January 18-20 marked the date we held our first ENCIENDE (Ignite) Conference in Mexico. There were more than 150 pastors and church leaders in attendance. We spent three days in the Upper Room, and it made a significant, long-lasting impact in the lives and ministries of those who came hungry for God. Pastors and leaders came from all over Mexico, from big cities to small towns, and even from the remote areas in the mountains. Some drove for days to get to Ciudad Juarez, with great expectancy and with great need of an encounter with God. During our time together, we were led by Pastors Don Young, Luis Calderon, and Joshua Bencomo. We were invited to minister to the presence of God, and each moment was led by the Holy Spirit. Prayers were lifted in the various languages that were represented, including Spanish, English, Tarahumara, Huichol, Nahuatl, and Sapoteco.
As we worshipped, Christ's manifest presence filled the place. At one point, a room sized map of Mexico was laid out on the floor. We experienced an "only God" moment when Don and Luis invited the pastors to step onto the map, specifically on one of the 19 states that had not yet been reached by the College of Prayer. One by one each remaining state was filled with someone standing and interceding for each state in Mexico.
We continue to receive testimony after testimony of what God did in the lives of the pastors and leaders. The purpose was accomplished—God ignited each pastor and key leader to go out and reach a lost world through a revived church!