Atoka Coal Association continues mission support in Guerrero - Baptist Messenger of Oklahoma

From left, Coalgate, First’s Pastor Jim Lewis; Mexico church planters Conny and Antonio with baby Zabdi; Coalgate, First’s missions leader Tristan Robinson; Coalgate, First’s Youth Pastor Brock Woolf; and Atoka Coal Association Director of Missions Randy Hurt.

GUERRERO, Mexico—A missions team of four from Atoka Coal Association witnessed a move of the Lord in January. During a nine-day mission trip to Altamirano, a city in Guerrero, Mexico, this team experienced 164 people make professions of faith in Christ.

The team consisted of Randy Hurt, director of missions in Atoka Coal Association; Jim Lewis, pastor of Coalgate, First; Tristan Robinson, missions leader at Coalgate, First; and Brock Woolf, youth pastor at Coalgate, First.

Woolf shared with the Baptist Messenger a journal on the mission trip, reporting the team served with Fishers of Men medical caravan. Overall, this mission team served 808 people with the medical caravan.

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Missionary Norberto De La Cruz, right, helps a boy test his new glasses in the optometry department.

Woolf’s journal began with the team’s travelling experience, flying from Dallas to Mexico City and then to Acapulco. From there, the team caravanned to Altamirano, which was an all-day journey that included a truck breaking down and congested roads of political groups blocking the roads.

Once in Altamirano, the mission team spent two days helping people with medical treatments.

“We had many different stations for people to get medical help, optometry and dentistry,” Woolf said. “We had a nurse who administered shots and minor treatments. A small pharmacy was set up to provide medication, and a doctor gave examinations and advised patients.

“The evangelism team was there to share the Gospel with the people,” Woolf continued. “They were ready to sit and talk and answer questions that people had about the Bible, and (we) were excited to share what the Bible says and what God had done in (our) lives.”

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Guerrero Baptist Convention President Santos Rodriguez and evangelism team member Elizabeth Santana lead a mother and daughter in prayer to receive Christ.

Woolf gave his thoughts about sharing the Gospel with more than 800 people and experiencing the 164 professions of faith in Christ. “It was incredible to see and to be a part of God working in their lives,” he said.

On their journey back to Acapulco, the team had some minor encounters but “nothing too terrible,” Woolf said. After stopping for lunch, they encountered another truck breakdown, but Woolf said one of the national Christians named Juan who was part of their team knew how to get the truck working again.

“He is kind of a magician when it comes to fixing vehicles,” Woolf said about Juan.

After arriving safely back in Acapulco, the team decided to stay an extra day and worship with their friends on Sunday. Rescheduling their flights turned out to be another blessing, as Woolf explained.

“We found out that the road in Teloloapan was blocked again with cars backed up,” he said. Traffic was at a standstill all day. “If we had stuck to the (original) plan, our way back would have been blocked, and we would have missed our flights back home. It reminded me of Romans 8:28, ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’”

Woolf concluded his mission trip report acknowledging God’s sovereignty.

“Even though our world is crazy, and things don’t always go the way we think they should, God still has a plan for us,” he said.

Atoka Coal Association will continue to do mission work in Guerrero, specifically in Altamirano, the association’s adopted region. The association provides ongoing support to Caplet Lorenzano, Guerrero state director of missions, as well as five churches and missionary pastors.