Road Trip August, 2017 – Bringing Freedom!

Road Trip, August 2017

Dear Friends,

I made an extended road trip in August and was able to both minister in several churches as well as get some much needed work done for my Dad in Del Rio, TX.

My Dad has had some health challenges which finally required him to move in with one of my sisters in North Texas. His house needs to be emptied and prepared for placing on the market. I spent quite a few days in Del Rio getting his house closer to that goal.

My Dad, Bob Bell

August is one of the hottest months in West Texas.  High temperatures soared well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and some days up to 114!  Most of the work I did was in portions of the house or in out-buildings which were not air conditioned. So if I said it was “no sweat” I’d be lying!  But I was glad to be able to help my Dad.  You can check out his blog by clicking on his picture at right.

Right across the border from Del Rio is Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico.   Comunidad Cristiana Maná is a church there with whom I have relationship, and which directs four of our prophetic schools: Acuña, Piedras Negras, Nava and Del Rio. Apostles Elio & Darea Rivera and Eduardo & Patricia Ruiz are doing a great job there!   They requested I come and teach on spiritual warfare, praise warfare and the song of the Lord.  This is one of my favorite topics, and one I had been looking forward to sharing with them!

Opening the Heavens

Getting ready to bring down some strongholds

Many people attended from various cities around the area as well as by the local congregation.  The meetings were also broadcast live via Facebook, and the videos have been seen by close to another 5,000 people!   I laid the foundation for spiritual warfare, warfare praise, and the power of the shout in corporate spiritual warfare.  You can learn more about corporate spiritual warfare by reading  Bishop Bill Hamon’s book, “God’s World War III.”

Saturday night we ended with a powerful time of warfare to break the stronghold of the spirit of death and its effects over the city.  Death worship is prevalent throughout Northern Mexico, and results in high incidents of homicides, violence, suicide, depression, sickness, apathy, passivity, etc.  These have manifested in the city and even in the church.  I felt this was one of the major factors contributing to the spiritual apathy among the Christians in the city.  But as we came together in unity, something shifted over the city that night!   An amazing testimony in just a moment!

Sunday I taught on the prophetic song, and even though my voice was hoarse from shouting the night before, the Lord helped me to demonstrate and minister through the song of the Lord.  I had the worship team start off with the chorus, “There is Power in the Name of Jesus to Break Every Chain…”  Then we just flowed from there; the worship team did great following me!  The Lord ministered to the congregation (both services) on a group level, as well as to many individuals with songs of deliverance.  It was a very anointed time!  Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!

Apostle Elio wrote me with some praise reports!

First, he said that many were healed and delivered that Sunday.  One lady in particular shared with him how she was delivered from oppression. He said her face just glowed!  But I was even more thrilled with the second part of his report…

Elio has a public Facebook page called Ora Por Acuna (Pray for Acuna).  There he leads those who will respond in prayer over the city.  Usually he gets between 300 to 500 people to respond.  The Monday following that weekend (August 14) MORE THAN 25,000 PEOPLE JOINED IN THE PRAYER FOR THE CITY!!!  He wrote,

“That’s NEVER happened before.  The Holy Spirit did a miracle of unity and blessing for the city!  Truly, God broke something off the atmosphere of the city!”

(UPDATE OCTOBER 10:)  Apostle Elio reports that a few days later he posted a prayer request which 500,000 people responded as ‘praying for Acuna”!  After that post apparently “went viral”, the numbers have leveled off at between 42,000 and 64,000.  THAT’S A CONSISTENT 100 FOLD INCREASE!

As a result of mobilizing the warriors in prayer and praise, they’ve seen many miracles.  EXAMPLE: a torrential rain was forecast to bring flooding to the whole region.  He mobilized the prayer, and the city was spared: there was flooding all around, but NOT in the city! 

I had planned on returning home by Wednesday the 16th, but decided to stay on and get more done at Dad’s house.  God opened up doors to minister in Quemado and in Big Lake.  It is amazing how God directs our paths and to see how He opens effectual doors!

Sunday, the 20th, I ministered at the First Baptist Church in Quemado, TX with my good friends Pastors Brouning and Juanita LentzBrouning is a graduate of the prophetic school in Acuña. I did a prophetic training there a couple of years ago, so it was good to follow up with them.   We had several visitors, including Bob King, the pastor of the Assembly of God church in town, another pastor from Indio, TX, and quite a few from Eagle Pass.  I was able to prophesy to everyone who stayed.  Some mentioned to me that it was a divine appointment for them.

With my Dad, Bob Bell, and my two lovely sisters

Monday, the 21st I drove up to Seymour and spent that afternoon and Tuesday with my Dad and sisters.

Wednesday I drove over to Big Lake, TX and ministered Wednesday and Thursday at an Assembly of God church with Pastor Olmedo Tirone.  They received me with much openness.  I couldn’t do much in two evenings, especially since the services were bilingual (I served as my own interpreter).  But God challenged them to rise up to a new level and expanded their vision for what He would have them do to accomplish His purpose.

Thursday night in Big Lake the Lord healed a lot of people as I led them to minister one to another.  The best part was I was able to lead one of people God healed, an older gentleman, to receive salvation!

On Friday I drove back as far as Del Rio, and Saturday I drove home, taking the route along Highway 83 to avoid the rains of Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey was a non-event as far as the Rio Grande Valley.  It did not even rain here though just 2 1/2 hours north / northeast of here is Corpus Christi and Rockport which got slammed with the winds and storm surge.   North and northeast of us was literally inundated with unprecedented and torrential rain. We are grateful we had no problems here, but are very aware of the need to pray and to help those who lost so much because of the storm.

This slideshow has some miscellaneous shots I took along the way I thought you might enjoy!

There’s so much going on these days! If you’ve been affected by some kind of storm, whether that storm be natural and weather related, emotional, physical, or financial, Dianne and I pray the Lord will keep you, strengthen you, protect you, provide for you and help you to keep your eyes on Him.  He is ever faithful! We can trust in Him, in His love and faithfulness!   Regardless of what it looks like at the moment, He WILL work ALL things together for our good and for His glory!

We thank you for your prayers and financial support which make this ministry possible! For those who prefer to give online, we now have a link to our PayPal donation page direct from our website. 

Awakening NOW and Reformation in our lifetime!!!

Blessings,

Cliff Bell

Pentecost in Piedras Negras

 

Me and my Dad, Bob Bell

The last days of May and first days of June I did a ministry tour in Del Rio, Ciudad Acuña, and Piedras Negras, Coahuila. I first visited my Dad, Missionary Bob Bell, and spent a few days working with him on some projects.  I was there for the 2nd anniversary of Mom’s homegoing.  I didn’t want him to be alone.  I am glad I could be there and spend some time with him.  I also got to minister to some other missionaries, Vic and Denise Wheaton who run a ministry on both sides of the border.

The ministry started off by ministering Thursday night to the students of the ECAP prophetic school, led by Apostle Eduardo Ruiz.  They combined all the classes from Piedras Negras, Acuña and Nava. They actually opened up the meetings to everyone, so we had a packed crowd!  Afterward  I organized prophetic teams with the prophetic school graduates and students to help me minister later that weekend!

On Friday night I ministered in Ciudad Acuña at the El Buen Pastor Methodist Church with Pastor Jose Luis Treviño.   This was my first time to minister at this particular church.  They people were so hungry for God.  I prophesied to quite a few. At the end of the service 70 people received the baptism of the Holy Spirit!  This was just the beginning for an amazing Pentecost Sunday Weekend!

Saturday I ministered to approximately 20 Methodist pastors from Piedras Negras, their families and leaders, about 80 people in all.  The first objective was to teach them on stewarding the move of the Holy Spirit in their churches. They had asked me to come because many in their congregations have been receiving visions, dreams and prophetic words.  So I was able to help them with that.

Afterward, the teams we formed Thursday night came and we ministered to all 80 people, plus a few more in about 90 minutes. The ECAP teams did such a fantastic job! I was so pleased!  The Lord moved on the hearts of those ministered to.  One of the Methodist pastors who had formerly been opposed to the prophetic opened his heart.

On Sunday morning I ministered for the San Pablo Methodist church in Piedras Negras.  This was the very same church where I started ministering in Mexico in January of 1999!  Since then the church has gone through many changes, but they have kept a love for the things of the Holy Spirit.

That afternoon we had a combined service with ALL the Methodist churches in the area. I’m not sure how many people were there, I’m guessing close to 500.   Since it was Pentecost Sunday I ministered on the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  We had close to 200 people come forward and receive!!!  Wow!  What a way to celebrate Pentecost!   To see the slider with pictures, click on the link to see this on my blog.

As always, Dianne and I are so grateful to you for your prayers and support.  It truly makes the difference.   Financially, this last trip was a sowing trip (the offering covered my trip expenses and little more), but the fruit was so very much worth it!

Blessings!

Cliff Bell

Divine Protection in Baja

February 8, 2017 the Lord was with us!

My 2 week ministry tour to Baja California in February was amazing in so many ways! There was lots of spiritual warfare, but also many victories.  So much happened it’s difficult to know where to start.

Those of you who connect with me on Facebook already know the big story.  On February 8th at 10:30 AM Pacific Time, while traveling from San Quintín to Guerrero Negro we had a roll-over accident.  We were driving in a Ford Expedition heading south, near a place called Punta Prieta (still in Baja California Norte).

The road is quite narrow and has many potholes which apparently stressed the tires (which could have been in better condition).  The back right tire finally had enough and blew out, causing the vehicle to begin to lose control. Our driver, Bernaldino, was surely helped by the Lord to narrowly avoid a head on collision. Then the right front tire fell off the pavement (there was a drop off of about 10 to 12 inches). This caused the back of the vehicle to pivot 90 degrees, then we rolled a complete 360, landing right side up with the nose of the vehicle near the middle line of the highway and the back tires off the pavement.

We had been listening to praise music and chatting.  As soon as the tire blew I started praying in tongues. All four of us (Pastor Guillermo Ramírez and a young man named Christian Lewis in the back seat, Bernardino and myself in the front) all testify to God’s Presence and peace being with us.

Just about five minutes prior to the accident, Guillermo noticed he and Christian did not have their seat belts on, and felt an urgency to put his on and tell Christian to do so also. Culturally, in Mexico, many are not accustomed to wearing seat belts while in the back seat.  So that was a big deal. Thankfully, Guillermo did as he was led to do.  It may well have saved his life and the life of Christian.

About 14 years ago someone gave Dianne a ring with a message saying the Lord impressed on them to give her the ring so that she would always know God would take care of me while I travel. She doesn’t put it on every day, but she had put it on that morning.  Several times that morning she looked at the ring and thanked God for taking care of me.  I know her prayers and yours are a reason no one got seriously injured.

Though we were covered with bits of glass, all four of us got out of the car with only bumps and bruises. Bernaldino was the only one who was bleeding from a cut on his scalp where the car roof smashed in.  He got some stitches the next morning.   I did have some sore muscles on the left side of my neck from when we were slammed towards my right.  So I was a “stiff necked” person for a few days, but it’s back to normal now.

There was no cell phone service for miles, so Guillermo hitched a ride to the closest phone to call for help.  The tow truck and police arrived.  Both were very courteous and helpful.  Many people driving by stopped to make sure we were OK.  Other than the car itself, the biggest loss was that Christian’s guitar was broken (he just bought it a few months ago).  So he had to use a loaner as he led worship for us in Guerrero Negro and in Mulegé.  I’m believing the Lord will supply him another and better guitar than what he had before!

Bernaldino rode with the policeman to the place where the Expedition was being towed and was able to share the Gospel with the policeman on the way. So a seed was sown in the midst of the crisis. Christian and I rode in the cab of the tow truck.  Amazingly there were no charges filed.

The Ford Expedition (I think it was a 2002) was loaned to us by our good friend, Dr. Luis Lojas. I have not yet heard what the insurance situation is, but I’m trusting God for full restitution for him.

Some people from Guerrero Negro came to pick us up and took us on in to town where they were waiting for us with a feast of grilled mutton. I’m talking a whole sheep dressed out on a spit spinning over a fire… After the meal I had just enough time to get ready to minister that night.

Honestly, I’m still processing the events of that morning… I don’t understand why the accident, but know God’s Hand was with us powerfully throughout the whole thing.  Had we collided with the other SUV it surely would have had another ending.  By the way, they turned around, came back and offered help as  did the driver of the 18 wheeler behind us.  They were shocked we were not seriously injured.

We praise God for His protection and mercy and rejoice that even though it slowed us down a bit on our schedule, we did not miss one ministry engagement but were able to fulfill everything God sent us to do.  He is ever faithful!!!

A late lunch and reception in Guerrero Negro

So glad Christian put on his seat belt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This shows how much your prayers are important all the time.  I’d be interested to know if any of you remember praying especially for us that morning…

I ministered that night to a full house

Blessings!

Cliff

2016 Year in Review

Dear Friends,

Can you feel CHANGE in the air? Prophets have proclaimed 2017 to be the Year of the Sword of the Lord. Spiritual warfare has intensified over the USA and in the nations of the world.

Following President Trump’s inauguration, there are many changes taking place in the USA. I am excited for the restrictions on the altars of Molech, the killing of the unborn! At the same time, I am watching carefully the changes our new President brings to the relationship between the USA and Mexico. The USA never fully implemented NAFTA, and now that is to be redefined. Mexicans are uneasy about the changes. I am praying the Lord gives President Trump wisdom, for God’s will to be accomplished, and that it will not have an adverse effect on my ability to minister in Mexico.

We, as a family and as a ministry have already seen many changes since we moved to the Rio Grande Valley 15 years ago. At that time, all my contacts were in NE Mexico, so our location here gave us easy access to those destinations. Now, my ministry trips take me all over Mexico as well as to countries throughout Latin America.  I have been to all but three of the 31 states in Mexico alone.   I now travel more by air than by highways. The cartel violence has made travel by road dangerous and not an option in most cases.

Showing the distance between Edinburg and Houston. It’s a 6 to 7 hour drive. When flying it requires an additional flight each way.

The Lord has spoken to us and confirmed through several prophetic words, including a key word through Bishop Hamon that we are to make a geographical move. So we are making preparation to do so, hopefully this year. We are considering the Houston area where I would be close to a hub airport. Please pray with us for the Lord’s direction as we desire to be divinely positioned by His Hand for future effectiveness.

2016 also brought some challenges. Among them, Dianne’s identity was stolen. Credit cards were applied for by several people we do not know using her information. Dianne has spent many hours online and on the phone dealing with that to apply protections to her credit. We are expectant as prophets have proclaimed this is the year for breakthrough, and to see setbacks become setups for victory!

Joy on their faces!

Last year the Lord brought expansion in the prophetic schools I oversee. This year I was able to be at the graduations in Acuña, Monterrey, Saltillo, Reynosa, and Del Rio. It is thrilling to see a new generation be equipped and rise up to be a prophetic people and voice to their nation! Let the reformers arise!

A couple of months ago, I did a prophetic training at an amazing church in the mining town of Hercules, Coahuila. They had very little, but shared freely what they had. The members opened up their homes for those coming from out of town and fed everyone three meals a day, at no charge. They saved and planned for months to do it. The seminar registration was only 50 pesos ($2.38 USD). Among those who attended and who were activated in the prophetic were several pastors, including a young couple the host church had prepared and sent to plant a new work in another town. It was a joy to minister in good soil!

Interpreting for Bishop Hamon in Guadalajara

Another highlight in 2016 was bringing in Bishop Hamon to Guadalajara for a conference with over 600 people, including hundreds of pastors from all over Mexico and other nations. The Lord is raising up His army, and we are glad to be a part!

Dianne and I are so grateful to you! Your support is more important than ever since the peso devalued from 13.5X1 to 21X1. You enable us to continue to minister in Latin America. Thank you!

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Blessings!

Cliff and Dianne Bell

Hercules: the town that moves mountains

Dear Friends,

After a week of ministry in Guadalajara (see my last post), I arrived in the high

One of the man-made mesas, pilings from the mine

One of the man-made mesas, pilings from the mine

desert city of Chihuahua on November 8th and was received by CIGN Mexico Pastors Gabriel and Alma Lozada who were to join me in the remote mining town of Hercules, Coahuila for a prophetic training seminar.

I met with the Lozadas and their son, Abimael, that evening at Abimael’s business, Western Burger where he serves some awesome gourmet burgers that rival Red Robin! You can see some pictures below. …Let’s just say I didn’t suffer any malnutrition while in Chihuahua!   I stayed in their home while in Chihuahua and had a good visit with them.

Wednesday night I ministered at Charisma Church, pastored by our good friends, Gabriel and Myrna Villanueva.   This is a great church which is making a big difference, not only in their city, but also with the Tarahumara Indians in the mountains west of the city.

Dinner with the Charisma Church leadership in Chihuahua

Dinner with the Charisma Church leadership in Chihuahua

I was still quite inspired by Bishop Hamon’s ministry in Guadalajara the days before, so I ministered on the Army of the Lord and how we have to transition from being an audience to an army!  I also challenged them to rise up to a new level of spiritual warfare, and to use the authority God has given us to bring down the demonic strongholds in their area.  I was also able to prophesy to all their leadership.

The Lozadas and I had planned on traveling to Hercules, Coahuila by bus since their car was on the blink.  I was so grateful the Villanueva’s not only took us in their car but joined us for the whole weekend and training seminar there!  That was such a blessing!  We enjoyed more good fellowship along the way, and sitting in the back seat I was able to take some great pictures of the desert scenes along the way.

Hercules is a company mining town of only 6,300 people, way out in the boonies south of the Big Bend National Park and east of Chihuahua. The last hour of the highway was unpaved.  We were grateful to finally see the lights up ahead as we drew near to the town.  We arrived just after dark to Hercules, Coahuila where we were received by Pastors Rafael and Norma Martinez.  After a delicious dinner we were split up into homes where we were to lodge.

The following morning we were given the VIP tour of the Hercules Iron Mine, led by Luis, one of the church members and new employee trainers.  I had never seen a strip mine in person before and was astounded at the size of the crater which had been dug over the course of 40+ years.

The surrounding landscape looked like a series of mesas, but were actually dirt and rock left over after what was mined was separated. They explained the mining process to us, and let us ride in one of their 180 ton Caterpillar dump trucks on one of the rounds.  Since everyone who lives in Hercules is a mining family, it was so beneficial to have a greater understanding and appreciation for the hard work they do!  The following slider has more pictures of the tour…

That Thursday night we started the prophetic training seminar. In spite of the small town and remote location we had close to 100 people in all in attendance!  Other pastors came in from several surrounding cities and towns.  Some traveled six hours to get there. The first night we had about 30 receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit!

All those from out of town were hosted by church families in their homes.  The local congregation didn’t have much, but they truly opened up their homes and their hearts with their warm norteño hospitality!  Most came from a traditional Pentecostal background, but they were so eager to learn about the prophetic and how to hear the Voice of God to be more effective in their witness and life.

With Hercules Pastors Rafael and Norma Martinez

With Hercules Pastors Rafael and Norma Martinez

I found out the church members had prepared for over a month, and had cooked for a week to provide food for everyone throughout the conference. They had requested a registration fee of 50 pesos ($2.50 USD), which didn’t even cover the cost of the food they served us, but they didn’t want anyone to be excluded for need of money.

I was so impressed with Pastor Rafael (who is also a miner!) and the Rose of Sharon Pentecostal Church.  They are one of the most giving and hard working sincere congregations I’ve seen in years.  With what little they have, they also have already prepared and sent out pastoral couples to start new churches.  I met one of these couples who came to the training, and was really impressed with their quality.   Big things can happen in small places!

On the left, a young pastor couple sent out by the Hercules church.

On the left, a young pastor couple sent out by the Hercules church.

While in Hercules there was no access to Internet, though I had a very weak telephone signal enough to send a text message to let my family know I was doing well. It was a joy to minister to these precious people who are mostly isolated from the rest of the world and the pretentiousness often found in big cities.  They worshipped with enthusiasm in their unique norteño music style, and listened with attentiveness, both young and older alike.

I was thrilled as they took new steps of faith during the activations, and saw how God not only spoke to them, but used them to minister healing one to another! Quite a few people were healed in the process!

That Sunday I prophesied to the leadership, but focused mostly on ministering to the youth. I was able to prophesy to all of them, including a few where were not present, but who had a family member present who gave me their name.   Pastor Rafael expressed how his concept of personal prophecy changed drastically during the course of the weekend, and how he was able to identify several things in which they needed to change.  He and the congregation were all very grateful.

After the last service, no one wanted to leave. Even after a dinner of pozole, we spent a couple of hours greeting everyone, saying goodbye, taking pictures, etc.   I was especially touched by Pastor Rafael’s personal gift to me: a few special rocks from his rock collection to mine!

Monday, the ride back to Chihuahua was full of rejoicing. That evening I had some amazing fellowship with Gabriel Lozada Jr. and his beautiful family (including their two miracle babies which are a fulfillment of prophecy), then later a dinner with the Villanuevas’ church leadership.  I was plenty tired, but so grateful for their love and friendship.   The next day was day 14 of my trip, and I made my way home.

This last week was Thanksgiving Week, which also means birthdays for me and for Dianne. Since I am the family’s holiday cook, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen which I enjoyed.   Now I’m getting ready for another two trips in December, and catching up on other work.

There is a lot going on, so I truly appreciate your prayers and support as we keep advancing the Lord’s work in Mexico and Latin America! One new thing I’m excited about is that we are overseeing a new church plant in San Quintín, Baja California North!

In downtown Chihuahua

In downtown Chihuahua

As we approach the end of the year, I request that if you are not already doing so, that you prayerfully consider adding us to your missions’ giving.   Many places, like Hercules, are what we call, “sowing trips” and while they give sacrificially, it doesn’t cover our expenses.  We depend on the Lord placing on the hearts of people of like vision to partner with us.  So please pray about it, and see what the Lord tells you.

Dianne and I love you and bless you in Jesus’ Name!

Cliff Bell

Baja Breakthrough!

Dear Friends,

What a crazy Summer it’s been! Crazy in the best of ways!  Since my last update so much has gone on…   Here are just a few of the highlights of what’s been happening:

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With members of our CI Mexico church in Ensenada after a breakfast meeting with pastors and leaders

I’ll have to catch up on things in my next blog post.  For now I’ll focus on my trip to Baja California which took place the last week of July and first part of August.  The trip went really well despite some intense spiritual warfare.

In Ensenada we had a great advanced prophetic training seminar in our CIGN Mexico church.  I was thrilled to see the progress the people are making!   This time we focused on heart issues and how they affect the prophetic.  If our soul is contaminated with offense, pride, impurity, or other sin, it will contaminate what we minister and open the door for demonic influence.  We want to deliver as much as possible a pure word from the Lord.

Since we were dealing with heart issues, and staying free from offense, the Lord allowed an opportunity to do a live demonstration! Just prior to and during the whole event, there was a spiritual attack which rose up against Pastors Guillermo and Adriana Ramírez, and by extension against me.  The attack manifested through false accusation and misinformation (gossip) by a few other pastors of the city and fueled by strife and rivalry. They were saying we were illegitimate and telling people not to come.  Another pastor, after hearing what our plans were, planned another event so his people wouldn’t come.  Sadly, the attitude often found is that if they can’t be the host and be in control, they oppose the event.

We decided to refuse to play the devil’s game, but rather to respond in love and do as Bishop Hamon tells us, “when someone else draws a circle to exclude you, draw a larger circle to include them.” We determined to continue to bless them regardless of what they did, and allow the Lord to be the One to judge.  I encouraged Guillermo to continue ministering and allow the fruit to speak for itself.   In Matthew 5:21-26 Jesus said those who judge others or are angry with them without a cause only heap up judgment to themselves, so we prayed for mercy on all involved.

Getting ready to appear on Calvin's TV program.

Getting ready to appear on Calvin’s TV program.

I was very pleased and honored that my friend Brother Calvin Anderson joined us and taught some sessions.  He is highly respected in the area and took a lot of flack for his decision.  This picture was taken in front of the television studio where I joined him for a program.

After Ensenada, I taught some workshops for RHEMA Prophetic Apostolic Equipping School in both Tijuana and Chula Vista, led by our CIGN Mexico Prophet Mary Brahms as well as a couple of churches in Tijuana.  One workshop was on prophetic worship and the song of the Lord.  We had quite a few worship team members as well as some pastors and other leaders. It was a great group and it was so cool to see them sing the prophetic song for the first time! The other class was to pastors and leaders regarding prophets.  Again, it is always a wonderful thing to see the lights go on in their eyes as they see how the Scripture is unfolded and how to apply it.

Mary Brahms is doing a wonderful job with the prophetic school in TJ! One of the goals they have is to help the students fulfill their call and destiny.   The students submit ministry projects to the school and to their pastors.  One of RHEMA’s recent graduate’s, Sandra García submitted a project to start a Restoration Home for women in crisis to give them identity and dignity. I am very pleased to announce that after much hard work, the Women’s Restoration Home in Tijuana opened in September under the covering of Sandra’s local church!  Praise the Lord! I am looking forward to many more projects and ministries being implemented as we raise up reformers in the nations!

While I was in the area, I joined Pastor Frank González of Embajadores Church in a by-invitation-only meeting in Tecate with strategic key leaders from the region. We met with a federal representative, pastors  and other leaders to discuss ways to inform and engage believers in the political process.  Specifically, to speak up against President Peña Nieto’s proposed Constitutional changes which would establish the extreme gay agenda, criminalize the preaching of biblical truth, infringe upon parental rights and more.  I don’t have space to share much in these few lines.  But suffice it to say, the meeting was strategic.

While I’m on the subject, the pro-family marches which took place in Mexico in September were unprecedented in Mexican history. From the reports I saw, most who marched were Protestant Christians though the march organizers are Catholic.  True to form, the liberal media minimized the pro-family march and highlighted the gay protesters in their reports. Yet we know we were not unheard by God, nor unnoticed by the government.  I just was informed President Peña Nieto has agreed to sit down and talk with Christian leaders (Protestant!) for the very first time!  Just as in the USA, this is a major spiritual and cultural battle. We request your prayer as we continue to support those who are fighting for Judeo-Christian values within Mexico.

In Tijuana, the spiritual warfare manifested in a different way. It would take too long to tell the whole story…  but just to show you how crazy the spiritual warfare got as I was in Tijuana, both Mary Brahms and I wound up at the same Emergency Room (yes, as patients) at the same time!  I hadn’t been to an ER in years!  I had an infection on my leg (probably caused by bacteria in the water entering through a scrape) which required antibiotics.  It came up so suddenly and looked pretty bad I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a necrotizing bacteria.  Thankfully it was not, but it was serious enough it required antibiotics. Mary had a reaction to a wrong dosis of medication.  So with a curtain between us and Gabriel attending us both, we had a prayer/leadership meeting in the ER… As it turned out I didn’t miss any meetings and my leg was back to normal within a few days.  We refused to let the enemy steal our joy!

I will work on reporting more on August’s activities and beyond in the next blogpost. In the meantime, I leave in the morning for Culiacán, Sinaloa for 10 days.  I’d appreciate your prayers.

If you are not already, I ask you to prayerfully consider adding CIGN Mexico to your missions giving.   We are in need of more monthly supporters to enable us to go to those places that can’t afford to bring us in. Our monthly partners help make it happen, but there is so much more need.   Dianne and I appreciate so much those of you who are praying and giving.

Blessings!

Cliff

MEXICO – REFORMATION IN THE MIDST OF THE SHAKING

Just days ago there was yet another earthquake in Mexico as the plates of the earth shift and groan in expectation looking for God’s Kingdom.  The natural shaking and shifting is a reflection of the spiritual shaking and shifting which is taking place, bringing transformation and reformation.

Crying out to God in Mexico City

Crying out to God in Mexico City

AN OMINOUS PROPHECY

Eight years ago while ministering in a northern Mexican city I prophesied the following: “The day is coming when hearing God’s voice will no longer be an option.  You will need to be led by the Spirit to know which route to take to get home alive.”   The last six years I have been reminded of this prophecy many times.

Eight years ago I didn’t know precisely what was coming; I just knew it would be a shaking unlike anything Mexico had known before… Continue reading

Bringing Transformation to Sinaloa

March 20 -26 I made a ministry tour to three cities in the western State of Sinaloa, Mexico starting in Mazatlán, then Culiacán and finally in La Cruz de Elota. 

I did get to see the beach at Mazatlan!

I did get to see the beach at Mazatlan!

Mazatlán is known as a tourist destination, with hotels lining the beach for miles.  But this second largest city in Sinaloa also has close to 500,000 inhabitants.  Culiacán is the current State capitol and is the largest city in the state, also home base to the Sinaloa Cartel, considered the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world.  La Cruz de Elota is a small farming town in the bread basket of Mexico where they grow corn, tomatoes and many other crops.

A hilltop view of Culiacan, Sinaloa

A hilltop view of Culiacan, Sinaloa

In each place the Lord’s grace was evident, the people hungry for God, ready to act by faith upon the Word. They knew enough to know of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, 5-Fold ministries, and the gifts of the Spirit, but they had no practical teaching. Continue reading

Tijuana Establishing the Kingdom Conference Update

I’m still in Tijuana and about to go home after a powerful and very busy time! 

Thursday I was moved to another hotel and got ready for the Establishing the Kingdom conference.  I got to meet some new friends, a group of students from UPRE (the prophetic school with REDIME, and Apostle Jose Felix – who are under our covering).  We had a great time chatting over lunch.  Later that evening I met with Apostle Carlos Monita, the organizer of the conference.

The conference didn’t start till Friday afternoon.  So Friday morning I went with Carlos to the renown Oasis Clinic.  We had the privilege of meeting with Dr. and Mrs. Francisco Contreras and ministering to them. Continue reading

Tijuana and Chulavista

This week as I have been ministering in Tijuana and San Diego. (May 20-22)

I’ve been ministering at a church called Iglesia de El (His Church) with Pastors Abraham and Patty Fitch.  This is my first time to be with them and I really like them.  They come from a Word of Faith background and have pastored in Tijuana for over 20 years.  They are new to the prophetic and apostolic, but are very hungry for God.  They have a special anointing on their praise and worship, lead by their son Ivan.   Some places I can tell that I have found new good friends, and this is one of those places.

Iglesia de El has two congregations: one in Tijuana, Mexico and one in Chulavista, California.  So my time was split between the two congregations.

Sunday morning I ministered in Tijuana, Sunday evening and Monday evening in Chulavista, and Tuesday evening back in Tijuana. Continue reading