Recently, I led a team of 50 students to Mexico, many from Inola, Calvary.
We got into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, late one evening. The students spent the rest of that night and much of Sunday learning to present the Gospel in what is known as chronological Bible storying. The students refer to this presentation as “the drama.” It starts with creation and goes through Christ's death, burial and resurrection. At the end, the students go out in teams of three and explain the truths of God to those who saw the presentation.
Every day, First Baptist Church of Nuevo Laredo had a schedule of the areas where they wanted us to present the Gospel. Each was a place where workers were planting a new church. Sometimes we shared in the nearest market. Sometimes we presented the Gospel on a dusty Mexican road.
One morning, we were scheduled to minister in a juvenile detention center but our team got a call before we left that two of the youth from the center had escaped the night before. The place was on lockdown, and no one could come in or out.
Since we knew our disappointments become God's divine appointments, we began to pray and seek the place where He was moving us. First, we went to a flea market, where we presented the Gospel, but I didn't feel it was where we were supposed to be.
Before long, God impressed me to take the group to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, where we had ministered two years ago. I went to our local contacts and told them my idea. “There's no way we can get in on such short notice,” they said. “They'll have to reschedule their daily activities to accommodate us. We need to give them more time.”
“Let's try,” I said.
As we drove toward the center, the team prayed. As we pulled up in front, the students got out and, with their hands raised, cried out to the Lord to open a door of opportunity. As I walked into the lobby, the director greeted us and said our timing couldn't be more perfect. The men were all out in the courtyard and had a 30-minute break.
As the students set up to present the Gospel, I looked at the wall and noticed a mural I hadn't seen before. It was a picture of the crucifixion drawn from the back side of the cross. I found Tyler Olsen, the student who was playing the part of Jesus, and told him, “When the crucifixion scene comes, throw yourself on the wall and mimic the painting.”