward. She was in a car accident five years ago and has had shoulder pain and back pain ever since.
How bad is your pain on a scale from 1 to 10?
Judith (through the interpreter):
It’s a 6.
We began to pray healing in the name of Jesus.
Did you feel anything as we prayed?
Yes. I felt heat and the presence of God. My pain went from a 6 to a 3.
We were excited and prayed again.
What level is your pain right now?
There is no pain! Also, I felt something like anesthetic going down my arm…it felt like it was going to sleep. And I felt heat steadily going down my back…It felt like surgery.
Giving the microphone to the translator, I asked him to announce to the congregation exactly what happened to Judith. She told the congregation about not being able to move her shoulder. Then she SHOWED them the fluid, pain-free shoulder movement.
Judith (to me):
There is something else…I have a surprise for you. I came to church with a serious stomach ache. It was very painful. I was having to go to the bathroom a lot and I haven’t been able to sleep because of it. I didn’t tell you about this when I asked you to pray for me. That pain has also gone away. I am totally healed!
Judith, my translator, and I celebrated this great news!
A woman named Marta came forward with a cane. She had pain in her foot from a diabetes-related amputation that was not healing properly.
How bad is your pain on a scale from 1 to 10?
It’s a 10.
We prayed using the power of the name of Jesus.
The pain is gone!
Our translator announced this great news to the congregation over the microphone.
Boe related the following to me…
A man named Jesse came forward and told Boe about pain in his knee.
It feels like something separated in my knee. Something may have broke or snapped when I injured the knee. I am in constant pain.
On a scale from 1 to 10, how bad is the pain?
It’s an 8.
Boe, his translator, and two others put their hands on Jesse’s knee and began praying healing and rebuking the damage in the name of Jesus Christ.
On a scale from 1 to 10, what level is the pain?
One last anecdote from this Saturday in Mexico: Megan, a 15-year-old who went with us, began speaking spanish to someone during the healing service THOUGH SHE DOESN’T KNOW SPANISH. May I never tire of these miraculous events. I am always amazed by the things that happen on these mission’s trips.
Chris, you need to get outside of the United States. In first-world countries, we tend to believe in emotional healing and relationship healing, but not dramatic physical healings like you read about in the Bible–we’re too sophisticated for that. In first-world countries, we believe in science and medicine. Faith is different in third-world countries; they believe in the unseen.
We finished the day the way it started…friends having a great meal. This time we went to one of the best pizzeria’s in San Diego. We went around the table sharing what we had learned and the things that most impacted us.
When the trip was over, I got out of my car in front of my house. Looking down, I saw something very unusual….and profoundly symbolic. A 4-5 foot snake run-over in the street. It was as flat as a pancake.
The Bible depicts Satan as a serpent. While I have rolled my eyes regarding some prophetic imagery I have heard about in the past, the symbolism COULD NOT escape me. I just got back from a trip where captives were set free (physical and emotional healings) and people of God were encouraged and strengthened. Satan’s kingdom suffered a blow that day. Seeing the snake flattened as I got out of my car made me realize that a battle was waged that day…and our side won.