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Meridian missionaries spread
the gospel in Reynosa, Mexico

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DELIVERING MESSAGE OF HOPE Micah Crump, who is on staff with Master's Commission at First Assembly of God in Mission, Texas, leads alter call following a street performance. Members of Trinity Assembly of God in Meridian recently embarked on a week-long missions trip in Mexico performing skits and dramas and going door-to-door witnessing about Jesus Christ. Photo by Austin Bishop / The Meridian Star.
June 19, 2004
By Austin Bishop / EMG sports editor
This is a story about a man named Cecilio and how I believe, through him, God is going to change a neighborhood.
Cecilio, who is in his mid to late 20s, lives in Reynosa, Mexico, a border town of about 1.2 million. His home is located on a dusty, bumpy street like most of those you would find in the outlying neighborhoods of Reynosa about half a block away from a place called Boys' Town.
Boys' Town.
That sounds like a nice place. It conjures up images of people gathering together and building a facility to take care of young male orphans, giving them the moral guidance and physical care they will need to become strong young men.
Those images would be incorrect. In fact, that would be opposite from the truth.
Not a town for kids
Boys' Town is actually a walled city dedicated to sex, perversion and decadence. If it's sex you want you can buy it there. Male, female, heterosexual, homosexual and yes, even sex with children of all ages.
Does that make you sick?
Well, let me top it off. The government not only runs Boys' Town, there is a police station at the main gate that takes up a fee before you can even enter the streets lined with bars and prostitution houses.
Most of the 50 teenagers and youth pastors who stepped off our yellow school bus and into the street in front of this modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah, were speechless. But we were moved.
When we got on the plane in Jackson to fly to Mission, Texas, for a week-long missions trip, we expected to encounter all sorts of things.
We knew we would be traveling into Reynosa daily, to perform skits and dramas and to go door-to-door witnessing about Jesus Christ and the wonderful salvation that can be found in him.
We knew we would see living conditions worse than we had ever seen before, and we knew we would have things happen to us that we would never forget.
Through the first part of the week we fell in love with the small brown children with big hopeful eyes over and over again.
Several times a day, we would just stop in the middle of the streets in one of the neighborhoods, pile off our bus, set up a sound system and hold an hour-long outreach. Before each outreach, we got a chance to go door-to-door to encourage the children and adults to come out and take part.
As they arrived, we played soccer with them, jumped rope, tossed a football anything to interact.
When the performances began, we sat in the crowd and the children just loved sitting next to us or in our laps. It was a joy to see the children and adults who came forward to accept Jesus as their personal savior. We then formed two prayer lines and took the time to pray for each person's needs on a personal level.

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