Loreto Weekend Report – Santa Rosalía Prison May 30 – June 3, 2017

Report for Weekender Prison Team May 30 – June 3, 2017

This month we were in a prison again – this time in Santa Rosalía, where we have been going every year for the past eight years – sometimes twice in a year. It was so wonderful to be back again sharing the love of Jesus and the message of salvation with some of the staff, guards and inmates; and to see some of the fruit of our previous labors.

On the day we arrived, we were welcomed very warmly by many of the staff and guards – quite a difference from how everything began eight years ago. All of the suspicion, apprehension, and criticism we experienced back then had been replaced with embrace after embrace; and on the last day, one of the lead guards asked if we could take our health fairs to the communities around his home – and he assured us that he wanted to help us put these health fairs on…

In the meetings we had with some of the staff and guards at the beginning of each day, I explained exactly why we keep coming back – beginning by telling them why every time we come we give everyone the little booklet, “Agua Viva”- the Gospel of John.

What makes this book special is that the writer had seen and heard something so very unique, from a person he had got to know so well, that he felt compelled to share what he had come to know with as many people as possible. In the same way we too have come to know and experience some-thing we want to share – especially with the inmates (who have been discarded from society) – because everyone who comes to know and experience what this writer explains, will have their lives will be changed forever, for the good…

The writer used these words trying to describe who Jesus was: The Word, Creator, Life, Light, Grace, Truth, Son of God, Lamb of God, Forgiver… During these three morning meetings we read together John 1:1-23 and I explained in detail what each of these words meant; and then I went on to explain that John the Baptist declared himself to be preparing the way for the Messiah – the One who was coming into their world as promised, to change everything…!  In the same way I said, “We’re like John the Baptist – coming into your world to share this same wonderful news…”

After the meeting on the third day one of the office staff came to me explaining how much she really appreciated what we were doing, and had done over the years; and then went on to explain that her life had been changed as a result, and that she had been attending one of the churches in Santa Rosalia that we had held our health fairs at a few years ago…

At the meetings we had with all of the inmates at the end of our three days I again explained to them, using a modern parable, the personal value there can be of reading the Bible, believing what it tells us, and doing what it says…, over one hundred men picked up Bibles.

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What a joy it was to work with the First Baptist Church in La Paz once again. This church has been established for many years, but they are busy planting more churches – so this month we were in one of the newer neighborhoods of La Paz… And each day they sent over 40 workers from the home church to help us. It was so wonderful to see the way they took on all the responsibilities – very encouraging!

We were also privileged to have Monica Avina fly down from Alta Loma, California to help us this past weekend.

Another encouragement was to see a few new faces at the church service that followed our Health Fairs on Sunday night – people who had been introduced to this church, and who had been impressed with the love of Christ shown to them, during our Health Fairs this weekend…

At each of our Health Fairs we give everyone a Gospel of John and make available free of charge, New Testaments and Bibles. We also we buy and then sell at reduced prices: Study Bibles, correspondence course materials, special Children’s Bibles, and other Christian books… And this month our Bible and book table was very popular! We’ve never sold as many Study Bibles at any other Health Fair. (How exciting it was to talk and pray with people who are wanting to walk closer with our Lord…)

If you would like to join us sometime and be a part of one of our Weekend’s of Health Fairs, we would encourage you to send us an email. (You don’t have to speak Spanish.) You could even come to Loreto and enjoy a few wonderful days of vacation before or after our Health Fairs…

If you’re not able to come and help us, please keep us in your prayers…, and also if you are able to help financially support this wonderful ministry, that too would be very much appreciated!

Thank you so much again for helping to make all of this happen. We do praise the Lord, for your partnership!