A team from Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, just completed a very successful health clinic in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. The team worked in cooperation with Iglesia Fuente de Vida and mission coordinator Gloria de la Pena to minister to the needs of the people of the city. The clinic was focused in the four areas of wheelchair ministry, eyeglass ministry, dental care, and health screening.
As a result of this clinic, 53 people received wheelchairs, walkers, or canes. Our dental team provided care for 120 people in cooperation with a great team of dental professionals from Piedras Negras. The health screening team checked the blood pressure and glucose levels of 96 people. Eyeglasses were given to 405 people. Most importantly, 70 people accepted Christ during the three day clinic.
This is our fifth clinic in three years in this city and we have found favor with DIF, the Mexican health organization, and hold the clinic at their facility each time. They cooperate by working with us to gather the applicants, set the schedules, and provide excellent daily support during the clinic. None of this would be possible without the upfront work done by the local coordinator, Gloria de la Pena. We have worked with Gloria for many years and have full confidence that she is preparing for the trip months before we arrive.
This year we brought all of our equipment and supplies for the clinic across the border with no interruption, because she had already spoken with customs and immigration officials to make them aware of our clinic. Some of these officials visited the clinic for eyeglasses and other services. Gloria is constantly aware of our security, health, cultural sensitivity, and witness to the Mexican people. With her help, our effectiveness is multiplied.
We stayed overnight in Mexico for the first time in several years during this trip. We all felt safe and were well taken care of. This allowed our team more time to minister and rest because we did not have to cross the border each day. We ate in our favorite local restaurants and traveled as we needed to the clinic, local attractions, the church, and the hotel. We listened closely to the advice of Gloria and others to maintain the highest possible level of security.
Through the local support of Gloria and Pastor Julio of Fuente de Vida we have gained favor with local government officials and God is blessing our work in this city. We are also grateful for the support of Juventud por Christo, our partner in ministry throughout Mexico. Our prayer is that God will allow us to continue the work in this city and give us vision and faith for our future work in Mexico.
You can view a video of this clinic by clicking here.
SIBASA, South Africa – “I believe that when biblical principles are put into practice then the biblical results can be expected,” said Joe Fields, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Lewisville. “We are mandated by Christ to go and make disciples; if we do our part, Christ is faithful to do His part.”
In February 2013, Fields and his congregation at New Beginnings Church were blessed to partake in a mission trip to Sibasa, South Africa. During their stay, they were able to evangelize to all walks of society; senior citizens, youth and children encountered the love of Christ and Field’s team shared about salvation with all.
“We walked the same roads every day and we made it a point to talk to everyone that we saw and let them hear the word of Christ,” said Adrianne Blue, member of New Beginnings Church.
The Lord allowed Fields and his team the true blessing of seeing 6,080 people accept Christ by grace and faith while in South Africa.
“It was an experience that I shall never forget and one that I wish every believer could experience,” said Fields. “To be able to see heaven enlarged right before your eyes is an incredible experience.”
An ordinary day on the trip consisted of a daily devotional and breakfast, and by 8:00 a.m. they were hitting the road headed from village to village, in schools and markets, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“It was a rewarding experience to have encounters with so many different people not only telling them about Jesus, but also teaching them how to evangelize,” said Blue.
They stayed in the field until noon every day, at which time they broke for lunch and prayer, but once the last bite was eaten, the team was back in the field winning more souls for the kingdom. Come evening time, the group would host a worship service where the locals could come and experience how to worship Christ. Charlie Singleton, director of African American Ministries, brought the message during the commissioning services and participated in the sending forth ceremonies each night.
The group arrived at a home in the village and knocked on the door. The mother answered the door and welcomed them into her home. Once Fields told her that they were there to share the gospel, she immediately began to outwardly display a feeling of great delight and relief.
“It was as if they had been waiting for someone to come and share the gospel with them,” said Fields.
The mother asked the group if they would wait while she went to get her husband and daughter so they could hear the good news as well. When she returned, she had her entire family with her and they received the gospel with great joy. After Joe prayed the prayer of salvation, the daughter, who was carrying her infant daughter in her arms, asked if the team would pray for her baby to be healed from sickness, so they did. Later that night at the revival meeting, the family was seen rejoicing after becoming disciples of Christ.
“I will forever be thankful to God for allowing me to personally experience such an awesome event,” said Fields.
Since the trip, New Beginnings Church in Lewisville has a new excitement running through its congregation; they are more eager to win their local community with the same biblical methods of sharing the gospel they were able to use abroad.
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