Missionary Journey, July 2019
Life on the Rock International
Missionary Journey to Mexico - Written by James Guerra (aka James G!)
Piedras Negras, Coahuila Mexico
* In July of 2019, James G. left his job his family and his home to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ from Dallas, TX to Mexico.
On July 4th while America was celebrating our Independence by watching fireworks, James drove overnight from Dallas to Del Rio, TX. He picked up a pastor friend "Pilo", and left for Mexico, Piedras Negras Prison. Keep in mind James drove all night and had not slept a wink.
He returned after 10 years to this place where he had previously sown the seed of the Gospel to find a good return on his harvest. Imagine this, 10 years ago while the Drug Cartel was having a BBQ gang meeting just 10 feet away from their crusade/revival, while drinking beers in their nice clothes "Offenders", the cartel who at that time ran everything...one man responds to the Altar and accepts Christ as his Lord and Saviour.
Fast forward to this same place 10 years later on this July 4th weekend in 2019, this same man returns to hug James after the long absence and James is blown away by the testimony and questions of this man. This man asked James, "Do you remember me?" and proceeds to tell James he is now the Sr. Pastor of this Prison Community Church. James inquired as to how he had been? And his response, was that the words of the testimonies and preaching from that fateful day
10 years ago had touched him and he had completely began living for Christ Jesus. He described how he had repented and began living a Christ Centered life and was now the lead Pastor inside the prison conducting evangelism events himself. Amen, Hallelujah!!!
The fruit of our labor had become apparent and the parable of the sower in Matthew talks about a 100 fold return...here was living proof to that truth!
On July 6th we as a team visited Val Verde Correctional Detention Center where there are over 2000 immigrants being deported from Del Rio, Tx back to their countries. James and the team discovered a new missionary field in the young men of this detention facility who were speaking English and living in America under the responsibility of their families having been brought over here at a very young age, and now being deported back to a country in which they lived only briefly or not even at all.
As they are being deported into Mexico, the Drug Cartels are waiting for them at the border to recruit them whether the like it or not. Not a lifestyle choice many would make having the desire to remain Americans. But due to their parents negligence, they did not have proper identification to remain in the USA.
As a missionary, James presented the gospel to as many as would listen, having been emboldened by the encounter just a day before from seeing the Pastor in the Prison who heard the gospel 10 years prior...James and the team of Cornerstone Ministries preached about God's love and redemption even in the most dire of circumstances.