Lately, in our community, we have experienced numerous deaths of our young people. Mostly, it’s the young men that have been in motorcycle accidents or dying in their sleep. When someone dies here, the entire community grieves with the family for 9 days. They set up a tarp near the house, bring in tons of chair, and serve food to everyone. It speaks to how closely knit our community is. They share their happiness and their sadness with one another.
On several occasions, we have discussed how God is using our youth to grow our community. You can visibly see God’s hand at work! More and more of our “jovenes” (the word used for the teen to 20-something group) are accepting Christ and living their life for Him. It’s truly remarkable to experience!
Recently, a young 20-something year old man died in his sleep. While visiting the family, a group of us were discussing how many young people had passed away or been injured lately. Our assistant pastor, Jorge, said that it feel like satan was attacking our community. His words really sank in for me. It’s true…satan was attacking the group that was being used the most by God right now.
Pastor Tomas planned a community walk in which we would all pray protection over our community. I remember doing something similar to this in the states, in which our pastor asked us to go out on a planned night and pray over our neighborhood. My family walked our neighborhood together, stopped in front of each house, and prayed for the family that lived there.
What we experienced on Saturday in this community was nothing short of awe-inspiring! The entire community met at a specified point and walked from one end of the community to the other. Along the way, we sang songs. We had a “band” set up on a trailer with speakers and a mic system. We were definitely heard throughout the community and into the heavens!
One of the main songs that we sang stated: “God gave us *insert something here, such as our homes, our spouses, our children, etc*. They are gifts from God, and you cannot have them satan. Go away!” They let him know, in no uncertain terms, that he would not take these things from us and was not welcome here!
At each barrio, we stopped, and Pastor Tomas or Pastor Jorge prayed over that community. They prayed for each individual group in each community…the churches, the jovenes, the children, the men, the women, the elderly, the businesses, the homes, etc! Our community was covered with a blanket of prayers and protection.
To see everyone come together in such a powerful way showed the love that they have for one another and our community. The faith that this tiny community has can move mountains. It definitely should scare satan enough to send him packing his bags and high tailing it out of here!*I challenge each of you to give the best present possible to your neighbors and community this Christmas season: the give of prayer! Walk your communities, and pray for each home, business, and family. I dare ya! 😉