Our missionaries, Chris and Kathy Gouzoules, are determined to bring God’s presence to those living in Mexico. They know the gifts that God has for each of his children, if only we are willing to open them. I love this story of how God can change, even the hardest of hearts, and wrap them in His everlasting love.
Isaiah 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places; thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations, and thou shalt be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Paths to dwell in.
After school, nine-year old, Mario, walked into his house and passed his parents’ bedroom. The door was open. His father yelled out from the room, “Mario, this is what real men do.” His father was [sleeping with] with his mistress while Mario’s mother was at work. That day, Mario’s tender heart began to turn to stone.
Years later, Mario became a teacher in Tenancingo and began drinking and doing what his father had told him that men do, sleep with other woman. He zealously participated in the generational evils of his family.
The week before Mario and his wife, Sarah, attended a Sunday worship service at our church plant in Tenancingo, Mario had visited three prostitutes. He and Sarah had been clients of a local witch during ten years of their marriage, and her occult powers deranged their lives and dismantled their marriage. Mario and Sarah had been fighting, and Sarah was planning to file for a divorce when they visited Comunidad Cristiana (The Christian Community Church of Tenancingo).
Their daughter, who had invited her parents to church, lead Sarah into the prayer room. While Mario sat in the Sunday worship service, listening to songs that exalted the power of Jesus, women began to pray for Sarah. God touched Sarah, and she began to sob and then wail, releasing her pain to Jesus. Jesus enfolded Sarah with his love, and she received his embrace. Shortly after, Mario joined her in the prayer room. He was told of the power of Jesus to forgive them and heal their marriage. He cried out to God for forgiveness and reconciliation with his wife.
Since that day, Mario and Sarah became courageous followers of Jesus. Jesus resurrected the frayed remains of their souls and created whole, cheerful, spiritual warriors. They have broken the multi-generational cycle of marital unfaithfulness, alcoholism, and occult practices in their families. When Victor and Angelica, who recently died in a car accident (see last update), came to Christ, they had been going through a marital crisis. Mario and Sarah counseled and taught them from their own experience and the Bible. From his new life in Christ, Mario was able to tell Victor that a real man is one who is faithful to his wife and family.
Kathy and I are returning to Mexico because there are many more couples like Mario and Sarah whose lives have been bulldozed by the Aztec witchcraft of the region, and need Christ to give them life, rebuild their marriages and families, and lay life-giving foundations for the future generations.
We thank you for your prayers and financial support. Your prayers and giving are helping break Satan’s grip on the Central Mexico region and transforming families and communities through the power of God.
Chris and Kathy