Touching Lives in Bello, Colombia

Last night, Pastors and Church Leaders from all over the region gathered for our “Fruit That Remains” Conference, with over 4,000 in attendance.

Mike encouraging local Pastors/Leaders at our “Fruit That Remains” Conference.

Mike encouraging local Pastors/Leaders at our “Fruit That Remains” Conference.

“Fruit That Remains” Pastors/Leaders Conference.

“Fruit That Remains” Pastors/Leaders Conference.

Our Serve Teams continue to see individuals say “Yes!” to Jesus Christ this week.

Serve Team members sharing the Gospel through a skit.

Serve Team members sharing the Gospel through a skit.

Students respond to the Gospel Message shared by one of our Serve Teams.

Students respond to the Gospel Message shared by one of our Serve Teams.

Rededicated to Christ

This local teacher thought God had abandoned her but rededicated her life to the Lord when our Team shared the Gospel. She told us, “Now I know God hasn’t abandoned me!”

 Serve Teams Sharing the Gospel


Excitement Builds as the Countdown Begins!

Mayor Expresses Support and Thanks for Festival por la Vida.

Meeting with the Mayor

Mike was able to meet with the Mayor of Bello last night. (Mayor is pictured to the right of Mike). The Mayor is very excited about the Festival and the potential impact on the city. He personally thanked our ministry for the well project in one of the areas of the city that so desperately needed safe water for the 1,000 families it serves. He expressed how he could not do this on his own and how grateful he was to have our help. THANK YOU ministry partners! This is another life-changing project YOU made possible!

After meeting with the Mayor, he walked us through the city and along the way we saw a number of our “grassroots” volunteer teams handing out fliers and inviting people to the Festival. Among them was the youngest “festival promoter” we’ve ever met – a five year old Pastor’s daughter – excitedly telling each person she handed a flier to all about the festival, who the artists were, the “FestiKids” children’s event, the location, start time, etc. Pretty impressive!

 Youngest Festival Promoter

Setting up for Saturday Night’s Big Event

 24 Hours Away

We are 24 hours from the Festival tomorrow night and the stage is almost set! It is so exciting to see this empty span of open space and know that in just a few more hours it will fill up with people. The lights will be flashing, the music will be blasting, the speakers will be booming, the crowd will be jumping, and the Festival will be in full swing! We heard from the Mayor that only 1-2% of the greater Medellín -Bello area of 4.5 million people are Christians who have put their faith and trust in Christ! This is one of the most exciting things for us – who have come to deliver the Good News of the Gospel – because it means we are not just in the right place at the right time but the potential harvest could be beyond what we even imagined! So PLEASE pray! Pray for Mike as he is in his final preparation of his message. Pray that he would speak with full authority of the Scriptures given to him by the Holy Spirit, that he would be bold and courageous and that the Gospel would be proclaimed clearly and simply. And as a result, that we would see an unbelievable move of God in this city as countless people say “YES!” to Jesus Christ.



Meetings and Serve Team Projects Continue Today

Serve Teams Make an Impact In Local Schools

Serve Team member sharing their testimony in a school.

Serve Team member sharing his testimony in a school.

 
Serve Teams present the Gospel  through skits.

Serve Teams present the Gospel through skits.

Serve Team member playing with a child at the school.

 

 Wordless bracelets being distributed. The Gospel Message is told through colored beads on a bracelet.

Wordless bracelets being distributed. The Gospel Message is told through colored beads on a bracelet.

 
Kids in Bello
Getting the Word out via Radio
Mike had 2 radio interviews this morning, one being with the largest local radio station during peak listening time, reaching an estimated 180,000 listeners. 

Mike doing a radio interview.



More Pictures from the Ministry in Bello, Colombia

We continue to be blessed by those we’ve met in Colombia. Mike had the opportunity to meet and have lunch with the key Pastors of the Pastors Association of Bello.

Here are a few images of Bello and the people we’ve met since we arrived.

Pastors Association of Bello.

Mike with the Pastors Association of Bello.

Pastors Lunch

Mike having lunch with the Pastors Association of Bello.

Soccer

Local kids playing soccer.

City of Medellin

The bustling city of Medellín where our Serve Team is staying, just outside of Bello.

Bello City

The city of Bello.



Bello Day 1

Our Team has arrived safe and sound in Colombia! We excitedly hit the ground running on Day 1. Here are some images from the day! Please continue to pray for open doors and hearts!
 
Mike had an opportunity to appear on one of the largest television stations in the Spanish speaking world, reaching about 45 million people around the globe. The network is owned by Christians but the programs are not heavily religious, reaching a mostly secular audience. The Lord gave Mike great favor during the interview and he was asked by the network to record a number of spots that can be shown on a regular basis, with each giving a life lesson and pointing the audience to Christ.  Mike will record several spots later this week while we are here and they will begin airing immediately!

Mike had an opportunity to appear on one of the largest television stations in the Spanish speaking world, reaching about 45 million people around the globe. The network is owned by Christians but the programs are not heavily religious, reaching a mostly secular audience. The Lord gave Mike great favor during the interview and he was asked by the network to record a number of spots that can be shown on a regular basis, with each giving a life lesson and pointing the audience to Christ. Mike will record several spots later this week while we are here and they will begin airing immediately!

Our Serve Teams had the opportunity to visit an orphanage as well as an organization that feeds street kids. This is a photo of the Team sharing testimonies and presenting the Gospel to the street kids whom they served.

Our Serve Teams had the opportunity to visit an orphanage as well as an organization that feeds street kids. This is a photo of the Team sharing testimonies and presenting the Gospel to the street kids whom they served.

 Two of the street kids who heard the Gospel today from our Serve Teams.

Two of the street kids who heard the Gospel today from our Serve Teams.

This is Angelica. She has lived in the orphanage for 9 years. Her mother died when she was 10 months old, leaving her with an abusive father until the orphanage found her at the age of 10 and received her into their care. She is now 19 years old and is grateful for this home and the people who have cared for her.

This is Angelica. She has lived in the orphanage for 9 years. Her mother died when she was 10 months old, leaving her with an abusive father until the orphanage found her at the age of 10 and received her into their care. She is now 19 years old and is grateful for this home and the people who have cared for her.

 A local Pastor and his staff who operate the outreach to street kids.

A local Pastor and his staff who operate the outreach to street kids.

The kids at the orphanage loved meeting our Serve Team members and interacting with them for the afternoon.

The kids at the orphanage loved meeting our Serve Team members and interacting with them for the afternoon.

At the orphanage, we found empty cupboards. We were able to provide a couple hundred dollars of rice and beans that will feed the kids for a month! What a blessing! THANK YOU for making this possible!

At the orphanage, we found empty cupboards. We were able to provide a couple hundred dollars of rice and beans that will feed the kids for a month! What a blessing! THANK YOU for making this possible!



Please pray with us as we share the Gospel in Colombia. Together we reach more!

You make a difference and are changing lives for eternity!

A note from Mike:

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel.” (Apostle Paul) Ephesians 6:19 NIV

These words from the Apostle Paul give me hope. The most renown evangelist in the history of the Christian Church asked for prayer; prayer for boldness in sharing the Gospel. As we make ourselves ready for the festival in Bello, Antioquia, Colombia on March 28 – would you pray for me?

Please pray God would give me the right words to say to the people of Colombia, that they would come to know and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord of the universe, and that by believing in Him, thousands more would have life in His name.

It won’t be long now before we jump on a plane for Bello and continue the mission God has set before us: to practice and proclaim the life-changing message of the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s why your commitment to pray for us has never been more needed or appreciated!

May the Lord richly bless you for your faithfulness to pray for us.

Your Partner for His Glory,

Mike Silva

Prayer Requests from Bello, Antioquia, Colombia

The Festival in Bello, Antioquia, Colombia is less than four weeks away! Please keep praying for a mighty work of God there.

Also, please lift up these special requests before the Lord:

  • For our Latin team to have endurance and good health. The stamina and energy required to prepare for a festival, all of the Compassion Aid projects and other ministries is immense!
  • For the local churches to be unified together for the work of the Gospel. So far, 61 churches have partnered with our ministry for the festival. Please pray many more would join us.
  • For the government officials and local authorities – that they would continue to support the festival and grant us all the necessary permissions.
  • For the “Friends of the Festival” (trained counselors) who will be positioned in the crowd at the festival to minister to those who make a decision for Christ.
  •  Ultimately, for the hearts of those who will be attending the festival – that they would be softened to hear the Gospel message and respond to the invitation to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

 



45 Days Out — Bello, Antioquia, Colombia!

We are only 45 days away from our Colombia Festival! Please watch the video above and see a special message from Mike Silva.



2014 Ministry Report

 
 


Quetzaltenango Report Video

An estimated 11,000 people from three villages are now drinking clean water as a result of the well restoration project in Xela.  The villagers dug a ditch five feet deep approximately a quarter mile and we provided the finances to replace the shoddy pipe with new, suitable pipe that will be servicing their villages for years to come.

In addition to the Serve Teams and the Compassion Aid projects, God worked mightily at the festival and the pastor’s conference as well!  Below are some of the results:

  • 14,212 people received Christ at the Festival!
  • 1,850 people were trained to pray with decision makers
  • 208 churches partnered with the festival
  • 1,550 people attended the pastor’s conference
  • 11,000 (est.) kids attended the “Festikids” children’s festival


The Results from Xela are in!

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Once again, God poured out His blessing and favor on the ministry of the Gospel this month in Xela, Guatemala.  It’s like Mike always says, “God loves it when men speak well of His Son.”  When our goal is to make the name of Jesus known, God produces results only He is capable of! 

Thousands upon thousands attended the Festival and many of them heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time!  As you read the statistics about those who came to Christ last week at the festival, know this: it is a direct result of your support and prayer.  Thank you! ,

25 volunteers from the United States were divided into two “Serve Teams” and visited a variety of different groups throughout the week.  For example, the Serve Teams went to villages (a couple were in mountainous regions quite a distance from Xela), churches, day cares, a community outreach facility, and a martial arts studio.

Each day, both Serve Teams visited 2-4 locations and spread the Gospel by performing drama, sharing their testimonies, explaining the Gospel using the “wordless bracelet,” and by giving gifts.  Hundreds of stuffed animals and hundreds of wordless bracelets were given out to children, people were given soccer balls and others were given clothes.  One village received large quantities of beans and rice.  As a result of the Serve Teams, many people received Christ as Lord and Savior before ever attending the Festival on Saturday night. 

Also, an estimated 11,000 people from three villages are now drinking clean water as a result of the well restoration project in Xela.  The villagers dug a ditch five feet deep approximately a quarter mile and we provided the finances to replace the shoddy pipe with new, suitable pipe that will be servicing their villages for years to come. 

In addition to the Serve Teams and the Compassion Aid projects, God worked mightily at the festival and the pastor’s conference as well!  Below are some of the results:

 

14,212 people received Christ at the Festival!

1,850 people were trained to pray with decision makers

208 churches partnered with the festival

1,550 people attended the pastor’s conference

11,000 (est.) kids attended the “Festikids” children’s festival

 

We couldn’t have reached the wonderful people of Xela, Guatemala without your help.  Thank you for your support and your prayer.  This is your fruit! 

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Festival por la Vida Rocks Xela, Guatemala!

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Last night, at Festival por la Vida, God exceeded every expectation our team had!  First, there was a better than expected crowd.  In addition to the festival, Xela’s soccer team had a home playoff game; and there was a holiday event in downtown Xela with free beer and fireworks.  Despite the other events in Xela, locals remarked that they had never seen any crowd like the one at Festival por la Vida!  Local pastor, Juan Pablo Avelar – while looking from the platform – asked, “is this really my city?”

There was also a better than expected response to the Gospel!  Mike Silva delivered an impassioned message to a captivated audience.  By sharing the story of David and Goliath, He encouraged the audience to overcome giants (hardship and adversity) and to overcome fear by finding courage in turning to Jesus.  The message brought many to tears, including some from our own team. 

When Mike gave the invitation to receive Christ as Lord and Savior, the entire festival grounds grew completely silent.  What seemed like the whole crowd raised their hands to heaven.  In fact, the response was so great, we still do not know how many decisions for Christ were made in Xela because the team is still counting the decision cards that were turned in!

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There was better than expected performances by crowd favorites Vertical and Raza for Christ.  Many US Serve Team members said they had never seen so much energy and excitement in a crowd before.  Headliners Tercer Cielo were welcomed with cheering that could be heard from miles away. 

Many more photos and details are still coming, including the complete number of decisions for Christ.  Stay connected to the latest information by checking continuing to check our blog and Facebook page.

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More Pictures from the Ministry in Xela, Guatemala

We’d love to tell you every story; we’d love to share with you about every changed life here in Xela.  But, there are just too many stories to tell!  Below you will find a small selection of photos from the ministry happening as we speak in Xela.

 

Village in the mountains outside of Xela.

Village in the mountains outside of Xela.

 

Guatemalans walk down a village street.

Team member Nancy Dice dances with villagers!

Team members dancing with villagers!

Team members handing out gifts to villagers

Team members handing out gifts to villagers

Group of police officers praying

Group of police officers praying

Girl receives candy from team member.

Girl receives candy from team member.

Team members dancing and singing in Xela.

Team members dancing and singing in Xela.

Sharing the Gospel at city hall with police officers.

Sharing the Gospel with police officers.

 

Worship at the "Fruit that Remains" conference.

Worship at the “Fruit that Remains” conference.

 
Carolyn Bailey teaches God's Word

Carolyn Bailey teaches God’s Word

Smiling boy in Xela

Smiling boy in Xela

US team member and local woman greeting one another.

Team member and local woman greeting one another.



Pastors and Church Leaders are Inspired at the “Fruit that Remains” Pastor’s Conference

theyoungrens_14Last night, in the heart of Xela, pastors and leaders from all over the region flooded a large church building for the “Fruit that Remains” conference.  There was only standing room available as the sanctuary was filled with celebratory worship music, and passionate prayer.

Messages from Mike Silva and Pastor Yasser Rivas inspired and emboldened leaders to fervently serve the Lord during the festival season, but also to effectively make disciples of those who make decisions for Christ in the months and years to come. 

In a powerful demonstration, Mike Silva illustrated his heart to serve the city of Xela, by washing the feet of local pastor Juan Pablo Avelar.  The entire audience was moved, and many were brought to tears as they witnessed Mike on his knees serving the church.

Pastor Yasser’s challenging message prompted a massive response of prayer and worship.  Hundreds gathered at the front of the sanctuary to be prayed for by the team of pastors and to praise God as the band led in worship.

Mike Silva washing Pastor Juan Pablo Avelar's feet.

Mike Silva washing Pastor Juan Pablo Avelar’s feet.

Pastor Yasser Rivas preaching the Word.

Pastor Yasser Rivas preaching a the “Fruit that Remains” conference.

Worship at the "Fruit that Remains" pastor's conference.

Worship at the conference.

Hearing the Word at the conference.

Hearing the Word at the conference.

Mike Silva prays for the pastors and leaders.

Mike Silva prays for the pastors and leaders.