Become a missionary to Mexico…

If you are truly being sent by the Lord of glory to preach JESUS CHRIST in Mexico, and you have sound doctrine and believe in the doctrines of grace, and have proven effectiveness in evangelistic ministry, please consider teaming up with us to reach Guadalajara with the Gospel.

We are praying for laborers to help us plant a biblical church and reach this city of 6 million for Jesus Christ. While there are some churches in this city, they are scarce when compared to the overall number of inhabitants in the city. Furthermore, though one or several may exist, we know of no sovereign grace churches in this city, who not only believe in the historic salvation doctrines of the Reformation, but also have a strong evangelistic and missionary zeal.

Prerequisites include:

1. You need to know Jesus Christ personally, closely, powerfully. And you must be living a life free from the practice of sin. You must have VICTORY over sin in your experience.
2. A firm belief in the doctrines of grace. (This is one of the distinctives of our ministry.) You can read our statement of faith here.
3. Effectiveness in ministry in your home country. (If you can’t be effective there, how can you in a foreign land?)
4. You must aquire the Spanish langauge. (Either come already knowing it, or attend language school once you arrive on the field. We know of a good language school in the city.) 
5. A burning passion to reach lost souls for God’s glory.
6. A willingness to work with a team and labor for the common vision of evangelism and church planting.
7. A reasonable time commitment. (While we’re open to recieving teams, we are really praying for longer term laborers.)

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” -Matthew 9:37-38

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” -Isaiah 6:8

Visit www.puregospeltruth.com for more information about our ministry and to contact us.

 

 

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Update

My dear brethren who keep up on my blog,

It has been a while since I’ve posted. I’m sure you can understand, seeing that my primary concern and object of focus is the work of the ministry set before me here on the mission field in Mexico. The Lord has been moving here, and we are being encouraged to see Him opening up doors and watching as the Gospel of God’s glorious grace is preached to many. We recently took a trip to another state in Mexico where the Gospel is also scarcely heard, and were able to hold a Bible teaching camp for over 100 children in a back village and evangelize many villagers. While we were there, we visited a local prison and preached the Word of God and also visited some brethren in the area to encourage them and strengthen them in the faith. It was a fruitful trip to the glory of God.

Meanwhile, since we’ve returned here to the city of Guadalajara, we’ve been busy preaching and teaching the Word of God and doing the work of evangelism. God has opened some doors and we are beginning to step into a new season of ministry here if the Lord permits. A brother is considering moving down with us to co-labor with us for the glory of God in this dark city, and we are praying for the Lord to provide the means and support for him to live here. He is the perfect candidate and already knows fluent Spanish and is seasoned in evangelism and open air preaching. I have greatly desired a likeminded co-laborer for a long time and have even been discouraged at times feeling all alone in thE work of this ministry. So for those of you who can’t go to the mission field here’s your opportunity to send someone else! May the Lord’s will be done. We greatly appreciate your prayers and support for all of you who have helped to hold the rope for us as we’re going down in. Sometimes it’s difficult to live by faith but every time the Lord comes through and provides for our needs and time and time again provides opportunities for us to share the message of the Cross wherever we are, especially in this Catholic city of over 9 million people and under 2% Christian. I just know that as we trust in God, He reveals His mighty arm on our behalf time and time again, and miracles become commonplace as we walk in and live by faith.

I have not given up on this blog, just have been taking a break from it for a moment. Check back soon, and in the meantime, we greatly desire your prayers. Leave us your comments, lift us up before the throne, and if you haven’t yet, check out our website and get a feel for our burden and work: www.puregospeltruth.com

MAY THE BANNER OF THE SON OF GOD BE LIFTED HIGH AND MAY THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF THE LIGHT OF CHRIST PIERCE THE DARKNESS OF CATHOLIC IDOLATRY FOR THE GLORY OF HIS GREAT NAME IN MEXICO.

In Christ -Josef

September Ministry Update

 

We have been constantly laboring in this mission field for the last month. Too much has been happening to possibly write about it all, but I will share some highlights and testimonies. May God be glorified!
 
FELLOWSHIP WITH BRETHREN
 
There is a pastor from a small church in this area that we have come to be good friends with over the past month. This brother is really humble and truly seems to really love the Lord and desires to see people saved. His name is Otoniel. Here is a picture of brother John (left) me (middle) and Otoniel (right):
Brother Otoniel oversees a small church in this area. Even though he is a part of a large Pentecostal denomination, there is a world of difference between the churches here and the churches in the US of the same denomination. The corruption and apostasy of much of American Christianity hasn’t heavily saturated this area and defiled that which calls itself the church here, so there is still purity and simple devotion to Christ and love of the truth in a much greater measure (on average). We have been extremely blessed meeting fellow brethren in the Lord here who are so simple, some of which can’t even read, yet really love Jesus and glorify Him with their lives. We’ve been really encouraged and strengthened by their fellowship and hearing their amazing testimonies. (We may be uploading a video or two of some testimonies from some brethren here in the near future.) It’s encouraging to see that the Lord has reserved a remnant for Himself out of every place!
 
HOME VISITS
 
We’ve been able to visit various people in their homes and to preach the Gospel to them and go through the Scriptures proclaiming Christ. We have seen some people come under some wonderful conviction by the Spirit of God while visiting them and sharing with them the truth of the Cross and pray the Lord would make our labors fruitful.
There is a great need here for this type of ministry –visiting people in their homes and teaching them the Bible. It’s very time-consuming but seems to be perhaps the most effective way of establishing a solid Gospel witness to them and to build relationships with them and gain their trust. The state of many of the people in these villages is similar to the state in which the Evangelist Philip found the Ethiopian Eunuch, who wanted to know the Scriptures but couldn’t understand them and needed someone to teach him (see Acts. 8:30-31). So we have been doing this and are continually visiting people to teach them the Word of God.
 
We have also been talking with a women who wants to convert to Christianity and to her “husband” (they’re not really married) who is seeking the truth and counting the cost of following Christ. He is in a state of conviction and seems to have a real hunger to know more about Jesus. Neither one of them can read, so we are giving them CD’s of the Bible read on audio to listen to. We are praying that the Lord will grant even them, “repentance unto life”. Their responsiveness thus far has been the fruit of our Jesus Film ministry (read below).
 
WITNESSING TO THE MAFIA
 
The town that we are staying in is a stronghold for the Mexican mafia and drug cartel. Many of them are from this area. In fact, many of them are actually cousins of Lina. So a few weeks ago, as we were walking down the street, a gang of about 20 of them were gathered at a house, and saw us as we walked by. We were able to talk with them, and they recognized that they were family with Lina. They proceeded to call me names and racial slurs and to use profanity towards me, being a white boy and all, but we went over into the yard and talked with them. As they asked me if I drink beer, I told them that the Word of God says that no drunkard will inherit the Kingdom of God, and that God may have overlooked their ignorance in the past, but now commands them and all men everywhere to repent, because He’s appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through the Man who He has ordained, Christ Jesus! When I said this, they stopped their course jesting and immediately became dead silent and listened. We have visited one of these guys in his house since and had lunch with him, and plan on going back soon to share my testimony with him and to preach the Gospel. Oh, how glorious it would be for the Lord to save that man and make him a token of His grace!
 
PREACHING AT THE FIESTA
 
Every year, they have a Fiesta (large party like a festival) in our town. Nearly the whole town goes to it. Even many of those from this area who are in the US come back here for this time to visit their families and go to the fiestas. One day, I was praying that the Lord would open doors to preach the Gospel, and later that day, we got the idea of setting up a booth at the Fiesta to hand out tracts, Gospels of John and Bibles, and to preach to people from it. The Lord opened up the doors to do this immediately, and in fact, some of the mafia heard that we wanted a booth there to give out Bibles, and they said, “You just go and pick your spot, and we’ll take care of the rest”. So we were able to get a great spot to set up our booth right by the entrance where people come in and out from, and that for free! The Lord has even the hearts of the mafia in His hands and can turn them whatsoever way He wishes!
 
The Fiesta lasted for 9 days, and we were there almost every night. We were able to preach the Gospel to a number of people who came by our booth.
We had a large picture hanging in the back of the Second Coming of Christ in glory and of people screaming in terror at the sight of it –a pretty convicting picture for somebody that’s not right with God! Some people would walk by our booth, look at the picture, and freeze in fear with their eyes wide open! There was actually a fear that ran through the town we heard, and a rumor –people were saying: “It’s the last days! In the history of our town nobody has ever been at our FIESTAS to preach the Gospel!” We have been praying that the fear of God would grip the hearts of the people of this town and the power of the Holy Ghost would convict and convert them.
 
We were also able to preach to some of the vendors (workers) at the Fiesta, who travel from out of state from fiesta to fiesta to sell their goods. A few of them we had really good witnesses with, and they were very receptive and hungry for more. One man we preached to seemed to get really convicted, and when we finished speaking and asked if he had any questions, asked, “What’s the easiest way for me to get saved?” I showed him Romans 10:9-10 and explained what it means, and told him to get alone with God and confess his sins, repent, and call out to Jesus to save him, to put his faith in Christ and confess Christ as His Savior and to serve Him forever. A few nights later we talked to him again, and he has since been reading a Bible that someone else had, and we were able to give him his own Bible. He was very grateful and seemed very eager to read it and serve the Lord!
 
We were also able to preach to some of the band members from a music group that came to perform, and a couple of them were very receptive to the Gospel. One of them was tremendous –we all felt in our spirits, that this man is going to be a brother! Or so it seems. He just has the hand of the Lord all over him. We were able to give him and another member Bibles and they gratefully received them.
In all we handed out about 30 Bibles at the fiestas, all to people who sincerely wanted them and asked us for one and told us they would read them. Glory be to God!
 
PREACHING IN THE CHURCHES
 
There are a number of churches that we have come to discover in this area. I have been able to preach in them and teach the saints (and false converts) on some much needed truths and foundations and seek to strengthen the brethren.
 
I have been preaching in the church that brother Otoniel oversees on a regular basis now and it’s been a blessing. The Lord has been pleased to really pour out a blessing there and to give us a taste of His presence. We have seen the altar flooded with praying and crying souls, and are being broken and strengthened ourselves. My heart longs to see the Lord send a revival to his little church in this area. We thank the Lord for the blessed gift of His Spirit, for we can do nothing without Him.
Thanks be to God, I have also been able to share some messages with a few of different house church fellowships, to a youth group on a couple occasions, and even teach a class on Missions at a small Bible institute in the city (the class lasted for about 6 hours!). It turns out that the session I taught was the final session at the end of the year for the school, so it fit perfectly with taking what they learned and applying it. I was also able to answer questions they had about the “prosperity gospel”, “altar call salvation”, and more.
 
It’s been on my heart to emphasize some much-needed foundational truths, and share such messages dealing with the true meaning of the Cross, true and false conversion, the new birth, of what true salvation looks like, how genuine conversion takes place, striving to enter the narrow way, taking up the Cross, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and so on. The brethren are very receptive to the messages and appear to be very edified by them. Much of our ministry here has been to the brethren, as much as it has been to the lost. It’s unexpected, but the Lord has been pleased to use us to help edify His saints in the ministry of teaching. There is a great need here for solid, foundational, doctrinal teaching –for tearing down faulty foundations and laying down true ones. Oh, may God grant that His church in these last days may return to the Apostolic pattern, power and glory!
 
Since some people have satellite TV here (as is the case everywhere around the world no matter where you go it seems), some of that false “gospel” of greed has corrupted some churches in this area. I have been able to preach against this greedy prosperity heresy to some of the brethren here. Brother Otoniel even requested that I teach at a meeting on a Sunday about why the prosperity “gospel” is wrong, and so I was able to do that joyfully and earnestly contend for the faith. He, along with another brother in that fellowship that also preaches sometimes, have heard prosperity taught before, but neither one of the agreed with it as it didn’t sit right with their spirit. They were still uncertain though, so it met a great need for them to be able to go through the Scriptures on the subject and to expound of what the Lord taught concerning stewardship and money so that they may have a definite stance by the word of God.
 
There is a larger church in the city that has embraced this prosperity “gospel” and is teaching it. I had an appointment to preach there to the congregation last Sunday, but after praying, I had no peace about going, so cancelled the engagement. We are going to sit down with that pastor and talk to him personally about his error before we associate ourselves any further with him or preach there.
 
THE JESUS FILM MINISTRY
 
We were able to show the Jesus Film on two weekend nights in a row in the village we are staying in. This village has a population of about 500 people. And to our grand surprise, over 250 people showed up during the two nights! That’s half the people in our village! All the chairs were filled up both nights! On one night, a number of people even had to stand. These people were all able to watch this 2-hour video presentation of the Gospel of Luke. As soon as the Film was over, on both nights we stood up at the front and preached a short Gospel message to them, pleading with them to repent and be converted, to flee the wrath to come and to believe in Christ and be saved. We have already seen some fruit come from this event. Praise God!
 
We were not able to obtain any pictures of this event, since people in this village were making up lies about us, saying that we were going to film the whole event and take it to the US and sell it to get rich off of them. There are many outright lies of the Devil like this that float around in this town, out to oppose the Gospel. Men and women of corrupt minds, destitute of the truth, foaming up their own shame in slandering the work of God –may the Lord forgive them for their words against Him, and if He be willing, change their hearts and bless them with salvation. We didn’t take any pictures so as not to foster to this lie. So from now on, we’re going to be even more careful about what we take pictures of. If there is no tangible reproach or reason for people to blaspheme, they will make up reasons of their own, so we have to be extra-carefully beyond reproach.
 
We already have plans, if the Lord be willing, to show this Jesus Film in many of the surrounding villages as well, working with some surrounding churches and local pastors to reach their communities. This weekend we are staying for a few days with a pastor from a far town and preaching at some meetings in his church, and setting up the Film to reach his community.
 
MIRACULOUS HEALINGS
 
1. One day, we attended a Pastor’s meeting where a number of the local pastors gather together to talk about current issues. It was here that we were able to meet a lot of them and to set up appointments to preach in their congregations. After the meeting, as we were talking with some of them, a women ran into the room in distress! She had tears in her eyes, and had a baby in her arms of about 2-3 years in age. About 30 minutes prior to this, the baby had taken a hold of a bottle of kitchen cleaner and drank it while the mother was in the shower. She got out of the shower to discover that he drank it. She decided to put him in the car and drive him to the meeting, hoping we would still be there to pray for him. When she brought him in, he was unconscious. We all prayed for him, and Lina and I laid hands on him in the name of Jesus. We both had a supernatural faith rise up within us, and we believed he would be healed. But, after we prayed, nothing happened. He was still unconscious. Everyone tried to wake him up. They kept saying his name loudly, shaking him (gently enough not to hurt him, but strong enough to wake any baby up), rocked him up and down, etc. trying to wake him up. Nothing worked. A pastor took his finger, lifted the baby’s eyelid to look at his eyes, and after doing so said, “you need to take him to the hospital immediately”. They were even holding his eyelids open and loudly saying his name trying to wake him, but not a response.
 
Then, Lina grabbed the child in her arms and whispered very softly, “wake up in the name of Jesus” and when she did, the baby jolted, like when somebody gets scared and jumps. When he jumped, his eyes opened for a split second, but then he immediately slumped back over and fell unconscious again. He was back out. Then, in a faith not my own, in the name of Jesus Christ, I laid hands on him and rebuked the poison and its effects and commanded it to be gone and for him to be healed, and Lina spoke “life” into the baby. Immediately, his eyes opened wide and he woke up perfectly well. He looked around at our faces, and got scared seeing strangers, and began crying! He was made whole by the power of the risen Christ! He didn’t fall back unconscious again, he didn’t throw up, and he even drank milk afterwards (he was still on milk as his food). We talked to the mother days later and she confirmed that the only harm done to the baby was that the outside of his skin was burnt a little under his chin where the liquid dripped when he drank it! Is not the same Christ who worked wonders on earth 2,000 the same Christ who reigns in the Heavens and through His people now? Is not His power the same? Does He not still have compassion for the suffering and dying?
 
2. On another occasion, I had preached at a house fellowship. After the meeting, there was a teenage girl who needed healing, but she was so shy that she went to her mother and asked her mother to ask us to pray for her. A couple of days prior, this girl had something rupture in her ear, and blood started coming out from it. She was in constant pain, had a constant headache ever since. Then, to make matters worse, a day later, a bug flew into her ear and they never got it out! So brother Otoniel and I anointed her with oil, and laying hands on her in the name of Jesus, prayed for healing. I felt a wave of what felt like heat pass between my hand and her head as we did. As soon as we finished praying, she was healed instantly. Her face was gripped with astonishment, she looked utterly amazed, and tears formed in her eyes. Lina asked her, “what is it?” and the girl said, “All the pain is completely gone!” Glory to the Lamb! It’s not our own power or holiness, but Jesus, and faith in His name, that made that girl whole! He’s still in the business of healing the afflicted to the glory of His name!
 
Oh, how we need the power of God! We need the real Holy Ghost in our midst to see God manifest His glory and demonstrate His compassion! My heart longs for a greater measure, a greater baptism of the Spirit, a greater endowment of power to preach and confirm the Word, a greater faith to make substance of things not seen! We fall so short of true childlike faith and we need a holy desperation to be closer to God and to see Him work in a real way in people’s lives that they may believe the Gospel, to believe in and trust the Living Christ and not a dead religion that has a form of godliness but no power! I’m not talking about following signs, I’m talking about following Christ and having signs follow us as a result, having the Holy Ghost make manifest the Word by faith for the glory of the Name! Where is the LORD God of Elijah? 
  
SOME OBSTACLES AND TRIALS
 
There is a tangible warfare going on in the spiritual between us and these demonic strongholds of Catholicism, idolatry, pride, gossip, and greed that control this area. We are seeking to press through in prayer for a move of God, for the demolishing of these strongholds, for the salvation of souls, for the empowerment of the Body of Christ and for the desperately needed outpouring of the baptism of the Spirit. But there are some extremely stubborn spirits here that don’t want to be driven out, so we need heavenly re-enforcement by the power of God. Please pray against these strongholds here and for the release of the Spirit in this place.
 
Verbal persecution is also a constant obstacle here –not for us, for we count it a blessing, but for those who are seeking God, attending our meetings, and considering coming to Christ. Whenever a sinner in the town appears to be on the verge of conversion, all the others of the town begin to mock them and insult them and to tempt them. This is happening constantly, and it causes many people to be afraid to talk to us because they fear the shame and humiliation that all the town will give them for it. Because of this, we are having a hard time trying to reach some people. But, at the same time, this could be a blessing in disguise, since it means that there is a cost to pay when following Christ, and the people will count this cost before doing it. So in a way, it sort of filters out the chaff from the wheat, which is good. But the bad part is that some of what is filtered out won’t even listen to us on account of it and it hinders them from listening to the Gospel. So it goes both ways.
 
We are also battling with personal struggles of our own. All three of us have fallen sick since being here. One day, in the early afternoon, I fell extremely ill, weak, and unable to hardly move, with a sick stomach, a high fever, and pain all over. It was so bad for a moment I had thoughts of passing on to glory and had a wonderful time of fellowship with Christ as I meditated on the glorious thought of seeing His face for the first time! We still don’t know what caused this illness, and it only lasted for a couple days until I was able to function like normal and eat again. All three of us have also become sick with an infection, cold, sore throat and cough. Brother John has had an extremely trying time with asthma on top of this cold, and we’ve been praying for his healing. Lina has also been sick and keeps losing her voice, making it difficult to translate as we preach. Yet in all this, we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Him who loved us and gave Himself for us!
 
There are also multitudes of bugs here, bugs of all sorts and kinds. There are wasps that fly in and out of our house every day, building nests. We kill them constantly but they keep coming. There are also a lot of bees that come in. There are also poisonous wasps, and poisonous bees that ooze venom from their stingers. There are tons of mosquitos, and we are getting bit constantly despite our best efforts to avoid them. We have probably had at least a hundred bites between the three of us (this is no exaggeration). There’s also these little critters they call “sancudos”, they’re a little bigger than a gnat, look almost identical, but when they land on you they bite and make you bleed. There’s even these strange insects that fly around at night, they look like beetles, and the people here call them, “female donkeys”. When they touch you or land on you, they release a chemical that burns you. I’ve been the victim of one so far, and it burned my neck and made a water blister from the burn. We’ve seen a tarantula here too, and a couple snakes. And pretty much every adult who has lived here all their lives testifies to having between 3-8 scorpion stings during their lives. So we pray and believe that the Lord would keep us safe and from getting ill from any of these bugs, especially the mosquitos and poisonous creatures. Praise God, we have authority to trample down snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19)!
We are so grateful for our brethren back in the States that are covering us in prayer and helping us with our physical needs as we continue to do this work in the name of our Sovereign Lord. We march onward, and may all the saints do the same, for the sake of the Name…
In CHRIST -Josef Urban

We DEPART from the USA

We are heading out in the next couple days for…  

A MISSIONARY JOURNEY  

We are planning on taking a 6-month missionary journey into southern Mexico, namely, into the states of Guerrero and/or Oaxaca, or wherever else the Lord leads. During this time, we will be involved in reaching various towns and villages for Christ through the means of implementing a heavy evangelistic schedule and strategy that will present the true Gospel in an effective way to those we come into contact with. We will be involved with the evangelization of various cities and towns, relying on the power of the Holy Ghost to make our witness effective.    Initially, we are traveling to a town outside of a city called Ciudad Altamirano. It is located at about the point of the arrow below on this map:

Initial Destination in Mexico

Initial Destination in Mexico

This will be our initial destination. We are not sure at this time whether we will set up base at this point and proceed with our outreaches from there, or whether we will leave this point altogether and go “mobile team style”. Either way, we will be involved in itinerant village evangelism, reaching out to the surrounding towns and villages with the Gospel of Christ.  

The areas where we will be working generally consist of a major city center that is surrounded by many isolated towns and villages in the outskirts. These city centers aren’t your typical cities, they’re more like a tiny city in the US, and you could think of the towns and villages sort of like little isolated ‘neighborhoods’ surrounding the urban center as far as an hour’s drive away (or sometimes more) into the desert or mountains. Most of these towns and villages where we are going to are largely untouched with a true witness of the Gospel. We will be doing the bulk of our work in these little towns and villages; we will also be preaching in the city centers as the opportunity presents itself.  

In these areas, Catholicism reigns supreme as religious king over the majority, and it is often mixed with the practice of magic arts, witchcraft and voodoo. Spiritually, many of these regions are extremely dark and in desperate need of hope, deliverance, and the power of the Gospel. While many of these people have heard the name of Jesus (usually as presented in the form of “another gospel” –Gal. 1:6-9), they have no idea who He really is and what He really came to do. Even in spite of this, most of the people aren’t practicing Catholics and are very loosely religious. This creates the perfect spiritual void which makes these areas ideal for sowing the Gospel seed.

THE STRATEGY  

The goal is to effectively evangelize every town and village we set our focus on. We plan on using various strategies to accomplish this goal. Some of these may or will include:  

– Intercessory and warfare prayer for each particular village.
– Relational Evangelism.
– Door to door Evangelism.
– Power Encounter Evangelism (such as praying for the sick & driving out demons).
– Open Air Preaching and Marketplace Preaching.
– Tract, Gospel of John booklets, and Bible Distribution.
– Holding Bible Studies on basic Christian Truths for Seekers and Believers.
– Jesus Film Ministry and Meetings.

THE JESUS FILM TO REACH OUT  

We are very excited about implementing a new ministry tool, that is, showing the JESUS Film to these lost villages. The Lord has graciously and miraculously supplied everything we need to show this Film in various villages. We have been able to obtain a movie projector, a portable generator, sound equipment, a 5×8 foot makeshift screen, some chairs, and more to show this film, and all of this for around $1000. The Lord has provided every step of the way.  

This will enable us to show the Spanish version of the JESUS Film in these villages, even in extremely remote places that have no available electricity for us to plug into. The JESUS Film is an old evangelistic movie about the life of Jesus that is based on the Gospel of Luke. Just imagine a condensed movie depiction of Luke’s Gospel. That’s what we’ll be showing on a big screen in these villages. Here’s us standing by the screen:

The JESUS Film Screen

The JESUS Film Screen

We will be setting up the whole thing, and even have chairs for the people to sit in as they watch. This is a proven method of gathering people together, especially in the type of areas where we plan on going. It is ideal for drawing people out of their houses and assembling them together to hear about the Lord Jesus. Pioneer missionaries have used this type of Film ministry for years to evangelize and plant churches in un-reached regions.


A typical day using this Film will include…
first of all choosing a village to target. Then we will pray and intercede for the people in it. Then we will go around, door to door, and through the streets, making an announcement that we will be showing a movie about Jesus on a large outdoor screen as soon as the sun sets, inviting people to come and watch. Then, just before dark, we will begin setting up the equipment. The people will gather and take their seats. We will show the Film, praying and interceding as they watch. Then as soon as the Film is over, we will turn on our bright outdoors lights, stand up at the front, and PREACH Christ and Him crucified, expounding on the exceeding sinfulness of sin and explaining the meaning of the Cross. We will preach the Gospel and call for repentance from sin and faith in the Savior. We will be calling out the sick and demonized and praying for their healing and deliverance, trusting God to confirm His Word openly. And we will be calling for immediate and definite, utter personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, calling for people to repent and be baptized and to receive the Holy Spirit. We will also be seeking to set up further Bible studies and personal instruction times for those are have made a commitment to Christ and for those who want to know more.

And so, as we have gathered many people from a particular village, preached the Gospel to them, and set up a Bible study for those who want to learn more, we will move on to the next village to do it all over again, returning to previous villages from time to time to teach in the meetings that were established and to follow up on those who are seeking salvation thru Christ.

(Also as a side note: we will NOT be using the “sinner’s prayer” to lead people into making a confession of faith. We will be following the Apostle’s pattern of calling for repentance and faith, for baptism, and for receiving the Holy Spirit. We will take every caution necessary to follow the Biblical pattern and to prevent giving people a false assurance of salvation. We will, as always, be preaching a radical salvation and emphasizing the necessity of the new birth and surrender to the Lordship of Christ)

THE BIBLES ARE ON THEIR WAY  

Special thanks to all who donated for Bibles! We currently have over 240 Spanish Bibles (whole Bibles that have both Old and New Testaments). Here is a picture of us with the Bibles:

Bibles for Mexico

Bibles for Mexico

In addition to the 240+ Bibles, we have about 600-700 Gospels of John and 6,300 Gospel tracts. And all of these we are going to be able to give away for free to the people we will be ministering to! Praise God! We were able to ship the Bibles to our destination a few days ago and they should be there when we arrive.


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SAFE ARRIVAL
 

 We are set to leave in just two days, on Monday, August 18. It will be at least a three day drive from where we are to our destination. Dear saints, please keep us in prayer during this time. We have to pass over the border into Mexico and through many periodic military checkpoints as we drive through. In addition to the dangers of being stopped and/or exploited by these, there are dangers of thieves, false police, true police that are corrupt, and many other things. We need the Lord to give us a safe trip down there and to give us favor with the authorities so we can get through. This is so important. Please pray that we would make it!!!

MAY THE LORD BE GLORIFIED  

We are truly looking forward to this mission and desperately hoping the Lord will bless it and move in power among the lost as we preach the Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation to those who believe. We are hoping to see the Lord reach many with an effective Gospel witness and to do a mighty work in peoples’ lives. We are praying that the Lord would glorify His great name among the nation of Mexico and gather His elect together that they may obtain salvation which is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. To His name be all the glory, honor and praise forever.   We will still be sending out newsletters while on this journey and checking our emails at least every couple weeks or once a month, so be on the lookout for periodic updates from us. We will also try to keep the site updated as well: www.puregospeltruth.com.

If you would like to help or donate, you can do so at the site.

MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!!!  

In Christ –Josef & Lina Urban

We have the FULL AMOUNT needed for Bibles!

I am praising God right now! When we initially looked into buying the Bibles we need for our journey, we were soon struck with how much it is going to cost and it was out of the picture for us at this time. But glory be to God, because of the generosity of the saints, we have now received $1055 (the full amount we needed to meet the match plus $55 over!). Lord willing, now the 1000 is going to be matched by an anonymous brother who the Lord has moved to help out. This will enable us to purchase at least 300 bibles and 5,000 gospel tracts.

(Gen 22:14) And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh. As it is said to this day, In the mount of Jehovah it shall be provided.

We want to say how grateful we are for the generosity of everyone in supplying Bibles to those who have never owned one.

So now you can stop the donations for Bibles! It’s done! God has provided! We are still open to receiving donations and don’t yet have the full support we need for this 6 month trip, but we know the Lord will provide, just as He has already done! Special thanks to all who have sacrificially given to sow the Word of God into the lives of the people of Mexico.

MAY THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!!!

In Christ -Josef
www.puregospeltruth.com

In Need of Bibles for Mexico

 

Dear brothers and sisters,
As you well know, we are getting ready for our 6 month missionary journey into southern Mexico. Almost everything is going as planned, and it looks like we will be able to leave in about 4 weeks, give or take. Once we’re there, we will be able to engage in full-time evangelism in these towns and villages that currently abide under the shadow of death.

I am writing this to let you all know of some of our needs during this time, namely, we need to purchase a sufficient amount of Bibles (in Spanish) for our journey, along with some quality Gospel tracts. We have found some nice soft cover Bibles for $55 per case of 20 ($2.75 each). We would like to take as many Bibles as we can on this journey with us.

These Bibles will be going into the hands of those who do not own one, and most of which have never heard the Gospel presented to them. Many of the towns where they will be distributed have never had a Christian witness in their midst. Many of these people will never own a Bible unless we give it to them. So, we do not think we are out of line to humbly ask for the help of the Body of Christ. We never go around asking for money for ourselves, and these Bibles are not for us, they are for the lost people deep in the heart of Mexico that are, even as we speak, bound by the powers of darkness, by the “another gospel” of Catholicism (Galatians 1:8-9), slaves to the devil, practicing witchcraft, full of darkness and idolatry and sin of all kinds. The number of Bibles we can give out depends on the generosity of the saints in this final hour. Truly, this is an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God which Jesus promises will reap eternal rewards (Matthew 10:42, Luke 12:33).

We would also like to purchase 5,000 quality Gospel Tracts in Spanish that will cost $490 total. These are good tracts that are a 4-page fold-out brochure, glossy finish, attractive, and contain a thorough and sound Gospel message. So any surplus funds beyond the purchase of Bibles will go toward these tracts.

Since making this need known, the Lord has already graciously supplied a great deal through His people. We have been contacted by a person who has pledged to MATCH dollar for dollar toward the purchase of these Bibles, up to $1000 match. That means that whatever you donate right now will be doubled and enable us to purchase twice as much. This person is giving a deadline of a couple days to acquire what we can, and then will match whatever we have.

At this time, because of God’s gracious provision, we have already had $525 donated. That means that we can still receive $475 that will be matched dollar for dollar to double it. If you would like to put some Bibles into the hands of lost souls who need to know God, then you can donate whatever you will. Even if you just refrain from getting a Starbucks coffee or eating out one time will give you $5-20 of extra money that will be matched for Bibles and tracts for the Kingdom of God.

I want to truly express my gratitude to the people of God who are showing their love and generosity in these economically trying times. I am continually humbled by the Lord’s faithfulness to supply for His work, for the proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel to the lost. I have seen the love of Christ demonstrated in so many individuals since being called by God and committing to full-time missionary work, and He ALWAYS supplies our needs! And I won’t dare say “We can’t do this work without you giving”, because the fact is, it’s the Lord’s work, and HE WILL provide whether you give or not! This is just an opportunity for you to take part in it and invest in the Kingdom.

Please, I don’t want anyone to feel obligated to give to this. I know many are already hard-pressed to meet bills and payments and such, and many are already generous in giving both to us and to other worthy causes for the Kingdom’s sake. If you don’t feel led to give, then DON’T, and don‘t feel bad about it! Praise God, we’re not under Law, we’re under GRACE! God loves a cheerful (‘hilarious” in Greek) giver! So if you give, may it be with a “hilarious” and cheerful heart, or not at all!

My wife and I have forsaken all, and counted all these things of a nice American life as DUNG, that we may win Christ, and that lost souls may be turned from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, and receive an inheritance among those that are sanctified by faith in Jesus. We are going and putting our lives on the line to take the Gospel to these people, we are just humbly asking for bibles and tracts from those who are able and would like to give, not for us, but for these dearly precious, priceless souls.

“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours“. -John 4:35-38

If you would like to donate Bibles and/or tracts for the people of Mexico, click here.

If you would like to read our last report about our 3-week trip to this part of Mexico where we will be taking these Bibles, click here.

If you would like to see a slideshow of pictures from some of the places we’ve been, click here.

IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED, IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOU’RE BORN AGAIN, IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, CLICK HERE TO READ AND HEAR A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE. OH, THERE’S NOTHING SWEETER THAN KNOWING HIM!

In Christ – Josef Urban

 

 

Prayer Request for Rehab Center

4/17/08

Greetings to all in the name of Jesus!

We’ve still been preaching in this drug rehab center in Tijuana. There is always a handful of new men every time we show up. A few leave (or run away) and a few new come. So there’s a handful of new faces (actually many new faces compared to when we first started preaching). Anyway, I have an urgent prayer request.

So after Sean preached to the men last Wednesday, we had an open Question and Answer session. These men are struggling and most of them are utterly bound by the devil and they know it. So in the midst of answering a question, we began to expound on how Jesus can set them free instantly by the power of God, and we began to exalt the power of grace in the new birth and Jesus’ victory over Satan. When I told them that addiction is not of God, and that it is of the Devil, and that it is demonic bondage, and that Jesus defeated it, they all with seemingly one accord began to agree. “This whole place is filled with demons!” they began to say. “They are everywhere!” “We all have demons!”

“Can you help us?” “Do you have special power to deliver us?” they asked. I replied, “No. We don’t. But Jesus does! And as His people, He has given us authority to use His name!” One said, “You guys do this? You cast demons out?” I said, “Jesus said these signs will follow them that believe, in my name they shall drive out demons…” One guy said in near disappointment and total defeat, “But don’t we need to have faith to get delivered?” I told him, “No! You just need to have a sincere desire to repent from your sin, renounce it, and to serve the Lord and follow Him. If you lack faith, we will believe for you, and Jesus will deliver you when we pray!”

You see, I know Jesus will deliver them when we pray, because I’ve seen Him do it every time there is a sincere heart, even if it’s a sincere heart full of unbelief. As long as there is hunger, and desire, and desperation, God will meet them at the point of weakness.
We told them that we would be back Sunday to pray and drive demons out of those who sincerely want to be free and serve the Lord. So we asked them which ones wanted deliverance from demons. Immediately, no less than 5 men desperately said they did and we wrote down their names one by one. Soon, no less than 5 more gave us their names, saying they wanted to meet with us when we came back so we could pray for them to be delivered. Ultimately, there was at least a dozen saying they wanted us to pray for them Sunday for deliverance from demons.

I know there’s a few true prayer warriors on this list who pray for us regularly. So please pray for the power of the risen Christ to shine forth gloriously and deliver these men and set them free from the bondage of the enemy and give them new hope and life and new beginnings! Pray for me, and Lina, and Sean, that we would be anointed with the Holy Spirit and power and faith to defeat to powers of darkness that’s ruining these men’s lives! Pray for total, miraculous breakthrough, for deliverances, healings, and new births! We are planning on being there all day Sunday, as we have a lot of work lined up for us with all this.

God bless you all. Grace and peace to the saints of God in Jesus Christ the Lord.

In Christ – Josef
www.puregospeltruth.com