and Mercedes have been doing mission work all over the world for over 15 years now; preaching, teaching, evangelizing and ministering
in the power of the Holy Spirit with many signs, wonders and miracles
taking place. They have ministered over the years primarily in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico as well as in such places
as Sweden, Spain, England, Germany, Norway, France, Latvia, Romania, Kosovo, Japan, Argentina
as well as in the Southwest and Western region of the United States.
The Lord has blessed them with a continual flow of the outpouring of the
Spirit where many have been saved, filled, healed, empowered, and delivered
through the power of God working through their ministry.
The demonstrated power of the Holy Spirit has been a mark of their ministry
which includes a host of divine appointments and supernatural occurrences.
Indeed the Baja ministry began just this way through a supernatural leading
of the Holy Spirit after a vision Bryan received while ministering in
Argentina. This story, as well as some other supernatural occurrences,
have been published in Jane Rumph's book Stories From the Front Lines:
Power Evangelism in Today's World, Baker Book House, (Ch. 2) and
it has also been told on their radio program called "Grace Alone"
(Sólo Por Gracia), a unique bilingual teaching series on the work
of the Holy Spirit through Christian History. In addition, a new book
has recently been published, also by Jane Rumph, titled Signs and
Wonders in America Today. In this book, Chapter Two describes an
account from Bryan and Mercedes' evangelistic ministry, and how the Lord
worked supernaturally in the situation.
Like Paul who received
the Macedonian call while ministering in the area of Galatia (Acts 16),
similarly Bryan received a vision while on a mission trip to Argentina.
They had been ministering in Argentina and God had been doing many powerful
things; empowering and healing people and even filling young children
with the Holy spirit in a dramatic way, when during one service in particular
Bryan began to have a vision of himself ministering in a dusty Third World
country which he realized was Mexico.
After returning to the U.S. he desired to see this vision fulfilled yet
the Lord showed him to wait on His timing. After a few months one particular
morning, the Holy Spirit spoke into Bryan's heart and told him to take
Mercedes (his wife) an Argentine/American who speaks fluent Spanish and
English and drive to Mexico.
Driving south from their home in Orange County, with some clothes they
brought along to give to the needy, they crossed the border finally, and
began to pray up a storm having taken this step of faith at the Lord's
guidance and not knowing what the next step was. Sensing the Holy Spirit's
direction they drove for a while and then went off the main road and began
to drive up along the local free road and headed into some hills behind
Tijuana. At a certain point they felt led to turn off the main road onto
a dirt road which they followed. After cresting a hill they came upon
a church in an old converted market.
They went to talk to the people who were milling around outside the church
waiting for the service to start and the first person they ended up talking
with was the pastor who told them he was needing to prepare things for
a guest speaker who was coming that day. Bryan, feeling that God's hand
was involved, asked who the guest speaker was and found out that it was
a friend of theirs from the U.S. named John Ruttkay. How had they managed
to arrive at this obscure location on the very day and time when their
friend was coming to preach?
A few minutes later John arrived with a blown-away look upon his face
as he saw Bryan and Mercedes standing in front of the church he was about
to preach at. He stated with exuberance that this was an incredible divine
appointment because he only came to that church twice a year and that
in the past they had drawn maps with directions to the church for people
and they couldn't find it. Here Bryan and Mercedes had arrived by God's
leading at the exact time at this obscure church where they had never
been before nor knew nothing of John's coming on the very day he was to
be preaching there. All by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
They went and joined the service and John had Bryan and Mercedes share
a bit and brought them up to the front after he was done preaching and
began to prophesy over them, that God was fulfilling a vision he had given
them and was opening a ministry for them in Mexico. The Holy Spirit moved
in great power as this took place.
Thus, the Baja ministry was launched as the pastor Jesse Gonzalez,seeing
God's hand in what had happened, began to have them come and preach on
a regular basis at the church, and called other churches setting up meetings
for them to preach at. In time, things just snowballed from there.
The first service at the church that Jesse had them come to preach at
was just incredible. The Spirit of God moved in an awesome way over both
the pastor's and the co-pastor's families who were dramatically impacted
as the Holy Spirit baptized them, including the young children, in His
glory and power. The outpouring of the Spirit has been continual and many
miracles, healings and salvations have followed in its wake.
A few month's later,
while preaching at a three-day renewal and revival meeting in Maneadero
in Baja Mexico where the Spirit of God was also poured out with many healings
and miracles, including the healing of a man named Luis Vargas who was
healed of a severe back condition, the Lord set up another incredible
divine appointment. The pastor of the church asked them if they would
mind preaching at an evangelistic crusade a little further down south
from there as well. A group had arranged a crusade with music and all
the frills but had no preacher. Bryan and Mercedes answered the call and
an incredible thing took place. As they pulled into the area where the
crusade was to be held Bryan couldn't believe his eyes. This was the very
spot that he had visited approximately five years ago with a church to
pass out food and clothes to the needy. Even though he had come with a
Christian group they did no preaching or outreach. He felt that it was
like fishing, but without hooks. Frustrated by the group's disinterest
in preaching the Gospel and the language barrier, he prayed: "God
I want to preach the Gospel to these people, send me back here someday
to do it". Now five years later, with his wife as his very own interpreter
at his side, he preached to the people of "Cañión Buena
Vista" on the very exact spot where he had said that prayer roughly
five years earlier. God's exactness in answering prayers can be mind blowing.
The ministry at the crusade was a great blessing with 14 people receiving
Christ and many others being ministered to powerfully as well through
the Holy Spirit's power including the healing and deliverance of a young
man who had come to the open-air meeting drugged out and completely demonized.
He came forward to receive Christ the first night and was prayed for by
Bryan and Mercedes in power. He returned the next night dressed in decent
clothing, his former dirty smelly clothes were gone, and was now sane,
sober and in his right mind. Glory to God!
The Holy Spirit's work through their ministry has continued and continues
on even into other nations. You can read more about them in Jane Rumph's
book Stories From the Front Lines; Power Evangelism in Today's World,
from Baker Book House, (Chapter 2) which can be ordered here.
Grace World Mission, the official name of Bryan and Mercedes' ministry
has been incorporated into a State and Federally approved non-profit organization.
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