JERICHO PROJECT

JERICHO PROJECT: DAY ONE

It was such a blessing to wake up and see that over 100 people were joining us this week to pray and fast for the men here in General Cepeda. As I sit here and write this, I think it is now over 160!  After our morning prayer, we headed out to go do a home visit and drop off a dispensa (bag full of necessities, flour, sugar, salt, oil, rice, beans, pasta) for this little old lady who is a widow and trying to take care of 3 of her granddaughters. Supposedly one of her daughters left them on her doorstep and never came back.

After we visited and prayed with her, we ran into a friend of mine named Roberto.  I met him in November when we were here for intake.   I have probably run into him at least once a week since we have been here and each time he has been drunk.   He has a desire to quit, but like many just can’t do it on his own.  Most days it’s hard to understand what he is saying or why he drinks.  It reminded me of why we are doing this. On our way home we stopped by to talk with Father and showed him the video.  Even though it was in English he really enjoyed it! We are so blessed to have a priest here with a missionary heart.

We came back and had lunch.  Our friend Paco came over and had lunch with us.  He is a great story.  Our missionaries that were here several years ago built a friendship with him over their time here.  They would invite him to go out to the Ranchos with them.  Slowly he began to see the joy of this life and desire it for himself.  He is now praying about either becoming a missionary or a priest.  He speaks great English, but he comes over and helps us practice our Spanish. I am always thinking who is the next Paco that we will encounter here whose life will be transformed simply by sharing with him the love and truth of the Gospel.

After lunch we all went out and walked around the plaza and prayed a rosary for the men here.  We plan to do so each day, for the next 7 days at 3:00 pm Central.  As we were walking and praying this little old lady named Dona Agripina left her little snack stand and came and finished the rosary with us.  I’m praying that other people will join us the rest of the week here.  We saw a lot of young men just hanging out and I wondered what kind of relationship they had with their earthly fathers and their heavenly Father as well.  I’m excited about what the Lord is going to do in this!

After we finished the rosary we packed up and headed out to one of our 5 ranchos that we are visiting weekly named Por Venir de Jalpa.    We walked around house to house introducing ourselves and inviting them to the chapel.  In my seven years coming here, I’ve never visited a rancho where there were so many men around.  Usually they are out working, but just about every house I entered there was a man in the house.  We invited them all to come to the chapel with us and have a small time of prayer.  I was encouraged by the number of men, but unfortunately we only had about 8 women come to the chapel.  It was pretty windy and cold, but I thought for sure some men were going to come.  Once again, it was a little disheartening and reminded me why we are doing this.

I believe in a God of miracles, a God who keeps His promises, a God who is a mighty warrior who fights for us.  It’s time to expect miracles.  I know my God will move in this. In John 14:1 Jesus says, “Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me.”  Later on in the chapter in verse 12 he says, “Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do, and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.  Whatever you ask in my name I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”  We are asking Jesus, heal these men, break down the walls, move the mountains, break the chains!  If you have a man in your life that needs Jesus, PRAY, ASK and BELIEVE!

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~ by martinsonmission on March 13, 2014.

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