Showing posts from October, 2010

Power of Intercessory Prayer

Cristian's Family

If there is a lesson I have recently learned it is the power of intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is the act of praying on behalf of others. As believers of Jesus Christ it is our responsibility and the Lord has been showing me this more and more. One amazing example of the power of intercessory prayer is this morning Cristian's family came to our children's church service. It has been 8 days since Cristian's death and today they also wanted the kids to do a street program outside of their house in his memory. God is working in their lives and all credit goes to the Lord because there has been a complete change in their attitudes toward God and the church.

The Lord's Doin'

The Lord is moving and doing things that we could never imagine. We received a call today that Cristian's mother and one of his brothers wants to come to the Guardian's of the Vision children program to see what made Cristian so happy every Saturday and Sunday. It may not seem like a big deal but it is huge and I know that God is working in their hearts. It reminds me of an Andrae Crouch song, This is the Lords doin’
and it is marvelous, marvelous in our eyes.Solo:
The Lord is my Sheppard
the Lord is my light.
Whom shall I fear,
whom shall I fear?
He died to bring salvation.
To each and ev’ry nation

Cristian's Story

Cristian Ramirez was a 10 year old boy who was a Guardian of the Vision. This past Saturday we were going to cancel the weekly children's program because it was declared nation-wide that kids were going to have to go to school. We decided to have the program just in case some kids showed up. Cristian was 1 of the 16 Guardians that came to the program on Saturday. We had a great devotional time and Cristian was in my prayer group in which we prayed for our purpose in life. Later in his class he told his teacher that he was ready to die but he wanted his family to be prepared to go to heaven, as well. After the class, we all played soccer together. Later on that evening his mother told him to go to a Children's Day Celebration at another church close to where he lived. He didn't want to go but went anyway. At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, a Pastor of another church lost control of his truck and ran into the church. Cristian was hit and died instantly as did the Sunday Scho…

Julia's Story

Julia GabrielaDob: January 21, 2001 Age: 9
I was Catholic and so was my entire family. When I was seven some people came and did a program at a park close to my house. That is where my brother and I both accepted Jesus Christ in our hearts. We were invited to church. At church they said they would give out a free shirt to those who bring their family so we brought our family and got a shirt. Now our parents go to church with us and are involved. I started in Club Castillo and I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the level 4 camp and now I am a Guardian of the Vision and I want to be a Mini Master so I can reach more people for Christ. This is one of my dreams and I know I will achieve it.

Dennis's Story

Dennis EduardoDob: December 4, 1999 Age: 10
I accepted Jesus in my heart when I was 9 years old. And I started coming to the King's Castle church and the Club Castillo discipleship program. In the prayer fortress, at a camp, I prayed to be filled with the Holy Spirit but I have not received it yet. That is one of the reasons I want to be a Mini Master because I will learn more about God and have more experiences with the Holy Spirit and receive his baptism. One day I was praying for Richie after his knee had been operated on and he was still having problems and after I prayed for him God healed his knee. I want to be a Mini Master because I want to draw closer to the Lord.

Kevin's Story

Kevin MartinezDob: September 11, 1999 Age: 11
I accepted Jesus Christ in my heart when I was 2 years old. My understanding was that I wanted to serve Christ my whole life. I started going to Castillo Feliz and after that Club Castillo and when I was in the 4th level I went to a camp and at the Prayer Fortress I was asking the Lord to be filled with the Holy Spirit but I didn't receive it. But when I returned to my house I continued to pray for the Holy Spirit and that is when I received it. Now I am a Guardian of the Vision and I want to be a Mini Master so I can reach more people than we did last year for Christ.

Jose's Story

Jose AdalbertoDob: February 19, 1999 Age:11
One day my Aunt came to my house and invited me to church and so I went. She then told me that there is a children's program on Saturday so I started to go. I went through the entire Club Castillo process and in 2008 I graduated as a Guardian of the Vision. In 2009, I went to the Guardian's Christmas camp and the last day of the camp I knew God was there and I prayed and prayed and He filled me with his Holy Spirit. Now in 2010 I want to be a Mini Master because I know want God to use me for my entire life.

Julio's Story

Julio BonillaDob: October 10, 1997 Age: 13
I received Jesus Christ in my heart in a King's Castle program and now I am a child of God. I have gone through a children's discipleship program called Club Castillo and I graduated from that and now I am a Guardian of the Vision and I want to be a Mini Master.

Samuel's Story

Samuel AlexanderDob: May 13, 1998Age: 12 years old
One day some people came to my house and invited me to a street program and at that program I accepted Jesus Christ in my heart. After that I started going to church and I'm a Guardian of the Vision and I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the prayer fortress when I went to level 10 camp. Now I would like to be a Mini Master because God has given me this goal.

Mini Master's is a program that we have for the Guardians of the Vision level 10 and up. It is during summer vacation which starts in November. November 5-12 we will be in the Prayer Fortress for our prayer week, 12-19 will be Mini Master boot camp which is a week of intense training for evangelism, and the rest of November we will be working in churches and doing street programs throughout El Salvador. The first week of December is the Guardian of the Vision Christmas Camp and then the Mini Master will be working a miracle campaign after that. Then we will h…

When I Go Don't Cry For Me

"When I go don't cry for meIn my Father's arms I'll be The wounds this world left on my soul Will all be healed and I'll be whole."
Wednesday the father of two little girls that are in our Guardian of the Vision program passed away. Leticia and Raquel are two sweet, amazing little girls who have quite a calling on their lives. Leticia is a natural born leader and Raquel just radiates God's beauty. They live in an extremely dangerous part of San Salvador but that hasn't affected their love for God. Their parents are both believers however attended a different church than the girls. Many churches do not have children's programs so that is why many children come alone to our church. Their father woke up in the middle of the night and just collapsed and died of natural causes. They knew it was just his time to go and be with the Lord. We, as the discipleship department, all went to the funeral to support the girls. We drove up to the cemetery an…

My Heart Breaks

There is a high price to pay when you love people. When you love people you risk losing them, getting betrayed, hurt, and the list could go on and on. But to love them is worth it even if they break your heart. Before my heart broke I read this passage and as I found out about various things that had happened today it really spoke to me. 1 Peter 1:6-8 "So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with a glorious, inexpressible jo…

Support Missions

Here is a video that another Missionary Associate just recently made and it shows some of our recent activities we have had with the children. It gives some more insight on what I am doing here with the children of El Salvador.

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2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others."

Salvadoran Folklore

As I was sitting in the Dentist chair this morning I learned about a common belief, here, in El Salvador. I did not know if this belief fell under Folklore or something like an Old Wives Tale but as I read the definition of folklore I believe this falls under that category. An Old Wives' Tale is a type of an urban legend, which is generally passed down by Old Wives to a younger generation. ('_tale). On the contrary, Folklore consists of culture, including stories, music, dance, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, customs and so forth within a particular population compromising the traditions (including oral traditions) of that culture, subculture, or group. ( So the common belief is when there is a strong tremor/earthquake that means the seasons will change. We have been in rainy season since May which is considered winter. Usually, once October hits there is no more rain …

Celebrating the day of the Child

Children's Day, according to Wikipedia, is an event that is celebrated on various days, in many places all over the world. In El Salvador the entire month of October is considered to be the month of the child. So we celebrated our children in the Dream Center Church here in El Salvador. I am horrible with numbers but I think we probably had about 300 or more kids attend this special service that was dedicated to them. We had Space walks, face painting, pinatas, games, and a special clown show.

Tower of Babel

This past week has been one of major Spanish error. I feel like my brain and mouth just aren't cooperating properly. I could give you examples of my silly errors and misunderstandings but it would not make sense unless you, also, spoke Spanish. The good thing is that when you make a fool of yourself and say something wrong or it may be correct but has another meaning is that when everyone starts laughing and your feel completely humiliated you NEVER forget that mistake and you learn the correct way of saying it real quick. I really love learning Spanish. Learning a language doesn't just include grammar or phonetics but majority of language is learning culture as well. I lived in El Salvador a year and a half and learned on the street as they say. I had taken some Spanish in school and college and I remember hearing my Aunt and her family speaking in Spanish and I also wanted to communicate with them. Coming here I knew the very basics, very basic; like words and greetin…