A Short Termers Reflections of Street Kid Ministry in Mexico

October 1 2014

During my time in Mexico City earlier this year, I visited the streets with members of the MEFI team. The first day, Alex, Carmen, (MEFI workers) and I simply went to different groups to say hi to the kids. Up until this point, I had only seen the chavos (nickname for street kids) in the drop-in centre. The streets were a completely different context. It hit me powerfully, like the strong solvents that the kids were inhaling.

The kids were high, dirty, and hungry. It was hard to see, and it broke my heart. Life there was a strange dream. Nothing seemed to matter, societal rules didn’t apply, and change was a foreign concept. But, of course, scooping the kids out of their situation wouldn't transform their hearts. Alex reminded us afterwards that this is why we must pray for them. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can touch them.

The second day, however, was remarkably different. Alex, Chela, and I spent the morning cooking soup and rice (There isn't a better way to learn how to cook Mexican food than from the MEFI staff!). We packed up and brought food to two of the same groups we had seen the day before. This time, we didn't just chat with groups, but we sang praise songs and had a devotional. Oh, my friends, you have never seen such a sight! As we sang on the side of the street, the street kids joined in. Some stood, while others knelt on the pavement. Businessmen walked by and shop owners stood on the other side of the street staring as a group of scruffy street kids, two older Mexicans, and a white girl (me) belted out “You are all-powerful, You are strong, invincible, and there is no one like You.”

Whether or not these kids know Christ as Saviour, it was obvious that the music touched them. There was a joy and a lightness that was not in the same group the day before. As we stood there, I thought, this is who the Gospel is for. This is who Christ welcomes with open arms – the broken, the empty, and the lost. How many times in the Gospels did He reach out and touch those that society did not accept? I think of the Samaritan woman, Zacchaeus, the lepers, and many more. He filled them with hope, purpose, and life. Talk about a beautiful picture!

That day made me so very thankful for a Gospel that touches even the lowest in society. Please continue to pray for these street kids – that they would know Christ’s love and the hope He offers. Pray that they would recognize that their need for the Saviour can’t be filled or numbed by anything but by giving their lives to him. Pray that God would encourage the MEFI team to continue to serve him well, even when days are emotionally taxing. Praise him for his marvelous works and perfect plans as he continues to work in Mexico City!

By Rebecca, a nursing student in the United Kingdom who spent a month with MEFI.

Why not consider doing the same? If you'd like to participate on a short-term trip ... or even go for longer, contact OMS today at info@onemissionsociety.org.

MEFI exists to...give Mercy to the broken, bring Hope to the lost,

inspire Faith in the forgiven and seek Integration for the forgotten.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" radio -- Steve Cosslett

June 23 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 22) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving as field leader in Mexico and director of MEFI, our street kid ministry.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Steve shared about MEFI, our street kid ministry and drop-in center in Mexico City. There are an estimated 800,000 street kids in Mexico City. Read more about the ministry, watch the video, and donate at the link.

Steve also shared about church planting in Mexico City, a city of 40 million people. OMS Mexico is working with the OMS-related UNIFAM denomination of churches. They are using the Train & Multiply training material (in which OMS is a partner), with the goal of planting 2 million house churches by 2025. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. The Mexico field has many long- and short-term opportunities to serve, including: seminary teaching, teaching English, nursing, eXtreme Walk, sports ministry, working with children in VBS', and other administrative needs.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy Steve's!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Steve, his wife Helen, and their three children.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS missionary Scott Murphy, an international regional director for Europe and a missionary serving in Spain. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

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