I was privileged to spend a few days in Juarez, Mexico. I was able to learn about a couple of incredible ministries and be a part of a graduation ceremony of five Worldwide Christian Chaplains.
I could talk for hours about the experience, but let me just share a few of my observations:
- The people and the church in Mexico seems to be less effected by the materialism and consumerism that is so pervasive in the US Church. In many cases they had very few resources, but without complaining or lamenting they simply leveraged everything that they have to do more ministry.
- There was a deep joy in the hearts of the people that I met. Even though I had very little to offer them, they seemed genuinely excited and happy that I had come to see them. Every place that I went there was contagious laughter… even though I didn’t understand, I found myself laughing with them.
- It gets really hot in Juarez.
- The church leaders that I spent time with have a passion for ministry that far exceeds much of what I observe in the US. The big time obstacles that our south of the border friends experience (poverty, spiritual opposition, violence, threats) seem to empower their passion even more to go more places and do more in the name of Jesus.
- Showing up is a big deal. Similar to my experience in Myanmar last September, the leaders seemed so pleased that I would take time, money and energy to come and spend time with them.
It was an honor to hang out with my new Mexican friends. I’m sure that I learned more from them that they did from me. I’m hoping that by showing up on their turf, by seeing and affirming their significant ministry that I was an encouragement to them.
Our neighbors in Aurora come from all over the globe. Please pray for us at Mosaic as we continue to understand and explore the ways that God is giving us natural opportunities to partner with Him all around the world.