“What are you doing here?” barked the angry village chief with a machete in his hand.
I was with a group of our mission school students in a small remote village that can only be reached by boat. On the way, we had been regaled with stories of how the locals in this region are prone to take the law into their own hands… and how they don’t take kindly to strangers. We heard stories about machete attacks, individuals being tied up… and how wood was stacked around one woman to set her on fire. Honestly, I had heard similar scary stories before about other villages where I worked with my family. In fact, that was exactly why I brought the students. Because simply memorizing information about how to make peaceful contact in a potentially violent area is not the same as practical “hands-on” experience. I did talk about strategies with the students but I am certain what galvanized the lesson in their minds was walking through the process together in the adrenaline of the moment. And it was effective. About 10 minutes after our frightful greeting, the machete-wielding chief was sitting with his barren wife and holding her hand as the students and I prayed for God to give them children.
I have been in contact with the chief several times since that visit and we are taking a ministry team to the area next month! Please keep us, the students and the school in your prayers as we push forward, together with your help, to obey the great commission.
You can see a very short UNEDITED video from our 40-minute boat ride out to the village of Palestine by following this link.
We are looking forward to what the Lord will do in this new season full of new miracles. Thank you for partnering with us!
— Ron, Ivonne & the Mouser kids
Since he received Christ in 1990, Ron has been involved in church planting, discipleship, evangelism, pastoring, youth & children’s ministry & missionary work. He has spent nearly 16 years serving as a missionary in Mexico. If you are interested in having him speak to your group, send him an email.