His Plans Are Better | TIME Ministries | More Than Missions!

We just completed our first group of 2017. It was a great experience for the group, for our partner in Monterrey and for our team as well. This is our second year hosting a college group from River Valley Christian Fellowship church (RVCF) from the Chicago area.

We had planned everything before hand. This was our second time doing ministry on campus. Our first experience had also been very good. We had permission from the school, a great audience, the group had the opportunity to share their faith since day one, students came to know the Lord. It had been a great experience. When we got permission to do it again this year, we thought we had this! Everything was in motion. The team from RVCF was even more prepared this year. All classes and topics were prepared with anticipation. We thought we had every angle covered.

Day one, everything went very well. We had about 50 students who came to the classroom we had been assigned. The team decided to talk about politics, it got rough and interesting at times, but we survived. No casualties! The team was pumped, students were excited and looked forward to talking to us the rest of the week. Our first question to get them thinking was “Where is your hope?”

Day two on our way back from doing some sightseeing, we get a phone from one of our former interns who has been a great asset making the necessary connections at the university. She told us we could not go back and use the classroom anymore. Somebody had complained about the conversations that took place, since most of the team members talked about their faith when they explained their political views. I explained to the team and we said we were going to wait and trust God, that He was indeed in control. As the Site Director and the one who was in charge and had planned everything the group was going to be doing, after a while these were devastating news. My faith and my trust in God was being tested. We sat down and praised God and prayed. My brain was rushing at 100 mph. I needed to find a solution. What were we going to do now?

My first plan was to stay at the TIME Center, regroup, pray even more, and wait till the next day after making phone calls and maybe find a different ministry outlet. Little did I know what God had in store. Jehieli called again and asked where we were, that the students were asking for us and waiting for us to arrive. I told the team to get ready that we were going to the University, we prayed some more on the way there and we tried to come up with a plan. God came through. Students were waiting for us. Jehieli and her friends had found a garden where we could sit down and talk, but they kicked us out of this place as well. We went to a different place and tried to pretend we were not all together, lol! So we broke into small groups and sat about 100 ft apart from each other. This went well. People were looking for us and once again the gospel was shared.

Every day after that second day was different. We had to go to different places all over campus and students contacted my cell phone to know where we were going to be that day. Security guards were onto us at all times, but God protected us. Kike (one of our interns) says the guards are always checking the cameras and they could have kicked us out, since we were not students, but they didn’t´t. It rained on us, we had to go to a different part of campus, it seemed like things were not going well at all. However, I am so excited to say that things turned out to be better than what I had planned and relationships were built, the Gospel was presented and students came to know Jesus as their personal, sufficient and only Savior.

On our last day on campus we invited the students to join us for a little “good-bye party”, in our minds it was our last chance to share the good news with them. We had about 32 students who came to hang out with us. God was glorified! Very good relationships were started and even those students who didn’t make a decision to follow Christ are still open to have more conversations about Him. So, we were able to sow, to water and to reap, all because God had a better plan than mine, a better plan than anybody else’s! To Him be the Glory.

We spend a special time with every group at the end of the week where people get to share the way in which God worked in their lives while they were down here with us. It was great to hear stories and find out how God was moving not just with the college students but with our team members as well.

We had a group of foreigners come down to share the Gospel in Monterrey, Mexico, we were all foreigners at the university and we could have been kicked out, but God showed us Grace and He protected us. It just made me think of a Psalm that I shared with our team once the group left. Psalms 146:

Psalm 146

1 Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

2 I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.

4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.

5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.

6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8    the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

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