We recently went to Chiaps Mexico to preach the Gospel. It was a wonderful experience.
We spent three days in San Christobal Las Casas. We had 2 morning services and three evening services. We saw a people hungry for God. Wow! God poured out His Spirit and we saw His Glory on the people. These people were so hungry for God. It was amazing.
The morning services started at 9:00 a.m. and went until noon. I was surprized to see people stay for three hours to hear the Word of God and to have prayer.
The evening services lasted 2 to 3 hours also, with people staying in the cold to hear the Word of the Lord and for prayer. The people would fill up the altar areas to overflowing. It was amazing.
We also went to Palenque, in the northwestern part of Chiapas. While there we went to a church on the outskirs of the city and we went to a church about deep in the jungle. Both of these experiences were amazing. I have never seen people who would be willing to walk for 2 hours to come to church. They would walk for 2 hours have service for 2 to 3 hours and then have to walk 2 hours back home. And these people ware walking in the middle of the jungle. They have no lights, only the moon and the stars. WOW!
The church they worship in does not even have a floor, it is grass; or in the case of the church closer to the city it is dirt. They don’t have a permanent roof, they have no windows or doors. They are still in the process of building and as they get money they build. (Which their money is few and far between) Yet these people are hungry for God and get together to worship Him, in-spite of the inconvenience. WOW!
While we were in San Cristobal Las Casas, we drove about half and hour to a town called San Juan Chamula. This was an experience. They have a pagan church there where people light candles and chant. The whole family comes to this catholic church with their bag of candles and their bottles of mixed drinks and the sit on the floor, light candles, drink and chant until they are out of alcohol and candles. They believe the more you drink, the more you are purified. The sad thing is we were not allowed to tell them the truth. We were told not to preach the name of Jesus in this place because the guards would come and beat us. So we did not. But it was so sad that I did not see one person smile except for the people I was with. The children were not in school learning and having fun, instead they were in this pagan church getting drunk. The oppression and the heaviness was almost to much for me. I will tell you what I noticed was that in San Juan Chamula the children are drunk and falling all over themselves in a dark smoky church, and half an hour away in San Cristobal Las Casas the children were skipping home from school with this backpacks of homework and big smiles on their faces. In San Juan Chamula there was only sadness and half an hour away there was laughter.
The whole experience was great. I am really thankful that God allowed me to go on this crusade. I feel blessed to have been able to see people who are so hungry for God. Here in America we have a microwave mentality. We want to sing only a couple of songs, hear a 15 or 20 minute message and then get back to our lives where we don’t think about God again until next Sunday. Here in America we don’t want God to change us we want to change God.
In Chiapas Mexico, the people that I saw, (about 3,000), they wanted to have an encounter with God and it did not matter how long it took. They stayed until we could not stay anymore. And wow, did God ever bless them, me and the Impact 4 Christ team.