Tomorrow our son Luke returns home from an 11-day mission trip to Tepic, Mexico.
He had a choice to serve with the Tepic team or the Northern Ireland team, and he originally chose Ireland. Three weeks later he approached me and said,
"Mom, I am switching my mission trip to Mexico."
"Well, after thinking about it and praying about it I realized that after three years of Spanish class the Lord has been preparing me to share the Gospel with the Mexican people. I have learned their language, I love the culture, and I want to serve them."
"That is an excellent and wise reason, son."
And the Lord was faithful to make this a reality!
Luke sends us an e-mail every day to check in and give us a quick update about the trip, and his enthusiasm for the work they are doing was palpable. I LOVE this!
The Lord changed my life through the mission trips I was a part of in high school, and now, thirty years later, I can still remember the villages, the people, the lessons, the worship, and the impact each trip had on me as a teenage girl. What a BLESSING it is to serve saints around the world and bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him.
As much as I missed my six-foot blonde twin, I am incredibly grateful he had the opportunity to experience life through the eyes of the people of Tepic.
He will return different - and the difference will be GOOD.
The Team is ready to GO!
The city square in Tepic where the team did much of their evangelism and open-air preaching. Lovely!
"Hello, everyone back in the states! Our team is having a great time here in Tepic and we are extremely blessed to be here. Today, after breakfast, we headed out to the streets to start evangelizing. Each of our teams passed out close to 1,000 tracts. The people here in Tepic are so accepting of us when we pass out tracts. It was rare for us to be rejected. Our translators are such a blessing, and I thank the Lord for their willingness to be a part of our group. After three hours we began a skit we have been practicing and performed it in the courtyard outside of our hotel room. After we finished, a local walked up to my team member and began to talk to him. Another one of our team members, Angel, came to the rescue to translate for Nathaniel. The man told them how impactful the skit was to him and he accepted Christ on the spot. Toward the end of our day, we performed our skit two more times at a park before returning to our hotel. At the hotel, we had a time of worship and shared our experiences of the day. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement! - Luke Eastman
The team put together a powerful evangelism skit to show the people the truth that Jesus took all of our sins upon Himself, bearing the wrath of God, to SAVE US through His sacrifice.
"I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14:6
The team had to take a bus, a boat, and then hike to the village of Pichachos to minister to the Christian Saints. It was a highlight of their trip!
"God not only gave us the opportunity to share our skit but brought the people to us so they could hear the Gospel! (The garbage industry went on strike just this week and the workers were hanging out in the square. This has never happened before.)
To God be the glory as some professed Christ as their Savior after we preached!"
Sunday Morning worship! (Everyone looking their best!)
They played soccer with the locals before sharing the Gospel, led VBS in the village, visited an orphanage to play with the kids, and ministered to prisoners in a local prison.
The team members must have lovely feet because everywhere they stepped in the beautiful country of Mexico they delivered the life-saving message of the Gospel.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
And how are they to preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”