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.