God has been doing so many incredible things with every team. But we would like to highlight one team that had an incredible God-moment at a rehab facility.
#TeamTres had the privilege of visiting a rehab facility called Christo Vive (Spanish for "Christ is Alive"). As they shared the gospel, the men in the facility responded with confidence. They all raised their hands with shouts of complete adoration when asked if they knew Jesus! They were all believers. The team could see the passion for Jesus in their eyes and actions. It was in amazing to see the freedom God has given men who have overcome so much addiction and bondage. The Awe Star team took that opportunity just to pray over the men, encourage them in their freedom and speak life over them. What happened next inspired and strengthened the entire team.
In response, the men asked the Awe Star team to worship with them. Together, as one body, they were able to worship and shout out songs of praise to God. There was shouting, singing, dancing, laughing, smiling--so much excitement for their Savior. Everyone felt a sense of AWE at all God was doing. Two languages, neither understood by the speakers of the other, but in perfect unity in praise to God. It was amazing for everyone present.
Even though the Awe Star team didn’t know what the men were saying, they could feel the presence of God as the men shouted out praise to Him. The men in the rehab were sharing their testimonies, followed by lifted voices praising Jesus about how He saved them and had forgiven them. Just being in the room was overwhelming. Before the Awe Star team left, the men in the rehab asked if they could pray for them. They gathered around the team, laid hands on the students and cried out to God for His Spirit to empower them for the work of God’s kingdom. It was powerful! Everyone was so thankful for God allowing them to be a part of what God is doing!
For His glory,
Each day, students are being challenged to go deeper in the Word and then to go put that Word to practice in evangelism. Awe Star Missions is not a mission organization but a discipleship ministry. As we teach students how to walk out what it means to be in the Word, pray, worship, and talk about the things of God on a daily basis, they see God move in extraordinary ways.
Today, one team had the privilege to go into a women’s state prison. The atmosphere was thick when we arrived. You could literally smell the stench of the prison and feel the darkness that covered the facility. The air outside was cold, but as the students waited to enter, the warmth of anticipation grew.
“We just knew God was going to do something big in our midst.”
At Awe Star, one of our teachings is about being a Willing Witness, and each day, we pray that God would direct us toward Seeking Souls so they can experience a Divine Encounter (WW + SS = DE).
Our schedule had shifted earlier in the week, and a refugee center we were supposed to be going to cancelled. On the same day, we were asked if we would like to come to the women’s side of the prison. We knew this was not happenstance but that God was ordering our steps. So even though it was so cold and dark, we just knew God was going to move.
We began by singing "Reckless Love" in English and Spanish. Halfway through the song, our translator slowed the words down and explained to the women that this was God’s love for them. Women began weeping. But it didn’t stop there. We had three students get up and share heartfelt testimonies about how the gospel had changed their lives. Even more women began watching intently, and more and more began weeping. The Awe Star team then presented the "Freedom" drama (18-minute pantomime performed to a track in the local language that is a chronological story from creation to the resurrection). When the drama finished, a team member shared the gospel and gave an invitation for women to come to Christ.
Women covered in tattoos with calloused skin and hopeless eyes flooded the front to give their lives to Christ. The weeping began from the first song and continued until a time of rejoicing when 25-30 women accepted Christ.
Even more came forward to be prayed over, asking for prayers for their marriages, children, and addictions.
It was a powerful moment.
A God moment.
A moment we and those women will never forget.
Thank you for praying with us. For covering our teams in prayers. For being a part of the mighty works God is doing here in Piedras Negras, Mexico.