Trip South Part 2

Trip South Part 2

Monday, January 9th

6:00 am, time to get up and clean our guest room to leave around at 7:15 for Fresnillo. In Fresnillo we met an MTI student from 2009, he was waiting for us so we could eat together. After remembering and reliving moments from MTI, it was time to go. Our friend took us from Fresnillo to Zacatecas. During the trip we talked about God’s unique and thought-out plan for his children, our friend had been discouraged. It was a time from God to minister and reflect, I’m convinced that it was a time planned out by God. To him be the glory.

We arrived at the bus station in Zacatecas but the next bus for Guanajuato didn’t leave until 4 hours later. So we bought our tickets and to pass the time we explored downtown. We came back to the bus station just barely in time, when we opened the door we hear on the loudspeaker “Ángel Alvarado and Saúl Solís! Please go to lane 5 to board the bus!” Haha so we went running to catch our bus. Finally about 5 hours later we were at our destination, Abasolo, Guanajuato. Around 10:20pm we arrived at the house where they were waiting for us. After saying hello and chatting a little bit, we went to our room to evaluate our day, expenses, observations, notes, and spend some time of prayer in gratitude to God. Around 1:00am we finally got to sleep.

Tuesday, January 20th

Since we had permission to sleep in indefinitely, haha, we took the chance to recuperate a little of the 30 hours of previous travel. Until today it seemed like we had taken a beating, haha, we got up at 10am. After eating breakfast and cleaning up to look nice and handsome haha, we took the next 3 hours to buy some useful items, say hello to Saúl’s family, say hello to some of our brothers in Christ, and to plan a meeting with the pastors regarding MTI publicity. In the afternoon we had three meetings with pastors. We were also in a cell group of new believers and the pastor gave me the opportunity to share a Bible study of basic principles of the Christian life. It was a beautiful time, and finally we had a time of ministering in which God moved in a very special way. We ate fried rabbit for dinner, prayed, fellowshipped, chatted a little while, and slept. The next day we would go to Pénjamo Guanajuato for another meeting regarding MTI. Around 1:00am, now definitely time to sleep, zzzzzzz.

Wednesday, January 21st

7:00 in the morning, time to wake up, pray, wash up and breakfast. After saying goodbye we went to Pénjamo, Guanajuato, where two pastors received us very politely, understanding the information and the challenges that face MTI as a work of God. One blessing was that both are presidents of pastors’ alliances and they asked for more information materials to share with the pastors they work with, praise God! Around this time it was midday and we had to head to La Barca, Jalisco, so we went to the bus station in Pénjamo. Everything went well in the bus station except for one embarrassing moment: Saúl and I were trying to decide whether some pastries had filling or not, and the bus passed right by us and we didn’t see it, hahaha. Thankfully the porter realized and stopped the bus, and we ran with our mountain of luggage haha. Anyway, about 2.5 hours later we were in La Barca, Jalisco. We said hello to some of my family, printed more material, and prepared everything for Thursday in San José Casas Caídas. We ate, prayed, did a little evaluating, and slept. (We’ll see what Thursday holds). We need some sleep!

Thursday

There’s nothing like waking up giving thanks to God for all his blessings, breakfasting, and washing clothes. We made a trip into La Barca’s center to print publicity material and eat some ice cream. After showering and eating, we headed toward the town of San José Casas Caídas to the church Aposento Alto to promote. We stayed a brief but good time at the pastor’s house, and right away went to the town El Gobernador, Jalisco to bring promotional material to a fellow laborer. Finally, we took note of expenses, observations, etc. and went to sleep to get ready for the next day, heading to Guadalajara.

Friday

Friday morning, we got showered up, it goes without saying, to look nice, and ate breakfast. Right away we had a meeting about MTI with a pastor friend. Surprise, he was a friend of our brother Chuy Dávalos [founder of MTI]; it was pleasant to remember Chuy and to be encouraged by the testimony of his passion and commitment. Our brother very seriously considered the MTI information, and made himself available to help us spread the word. Praise God! After saying goodbye to the family who hosted us, we left toward Guadalajara.

We arrived at the right place around 2:00pm. We ate and after relaxing a bit and getting some things in order, right away we went to give publicity material to a brother who is a church leader. Minutes later the main person we wanted to see arrived and we personally gave him the information that he would help us spread in the churches we wouldn’t be able to visit because of our limited time. After talking a little bit about MTI, we also focused in on matters of the personal Christian life, to minister to the life of our brother Edgar (former MTI student of 1st and 2nd levels). Night arrived, we ate, and slept.

Reflection

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’” (Matthew 9:36-38).

There is definitely a world that wanders like sheep without a shepherd:

Seeing: Let’s pray to have Jesus’ eyes with the ability to clearly see the need.

Having Compassion: Let’s pray to have Jesus’ heart and to attend to the needs of the people.

Pray that the Lord sends more laborers to the harvest.

Careful! With that prayer it’s likely that God will send you.

Sincerely, Ángel and Saúl.