reaching the unreachable with the grace and mercy of the gospel and facilitating others to do the same.
Go and Tell Ministries
There are days in our lives that forever stand as markers of significant change – markers of shift in focus or direction for our lives. For me February 2, 2007 will always be one such day. This was the day that I had been consciously working towards for almost a solid year but more importantly it was the day that the Lord had been preparing and positioning me for more than ten years. This was the day that I would leave my home and all that I had ever known to travel to Matamoros, Mexico to begin my new life serving as a full time missionary.
Looking back, some would say that it is nothing short of a miracle all that the Lord did to prepare my heart and mind for what has become the most fulfilling experience of my life. Others, as in my closest friends, would just tell you I am a slow study and sometimes just downright hard-headed. But whatever the world would have to say about the journey the Lord took me on there is one thing I know for sure and that is that I know the moment the journey began.
I came to Mexico for the first time to investigate the possibility of our church sending a short term mission team to work during the summer. I must tell you though that God had a much bigger plan in mind because from the moment I crossed the border into Mexico my life was completely changed. The only way I know how to describe what happened was that in my heart I felt as if I was at home.
I had the opportunity to visit several of the mission locations around town and after a long day of visiting with pastors and talking about possibilities of how we could help we decided to drive through a community in the heart of Matamoros. We were not in this community for more than five minutes but as we drove through God said to my heart, “This is the place - this is where you are to work - this is where I want you to serve Me - these are the people I want you to serve.” We drove out of the community to go and eat dinner but I knew we had to go back - we had to go back and I had to get out of the car – I had to hear what the people had to say and I needed to understand who they were.
We did go back and we did get out of the car. We talked with people and I came to understand that many of the people that lived there were prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics and homosexuals. But I also came to understand that in the middle of this community, in the middle of such terrible darkness there were others present...a small group of our Christian brothers and sisters. In the middle of darkness there was light. In the middle of darkness there was the presence of God.
I visited Matamoros three times before I committed to the Lord to come here and serve Him. And finally in February 2007 I was able to come home. I was able to come to Mexico to live and work and serve Him. This ministry we call Go and Tell has been placed here to complete two objectives. The first is to minister to those we encounter daily who face the monumental tasks of feeding their families, clothing them, finding medical care, providing adequate housing, education and training and perhaps employment – all with the great hope and prayer that as we attempt to reach out and meet their physical needs they will be touched by God’s grace, love and mercy and be called unto Him. Our second objective is to work with the local churches and national believers to facilitate them to do the work of fulfilling the Great Commission – the work of not only spreading the Word but training disciples who will follow the call of our Lord.
For me – God’s call to serve Him was a process and it took me a long time to finally get to the place He has for me. But through the whole process there has been one constant command and that is the command to Go and Tell- to go and share the love of God - to share the truth of our need for Him - to reach the unreachable with the grace and mercy of the gospel and facilitate others to do the same. .
Go and Tell Ministries (a non-profit corporation 501(c)3 is rooted in a deep awareness of the power of God to move in remarkable and unusual ways to bring people unto Himself. The story of Go and Tell's beginnings is very much a testament of God's power to transform one life in order to touch many others. The foundation of this ministry is directly linked to the personal journey of its founder, Mary K. Yarbrough. Below is Mary's own reflection of the events that led to the foundation of Go and Tell Ministries...