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Pastor Mendez (in Spanish, it’s Pastora for her) is new to the Mathes Pastor Training School. She joined us this past November and it was a joy to get to know her. She is:
- Passionate about the Word of God
- Constructive with questions and comments
While all that is very good, something else about Pastor Mendez is very striking.
One of our projects in Barahona this past November was the simultaneous crusade services. Those services took place on Thursday evening. We began on Monday morning asking the pastors to pray for the crusade services. We started and ended each class day with prayer. On Thursday things were a little more intense.
One of the seminars I taught in Batey Los Robles on Thursday was The Discipline of Worship. My method was to let the pastors experience some of the things we had included in the study outlines. I did a brief introduction, told them I wasn’t going to cover the material in the traditional way, and then began to lead them in a time of spontaneous worship. Worship includes prayer!
A Pastor’s Passion
In our worship time we prayed about several things, including the crusade services. All that was great. When I called that ‘class session’ to an end, I asked the pastors to pray for the other two men who would preaching that night. That went well and Pastor Mendez was obviously animated by the prayer time. As far as I was concerned, our prayer time was over we needed to move on to the next session. Pastor Mendez wasn’t ready!
The Passion Revealed
As I was introducing the next session, Pastor Mendez interrupted me and politely informed everyone they had laid hands on the other two crusade preachers but they had not done it for me. In about three seconds I was surrounded by more than two dozen pastors. Every pastor that could reach me had a hand on me per Pastor Mendez’s instructions. Touching me or not, they were all praying, and it wasn’t quiet or passive.
What was the result of our prayers? 22 people gave their lives to Christ that night. I hope this introduction will make it easy for you to pray for Pastor Mendez and all the other pastors in the Mathes Pastor Training Shcool.
Soli Deo Gloria!