Youth in Mission – Mexico 2019
Lohuther René Gutiérrez Méndez
At last the day we had prayed for arrived, and with much excitement we waited in the Mexico City airport for the Youth in Mission (YIM) volunteer missionaries. Mario Josué López Alvarado and Pablo Isaí Parra Jiménez, both from different parts of Mexico, arrived first, followed by Christopher Barreto Maldonado and Gian Carlos Rodríguez Quiñones all the way from Puerto Rico.
We began our summer as a group with focused devotional times, and we participated as leaders and workshop presenters during the Cross-Cultural Orientation in Texcoco. Our role was mostly to guide those interested in missions in the dynamics and teach concepts of culture and missions. Above all, the four missionaries shared their testimonies with participants and encouraged them to listen to God’s call on their lives.
We dedicated a big part of our summer to assisting the four missionaries that are planting churches in Queretaro through the Genesis initiative. It was a powerful time. In our next entry I will share more about that specific experience.
After being in Queretaro, we traveled to Mezcala, Jalisco, where we shared the Word of God and our testimonies with a Catholic group. Although we didn’t know how they would receive us, it was interesting to see that they were happy to have us there. They loaned us their Catholic Bibles so that we could read the passage they had read, and they asked us to share what we thought. Upon finishing, we closed by leading circles of prayer. Before we left, we announced that we would be visiting houses in the area to pray for families and read the Bible. Immediately three families present signed up and enthusiastically received us later that week as we blessed their homes and shared the Word with them. God was opening doors.
We had the privilege to teach evangelism strategies and techniques with the local Nazarene church in Mezcala, and we shared with them how the Holy Spirit could use their testimonies to help a friend or co-worker to draw closer to Christ.
We walked nearly all of the streets of Mezcala in order to hand out invitations for the Vacation Bible School: the theme this year was “Summer Harvest Camp.” We also took time to pray in the streets and parks, and we spoke with many people about the importance of children being brought up with Biblical values and principles as their foundation.
That Sunday we were invited to give our testimony of what God had done that week in order to motivate the Nazarene congregation to participate in missions.
We left Mezcala and traveled to JUNAMEX, which is Mexico’s national youth congress. We served there as part of the staff and led several activities. Our primary goal that week was to get to know the highest number of youth possible and share with them about God’s calling on our lives and what He had allowed us to experience. Every meal we shared with someone different, and during the break times as well. We were also personally refreshed by the times of corporate worship with 1,000 teens, and we responded to God’s call at the altar along with many of them.
Saying goodbye was very difficult; we had shared everything together for six weeks, and we had become a family! But the moment had arrived, and we thanked God for his protection, his strength, and his love for us. We praised him in gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of such a special group of youth who proved courageous and passionate for Christ in every moment.
All glory and honor be to Him forever. Amen.
Lohuther René Gutiérrez Méndez
Youth in Mission Coordinator, Mexico 2019