Five Stops, Hundreds of Changed Lives
Lake Zone Missions Trip – Mexico South District
For 23 days, from November 23 to December 15, 2019, three young people: Victoria Trujillo, Lizeth Morales, and Abner Gutiérrez, traveled to different places on the Lake Zone (Venustiano Carranza, Comitán and La Trinitaria) of the South District of Mexico. Impassioned to share the love of Jesus, they engaged in door-to-door and personal evangelism together with members from the local churches of that zone.
Our first stop was Soyatitán in Venustiano Carranza, where we already have a Church of the Nazarene. For four days the three volunteer missionaries evangelized, organized a circus with clowns, and participated in weekly church services.
At the second stop, Comitán de Domínguez, we evangelized in the neighborhoods surrounding the local church, and Pastor David Cabrera helped us immensely by participating in every activity during the five days we spent there.
When we arrived in La Trinitaria, where we had been invited to spend four days evangelizing, our third stop proved to be a great teaching tool. Up until then, we had not had any presence of a church in this county seat. Besides, this municipality is known for its huge Roman Catholic influence, which was challenging since the typical reaction of the people there was to reject the gospel. We dedicated seven hours every day to evangelism, and as a result we saw three people accept Christ as their Savior.
Our fourth stop led us to Unión Juárez in La Trinitaria. During the course of three days we visited a large number of families, always evangelizing. We saw few measurable results there due to the community dynamic which did not allow us to enter homes if only women were present. Thus, we held the clown circus in the church building, and 50 children ended up attending. Afterwards Pastor Carlos Cancino took us to the town of Jalal, located near the summit of a mountain. In cold temperatures of 48º Fahrenheit, we put on the clown circus again where 17 children received Christ in their hearts.
Our final stop was Lázaro Cárdenas in La Trinitaria. The work there was intense: we evangelized every morning, and the local church prepared evangelistic campaigns in the open air every afternoon for four days straight. These activities were accompanied by groups of Nazarene brothers and sisters willing to walk for hours as the sun beat down, all in order to reach more people with the love of Christ.
I give thanks to God for every opportunity to serve him, and also for the life of my wife, Ana Rosales, and her dedication to the ministry that we are now able to invest in together.
The total number of people that accepted Christ as their Savior was:
- Children (through the clown circus and personal evangelism) 238
- Younger teens 3
- Older youth 4
- Adults 27
Freivy Heberto López Juárez
Director of Missional Zones and Missional Advance
Mexico South District