We only had forty minutes for outreach on the streets of Mexico City, so a couple of my mission trip teammates and I walked up to the closest people, who happened to be two construction workers. I asked them if they had any pain in their bodies. One man walked away, and the other was not too excited about us talking to him and said, “No.” After we shared some testimonies from earlier in our trip, he told us he had diabetes. He let us pray for that, but he was still a little standoffish.
We asked if he knew Jesus and he said he did, even though there seemed to be no joy when he said it. So we told him testimonies about experiencing God and hearing His voice and asked him to hold out his hands to experience the presence of God for himself. Suddenly his countenance changed. He started to smile and said he felt heat all over his body and energy in his hands.
His son, who looked about ten years old, was standing a few feet away. We asked him if he wanted prayer.
“Oh, he needs prayer,” the father said. “He is so naughty. He does not go to school and is difficult all the time.”
The boy was filthy and appeared neglected, with a very lost and confused look in his eyes. He allowed us to pray for him. My heart went out to this broken child and I asked if I could hug him. He said I could and after a little while, he started to hold on to me firmly as I prayed the Father’s love into him, affirming his value and uniqueness. The boy started to melt in my arms and tears came into his eyes. After a few minutes, he wanted to receive Jesus.
I told his father love is the strongest power for change and he should speak blessing over his boy every day. I also told the father even if his own dad was not able to give him love, God would give it to him. By this point, the man who seemed emotionally distant from his son was starting to shed tears. After we shared more words about God’s love, the father wanted to give his life to Jesus, too. Suddenly, his young wife arrived. When she understood what was going on, she started to cry and both of them received Jesus together! We left the family experiencing God’s love and connected them with some local Christians.